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Postby killnoise on Sat Aug 02, 2003 9:33 pm

This is a band I just produced and engineered. We cut to 2" 16 track @ 15 Ips then transfered to you know what and mixed on a SSL 4064eg to Ampex atr102. No plugins or AT or sound replacer. also no click! Oh and nothing but room mics for drum amb. I do think the vox are a bit low.
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Postby benadrian on Sat Aug 02, 2003 10:20 pm

Drums sounds great, except the kick drum sounds too clicky and basket-ball-esque for my taste.

The vocals seem fine in volume to me and, if anything, too loud. Also, the echo on the voice could be something that will unpleasantly date the song in a few years.

It's all taste really, the comments above were just the technical things that most strongly differed from my taste. Do you like the mix? Does the band like the mix?

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Postby Howard on Wed Aug 13, 2003 1:19 am

I think this sounds really great. The instruments are nicely separated, and the busyness of the guitars works well because of the mixing you did, even behind the vocals. There are a few things which could sound better to my ears, but I'm listening to this on a really lo-fi system, so don't take it too seriously if you disagree. The drums sound good, and one of the first things I noticed was the sound of the room. I think it works well for their style. However, the cymbals weren't as defined as I would have liked, and when the drummer goes to that early snare beat in the bridge section, it would have sounded good if there was a hi-hat lead-in beat just before it. There may have been, but I couldn't hear the cymbals well enough to tell. That's what made me notice it. The guitars and bass didn't fill the sound up as much as I like to hear in a mix, but that may have been for the sake of separating the instruments, which I would have chosen to emphasize as well, especially if it was a choice of thick mud or thinner clarity. If possible, though, it would have been nice to have either the bass frequencies or the guitar frequencies boosted in the low mids (200-600 Hz, somewhere around there, maybe even the bass around 120-150). And I think the vocal volume was right, but something about the way he was singing into the mic or the frequency boost on the mic was making it sound a bit too "present" for my ears. Like I said, take this for what its worth: the opinion of one guy on the smaller end of music production.
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