my mix needs serious help

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by baadc0de, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. baadc0de

    baadc0de Active Member

    Oct 6, 2005

    The analyser shows (probably) too much stuff happening in the low end and not enough in the high end - but making it brighter and more top-endish (instrument-by-instrument or group-by-group) just kind of makes it harsh sounding. Any obvious and less obvious things I”m missing? Any hints?

  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    South Florida
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    By analyzer do you mean your EARS? Don't worry what it looks like...only worry about what it sounds like.

    I'll have to give it a listen later.
  3. baadc0de

    baadc0de Active Member

    Oct 6, 2005
    Err, I”ve only opened up the analyzer because I”ve thought it sounds kind of dull and boxy (that”s what my ears told me).

    After taking the track home, I”ve come to a conclusion that it sounds harsh... in my studio. Damn. Over the headphones at home I can add quite a lot of top end and it sounds much better, much more comparable to similar tracks in the genre. Perhaps it”s time to re-think my control room acoustics... my current setup doesn”t seem to work at all.

  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    baadc0de, There is nothing wrong with your control room acoustics! Nothing wrong at all. What is wrong, is your recording technique, mixing technique, mastering technique and this cut is so over optimized, so overblown, so ear fatiguing, that you need to rethink how to make recordings and stop worrying about acoustics.

    It's Uber obnoxious to try and listen to. You have to stop reading how to make recordings and start listening to how you make recordings. It's one constant massive glob of nonstop 100% modulated energy. Boxy? Of course it's boxy. You have boxed your entire recording into a one half decibel box. Then there wasn't any nicely colored wrapping either?

    Highly compressed in an open setting
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. mark_van_j

    mark_van_j Active Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    Maribor, Slovenia
    HAHAHA. What a small world! Good 'ol Infidia...

    Where exactly was this recorded? Who recorded this?
  6. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Send me the sessions and I'll fix it up for ya.
  7. baadc0de

    baadc0de Active Member

    Oct 6, 2005
    mark_van_j: I doubt it”s the same infidia, since these are a small band from Slovenia, struggling to get their 4th concert or some such. If they are however, you can get them details on PM.

    RemyRAD: Oh well, I can only hope that when I make you happy with my mixes/recordings my clients will be happy as well. So far it”s been the opposite - I”m not implying that client satisfaction is a de facto scale of how good a record you make, but I”m consistently getting pinned down by clients if it isn”t very very loud. To me, it doesn”t mean a lot, I”ve heard so much whining about the whole loudness concept, but, then again - I”ve grown up with brickwalled records (extreme metal in particular) and may be biased. A simple question - why would this track be *better* if it weren”t compressed as hell? I understand the issues with ear fatigue, but aren”t other records in this genre compressed just as much?

    Since my last post, I”ve fixed most of my high end problems, and hopefully made something both I and my clients will like. I”ve also cut a bit on the master limiter and the vocal compression and am quite interested in what the clients will say.
  8. reginald

    reginald Guest

    Dear God save us from this aircrash ferry disaster. :shock: :shock:

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