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    Sweet, Cure-y, and Overdubbed Drums Galore

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    You all were so helpful with my last tune, I thought I'd better post this ASAP:

    http://www.cominginsecond.com/swoon.mp3

    I did the drums in kind of an odd way. I set up my stereo overheads and snare mic. Played the first part heavily on the hi-hat, and then overdubbed a part that emphasized the ride cymbal. I panned the hi-hat part to the left and the ride part to the right. Then I overdubbed kick drum with a keyboard. Then I overdubbed the pseudo Latin tom sections in the middle with a mono Rode overhead and a close mic'd 57. Then I overdubbed the big crash cymbal in the chorus later with an ECM8000. So, basically, where real drummers can play a song in one pass, fake drummers can fake their way through it through the magic of overdubbing.

    Tell me what you think.

    Oh, and turn up the volume a little bit for optimum analysis. It's not a very loud song yet.

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    Not so curish.
    The mix is kind of uh...spinney. It seems to be sorta live feeling but with some confused sonics involved. A bit too midrangey but that's not all...it's clear but crowded.

    The feel is nothing like the cure just that one synth.

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    This song really reminded me of "Caterpillar" that's why I said it was Cure-y.

    Thanks for your comments.

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    Originally posted by jake-owa
    Not so curish.
    The mix is kind of uh...spinney. It seems to be sorta live feeling but with some confused sonics involved. A bit too midrangey but that's not all...it's clear but crowded.

    The feel is nothing like the cure just that one synth.
    That busy, busy drumming is definitely what I was going for. What do you mean by "confused sonics"? The automated panning?

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    Turn your vocal up. I like the background airy vox a lot. Actually, the vocal level seems okay in the chorus. Okay, that wood block sound, that's a good level for the guitars, I think...lol...I'm not helping, I'm sure.

    I don't like those drums so far away sounding, but it fits the mix.

    I honestly don't think I can be very helpful, because it's just a different KIND of mix you're going for, I think. If it were me, I'd try to figure out a way to reverse the EQ between the midrange and the low end. It's got too many low mids for my taste too.

    I'm liking your voice more everytime I hear it. So, did/do you listen to The Smiths?

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    Not the Cure, even caterpillar, but very English and pretty cool.

    I liked it a lot. I even liked the drums the way they were - except that crash/splash cymbal throughout.

    I liked the vocals a lot too.

    Nice work!

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    Originally posted by chrisharris
    If it were me, I'd try to figure out a way to reverse the EQ between the midrange and the low end. It's got too many low mids for my taste too.

    Yeah, I needs more low end. If it had that I think it would sound less mid-rangey.

    I'm liking your voice more everytime I hear it. So, did/do you listen to The Smiths?

    Until a couple of years ago, they were my favorite band, and people always say that my voice is Morrissey-ish. I can't hear it, though. It must have subconsciously sunk in or something.
    Thanks for your comments. It confirms what I was already thinking to some extent.

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    I have a better version of this song at the following URL:

    http://www.cominginsecond.com/Swoon2.mp3

    The bass and kick drum are higher, and I think this substantially improves the overall frequency balance of the song.

    I have not included the fade at the end like I did with the other version. So, around the three minute mark begin gradually pulling down the volume in your MP3 player until around 3:30. It'll be good practice for you next mixing session.

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    The second link wasn't working, but I listened to the first.

    I really like your stuff. You have interesting arrangements on solid songs. On this one I feel like the drums dominate the mix and get in the way of all the other interesting stuff going on. I think you have plenty of room to bring them down and still have a very drum/percussion oriented tune.

    If you can improve this like you improved the last one, it's gonna be great!

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    Oops sorry. I didn't know URLs could be case-sensitive.

    http://www.cominginsecond.com/swoon2.mp3

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