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    I am in the beginning of recording tracks for a friend in Canada via the internet. Though I'm probably not supposed to post this I thought I'd get opinions of the tracks I recorded for him. All he sent me was some guitar tracks and rough vocals to work from. He asked me to do a lot of percussion for this one, and although I could have played something off a drum machine or samples, I thought I would go the manual route and do it with all real instruments and mic everything. This was an interesting way to do it. I locked myself up all alone in the studio and ran the DAW from a laptop behind the kit via remote desktop.

    Please tell me what you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilGood View Post
    I am in the beginning of recording tracks for a friend in Canada via the internet. Though I'm probably not supposed to post this I thought I'd get opinions of the tracks I recorded for him. All he sent me was some guitar tracks and rough vocals to work from. He asked me to do a lot of percussion for this one, and although I could have played something off a drum machine or samples, I thought I would go the manual route and do it with all real instruments and mic everything. This was an interesting way to do it. I locked myself up all alone in the studio and ran the DAW from a laptop behind the kit via remote desktop.

    Please tell me what you think.

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    Sounds pretty good. I think the kick and snare are a little "dark" for the song. The kick can use a little more attack presence and the snare could use a little more snap. Bongos and shit sound good.

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    There's no EQ on anything. These are just the raw tracks.

    You're right, they could be brighter.

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    Hi Phil, drums & perc sound very good to me. I´m listening through pc speakers and I can´t feel the kick. The snare was all over the place. If you´re going to send a rough mix of your drums my suggestion will be check the snare vs bd.
    Nice tune BTW.
    TS

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    Yeah, kick is awol on my cheap pc speaks.

    Let me pull this up on the monitors when I get home...

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    The drums sound really good!

    I think the percussion is not helping the groove... I gets in the way, is way to busy (IMHO)...

    I think a shaker would compliment the track much better than the bongoes that you used... (I´m just guessing saying you used a bongoe)

    Do you mind sharing the signal chain and the equipment used on that session?

    Thanks

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    Nice

    I liked the treatment. That didn't sound like bongos, it sounded like a djembe, was it?
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    Its bongos.

    I did a lot of percussion to allow my friend to pull up what he wants and dial down what he doesn't. I just did what I assumed might help fill in the track.

    The kick is a little low in my mix, but I wanted it kind of soft. Too loud and it over-powers the mix. I'm sending him each instrument as a separate wav file and he can mix it himself to taste.

    TS, I don't know what you mean "all over the place". I hope it isn't referring to timing. I really don't want to have to play the track again and it seemed OK to me timing-wise. I don't practice as often as I used to and my ears are going.

    As far as the signal chain, its pretty straight up.

    Mics:

    Toms & snare: GLS ES-57s
    Kick: CAD KBM412
    Overheads: (my special mods) MXL2003

    all sent through a Ramsa mixer. Used the built in pres. No EQ.

    Each track is sent individually to an input on the DAW. Toms are summed to 2 tracks.

    I recorded the bongos with a 58. The triangle with a Superlux LDC. I didn't go crazy and pull out the top notch mics I have. That might of helped, but I wanted easy.

    The softer middle tones and really deep tone of the lope are my toms played with tympani mallets.

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    Phil, sorry about my english. It sucks.
    What I try to say is that the snare is too loud. The kick is so low that I can barely feel it. But this is your mix. If you are going to send the tracks to your friend and he will mix it by his own forget what I said.
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    Couldn't really hear much at work but i'll have time tonight to have a listen in my studio...

    Cool that you did all the parts 'pure'






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