Newby to recording! Please help!! any help is good!!

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by officialhipnotic, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. officialhipnotic

    officialhipnotic Active Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Cardiff , wales
    Im new to recording and mixing/mastering myself,im using pro tools.

    I basically need to no what's wrong with these songs (songs below) and what else needs to be done to get clear vocals because they sound thick (& not mixed well at all) im looking to get a sound like this Reepa - My Life - Prod. By Reepa - YouTube

    I don't no how to use EQ or anything on my tracks the only thing i use is the compresser and iv'e used it on all 3 at the same setting which is as follows

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

    Here are my last 3 songs starting from the 1st one i did to the most recent

    1st home recording -Hipnotic - Better days (Remix) by officialhipnotic on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free

    2nd home recording -Hipnotic - Bedroom window by officialhipnotic on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free

    3rd (most recent) home recording - Hipnotic - This is for (Prod. Red skull) by officialhipnotic on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free

    If you've took the time to read that big thanks and i appreciate any help you guys can offer!!
  2. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    There are no magical settings, all compressors are different.

    You will just have to experiment, practice and use your ears.
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    As has been mentioned, you need to experiment and tweak the knobs until you hear what you want. As far as equalization goes, you are not utilizing any high pass filtering on your vocals. As a result, your vocals are continuously muddy sounding. So while you don't know anything about equalization, you do know what a tone control is don't you? And that's what equalization is all about, bass & treble & everything in between. Of course when you over equalize anything, you end up with crap. So Less Is always More. But you need to be filtering some low frequencies off of your vocals due to the Proximity Effect of all directional microphones. The Proximity Effect is the build up of the bass frequencies the closer you get to the microphone. And that's why so many microphones feature a bass cut off filter switch. When it's not on the microphone, you need to engage it on your microphone preamp/console or just within software. I know it sounds cool in the headphones but it sounds like mud through loudspeakers when you don't do that.

    Now listen to your mother
    Mx. Remy Ann David

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