Indie Rock with vintage vibe (recorded and being mixed on a budget, at home)

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Gus Machado, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. Gus Machado

    Gus Machado Member

    Aug 26, 2016
    Buenos Aires
    I'm recording, producing and recording by myself, and on a budget, by just studying tutorials and asking for help on forums, so I'm really needing feedback in order to procceed. Can you guys listen to my mix? (Actually this is something I'm doing in order to sound pleasant and then record vocals, but it is also something that is starting to sound interest and helping me define which sounds I want for my EP)

    Would you guys help me by listening to it and giving you 2 cents about it?

    Attention: it is a working in progress, clearly.

    I use WAVES plugins, and FABFILTERS. And I recorded all guitars using amplitube and tracking with a mobile-pre and a tube pre amp.

    The thing that botters me the most is the drums. I would like a dryer snare sound, but it seems that my snare channel doesn't even does the diference since there is much more snare sounds on OH and rooms.

    Thank you in advance.


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  2. DogsoverLava

    DogsoverLava Active Member

    Jun 21, 2014
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    First thoughts: you do a bunch of left right channel jumping between instruments. Part of a successful mix for this genre and style or recording is if you feel you are listening to the band live. So what you do as a listener is you visualize spatially what you are hearing in the mix.... if the horn players suddenly pop up on the right channel after being on the left channel you get pulled out of the mix (or do you imagine them running over to the other side of the stage/room?) -- so first general concept is literally figure out where everyone is gonna be in the mix and generally stick to it.

    Second -- you've got lots of little extra guitar parts - cool parts love 'em - but different tones, mix positions --- same principle -- am I supposed to imagine a band on stage with 13 guitar players and some guy coming in for 4 bars never to be heard again -- Figure out who is playing what and stick to that (in this kind of live band style song). This happens lots when guys are building a song and adding parts as they go - you get these sort of orphaned and/or mysterious one off instruments appear randomly in the mix (as you add parts). Is this a two guitar song? Two guitars and a solo? 3 guitars and a solo?

    I liked a lot of it - it had a cool retro vibe so you've got a foundation here to work with - some general level issues - certain instruments being a little too loud, or certain tones imposing themselves too broadly on the mix and losing the balance. I think others will ask - what are you mixing with? Headphones? Speakers? What kind of room? I wouldn't worry too much about the drums yet until you get a better balance instrumentally. There are some great drum guys here to so they'll probably chime in with some good advice.
  3. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Boulder, Colorado
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    Yep, it's a bit indecisive. It's like a building designed by half a dozen architects working independently. It needs repetition (to set up some expectation) followed by deviation from the pattern (for spice). Repeating verses and choruses are the structure. Bridges, solos and variations on the verse and chorus are the spice. Set a pattern, repeat a couple of times, throw in a change (bridge, solo), go back to the original pattern, add another variation (extra line in the last chorus, outro refrain).
  4. R1N Recording Studio

    R1N Recording Studio Active Member

    Sep 11, 2016
    Asheville NC
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    Dogs, excellent vision building narrative, I know a few hundred people that need about 5 min of your time. BTW - loved the sample Gus, keep working at it with advice here in mind and you will produce a smashing record mate!
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