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celitus 11-15-2012 07:16 PM

5 Track Symphonic Metal Demo CD
 
Hey guys, just thought I'd post the entirety of the "Once Upon a Time" EP here for some feedback

let me know what you think

UPDATED
http://download.gatexiii.co.uk/

MaXiMuse 11-15-2012 09:22 PM

Why are the drums so soft? They need to be bangin! Listen to
it's always good to have songs for comparison

KevinGoetz 11-15-2012 10:24 PM

Aside from the drums, the vocals sound far too dull. You did a great job of getting the guitars out of the way, but what you put in all that space is, frankly, a let-down. Try notching out a little bit of 200 and 500 hz on your vocals, to clear out the mud and boxiness, respectively. Then try a boost at 6000-8000 hz to add some air, followed by HEAVY compression and limiting, then a de-esser to clear out the sibilance that WILL be generated by processing like that.

Also, your bass guitar is non-existent, leaving your tracks feeling hollow and empty. As long as it doesn't have too much content at 80 (where your kick should be) and 200 (guitar low-mids), it shouldn't step on any other instruments.

celitus 11-19-2012 09:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinGoetz
Aside from the drums, the vocals sound far too dull. You did a great job of getting the guitars out of the way, but what you put in all that space is, frankly, a let-down. Try notching out a little bit of 200 and 500 hz on your vocals, to clear out the mud and boxiness, respectively. Then try a boost at 6000-8000 hz to add some air, followed by HEAVY compression and limiting, then a de-esser to clear out the sibilance that WILL be generated by processing like that.

Also, your bass guitar is non-existent, leaving your tracks feeling hollow and empty. As long as it doesn't have too much content at 80 (where your kick should be) and 200 (guitar low-mids), it shouldn't step on any other instruments.


Thanks for the feedback, I always have trouble "cleaning" up vocals but this really helped improve them.

marrs11 11-19-2012 10:07 PM

This song has really big potential!

Kevin is right though. Work on the drums. If you can, gate the snare to a track to put some reverb on it. If you've never done this before, the reverb is good to be 100% wet, and perhaps with a little bit of pre-delay to it, and then blend it down into the source snare track. It will give so much more room and body to the whole mix. :)

celitus 11-20-2012 05:24 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by marrs11
This song has really big potential!

Kevin is right though. Work on the drums. If you can, gate the snare to a track to put some reverb on it. If you've never done this before, the reverb is good to be 100% wet, and perhaps with a little bit of pre-delay to it, and then blend it down into the source snare track. It will give so much more room and body to the whole mix. :)


Thanks, thats always great to hear.

I have alot of trouble with the drum mix because its a drum machine, although I must look deeper into what outputs it has or if there are any auxillery ports so I can fine tune them a bit more.

celitus 11-27-2012 11:24 PM

Just updating to say the EP has been mixed again to fix some of the issues stated and is now available to download free from bandcamp http://download.gatexiii.co.uk/


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