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    Is this too brittle? To dry? - Italian Traditional / polka

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    This is a band I played (bass) with for many years. We recently went to a studio to track this (and other tunes), and got a basic mix from the engineer. He wasn't all that familiar with out style of music, however, so I am trying do a better mix.

    http://eastofcleveland.com/m/channel_and_master_fx2.mp3

    Let me know what you think.

    Update: new mix

    http://eastofcleveland.com/m/final.mp3

    I've added delay/reverb to the vocals (and the guitar solo), cleaned up a few breaths or playing glitches, added a bit of tape saturation on the master bus, and other minor tweaks. What do you think?

    Update #2: a newer mix

    Better EQ-ing of the vocals; see response #13 in the series for details on exactly what I did, plus a link to a helpful EQ tutorial.

    http://eastofcleveland.com/m/final2.mp3
    Last edited by SweetDan; 02-16-2016 at 20:06. Reason: one more new mix

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    If you could reduce probably around 2-3K area on the accordion that may take some of the shrill out of it. But it was a very good recording. Nice job.
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    I liked it even though it is not my fave style. Very good job!

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    Sounds real nice to me, I don't think a bit of fx would hurt but I'm not sure polka calls for that (not familiar with the genre.)

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    Vocals are very dry for the style of music...otherwise exceptional.
    Loved the guitar solo. It sounds great for a rough mix.
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    Thanks, everybody, for the feedback.

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    Bump - new mix

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetDan View Post
    Bump - new mix
    The second vocal that comes in - i would consider moving it into a different space than the original vocal. Pan it somewhere it stands out a little more. To me, it seems buried underneath the main line. Just my opinion. I don't hear the harshness, so maybe it was addressed already? The reverb and "spacial placement" of the main vocal sounds good to me.
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    I agree with andrushkiwt, take that backing vocal and move it just a little one way or another, keep the level, and I think it would stand out much better.

    Other than that, I don't have any further comments. Sounds good, fun to listen to and different for this site
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    Yeah, the tricky thing about the background vocal is I'm not sure where to put it. In the first mix I submitted, it's pretty far to the right, so very separate from the lead vocal. But after I made the other changes (got the reverb right, toned down the accordions), the background vocal clashed w/the rhythm guitar also on the right. So I tried equally far left, but then the background vox clashed with one of the accordions.

    Decisions, decisions, decisions...luckily in this tune, I don't think it's horrible to leave the background vox somewhat centered, since that and the main melody are call-and-response, instead of harmonizing each other. Thanks for listening and commenting.

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