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    The Suffering Of Aiden - alternative rock track

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    Hey everyone, can I get a mix check?

    Looking back, I would turn the gain down on all the guitars by a hair. I've wondered if the verse/intro guitars would be better clean, but I originally wanted a touch of darkness/cold/chilling-gain on them. Not sure if they came off that way.

    Are we punchy? Good dynamics? Let me know what you think, please.



    I took awhile on the black hills,
    it took awhile for me to think.
    From way up there I saw the whole world.
    I thought I knew you.

    Slipping on the weathered concrete,
    losing patience in my room,
    back and forth, away and resting,
    I thought I knew you.

    Of all the places I've been looking over,
    there you were...

    The suffering of Aiden, I can move you -
    I see right through you -
    The sun breaks your love.

    Scattered rays of the sunshine,
    a sacrifice we made too soon.
    When down is up and up is testing,
    I thought I knew you.

    I never met somebody all alone,
    you never cared at all.

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    First, great vocals. I wonder if they shouldn't couldn't come up some. (See if others agree, borderline)
    Guitar distortion could be dialed back a hair, just seem over saturated to my years.
    A little more thump in the bass.

    Great performance, great energy, very good mix, if you notice most of my comments really were more on the production side. That is a first class song I could see playing on mainstream rock.alternative. Really good sound.
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    Man, dude. You can sing, serious. This song is a pop/metal anthem.
    The bass has a great tone but is just a bit loud in the verses. It's great in the choruses.
    That guitar in the beginning has that Vox fizz on top that I so desperately try to keep in check....
    The fade out at the end makes me jealous...I never have the patience to let my notes hang out that long, and even when I do, I fade them quickly because artistically they never sound as good as this one does.
    This is the whole package, man. The voice, the guitar playing. Good writing. The drums are great. Are they programmed? and more importantly, Are you still mixing in CANS???? This is REALLY good. I love this song.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DM60 View Post
    Guitar distortion could be dialed back a hair, just seem over saturated to my years.
    I agree. Wish I had the patience to go back and change it all. I bet the whole sound would be cleaned up nicely. Thanks for the listen and comment dude

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    This sounds more refined than the versions I heard before. I get the comment that the bass is loud, but personally I like it. The rhythm guitars seem lower than before, which is a good thing. It lets the lead parts be heard better, and gives the vocal space without needing to be overly loud. All in all, the levels are right on for me. Good song and performances as always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BroKen_H View Post
    The drums are great. Are they programmed? and more importantly, Are you still mixing in CANS????
    Yes, programmed. Superior Drummer with, mostly, the Rock Warehouse kit and some exceptions. I took A LOT of time writing those drums out. Probably two weeks and some changes up until mix down time. Played around with which cymbals sounded best during each part, moving each hit by hand before and after the time line (a more detailed "humanize", i guess).

    And yeah, Sens HD280's. I check the mix every other day in my car. Make mental notes, then back to the headphones. Repeat for 3-4 weeks. lol.
    I need monitors.

    Thanks so much for the listen and kind words. Glad you like it. I liked the chorus melody when I came up with it and I hope I wrote something that portrayed what I was hearing in my head. Thanks man

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    Quote Originally Posted by BroKen_H View Post
    Man, dude. You can sing, serious.
    by the way, I can share the outtakes and you will think otherwise. This is a comp of 15 takes. Some were outright hilarious. Voice cracks, cussing, throwing stuff, lol. But thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robus View Post
    This sounds more refined than the versions I heard before. I get the comment that the bass is loud, but personally I like it. The rhythm guitars seem lower than before, which is a good thing. It lets the lead parts be heard better, and gives the vocal space without needing to be overly loud. All in all, the levels are right on for me. Good song and performances as always.
    Yes, I turned the guitars down overall and more so the heaviest pair. What isn't helping the vocal "space" in the middle is that the intro guitar actually plays all the way through and is not doubled. Just a single take but hard panned onto two tracks; each with a different cab and mic. So, it spreads it out a little bit, but clearly not as far apart as the heavy guitars are...those are true doubles. I then added a third set of hard panned distorted guitars but have them turned WAY down. They are copying the main heavy pair. It's the reason the second section of the solo part is slightly louder...that's the third set of guitars playing along with the solo.

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    I think it sounds really good.

    What's your bass chain and treatment?

    Also, "Last One In The Room" is one of the most melodically hooky things I've heard from the "amateur" ranks in a long time. You mix guitars like the Smashing Pumpkins, which may be a super dated reference, but that's what it reminds me of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrushkiwt View Post
    by the way, I can share the outtakes and you will think otherwise. This is a comp of 15 takes. Some were outright hilarious. Voice cracks, cussing, throwing stuff, lol. But thanks
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