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    First ever "client" recording

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    I've posted here before, but all just of myself trying out new gear or some new technique. I started down this homerecording road to record myself, but the more knowledge and the more gear you get, the more people find out.

    I guess that's how lots of folks here started recording others. Anyway, last night I tracked my first ever "client"--as in total strangers coming over to my place and me just recording--not playing.

    They were kids (younger than my kids! I feel old) and they took advice well so I really ended up "producing" as well. This is preliminary mix of the first track. They're coming back for vocals this weekend, so there'll be changes to make the vox sit in the mix, but this is it so far.

    http://www.spottedmuse.com/files/01_prelim.mp3

    Your thoughts are more than welcome...

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    I'm listening on cheap speakers, but it sounds good to me. Nothing really sticks out to me.

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    I like it - A good performance, good recording and a good mix. It's hard to say too much before vocals go in but maybe I'd have the arpeggiated electric guitar a trifle louder, it is tight sounding and catchy

    This deserves a strong tuneful vocal which hopefully is what it gets.

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    Very good !!!

    My only critic is the 60Hz arear and the snare :-)
    I would lower it down a bit and maybe also cut away just a little bit at the 2-3.5kHz area.
    Snare needs a bit more snap.
    Great mix and great recording !
    Everything sits fine.

    Dirk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rohan View Post
    I like it - A good performance, good recording and a good mix. It's hard to say too much before vocals go in but maybe I'd have the arpeggiated electric guitar a trifle louder, it is tight sounding and catchy

    This deserves a strong tuneful vocal which hopefully is what it gets.
    I agree on both counts. The arpeggiated guitar should come up a bit, but the heavy guitar behind it will likely come down a bit to make room. I've saved the volume automation stuff for after the vocals.

    And you're right about the vocals--I hope they're tight. They could mean the difference between whether or not I end up with a "portfolio" piece to show off...

    Thanks for the listen and the input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaquero Verbal View Post
    Very good !!!

    My only critic is the 60Hz arear and the snare :-)
    I would lower it down a bit and maybe also cut away just a little bit at the 2-3.5kHz area.
    Snare needs a bit more snap.
    Great mix and great recording !
    Everything sits fine.

    Dirk
    Y'know, I thought the same about the snare. I already replaced all the kicks with better samples, and was thinking of doing the same w/the snare, but the drummer loves his snare sound (though he does like his "new" kick sound).

    Don't know that I want to replace the snare hits, but I'll work on getting it to snap a bit more.

    patlang12: Thanks for the listen and comments. I appreciate it!

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    These kids are quite good.

    I really don't care for the snare sound at all. It is dull and needs some serious punching up and a touch of reverb. I think the overheads on the cymbals are the tiniest bit too hot.


    Overall, this is an excellent recording that is quite nice. I kept waiting for Bono to start singing!

    Please let us know signal paths involved here. thanks!
    Steve
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    Are you using a click track with these guys? The track seems to slow down a bit as it moves along, maybe it's just me..... I agree that a snappier snare might be in order. Other than that I think the recording is coming along really well. Bass sounds great! Congrats on your first client. These guys can play so that makes your job all that more enjoyable I'm sure. Please pass my compliments to the band when you see them next. Was this all done in one evening?

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    The band is pretty good, as is the recording.

    Its hard to judge without the vocals, because they will take most of the listeners attention. Right now, it sounds like a concerto for toms. The whole low end of the drums is dominating the mix. I cant hear much of the bass, they are overwhelming it. As mentioned earlier, the snare is muffled and if it was brighter it would sound less like a tom.

    HOwever, all of this may mean nothing. When the vox come in, this could be perfection. You are off to a good start, look forward to hearing the finished product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ido1957 View Post
    Are you using a click track with these guys? The track seems to slow down a bit as it moves along, maybe it's just me
    Gerry is correct. The drums are a bit uneven at times.

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