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#13986589 Mar 16, 2019 at 11:24 PM
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Hey guys, this is my first attempt at home recording - I'm gonna start recording all my old songs that I never had a chance to capture. They only exist in my noggin!

Any constructive criticism is appreciated!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1AlVSg6yjU
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#13986785 Mar 17, 2019 at 06:22 AM
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You have an awesome voice Static! Wow. And the effects on your lead vocs seem perfect.

To me the mix is letting you down. Not exactly sure where, but one thing I've tried in the past is to load up a commercial Mp3 from a band with a similar style into my daw and switch between my mix and that track to see if I can spot what's missing. But the roots of it are all solid. Nice!
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#13986842 Mar 17, 2019 at 06:48 AM · Edited 3 months ago
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Cool song! Thanks for sharing! It's got a mid-era Alice In Chains vibe going to my ear.

My biggest criticism is that the mix is covering the vocals. The raspy 1-3k fuzz on the distorted guitar is sitting on your vocals, which makes them sound either pushed down in the mix or like they're overdriving, depending on what else is happening. I'd sweep a notch around that area of the guitar and see if you can clean it up.

I think both the guitars could use more body. If you're running DI to your interface, play around with some cab simulators and dial in the bottom end a bit, especially on the acoustic. If you're micing, try backing the mic off the speaker or body hole a bit, or use a second room mic if you have one available and mix to taste. Doubling the parts would probably also help, especially on the acoustic.

Since you don't have a traditional trap kit going and the bass is EQed for midrange, you've got a deficit in your low end that could use something happening. I'd experiment with rolling in around 300-500Hz on the acoustic. Right now you've got the midrange pluck and top end shimmer of the acoustic but none of the 'wood', and it's making it sound sort of brittle to me.

It happens a couple times in the song, but at 4:18 when everything sort of kicks in, you just have a ton of mid/mid-high going and nothing else, and it just turns into a muddy mess. I think if you carve out a frequency range for everything, it'll help clear it up, but you might also try automating some EQ to bring the lower end up there for more 'kick', or try doubling parts to give it a bit of a push.

Are you recording to a click? It might just be that my coffee hasn't kicked in, but it sounds like there's some tempo drift in places. Might just be an arrangement thing.
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#13987363 Mar 17, 2019 at 01:25 PM
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#13986842 Chanel wrote:

Cool song! Thanks for sharing! It's got a mid-era Alice In Chains vibe going to my ear.

My biggest criticism is that the mix is covering the vocals. The raspy 1-3k fuzz on the distorted guitar is sitting on your vocals, which makes them sound either pushed down in the mix or like they're overdriving, depending on what else is happening. I'd sweep a notch around that area of the guitar and see if you can clean it up.

I think both the guitars could use more body. If you're running DI to your interface, play around with some cab simulators and dial in the bottom end a bit, especially on the acoustic. If you're micing, try backing the mic off the speaker or body hole a bit, or use a second room mic if you have one available and mix to taste. Doubling the parts would probably also help, especially on the acoustic.

Since you don't have a traditional trap kit going and the bass is EQed for midrange, you've got a deficit in your low end that could use something happening. I'd experiment with rolling in around 300-500Hz on the acoustic. Right now you've got the midrange pluck and top end shimmer of the acoustic but none of the 'wood', and it's making it sound sort of brittle to me.

It happens a couple times in the song, but at 4:18 when everything sort of kicks in, you just have a ton of mid/mid-high going and nothing else, and it just turns into a muddy mess. I think if you carve out a frequency range for everything, it'll help clear it up, but you might also try automating some EQ to bring the lower end up there for more 'kick', or try doubling parts to give it a bit of a push.

Are you recording to a click? It might just be that my coffee hasn't kicked in, but it sounds like there's some tempo drift in places. Might just be an arrangement thing.



I'm running a DI into a small mixer and there is a bit of recording latency which I try and make up for in the recording program. To be honest the mix sounded very different in program, once converted to mp3 and then loaded into a video program and converted to mp4 and loading to youtube, a ton of things changed unfortunately. I'm dealing with sub-standard equipment. My computer is crap and will kinda always hold me back. But yeah, i'm not happy with the total outcome. At least it's there and is a decent first stab at it!
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#13987364 Mar 17, 2019 at 01:26 PM
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#13986785 Delk (@delkurz) wrote:

You have an awesome voice Static! Wow. And the effects on your lead vocs seem perfect.

To me the mix is letting you down. Not exactly sure where, but one thing I've tried in the past is to load up a commercial Mp3 from a band with a similar style into my daw and switch between my mix and that track to see if I can spot what's missing. But the roots of it are all solid. Nice!



I wish I knew more about home recording. Very novice with this stuff!
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