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    Hey here is a recent creation of mine and a couple of friend who play together from time to time. This was recorded at a school in PiteŚ, a small town in northern sweden. I would like to get some feedback on the sound of the mix. It's a really nice tune but i'm not to proud of my own work as the sound engineer and it sounds like something is wrong but I can't really find out what. So if anyone has any thoughts or ideas I am all ears.

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    It seems to be lacking high frequencies. The girl's vocals sound as if a low-pass filter was applied at 2 kHz. The only thing having much in the HF range at all seems to be the drum overheads.

    I love the bell hit at 1:56.

    The reverb on her vox from 2:06-2:13 is rockin'.

    The kick could use more attack. It sounds like a mere thud. I guess you may not have much control over this. Probably has most to do with the drum and mics used to record it.

    I might bring up the toms a hair.

    Cool panning on the cymbal at the end.

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    thanks for your comments.

    Yes I have also heard the missing high frequencies and I thought I had compensated for it, but maybe I can do more. Is it more the freq from maybe 3-8khz that are missing or is it even the higher frequencies, say 9-16khz that are missing?

    I did use a ribbon microphone (the royer 121 i think they are called) because she has a voice that did not work well on the standard large condensers that I start out with, neumann or some other tube variant. So that might explain some of the lacking transients and high frequencies. I could try to att some more in that range and maybe work on some of the compressors and let them let more of her voice through.

    Except lacking high frequencies is there anything else on the overall sound that you think about?

    I will reply later, today is my B-day so I'm a little busy. Thanks though!
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    Happy birthday [yesterday]! :P

    Listening now, I don't notice the lack of high frequencies as much.. I don't know what it is with me. I had a long, long night of sleep.. maybe that affected how I am hearing this.. I don't know. heh. I'm more referring to the overall mix.

    And since I typed that last paragraph, I think my ears are coming back, and I do indeed hear the lack of HF a bit more (this is the first thing I've listened to since I woke up).

    Anyway... I would say 3-8kHz maybe could take a bump. Probably 8 and up, too though, but maybe not as much. It would be easier for me to answer if I could do it and hear the change, so you just have to trust your ears.

    A good thing to do is find a song you love, and use it as a reference for EQ and such. That could be helpful. Listen to that song, then listen to yours and decide what yours is missing that the other song has.

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    Been working some more on this project and we added some more guitars for a tighter sound. And also some effects. Though I have to work more on some parts of it.

    How is the specral balance now? And by the way the vocals should i give them a bump maybe +3 db, or are they fine as they are? I have some problems deciding since I only have headphones and dont trust them totally.

    I very much appriciate your input!

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    I like the added guitar at 3:47. I'm sure there are other parts, but I noticed that one just now..
    also, I like that you raised the harmony level a bit at 2:54.. or it seems as if you did. Love that harmony :P

    I'm only mixing on headphones, also.. all I have otherwise is a surround sound system and it's definitely not a flat response.
    I think the vox could come up a tad, maybe not quite 3db, though. Try 1.5 and then decide from there, perhaps. A 3db gain is doubling the volume.

    As far as spectral balance, it sounds quite similar to the first mix, but I think it sounds alright. Could still use high end overall, but it's not a deal-breaker.

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    this is somewhat of an experiment but you can try and see if this better suits your taste

    ftp://ftp:1234@77.110.48.8/baltimoregits3.wav
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    I'll listen tomorrow. I'm amazingly tired now after a long Independence Day here in the states.

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    I think it sounds great. :P

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    I can't stream a WAV file. Can you upload an mp3??

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