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    Hi all,

    I recently was going to through my backup stuff and I found some raw tracks of a demo recording of a past band of mine. This song was never on the demo and actually never really mixed. I did some mixing of my own on it but I'm, like some of you probably, trying to learn how to do it.

    I really like the idea of this forum: help each other out with mixing by either mixing ones tracks or providing raw tracks for practice. So I'd like to contribute by adding the tracks I found so you can learn from it.

    Some notes to the tracks:

    - From what I remember we had little time left in the studio when we recorded this song. The other songs on the demo were recorded in more takes, so less there is less spill in the mics from other instruments. In these tracks there is quite a lot of spill.

    - I think we did only one take so you will here lots of mistakes :-) But for practicing your mixing techniques this does not matter I guess.

    - The files are not named properly so you will have to figure out yourself what is the kick out, kick in etc track.

    Have fun !

    The link to the tracks:

    STACK

    Cheers,

    Roel

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    Hey,

    Thanks for the tracks to use for practice. Here is my quick mix. Constructive criticism welcome.
    Dropbox - Trouble(Mastered).wav

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    Quick mix here (DropBox link).

    I like that song!

    Edit: SoundCloud private links don't work, OneDrive forces a download... .
    Last edited by keith.rogers; 08-16-2017 at 11:58.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Holland View Post
    Hey,
    ... Constructive criticism welcome.
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    You asked for it . Sounds like everything is pretty much in the center to me. There's a lot of stuff in the low-mids, so some EQ carving on guitars and bass probably. And I'd do a lot of panning to start with.
    "... I know in the mornin' that it's gonna be good
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    Thanks for the input. After listening again today it is a bit heavy on low end. But as for panning, the only things in the center are drums, bass and vox.

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    I just tried to clean up some noise in the beginning and give the bass a little more treble, and stuck a different compressor on the lead vocal and it all went south . But, it's too late to turn on the speakers so I might give it another listen in the morning.

    Bass is hard... This one wasn't too bad because they had both the DI and amp, and obviously the bass player knew what they were doing. The lead vocal seems hard to control sometimes. I probably need to use some automation there.
    "... I know in the mornin' that it's gonna be good
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    Hi John,

    thanks for you mix !

    There are somethings I like about it and some that might need some work (in my humble opinion):

    In general I think that it sounds a bit boxy, as if there is a pillow in front of my speakers. I agree with Keith that you might want to carve out some freqs so there is a little bit of air in the mix.

    The lead vocal sounds a little bit far away, maybe because of the reverb you used?

    What I do like it that sound of the snare. In the mix I made (which I'll add too) it sounds thin. Yours has body. I also like the kick sound. Also fuller than mine and nice attack.


    Here is my mix. I put it on youtube so other bands can have a go at it as well :-)

    Trouble

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith.rogers View Post
    Quick mix here (DropBox link).

    I like that song!

    Edit: SoundCloud private links don't work, OneDrive forces a download... .
    Hi Keith,

    you too thanks for the mix !

    It's a nice mix. But here too I have some "criticism" (as far a a newbie mixer like me can give any)

    What I like is the presence of the lead vocal, the space in the mix and the effect you added to the keys. Also the kick has a nice nice attack.

    I do think however that the snare sounds too far away, as if they can only be heard through the room mic. And the guitar is a little to soft for my taste. Especially in the chorus where sax and guitar play the little melody. They blend nicely if on equal volume..


    To both you and John: it's great fun to hear other people's mixes, thanks !

    I have some more multitracks from this band. I'll put up some more if you like.

    Cheers !

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    One more question: do you guys mix with headphones? I noticed that since I switched to monitor speakers mixing became much easier. Especially when mixing bass/low end

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    Quote Originally Posted by foobalicious View Post
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    What I like is the presence of the lead vocal, the space in the mix and the effect you added to the keys. Also the kick has a nice nice attack.

    I do think however that the snare sounds too far away, as if they can only be heard through the room mic. And the guitar is a little to soft for my taste. Especially in the chorus where sax and guitar play the little melody. They blend nicely if on equal volume..
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    Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment!

    The keys effect is a little bit of Leslie on slow speed, maybe a little weight to the top speaker.

    I'll go back and look for the snare and see which track it is. I honestly didn't do a lot with the drums except group them (route all to a stereo bus) and do some quick pan and balance, though I did EQ the 2 tracks that were primarily kick (in my ears, anyway). The bus has compression (well, 2 - 1 general and a little on the 2nd, side chained to the lead vocal). As you mentioned, there's a lot of spill/bleed and the drums are kind of everywhere . Could be a loose one is what's being primarily heard. I'll see what I can do.

    As a guitar player (but about 50 years ago trumpet player in a couple soul bands), I wrestled with the guitar track(s). It does work well with the sax but it seemed like the timing was just so slightly off that when I brought it up I was afraid I was going to have to get into some timing tinkering to make me happy. I could have just been lazy though and didn't spend enough time there. I will give it another listen along with the sax and see if a little volume slider automation can make those balance more like you expected.

    I saw you posted another song - I hope to have time next week (visitors coming this weekend and a trip to Austin early in the week, plus some recording tentatively the latter part of the week). This stuff is way outside of my 1-2 piece acoustic "bailiwick" so a great stretch. Thanks again.
    "... I know in the mornin' that it's gonna be good
    when I stick out my elbows and they don't bump wood." - Bill Kirchen

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