Mixing a MASSIVE full band entrance

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by eRazed, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. eRazed

    eRazed Active Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    Hi everyone

    I'm trying to record a demo for my electronic post rock band.

    The track begins with a simple keyboard loop. Seconds later, the bass and guitars enter (at the same time).

    The problem I'm having is trying to make the guitars/bass entrance sound really MASSIVE.

    Does anyone have any tips on how to do this? The levels of the guitars/bass are very high, but when they enter, there still isn't that "boost" that I'm looking for.

    Here is the track i'm talking about:
  2. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
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    Lower the keyboard tracks in the beginning (so it sounds less massive), raise your volume knob or fader, listen back - tada!

    For something to sound "really massive" there must be something with less mass to compare it to...
  3. eRazed

    eRazed Active Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    Thanks :)

    I found that panning the guitars more helped make it sound "bigger". Is this true?
  4. AllInRuins

    AllInRuins Guest

    Yes, it can make the mix sound wider.
  5. You could lower the volume of the keyboard loop just before the bass and guitars kicks in or you could maybe leave a small gap.
  6. natural

    natural Active Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    There's quite a few things you might want to do.
    - Bent is right about lowering the intro so there's a noticeable difference
    - you might also want to eq the intro to be a little thinner.
    - Now , your big problem is going to be the massive part.
    The gtr's just don't have the the full bodied tone one would associate with 'massive' regardless of level
    - Another thing that creates a big sound is full range up in your face drums. Your drums start before the gtrs/bass, and are also quite thin sounding.
    - The last thing is a little more psychological. If we indeed have a massive band intro it should probably drown out the keyboard. So you might want to have the keys remain at the lower intro, and just eq them a bit fatter when the band kicks in.
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