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    "Consumption" -- out of the box

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    I just put this through a complete makeover ...

    The mix may still on the rough side -- it's a headphone mix after tracking and comping the vocal -- so certain sonic decisions may sound funky. I've not yet heard it through speakers ...

    I thought I'd put it up anyways ... to solicit comment and opinion while things are still in formation/production ...

    Any/all thoughts appreciated ... this one is a little different for me ...

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    What I don't like:
    Vocals from about 0:40 to about 1:05 are mushy and unintelligible. I know they're supposed to be distorted but if you want anyone to understand those lyrics, I'd change it. I don't know, maybe just a different flavor of distortion.

    What I like:
    I Like the undistorted vocal that comes in around 1:09 good performance.
    I Like the doubled electric tracks right and left
    Guitar solo at around 2:58 sounds AWESOME. How did you get that sound?
    Drums sound just about right.
    Bass level is good.

    Excellent job.

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    I like the song. It's different and cool. I think you need to keep tweaking the phasey vocal, it's too muddy and undefined right now and doesn't work. The clean vocal sounds good but might be a little too present in the mix. I love the ahhh vocals a lot, but they and the organ are eating up the mix. The high hat is too loud and disconnected from the mix. I think you might need to put it on some speakers and give it a pass. Everything is almost there it just needs some db pushing here and there. Excellent ingredients all of them.

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    I don't like the guitar sound - it sounds like it's out of tune. It may just be the effect.

    OK, the sound is growing on me, lower the effect level and turn the guitars up a little.

    I agree that the vocals up front are unintelligible. Horses for courses. It may be exactly what you're looking for.

    Choruses - The background vocals need to come down and the guitars need to come up.

    I really like the chord structure and arrangement. Great guitar solo. I'm not sure the piano should be happening during the solo. Organs sounds good. Drums have a little too much room. Overall this is a very very kickass song.

    /jealous/

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    Interesting. Very cool effects. I really like double lead guitar harmonies like this. Excellent work there.

    The vocal "ahhs" in the chorus felt a little awkward to me. It seemed like the should have been sustained through the rest of the line instead of stopping just after the melody line started.

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    THANKS everyone! You are all correct.

    I finally got a chance to listen through speakers and determined the mix wasn't aggressive enough ... I was holding back on a number of things ... items the good ears here heard.

    The ahhs were too loud ... the drums were too roomy and back ... certain element levels bordered on tame.

    The verses were unintelligible and buried ...

    So I pulled all the faders back to bottom and started from the ground up.

    I changed the verse effect and brought it forward. (How do folks like it? Are the lyrics more clear?)

    Kicked the drums up to "in the face" level ... Brought the bass forward to drive things along better too.

    Spiced up the guitar motif ... kicked the piano up top ...

    I left the B4 alone.



    New mix is up at the link above.

    It's a bit more aggressive ... louder and more obnoxious ...

    Closer?

    Thanks again!

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    Now we're talking! Excellent. I'm listening on my laptop (yesterday it was on proper speakers) and everything sound great level wise. Now there's a real transformation and release from the verse to the chorus. There's a cool Blue Oyster Cult quality to the verse, I like your voice (Bowie?) in the chorus and that guitar hook is very catchy. Awesome.

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    Needs some work Dub.

    I'm not hearing nearly enough bass. Not close.

    The phasey vocal effects are cool. But it's too wet. I'd back it off.

    The distorted rhythm guitar that plays in those sections is on the thin and fizzy side.

    I'd like to hear more snare. Tone is great, just need it to be louder.

    The "ah's" with the effects on them sound great. What's the effect? The problem is that the song sounds lofi until those backing vox come in. Then the whole mix switches to a more robust sound. I don't know if thats what you were intending or not. If you were, it takes the song too long to get there.

    I think the switch from lofi to hifi is caused by the combination of weak bass and fizzy rhythm guitars.

    The lead riff sounded great. Liked the tone. Liked the harmony guitars.

    Not sure what the drill seargent at the begining adds to the song. It's different though, and cool enough I guess.

    I liked the little cut-off ending.

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    Yup -- absolutely correct Trip -- I agree completely ... but you're still on Keversion 1.0 my friend ... and your comments are why I changed it.

    Not to fret, though ... the new version (above) is only one out from where you are.

    Thanks bud!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-dub View Post
    you're still on Keversion 1.0 my friend
    Argh. I re-DL'd and I'll re-listen tomorrow.

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