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    Caution! Bluegrass inside...

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    I've finally been able to get all of my PC-based recording gear to play nice and have become farily adept with the software.

    So.....I'm posting a link here if any of you folks would like to hear a bit of the CD project I'm working on with my BG band.

    We're all pretty new to the bluegrass scene but we're learning.

    I more interested in feedback regarding the sound, mix etc. than the critique of the actual performance.

    If you don't mind, please follow the link and have a listen. I prefer the "clip" rather than the "full" version because I mixed the clip a bit different. It's hard to mix down on good studio monitors and then try to anticipate what it will sound like on home/auto CD players or computer speakers.

    Please let me know what you think could be done to improve the sonic quality of these MP3's.

    If you don't care for bluegrass, please don't hammer me. Just don't listen..... :-)

    Thanks,

    Earl

    http://www.earlclark.com/mp3/texas.htm

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    I dig it man.I would try and bring the instruments forward a little bit to make the performance more intimate.Bluegrass is one of the true forms of music where the instruments should be in your face kinda like you are inthe same room with the payers IMHO....the reverb is a little too much on the vocal.I know,I know,it sounds a lot like the big hall reverb sound of the Grand Ole opry, but it just seems a little too wet to me.

    Is there any reverb on the guitar,mandolin and banjo?They dont seem to be up front as they should be for some reason or another.

    I listened to the FULL length clip if that helps at all.I'll take a listen to the short clip and see if I notice any diffrence.

    Nice performance.

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    Thank you.

    The reverb is just a wash with Ozone. I thought it was a bit wet as well so, I'll try backing off the reverb and see how it sounds.

    Will try bringing the banjo, guitar and mando up a little as well.

    Thanks again,

    Earl

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    i am a huge fan of blue grass... i really dig what youve done here. awesome stuff.

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    Nice stuff. I listened to all three. I liked the sound of the second clip the best. I think that sounded very good. Great picking going on there too. Are those crowd noises real? If not I would probably opt to leave them out.

    That was a great listen.
    John


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    Thanks for the nice comments. This is the first time I've ever recorded anything from the "injuneers" seat. I spent many years on the other side of the glass as a session pedal steel player. I'm playing mando and singing on this.

    Oh heck no, the crowd noises are definitely not real (real, but not to the event). This was recorded in my living room. The crowd was just an exercise in learning what the software (SONAR2.2)will do. They won't be on the finished product.

    I'm enclosing a pic of my humble studio.

    Will post more in the future. I can only learn from those who understand this better than I do.

    Thanks,

    Earl


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    I think the instruments sound pretty decent, albeit a litte reverby. The crowd noises I think would work, but the get cut off after the solos very quickly, and are a tad loud all the time too. I think the reverb definately matches the crowd size though

    I think backing off the reverb just a smidgen, and you'll have a pretty good mix.

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    Originally posted by pdlstl

    I'm enclosing a pic of my humble studio.


    hehe...looks a lot nicer than mine . I'll trade you straight up for any one of your axes for my Ovation Celebrity
    John


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    I wanna know if I buy one of those cheap ass dobros and banjos from musicians friend, if they'll be ok for recording and occasional use (for this aging rock and roller)

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    I thought both clips sounded pretty good. Each had it's strong points.

    The first clip (with more reverb) had a better live feel - if that's what you were going for - and it fit better with the audience effects. Sounded like it could have been recorded from a stage performance.

    The second clip was much cleaner. I preferred this version. However, the audience didn't fit and sounded artificial becase the recording was "too" clean. I would also prefer to the vocal come up a little hotter in the mix.

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