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    First Mix!

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    Okay, maybe my second mix...but still...
    Here's the lowdown...
    I really don't have a clue what I'm doing...
    Here's what I do know: I know that the tempo is fighting throughout the whole tune -- I will eventually re-record this tune to a click. [The guitarist doesn't have the best timing. ] And I also know that the singer needs to work on his vocal support.
    We're still a work in progress.

    My friend is on guitar, vocals, and I'm on drums, bass, shaker and tambourine.

    I'd just like comments on how the mix sits. Sounds pretty good to me.

    Thanks guys.

    Salt Sewer

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    i absolutely am completely neurotic about mixes being centered correctly, etc.

    so, naturally, I HATE hot the drums are RIGHT and the guitar is LEFT. I'd like to hear them both more center. Of course, you can make them stereo, but not this much. haha.... I assume you did this because of old recordings, for exmaple, as the beatles used to do, etc...
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    Originally posted by shackrock
    i assume you did this because of old recordings, for exmaple, as the beatles used to do, etc...
    Nah, I just did it because it sounded cool to me.

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    nice song. A few comments on the mix.

    - Keep the drums dead center.
    - Cut some lows on the acoustic
    - Boost some highs on the drums, the snare in particular sounds like its behind a pillow.

    Keep trying. It took me quite a while before I was happy with my mixing.

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    Tips well taken, Grey.
    Thanks for listening!

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    I'd like to hear a little more sheen on it all around, but I've been mastering stuff all night, so everything is probably going to sound a bit dull.

    The panning thing doesn't bug me, but the guitar does sound like it's in its own little world... Maybe you could duplicate that track (if you're in a DAW) and high-cut the dupe dead center about 4-6dB below the one that's panned to the side. Low cut the panned one a bit. That'll keep the "body" of it near the middle, but still have the directional highs off to the side.

    Just a thought...

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    Cool idea, John! I'll try it out a little later...
    Thanks for the tip.

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    I like the song, the panning is different but OK. Drums don't have to be center. I think the mix needs some work if you want to keep the panning like it is. The drums are the loudest thing that I hear, so bring them down a bit and balance them against the guitar more, this will give your guitar a bigger sound. I think the vocals are OK, but they need to be brought up, and maybe sung with a little more confidence or aggressiveness, you have a good singing voice, let it rip!

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    Thanks slkeen!!
    Actually, that was not me singing, but a friend, who also played the guitar on that track. But I will be sure to pass along the positive comments!

    And thanks for the tips on the balancing, I will be working on it some more later tonight.

    Thanks for listening!

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    Good stuff. The drums I think sound excellent. Vocals could use some work though, tell him not to try to over sing it. Just let it go, I can tell he can sing, just let it be natural.

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