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    Default First try at recording/mixing a song for my band....

    Yeah, this started off as a collab 'single' with my band's vocalist. He's been bugging me to do something simple and rocky that he wants to try & actually "sing" over.. (as opposed to growling) so I finally got down to it a couple of days ago. Anyway he had AC/DC or Molly Hatchet in mind & I had Trouble (the band) so it ended up being a bit of both. Now he thinks it's heavy/doomy enough to be a regular band track of ours, so that's probably the way it's headed

    We just (sort of) lost our drummer, in the sense that he moved out of town a few months ago though he still travels in for gigs when he can, so I programmed the drums for this song. Also played bass 'cause our bassist is out of town/on vacation for a while too. All that remains is the vocals...he might do that (and get things fine-tuned/cleaned up etc..) at the awesome new studio our regular sound guy just built. Either way my work with this track is done..it's a bit rough around the edges but probably the best I can do at this point in time



    It's the first time I've actually recorded a full-length song in Reaper as well..most times I use my loop pedal. (...tracked my rhythm guitars with the loop pedal this time too )

    Equipment used: My Laboga The Beast Classic 30W amp, 2001 Charvel Pro series, Ibby SR370E Bass & MT Drummer 2 for the drums (I think it was Dankstar who linked me to their free drum software ..thanks dude, it's come in handy )
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    Default Re: First try at recording/mixing a song for my band....

    Tweaked the bass track a bit.. (turns out it was a bit misaligned as well)..bass playing/tweaking/mixing is'nt my strong point

    I might have some idea's yet, but overall I think this mix is more in the sweet spot than that last one. Everything's a bit clearer & the drums sound like Vinnie Appice is giving them a go. In any case I'm just messing around with things until we hit our sound guy's new studio for the vocals...then he can take over the tweaking/editing


    V2

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    Default Re: First try at recording/mixing a song for my band....

    ....and finally V3

    Don't know if this is done much but I had the thought of using 3 bass tracks instead of just the one..so I made two straight copies and panned them hard(ish) L-R, with the original in the middle, (luckily no phase issues!) reduced/reset their levels and it actually sounds pretty cool..nice fat wide growly mids.

    Drums are back the way they were before to make room for the big mids...

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    I will check this out when I get a chance!
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    This is really the only one to hear ...I'm 100% satisfied with it

    Got rid of all the crappy FX (compression/Limiting/EQ/hi-lo pass filters etc) that I'd just slapped unnecessarily/excessively everywhere and stuck with just a bit of delay & reverb.

    Concentrated on having everything properly aligned & getting my levels right. Then hit it with a mastering preset for loudness ... boom! ..the whole thing came to life

    Loving how it sounds now!

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    And just for kicks, 'cause we still have'nt started on recording vocals..


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    just fiddled with the bass a bit ..dunno if it sounds any better (..or even different) ..at this point I'm just messing around
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    Default Re: First try at recording/mixing a song for my band....

    Sounds cool! Glad the drums worked. What mastering plugin?

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    Nice tone on the guitars. How did you record them? It sounds like there may have been some latency issues (some interface drivers can do that) or something on one or both of the rhythm guitars during recording. One is just behind the other and it almost sounds like a delay through my speakers. Not trying to be mean, it's really bugging me and I'm sure you'd want to know, I wouldn't bring it up if it didn't seriously affect the listening experience for me. Time-wise, something just isn't right. Maybe have a look at everything in the DAW and make sure it's all lined up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DankStar View Post
    Sounds cool! Glad the drums worked. What mastering plugin?
    Thanks! Yeah, the drums worked great and were super easy/quick to throw together.. did'nt really edit them at all except for shifting their pitch down a bit on the whole track to better match the rest of the stuff going on..

    I used Landr (online mastering) ..it gets the job done. But the whole thing will probably be redone when we hit the studio for the vocals..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beer$ View Post
    Nice tone on the guitars. How did you record them? It sounds like there may have been some latency issues (some interface drivers can do that) or something on one or both of the rhythm guitars during recording. One is just behind the other and it almost sounds like a delay through my speakers. Not trying to be mean, it's really bugging me and I'm sure you'd want to know, I wouldn't bring it up if it didn't seriously affect the listening experience for me. Time-wise, something just isn't right. Maybe have a look at everything in the DAW and make sure it's all lined up.
    I used my loop pedal lol..just the guitar into the amp (no fx) & then out to the looper using a Celestion IR (forget which one ) from my Mooer Radar pedal.

    Yeah I screwed the timing up on the guitar/bass tracks because I had'nt stuck the drum loops together tightly (there were gaps here and there that I did'nt notice until I zoomed in and checked a while later ). I though there was a descrepancy between the looper's drum track tempo & the Mt Drummer 2 drum software tempo I used later. But it was those gaps.

    Tried compensating by editing the the guitars..(adding a bit here/snipping a bit there) but things got sloppy 'cause I did'nt have them properly aligned to start with & then I hacked the **** out of them. . Anyway the good news is I saved all the original tracks so I'll get our sound guy to re-mix/put things together from scratch when we hit the studio..

    Thinks I've had my fill of mixing for now...
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    Default Re: First try at recording/mixing a song for my band....

    Gotta hate when one mistake leads to snowballing consequences. Hopefully it will all get fixed up and I'm sure it will sound great when it's in time.
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    Default Re: First try at recording/mixing a song for my band....

    Thanks

    ..and yeah, hope so
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