critique Home’s Just Over That Hill

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  1. joulupukki

    joulupukki Active Member

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    Here’s a tune I wrote and recorded. I’d prefer to have the instrumental parts be done by a fiddle, but need to track someone down for that first.

    In any case, just looking for general feedback/tips on the mixing and not necessarily the performance. I always feel I can’t quite get my mixes to sound right, especially the vocals. I play 99% bluegrass. In this mix I haven’t added any reverb or any effects like that. Just a little bit of EQ mostly to dampen some strong notes from my upright bass and then a little bit of compression on the vocal and rhythm guitar tracks.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/l0hre7rgx5y8ys9/Home's Just Over That Hill.mp3?dl=0
     
  2. mark skinner

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    I think the instrumental part done on the "guitar" fit in well and was eqd' good. I think all of the other instruments and vocals could have used a little more highs to bring them more inline with the lead guitar. Nice to hear one not so over processed . Enjoyed it... mark
     
  3. joulupukki

    joulupukki Active Member

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    Thanks for the feedback Mark. I'll keep working on it and others to hone my skills. :)
     
  4. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

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    You may have more answers if you post the mp3 here.. ;)
     
  5. joulupukki

    joulupukki Active Member

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    Thanks for the tip. Here's the file.

     

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    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

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    Not bad.. I need to listen to it at my studio.. ;)
     
  7. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    Good performances which is most important.

    I hear some mild issues with the recording. The backups sound a little harsh in the upper mid range. This is likely due to "stacking" the takes using the exact same mic, pre, location in the room, and possibly mix settings. This causes a buildup of frequencies, and masking. It may make you boost or cut excessively to make things audible, because things are competing, as opposed each part having its own pocket in the mix.

    The solution to this is to use different mics, pres, and settings for different elements of the recording. If you dont have options, use different mic placement and different rooms or location in the room. The idea is to give each element its own identity within the mix.

    Ditto for rythym and lead guitars.
     
  8. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I finally got time to listen to in in the studio.. sorry for the delay..
    I find a bit disturbing to hear the bass on the side instead of centered.. and it kinda have to much low mids..
    At some places the bass overpower the vocals.. this should be addressed.
    All in all, good job !! Feel free to post revisions.. it's always nice to follow the evolution ! ;)
     
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  9. joulupukki

    joulupukki Active Member

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    Thanks guys for the feedback. Life has been in the way a bit, but I will definitely take your advice and re-mix this. When I get back to it again I'll definitely post the revision(s). I also wrote another verse to the song so I need to re-record it as well.
     
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  10. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

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    Can't wait ! ;)
     

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