QUOTE (tonymiro @ Oct 2 2009, 02:46 PM)
Had a quick listen today and some of the things that occurred to me that you might want to consider:
1 - the overall mix is a bit muddy - for me there is particularly too much going on in the lower frequencies and so the recording lacks definition. To me it sounds like you've boosted the low end @ 100hz or so. Most eq'ing works best (with a few small exceptions) by attenuating rather than gaining/boosting frequencies.
2- There seems to be a weird crossover boost at about 80hz. A lot of speakers have their crossover here - particularly any that have a sub bass - and so its a bit of an odd area and more often than not people boost too much at this point.
3- to me there's quite a bit of congestion in the mid frequencies. A lot of instruments and the vocals are all taking up the same frequency range and the whole thing sound very busy. You might want to add some more panning and some eq attenuation/cut to increase separation.
4 - the drums lack a degree of crack. A small amount of eq boost (one of those times when it's good
) at around 220 and 4800 (but sweep to find the sweet spot) could help.
5 - general lack of high end - the cymbals, to me, don't have any fizz and I'd guess that you've rolled off the hi frequency range. For the cymbals you need to look at the frequency range above 6000Hz and don't cut so much to allow them to ring out.
6 - I'd put the vocals back through mid/side and re eq them.
7 - to me the synth lead is 'thin' and a bit harsh. Maybe double track it with another synth.
8 - might just be me but there sounds like there is a resonance frequency around 240hz. Might be worth checking for future recording and mixing.
9 - if you can remix then maybe check the tracking as the levels are nearly there but don't seem totally consistent. If you can't re-track then look at compression on the drum bus.
10 - the recording seems to be hot and compressed. On my sequencers the meters were red lining in places and the spectrum looks clipped and compressed and sounds distorted in those places. That's a pity as there is otherwise some nice dynamics in the recording. Also because its recorded hot it leaves little room for any processing at mastering.
Hey Tony thanks for taking the time to listen and giving such great feedback. Just a few questions on your recommendations. I will go through and number them in the order that you gave them.
1. This sounds pretty straight forward I just need to go into the EQ and play with backing off some in the range you suggested.
2. Not sure what you meant by the crossover at 80hz. If I had to guess it would be the hum that appears in the first half of the song when the guitar is going pretty hard. This hum is from the guitar player hitting the low E string and letting it ring while he is playing. I tried to talk him into re recording and muting it after he hits it but he insisted that "That is how its done in Metalcore so I just needed to figure it out" I tried to reduce it hum but ended up always messing up other important sounds. Now that you have mentioned 80hz maybe I will concentrate in that area.
3. Congestion in the mid frequencies. What would you suggest I should try panning first. Right now I have guitars as mono tracks doubled one track hard left and one track hard left. Ivan mentioned that he thought the guitars were still in the center. Is this not the proper way to pan guitars one mono track hard left and one mono track hard right? The drums are center the bass is center as well as keys and vocals. After typing this I can see that something should probably be panned. What would you suggest? keys, vocals or bass first?
4. Drums lack crack. I agree. I have worked on the drums what seems like forever. I will give your suggestion a try.
5. General lack of high end. I will give your suggestion a try.
6. Vocals. What do you mean by mid/side? And what would you suggest as far as re EQ?
7. Synth is a bit thin and harsh. Instead of recording a new synth track could I use the same track and double it only change the sound a bit on the existing track? If not I will talk to the keyboard player and see if he is game.
8. Resonant Freq at 240hz this could also be what I talked about on line 2 If I was to have a guess at it.
9. I can remix. So I will try what you suggest. As for the compression on the drums I used a drum compression preset in logic. Maybe I will play with the preset some. Is it a bad idea to use compression on individual tracks like the kick track and snare track etc. And then use compression again on the final output of that track?
10. Sounds hot. Thats probably because I used T-Racks and used one of the mastering presets that had a brick wall limiter at the end of the chain. I know how you feel about that so please do not hold it against me. In my defense I can say that on the meter that compares my track to the current levels on modern metal tracks I was still just barely on the edge of the green and not even close to red. But I did notice that 75% of the waveforms had the fresh mown look across the top and bottom.
Any answers you could give are greatly appreciated and I hope that I am not wearing out my welcome with all the questions.
QUOTE (audiopaal @ Oct 2 2009, 03:00 PM)
I'll PM you my email mate, and you can send me something if you like
Sounds good. I am still in Illinois in a hotel. Will be heading back home tomorrow and will email them to you then. Thanks for the help