Hi all - haven't posted here in quite some time. We're having a bit of an issue with a recording that maybe I can get some ideas about...
Basically the situation is this: recording a demo/ep with a trio of mine, none of us seemed to have time to get together all at the same time, so we've been doing the passing files back and forth thing, and doing our takes on our own DAWs. Actually, the other two involved pretty much did all they're takes on the singer's system, so it's really just me that did bass tracks on my Logic5/AardvarkQ10 PC.
Believe it or not, but everything sounded great up until nearly the end - we used a rehearsal take as a bed track so everyone did in a sense play together. I wound up laying down the bass (upright double bass, with a healthy amount of rockabilly style slapping) last, over top of the rest of the tracks - I felt I'd be able to "glue" the other instruments together just fine that way.
Anyway, finished my tracking against a sub mix (one stereo track) of banjo, guitar and vocals. Mixed it down quickly on my system, just to get a sense of a) how my bass sounds were (first time miking a double bass for slap style) and b) just to be able to listen to the whole shebang in the car and judge the performance better that way.
Everything sounded killer.
Now, in order to get the bass tracks (two mic tracks, dry - and one sub mixed with some light fx) into a format with a consistent start point (and also because there was some comping), I soloed and bounced each track from the smpte 1hr point, and put them on a disk and passed the whole thing along for the singer/songwriter to mix on his Cubase system.
Sorry for the long post, but we're getting to the meat of it here: So he sent me the test mixes, and there are major timing issues with the bass tracks. Listening to the mix I did on my system, I must say I nailed the feel I was going for on all the songs. From listening to the Cubase mixes, I sound like a drunk. At best. Kidding aside, the bass takes are really behind the other tracks, timing wise...
He's tried moving them around a bit, and pushing them about 24 ms forward seems to help, but it's still not quite there. So that tells me that it's not just a case of me hearing flaws in my playing - they're genuinely off, and quite a bit so.
So I'm looking for brainstorm ideas on how to fix this, other than just push the regions around until it "sounds right". I'm clueless as to why this would happen (although I have some ideas). I do know that Logic has some input correction and plugin delay compensation functions, but as far as I can tell, these are disabled at the moment. I'm not sure how fast buddy boy's system is, but again we're not dealing with tracking on his system so really any latency issues his interface (an Mbox, I think) or PC has shouldn't come into play, right? Anything else we could try? Help!