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thefireball
post May 24 2011, 05:48 PM
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I think I have got it better. Please see draft2. This song is still in the preliminary stages.

This song I made is too bassy for me. It's how I recorded it in my preset for POD Farm. I'm trying to avoid having to re-record it. Is there a way I can mix this to make it sound a little better? unsure.gif

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By the way, I intended for the very beginning to sound that way. wink.gif It's on an AM Radio EQ.

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post May 25 2011, 12:53 AM
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Sure smile.gif What is your DAW? Just pull it in to your mixing software, add an EQ and pull out some of the BASS frequencies and Bingo! I'd say give reaper a shot. You can post your reaper project and audio files if you like and we can have a look and give tips/tricks smile.gif

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post May 25 2011, 01:54 AM
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I'm using Audacity, I guess I could try Reaper for that too. I was trying the EQ, but wasn't getting good results. I'll try with Reaper.


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post May 25 2011, 02:52 AM
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Ok, I've posted a second draft. I used EZmix inside Reaper. EZmix is something else I purchased along with EZdrummer. wink.gif

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post May 25 2011, 03:20 AM
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The second mix is good man!! Good licks, clean playing and good transitions and songwriting!

The hi hat seems a little too loud for my taste, but thats just preference.

The guitars sound great! You should maybe consider quad tracking instead of double tracking for a really colorful, beefy sound as it seems to be missing some mids. Try mixing it with a high gain crunch sound like a 5150 (Should be on POD Farm) (Two different guitar tones double tracked, panned 100% left and right)

A really aggressive "growl" on the bass could be helpful as well! Don't worry about it being too distorted, listen to production mixes of metal bands and you'll be surprised, here's a bass only track of a Lamb Of God song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgPUB0Kp4io



Also, I believe EQ'ing and compression should be limited as much as possible, try to get the sound you want from the raw signal, and then work out little details from there.

Most importantly though you should find YOUR own way of mixing, your own sound taking different ideas from different sources. It sounds VERY convincing so far!!!


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post May 25 2011, 04:18 PM
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Sounds OK to me. I think bigger problem is making it tight with guitar playing tho. Somehow bass lines don't exactly match the guitar lines, they are slightly off here and there, and this creates problems too.

But, yes, there is a lot going on in the 100-250Hz area, and it should be clear what bass is using and what guitars are using.

Try to hipass bellow 30Hz, this should make sure that no mix energy is being spend bellow that point. You can hipass 40Hz even, not a lot of mainstream systems can reproduce those frequencies with proper response anyway.

Other thing to do is to cut guitar bellow 100Hz, and watch if the bass is clashing with guitars in 100-200Hz area. It would be wiser to leave the 80Hz dot on the bass track, and decrease 100-200Hz area around -2dB.

If you have multiband compressor or any kind of EQ on the master bass, perhaps the problem is there as well, so be careful about boosting frequencies. It usually doesn't comes out nice when boosting anything too much.

In general nothing should be radically boosted in the mix. If you really need to EQ something in the mix (and it's usually being done if it's not recorded properly), you should cut slightly. If you have bigger disturbances on some tracks, it may be wiser to re-record them, then to "fix them in the mix", which is one of the most common mistakes that people try to achieve.



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