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    Question Constructive criticism please!

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    Hey all!

    I just "finished" my first song using some new equipment. It definitely sounds better than my other stuff but I'm still hearing some issues. Let me know what you think!

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    I like the guitars and vocals. Nice work! Something bugs me about the kick and snare. Too dry? Kick a little hot? It just doesn't sit as good in the mix as I would like to hear, especially in the choruses. You are really really close though. Just can't put my finger on it. Great mix of guitars and bass by the way. This rocks.

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    I agree that the snare is a little dry. I didn't really notice that before! Thank you

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    agree about the drums, but otherwise this sounds great. how dod you track guitars, btw? mic choice, amp?

    rock on!

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    I liked the singing and the vocal sound.

    Drums are quite mechanical.

    The vocals are sitting well above the instruments for most of the mix. The mix, to me, doesn't have enough power. For a song like this I want the guitars to hit like a truck.

    I think the guitar were a little over-driven. Too much distortion and not enough definition. Well played, but too unfocused.

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    These dudes dig Sevendust!

    Drums are super fake-sounding (try programming some human aspects to them: not full hits every time). Fake cymbals make it hard to turn them up, I'd imagine, but the lack of cymbals/room sound are really preventing the mix from going where it should.

    Guitars sound OK: well-performed, either an OK sounding amp sim, or somewhat wimpy real amp (I'd bet on amp sim)

    Vocals sound totally fine! With a fuller drum/guitar sound, they'd fit right into the mix.

    Balances seem pretty good otherwise. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fearfeasog View Post
    agree about the drums, but otherwise this sounds great. how dod you track guitars, btw? mic choice, amp?

    rock on!
    Well because I'm in an apartment, I don't have the liberty of micing my amp so I went DI with a peavey Vypyr ( hugely underrated amp IMO)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleM View Post
    I liked the singing and the vocal sound.

    Drums are quite mechanical.

    The vocals are sitting well above the instruments for most of the mix. The mix, to me, doesn't have enough power. For a song like this I want the guitars to hit like a truck.

    I think the guitar were a little over-driven. Too much distortion and not enough definition. Well played, but too unfocused.
    I agree with the guitars. I definitely tracked them with too much gain. Any other suggestions how to make the mix more powerful?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Henningsgard View Post
    These dudes dig Sevendust!

    Drums are super fake-sounding (try programming some human aspects to them: not full hits every time). Fake cymbals make it hard to turn them up, I'd imagine, but the lack of cymbals/room sound are really preventing the mix from going where it should.

    Guitars sound OK: well-performed, either an OK sounding amp sim, or somewhat wimpy real amp (I'd bet on amp sim)

    Vocals sound totally fine! With a fuller drum/guitar sound, they'd fit right into the mix.

    Balances seem pretty good otherwise. Cheers!
    Thanks Steve! I use steven slate drums and there is an option to "humanize". Maybe Ill be a little more liberal with it And you are definitely right... I love Sevendust. I think they are a bit repetitive and I despise their guitar sound but they are a huge influence. Lajon is one of my favorite singers of all time.

    PS: The vocals were recorded on a POS audio technica Brand X mic o.O To me, it's SO much easier to record vocals than heavy guitar.

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    The secret to huge guitar tone is generally the bass tone!

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