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#1041
Hi all, I've just finished a mix and master of one of my new songs. I started this a couple of days ago, it's been mixed on monitors and headphones, which is currently all I can listen to it on at the minute. Just wondered what you think, what you'd change, the usual really. Thanks all!

soundcloud link - https://soundcloud.com/faith-in-ruins/this-is-war
#1042
Quote by ciano16
Do you use any compressors on the drum tracks? In all honesty, I think the best way to learn is to use reaper's presets, then tweak them to find out what the different parameters do. Put ReaEQ and ReaComp on every drum track, then pick a preset that matches the instrument. Also, the whole mix sounds very light on bass. The EQ and Compression will help that without clipping.

I'm curious as to how far up you high passed your guitars, because they are a little thin to me.
Finally, did you mix this on headphones, computer speakers, or powered monitors? I'm just trying to get a feel for where you are at and what resources you have available.


On a less related, but still useful note, the people on this site, as well as many other musicians, will come off as condescending when they think that you didn't try to learn before asking them. Many people on here are self-taught and learned by reading many articles and watching many videos. It's like asking someone with a PHD in math how to do simple addition and subtraction. If you just hop in here with a terrible mix(not you right now, but couldve been you at one point) and you have things like obvious clipping, poor balance, no stereo spread, no fx processing, etc, then you really should do your homework first. Those things I just mentioned are simple, absolutely necessary, and widely available for you to learn about, and so you should learn about them before posting on here. Believe me; I learned the hard way.

I don't have EQ and Compression on every track in the drum folder. I just figured out how to split the drums into multiple tracks. And I've been trying to look up some EQ tips for each individual aspect of the drums.
As for guitars, Its just two tracks panned left and right. Im getting around to perhaps quad tracking after the intro.
And as for the bass, I just found a bass virtual instrument to include in the cover im working on. 4Front Bass Module I think its called.
I currently have some M-audio speakers and some Audio Technica headphones.

I understand it's a bit frustrating asking for some critiques at this level but I ended up just giving it a try. I've tried Youtube and locally and found very little help. You got to start somewhere, right?
Last edited by Schecter_6661 at Oct 31, 2014,
#1043
Quote by Schecter_6661
I don't have EQ and Compression on every track in the drum folder. I just figured out how to split the drums into multiple tracks. And I've been trying to look up some EQ tips for each individual aspect of the drums.
As for guitars, Its just two tracks panned left and right. Im getting around to perhaps quad tracking after the intro.
And as for the bass, I just found a bass virtual instrument to include in the cover im working on. 4Front Bass Module I think its called.
I currently have some M-audio speakers and some Audio Technica headphones.

I understand it's a bit frustrating asking for some critiques at this level but I ended up just giving it a try. I've tried Youtube and locally and found very little help. You got to start somewhere, right?


Before doing anymore mixing on it, I would seriously add the bass in. it'll be extremely hard to effectively mix anything without all the instruments there. There's nothing wrong with using a VSTi bass, but you've got to understand it will never sound realistic, unless you fork out a lot of money for a really good sampled instrument. As for the guitar tones, they sound lovely and thick, I personally wouldn't quad track with a tone like that, but it all depends on how the bass affects the mix. Also, when you've sorted the bass, you need to learn how to balance the kick and the bass. there's plenty of tutorials if you google that. it's a good starting point though, everyone has got to start somewhere like you said!
#1044
Quote by Unholy.Daemon
Before doing anymore mixing on it, I would seriously add the bass in. it'll be extremely hard to effectively mix anything without all the instruments there. There's nothing wrong with using a VSTi bass, but you've got to understand it will never sound realistic, unless you fork out a lot of money for a really good sampled instrument. As for the guitar tones, they sound lovely and thick, I personally wouldn't quad track with a tone like that, but it all depends on how the bass affects the mix. Also, when you've sorted the bass, you need to learn how to balance the kick and the bass. there's plenty of tutorials if you google that. it's a good starting point though, everyone has got to start somewhere like you said!

I got a VST but it just sounded so off. But I am looking up some more information on EQing bass guitars and trying to mix them with the kick drum because it sounded weird. I would get a bass guitar but I have never played the bass before. Im sure I could find some Bass guitar tabs for the song and the UX1 has a few bass amps to play with so I might as well.
#1045
Quote by Schecter_6661
I got a VST but it just sounded so off. But I am looking up some more information on EQing bass guitars and trying to mix them with the kick drum because it sounded weird. I would get a bass guitar but I have never played the bass before. Im sure I could find some Bass guitar tabs for the song and the UX1 has a few bass amps to play with so I might as well.


Yeah that's what I mean, it can be done if you get a very good sampled one, but for demo's and home recording, it would make more sense to buy a dirt cheap one. That's probably one of the most crucial parts of recording metal, because the kick drum is generally what drives the song and the bass is what can make it sound seriously heavy. As for playing bass, it's not a whole lot different from guitar when you're only going to be playing it on recordings. I'm not a bassist by any means, but I play mine just like a guitar and it still sounds fine to me!
#1049
Quote by CorrosionMedia
https://soundcloud.com/corrosionmedia/work-in-progress-the-first-mix-im-truly-happy-with

EDDITT!1!!
Change of plan - Now it's going to be in Drop B rather than C# :P
Still, what do you think?


I could use a little less click and a little more thump from the kick. The snare seems a little thin to me; try pushing a little more mids in there to get a nice body, and maybe even adding a touch of distortion. Other than that, I dig the mix.

https://soundcloud.com/andy-scarlet...owers-elephants

Would you guys mind giving this a crit?


First and foremost, the female vocals get seriously buried. Try to get both the vocals to sit on top of the mix. You might have to carve out some space for them from the guitars. I really like the guitar sound: easily the best element of the mix for me. I love the snare as well.

The whole mix is a dull for my tastes. Try to add some energy into the mix. I might add some high end, cut just a little from the mids/low mids, and add some compression.


Short pre-production clip of upcoming concept album:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u...r%20201114c.mp3


That sounds great! Personally not a fan of the distortion on the vocals, but that's a stylistic thing I guess. I'd also maybe give just a bit more space to the vocals. The kick needs a little more thump to it. Other than that, I dig it.
#1050
Quote by chaosmoon
That sounds great! Personally not a fan of the distortion on the vocals, but that's a stylistic thing I guess. I'd also maybe give just a bit more space to the vocals. The kick needs a little more thump to it. Other than that, I dig it.


Cheers! Kick thump is duly noted!
#1051
Here's a new one from me! This was intended to be a reference demo, since we wrote this song years ago and have been pushing it through arrangement after arrangement. It finally clicked, so we just wanted to get something down on 'tape' and reference it later when we go to the studio for a full LP. Well, it sounded so good that my fiancée insisted on sharing it!

https://soundcloud.com/lavenderlane/new-carry-on-demo

Fun facts about the mix:
-No guitars (a first for me)
-No MIDI (another first)
-One mic and one outboard pre were used on every track (except bass was DI through the pre)
-The bass is a u-bass (ukulele)
-Only plugs used were a room reverb send, bass cab impulse, EQ (bass only), ssl-style bus compressor on the master
-Whole thing recorded in two hours in my home studio
-Wrote the bassline on the first take, nailed it on the second
-Improvised percussion, I did tambourine and she did shaker, one take each

Oh, and I'm not looking for serious mix feedback, it's a demo and should be treated as such, mostly just wanted to share a unique production!
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#1052
Hello! If anyone is interested in hearing a distortion filled cover of Hit the Road Jack, here it is!
https://soundcloud.com/hristevv/hit-the-road-jack
Would love it if someone pointed out anything that stood out, good or bad. Also, C4C as always, but you might want to PM me for it since I don't check this thread regularly and might miss you. Cheers!
#1053
Long time no see, UG.

Got a new mix for a band just about done and would love to get some input.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16210823/Olga%20Final2.mp3

For anyone interested
- Guitars: TS808 + Ignite's The Anvil (http://www.igniteamps.com/en/audio-plug-ins)
- Bass: TSE BOD and a TSE x50 blend for grit
- Drums: Metal Machine EXZ with xdrums from the SD Avatar and Metal Foundry kits + sample blend
- Vocals: MXL 990 + processing

Can provide more details if anyone is interested.

Thanks muchly.
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#1054
First track that I've produced using my new Yamaha HS5 monitors and new Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. Since I don't currently have anything else to listen to it on, it would be interesting to hear outside opinions. It did sound pretty good on my cellphone though haha. I hope the new monitors and headphones helped to make this be my best mix to date (feel free to compare on my soundcloud page )

As for the track itself, it is some type of electronica instrumental but with the ambition to have a more of a organic sound rather than a digital or artificial sound.

Looking forward to your opinions!

https://soundcloud.com/csikasz/neurodisco
#1057
Quote by Odirunn
Long time no see, UG.

Got a new mix for a band just about done and would love to get some input.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16210823/Olga%20Final2.mp3

For anyone interested
- Guitars: TS808 + Ignite's The Anvil (http://www.igniteamps.com/en/audio-plug-ins)
- Bass: TSE BOD and a TSE x50 blend for grit
- Drums: Metal Machine EXZ with xdrums from the SD Avatar and Metal Foundry kits + sample blend
- Vocals: MXL 990 + processing

Can provide more details if anyone is interested.

Thanks muchly.



O____O Holy f#$% that's brutal....
#1059
Phew! My GAS for 8-string has been cast aside for a while, just put 13-72 baritone set on my Squier Bass VI and the results are fantastic.

https://soundcloud.com/miikakeskim-ki/sound-of-things-to-come


Quote by Schecter_6661
How's it going guys? Thought i'd share a mix after doing some research and practice. I got the stems for this mix online and the drums are Superior Drummer 2, Metal! I believe.
Let me know what you think?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/z6k7fqdjbcg62wh/Danger%20Wildman%20Mix.mp3?dl=0


Well, sounds clear enough, not too bad. For my taste the kick is bit too clicky without too much actual low end.

Guitars sound fine, bass could do some work, a bit more 'oomph' in the low end.

The most annoying thing was with the synths and piano, they sound lifeless and unmixed in general. It's very apparent when listen them playing by themselves, not that bad when they're over everything else. You should play around with note velocities to add some life in to it. Also drums sound to have some misaligned sounds at some parts.

On the whole it could do with some light compressing on the master to glue everything together, and maybe a reverb bus to send some of the sound for the same purpose.
Last edited by Keskimaki at Jan 27, 2015,
#1060
Quote by Keskimaki
Phew! My GAS for 8-string has been cast aside for a while, just put 13-72 baritone set on my Squier Bass VI and the results are fantastic.

https://soundcloud.com/miikakeskim-ki/sound-of-things-to-come


Well, sounds clear enough, not too bad. For my taste the kick is bit too clicky without too much actual low end.

Guitars sound fine, bass could do some work, a bit more 'oomph' in the low end.

The most annoying thing was with the synths and piano, they sound lifeless and unmixed in general. It's very apparent when listen them playing by themselves, not that bad when they're over everything else. You should play around with note velocities to add some life in to it. Also drums sound to have some misaligned sounds at some parts.

On the whole it could do with some light compressing on the master to glue everything together, and maybe a reverb bus to send some of the sound for the same purpose.

Thanks! It was one of my first mix's but I plan on redoing everything. I got all the stems from another forum for mixing practice. But will definitely make some changes.
#1062
id like some tips for my recording. I purely recorded it as a way to figure out my new interface/cubase/wavelab.

not too bad for one take per instrument..

just would like advice/tips for the actual recording, not the song.
cheers guys

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Well, technically it could be done, but only in the same way that you could change a cat into a hamburger. It's an unpleasant process, and nobody is happy with the result.
#1064
Quote by Night
May as well post it here too

https://soundcloud.com/redoubt9000/goblins-dance-redoubt9000

Any thoughts. My speaker placement is screwed, so I referenced it on cans and gave it a go.

Loud guitars, dry drums and not too much bass = perfect mix for goblin metal! The vocalist kicks ass!

My recent version of a Finnish radio megahit (instrumental metal):
#1067
please crit my mixes ? I don't think i can C4C coz i'm an ultra noob :-P

oh and don't blame me for performance/timing mistakes , I just mixed the files i found from another website...

first mix :-

https://www.dropbox.com/s/u4qjy6pd3cwj4x8/Threat%20signal-a%20new%20beginning.mp3?dl=0

took a few suggestions, tried to improve :-

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cfkhexo641pquth/project_better.mp3?dl=0

*edit - uploaded a sort of "better" better version and thus changed the dropbox link :-p
Last edited by NRG_sama_ at Feb 15, 2015,
#1068
please have a listen to these mixes:

This is a song I recorded for my friends' band a few years ago and the past two nights I have been remixing it. It's def too bassy and needs more high end or air. And I feel like it needs something to "glue" it together.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ynjwmlqdzerwzvb/Shots%20In%20the%20Dark%20%28remixed%29.mp3?dl=0

This is a teaser from my bands album we're working on. Just a quick breakdown really. I think it is sounding good so far....any thoughts?
https://soundcloud.com/sudden-deaf/harmonious-death-teaser
#1069
Quote by NRG_sama_
please crit my mixes ? I don't think i can C4C coz i'm an ultra noob :-P

oh and don't blame me for performance/timing mistakes , I just mixed the files i found from another website...

first mix :-

https://www.dropbox.com/s/u4qjy6pd3cwj4x8/Threat%20signal-a%20new%20beginning.mp3?dl=0

took a few suggestions, tried to improve :-

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cfkhexo641pquth/project_better.mp3?dl=0

*edit - uploaded a sort of "better" better version and thus changed the dropbox link :-p


Sounds pretty good so far. Here is what stood out to me first listen:

-drums are too quiet
-cymbals maybe too loud but that might be from the other drums being quiet
-ride cymbal is too pingy and stands out too much
-rhythm guitars are a little bit muddy
#1070
Quote by anthsband
Sounds pretty good so far. Here is what stood out to me first listen:

-drums are too quiet
-cymbals maybe too loud but that might be from the other drums being quiet
-ride cymbal is too pingy and stands out too much
-rhythm guitars are a little bit muddy


okay
will keep them in mind , thanks
#1071
Outrun the Sunlight released the stems for "Stars in the Ocean" and I tried my hand at mixing them! Some things gave me a bit of trouble and headache, but I'm happy with the results and I believe it's my best mix yet :3

Any comments or criticisms are greatly appreciated!

C4C, as always

https://soundcloud.com/enhalo/outrun-the-sunlight-stars-in-the-ocean-mix
#1072
Quote by DiminishedFifth
Outrun the Sunlight released the stems for "Stars in the Ocean" and I tried my hand at mixing them! Some things gave me a bit of trouble and headache, but I'm happy with the results and I believe it's my best mix yet :3

Any comments or criticisms are greatly appreciated!

C4C, as always

https://soundcloud.com/enhalo/outrun-the-sunlight-stars-in-the-ocean-mix

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#1073
Quote by Odirunn
Overheads are way loud.

I thought they were fine, took a two day listening break, came back and I totally agree. It's a little distracting, even.

Anything else you found?
#1074
Quote by DiminishedFifth
I thought they were fine, took a two day listening break, came back and I totally agree. It's a little distracting, even.

Anything else you found?


I think if you lower the OHs and then bring up the kick snare, and toms, it'll make the drums much more powerful and give the mix that bit of 'mmph' it needs. Besides I think all the tones and stuff sounds nice!
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#1075
C4C

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looking for any insight on this mix, little things, big things ya know, I think the low end is pumping a little I think, but other than that I'm pretty happy with it and just want another pair of ears.

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Drums are Slate
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Last edited by Bostonrocks at Mar 19, 2015,
#1076
Quote by Bostonrocks
C4C

https://db.tt/SFfoS4IH

looking for any insight on this mix, little things, big things ya know, I think the low end is pumping a little I think, but other than that I'm pretty happy with it and just want another pair of ears.

Guitars are PODFARM
Drums are Slate

Generally speaking, this sounds quite good, although there are some little issues. I'll put them into two categories; important and preference.

IMPORTANT:
The kick drum need far more low end. It's almost inaudible and needs to be louder. Perhaps a boost at 130hz and cut after 60hz.
The guitars are a little fizzy too. Maybe cut above 14khz?

PREFERENCE:
Personally, I prefer the bass to be more defined and not quite as fat. Maybe a bit of high end parallel distortion?

That's about it! Other than that, the playing's solid and the general feel is there

Here's my collab with sanati22. I played bass, mixed the whole thing and reamped guitars.
https://soundcloud.com/corrosionmedia/riffs-full-mix-3
#1077
Quote by CorrosionMedia
Generally speaking, this sounds quite good, although there are some little issues. I'll put them into two categories; important and preference.

IMPORTANT:
The kick drum need far more low end. It's almost inaudible and needs to be louder. Perhaps a boost at 130hz and cut after 60hz.
The guitars are a little fizzy too. Maybe cut above 14khz?

PREFERENCE:
Personally, I prefer the bass to be more defined and not quite as fat. Maybe a bit of high end parallel distortion?

That's about it! Other than that, the playing's solid and the general feel is there

Here's my collab with sanati22. I played bass, mixed the whole thing and reamped guitars.
https://soundcloud.com/corrosionmedia/riffs-full-mix-3


I had too much low end in the kick originally so I overcompensated I guess haha.

The guitars are a touch fizzy, still kinda working on that.

I tried a little more distorted bass, and decided I liked it sounding bigger rather than defined
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I'm in love with your guitar tone.

I think the snare could use a little more low end slap, but that's just my preference, I like big huge compressed as F snares.

I think the lead guitar needs to come down some, or possibly rhythm guitars up


Other than that Its awesome


EDIT:

Mix Update

https://db.tt/SFfoS4IH
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countries have been toppled in the time it's taking, revolutions won got a black pres

yawn


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Last edited by Bostonrocks at Mar 19, 2015,
#1078
Quote by Bostonrocks
I had too much low end in the kick originally so I overcompensated I guess haha.

The guitars are a touch fizzy, still kinda working on that.

I tried a little more distorted bass, and decided I liked it sounding bigger rather than defined
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I'm in love with your guitar tone.

I think the snare could use a little more low end slap, but that's just my preference, I like big huge compressed as F snares.

I think the lead guitar needs to come down some, or possibly rhythm guitars up


Other than that Its awesome


EDIT:

Mix Update

https://db.tt/SFfoS4IH


Your rhythm guitars are kinda fizzy and are crowding everything else out. I low pass my guitars at about 8-10k usually, sometimes lower. Watch the 2-4k fizz nodes also, those are nasty. Drums could do with not sounding so programmed. The kick is fine to me when you fix the guitars. The low end needs more control on the bass guitar (there's a very good reason I crush bass guitar into the ground when I'm mixing).

Here's a mix I did for fun the other day: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11901104/White%20Light.mp3 Drums are programmed (and pretty obviously too) EZDrummer 2 and Slate Trigger. Guitars are Nick Crow 7170.
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Last edited by oneblackened at Mar 21, 2015,
#1079
Well, I started doing this mix today to test out Guitar Rig (just got it), was going for that big stoner/sludge sound with heavy distorted bass but wanted to make it punchy as well. Actually to be honest I heard Muse's song "Psycho", really liked how the mix was done so I was sort of going for that kind of sound as well. Anyway, I like how it turned out, not perfect but pretty good, here it is:

https://soundcloud.com/dzamija/sludge-mix

All crits are welcome, and C4C as always.

P.S. I don't have monitors, I mix on ordinary PC speakers, so keep that in mind, I guess. xD