First ever mix, can someone tell me whats wrong with it!!

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by officialhipnotic, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. officialhipnotic

    officialhipnotic Active Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Cardiff , wales
    Hi guys, basically im 17 and i have my own bedroom studio now im using pro tools

    this is my first ever song iv made in my studio (Remix of the game)

    Basically what i did is record the vocal on 1

    Recorded again , and a third time ( 2nd time i panned audio left and the third time i panned the audio right)

    then i did adlibs

    I used the compresser on all 3 vocals with the setting as follows :-

    knee 16.3
    attack 5.1
    gain 4.4
    ratio 8.1
    release 190.5
    thresh 17.1

    I didnt use the compresser on the adlibs

    Im really new to this and wondering whats wrong with it and what is eq ect!

    the song is below ,thanks!!!

    Hipnotic - Better days (Remix) by officialhipnotic on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free
  2. sachit

    sachit Active Member

    May 20, 2011

    I'm no pro, but first listen on my iMac's speakers, there doesn't seem anything TERRIBLY wrong with the stuff. Minor niggles, I'll need to hear with more concentration(and not on desktop speakers :redface: )!

    What do you think is wrong with the mix? Is there anything specific you want to fix? Perhaps it isn't in accordance with your vision for the project, for which you'll need to explain what you find missing.


    Okay, I ended up firing my monitors up. I honestly find nothing really wrong with the vox. They sound quite good, in fact. One small issue is that they need a hint of de-essing or perhaps a simple pull down around 7k-10k. But it could easily pass without that. The low end is muddy, you need to carve EQ holes, give each voice/group of voices it's own spectral space. If your rapping has to be low and rounded, push up the lowers slightly and at the same time reduce the same frequencies on your chorus group, so that they sound distinct and different.
    But all this is really digging into the details, you've got a great mix coming. BTW I think the bass is a little too high, especially the kick.
  3. officialhipnotic

    officialhipnotic Active Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Cardiff , wales
    Thanks so much for the reply!! really appreciate it, im looking to get a sound like this :- TalkOfTheTownTV: REEPA | Pre-Clash Warm Up (Mini Vid) | 1080p HD - YouTube

    I dont even no what de-esser is and i dont no how to carve EQ holes, iv'e heard 'Eq'ing' is quite a big part of the mix but i have NO idea how it works and i dont even no wheres a good place to start with setting on EQ.

    Thanks again
  4. wilsb8

    wilsb8 Active Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    Live Oak, CA
    What sachit is talking about is there's a bit of "s" "z" and "sh" sounds on the vocals (singing part). This is called sibilant noise and what causes it is either too much compression, inferior microphones or even the way the singer sings.

    A de-esser is a tool to rid your recording of sibilant noise.

    Sibilant noise usually resides in the 2-10kHz range.

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