Advice on this mix

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by crazy_guitar, Mar 11, 2002.

  1. crazy_guitar

    crazy_guitar Member

    Nov 28, 2001
    Hi, I finished mixing this song last night. It took me a couple days to finish. I'd like advice on how to make it better. keep in mind that It is an mp3
    I'm 22yrs old, and mixed the song on a 001 system. I've been told that I have a lot of talent, but I'd like to see what the pros have to say. thanks. any comments will be appreciated as long as they are constructive.
    ps: I used waves L2 on the master just to boost the level, but no eq was aplied.
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Sounded ok on my computer speaker (mono) snare sounded a little flat, ie not spanking away in a large wooden room.

    I wondered if the vocal had been 'over auto tuned' in the first verse...

    Sort of like a punkier Shania Twain I thought.

    Very compentant production as far as I could tell.

    Well done. Dont let it go to your head.

  3. crazy_guitar

    crazy_guitar Member

    Nov 28, 2001
    you took your review so far that you even checked for mono compatability :)
    the vocals weren't autotuned, autotune is too much for the 001 hehe. What you heard was the effect of the fairchild being over used, but it sounded good so...
    thanks for your reply.
  4. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    1.Try a little more vocal in the choruses and the bridge.
    2. Less stereo spread on the BG's would be more my cup of tea.
    3. Another gtr part (counterpoint), in the 2nd verse, would help as well.

  5. homerg

    homerg Member

    Jan 18, 2002
    I think it's great. It sounds better than most of the stuff that's on the radio.
    Right after the first chorus it could use some guitar lines (short lines in between the singing).
    I can also hear a counter line being sung by the backup Vox during the chorus, maybe towards the end.
    I like the snare drum kinda dry like that. It makes it drive a little more. You might define the Kick a little more.
    The guitars sound fine. The lead vox reminds me a little of Nick Gilder (way back in the 80s). :)
    Anyway, great job. Keep rockin'!
  6. crazy_guitar

    crazy_guitar Member

    Nov 28, 2001
    Thanks for your replies
    my goal with this mix was to use no reverb and make it really dry and upfront
    Interesting how Recordrman and others sugested that a guitar line should come on the second verse after the first chorus
  7. Gabriel_P

    Gabriel_P Guest

    :tu: How cool was that! No Doubt all the way! yahoo! I really enjoyed your song,Don't fix it if it ain't broken. and you're 22, boy you are good.
  8. OTRjkl

    OTRjkl Guest

    Nice job.

    The 3 things that I noticed were:
    1) The LdV could come up overall; when listening at low volume, it gets lost. You probably will notice this if you play it in your car at a low volume.
    2) Sounds a little brittle/harsh on the top. You might try moving the upper mid focus from what sounds like the 3-4kHz range down into the 1-2kHz range. That should give it a little bit of a warmer edge.
    3) (#2 will probably help this one) As was stated by someone else, the kick could be tightened up a bit. The attack is a tad sharp and the bottom could use a bit more punch.

    Overall, sounds nice. Keep up the good work!
  9. crazy_guitar

    crazy_guitar Member

    Nov 28, 2001
    Thanks Jeff, I'll take that into account.

    If anyone needs an engineer or second engineer in L.A, email me at I have no problem starting from the bottom if that's what it takes.

  10. mixfactory

    mixfactory Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    I finally got around listening to it and it sounds excellent. Everyone else stated all of the obvious things:
    1)Lead Vocal needs to come out a little more or put less focus on the electrics. Also I hear how you wanted to trick the vocal out in certain parts(amp voice/telephone voice),only you gotta pick out your spots a little better(a voice through an amp doesn't seem as dramatic when there are so many electric guitars playing around it). At the end though you hear it better because the guitars drop out. Also I know you wanted the vocal dry, but because her voice is thin a little ambience wouldn't hurt(maybe some light tap delays).
    2)The guitar could use a little something, especially when the verse kicks in and in the chorus.
    3)Since its a rock/pop song the chorus needs to stand out more.
    Other than that its a good job. Keep up the good work.
  11. Masternfool

    Masternfool Active Member

    Dec 3, 2001
    really in yur face! Sounds good to me..The Kick drum is the only thing I would try to bring more upfront..Heard a few cracklin noises in the Vocal track.. But thats what I listen for..Good Job :tu:
  12. crazy_guitar

    crazy_guitar Member

    Nov 28, 2001
    Well I think I fixed a lot of the problems in the previous mix http:// its a different song, same band but, thanks to all of your replies, its way better.

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