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    So Far We're So Far Away

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    This is a song I posted last summer. It's supposed to be a title song to a James Bond-type movie. I tried to write in that style, and the mix has (for me) some fairly heavy reverb. I don't like it much, I'm just trying to finish it.

    Anyway, this mix has a retracked rhythm guitar with less gain. Some different mix decisions. To me it's better than before. But not much more than that.

    Mix 1
    SoFarSoFarAway1.mp3 - Google Drive

    Mix 2
    SoFarSoFarAway.mp3 - Google Drive

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    So Far We're So Far Away
    Take a chair - check your hair
    Make believe you care
    God save the Queen and all of that
    Act debonair

    It's a ticking clock affair
    So slip below the glare
    You're the planet's wingman
    Pick your nom de guerre

    This battle's not for show
    It's a victory you'll never know
    And with a silky trigger touch
    It's better that you don't say too much

    I hate it when you stare
    You're not really there
    It's time to kill
    Time to fly off to anywhere

    CHORUS
    Yeah we might live or die today
    But so far we're so far away

    Alterations have occurred
    Shaken not stirred
    So get that blood or lipstick off of your lapel

    Battle lines are blurred
    Give me your word
    He could be here, he could be gone, you'll never tell

    So lose your former soul
    You get a new one back in trade
    Forget you're in control
    Forget about the plans you made.

    Just blend in with the herd
    Kill shot conferred
    Just know belief and poison pills are both inferred

    CHORUS

    BRIDGE
    Put on your cape, it's time to fight that sinister creation
    Bang, sizzle, boom when it gets launched from some remote ice station
    It's on its way, a nod from God, so grab hold of the comet
    The illuminatti? They ain't scared, they all know that you're on it
    Faces become places, and we're so far away
    So far, so far away

    SOLO

    Shoot him 'till you're done
    Get up, get on, get out
    Don't ever let them trace a shot back to your gun

    This war's not nearly won
    It isn't even halftime
    There's still room for all of us to have some fun

    I wish we had the time
    To borrow truth and make it mine
    And hear it through the whine
    Of an unprotected, dirty line

    So chase the fading sun
    It's a consequence of power
    That you fix it all and go back on the run

    CHORUS
    CHORUS
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    I was listening on HPs, I noticed you have it really clean on the upper end. Very clean and the upper end is bright, but not sharp. I hear not even a hint of mud. @Around 0:26-1:10ish, the voice sounds buried and after the chorus sounds perfect. It does sound live after first chorus/verse guitars go down and everything cleans up very nice.

    On my HPs, lower end seems light (under 100HZ), but not anything bad, just some thump. Might sound fine on large speakers.

    I guess I don't need to say it, but really good tune, nice mix.
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    Great song and performance, 3M. Is this IBB on drums?

    There's a harshness to the mix from the opening guitar onward. It sounds better turned lower. Turning up gets unbearable. Are you doing some gain reduction on the master bus? If so, might want to back off a hair.

    The lead vocal is straining to be heard. It makes my throat ache. It could be louder in the mix, as could that harmony vocal thing. Try taking the rhythm guitars down about 2 dB.

    Good job.

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    The vox are much quieter in this version.

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    Fun song, you've got a little Beatles in the the choruses. Never can go wrong with that!

    Definitely agree with Steve, the vox needs to come up - the drums are beating them to death except in the choruses.

    The only other thing that jumps out at me is the snare, a little to much boxiness? to it for my liking in this song. Great job on the sound of the toms - whoa, best I've heard in awhile!

    Did you change the name of the song? "Marcia Marcia Marcia" scrolls across my mp3 player!

    Anyway, love it,
    Timbo
    I've got a fun new Christmas song out, The Elves Christmas Song!

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    DM60 - Thanks. Let me take a listen to the low end. It could be related to the harshness.

    Robus - the guitar in the intro is supposed to be a little harsh. But the rest of the song is not. Let me address that. And yes it's IBB on the drums. But he did it a long time ago.

    VHS - I was trying to take some crispness out of the vocal right at the end of mixing. But I probably should have then raised the vocal level. Didn't think about it. Thanks.

    YD - Marcia Marcia Marcia is the name of the band not the song. Maybe I screwed up the MP3 generation process and put things in the wrong spot.

    Might be a few days before I have a chance to address the issues. Thanks again everyone.

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    Sounds good. My foot was moving, so the groove is solid. Some tom hits pop out of the mix...maybe a compressor on those? Vocal could use a hair more reverb to sit better.
    My main issue is with the composition, but I'm not sure if you want that type of feedback.

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    Mix #2 at the top.

    I took some harshness out of the main rhythm guitar, the intro guitar, the vocal, the snare and the overheads. I think there was a buildup of mid-2Ks on those tracks. ALso adjusted the vocal/guitar balance so the vocal sits more out in front.

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    Cool

    I love the song and the groove. Fantastic arrangement IMO. I agree with robus that there is an edge to the guitars that may need smoothing a tad (maybe 4k cut??)
    The main thing I noticed is the lead vocal isn't hot enough in the mix.
    Great job man!
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    Thanks Nola and jimistone.

    jimi - there are two different mixes. robus' comments were based on the first mix. Did you listen to #1 or #2?

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