Re: [LAU] New blues and soul-esque tracks, need recording, mixing and mastering hints!

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To: Loki Davison <loki.davison@...>
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Date: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 8:26 am

This is a kind of OT (not Linux related) stuff, but the I take the risk to
write in this forum anyway: :-)

fredag 13 augusti 2010 02.14.40 skrev Loki Davison:


OK, multitrack, then you _can_ make a new raw mix before asking questions
about how to go further. :-) It's still pretty meaningless to suggest anything
about compressing, processing, and all other stuff before I can hear some
better balance, in a nutshell:

Three Weeks In Albania: Way to load guitar, too little bass.
Frustration: To low vocal, to load guitar.

For the third time: A new raw mix please! :-)

> just i'm not sure how to modify the mic setup to get the desired

Two cardoids and two omnis? Maybe you should continue with Recorderman for the
cardoids and add one of the omnis for the kick drum? There are descriptions
all over the 'Net and in magazines like SOS on how to mike up drums, but they
can only serve as directions. You are the one that must experiment with the
room and the equipment you have in order to get best possible results, you are
stucked with what you have. Let your ears decide, have faiht in that you'll be
better and better. :-) The mics you have are not ideal (not many people can
afford that) but you might get wonderful results anyway! from what I can hear:
nothing stops you from making good results.

> to the kick? What effects would you normal use on a DI'ed bass? Not

The bass must be filtered and EQed in conjuction with the drums. When it
interact with the drum kit (and it's kick drum), then we can talk about if
it's clean or not or what to do. Normally, you will want to use a highpass
filter first (this is probably the single most importanst step) and then
compress and then EQ. This order of filtering and processing is common for
most instruments. On bass, you will probably HP > 40 Hz, Compress around 5:1
with attack somwhere unde 55 ms (listen and decide) and use a low pass filter
for regulating how much fret and string noise you want. You must also leave
space for the kick drum (and the kick drum must leave space for the bass) -
that's one of the main reasons why you must have a stronger kick drum in your

There is really no absolute rights and wrongs here. Anything you do impacts
everything. A good idea is to take a walk and get some distance from the
recording and then do a raw mix in 10 minutes or so. But how you finally ends
up here is based upon testing, experiense and preferences. If you really want
specific detailed help and advices, then you must provide the tracks separated
and also improve the recording material (better drum balance). This topic is
not Linux specific, so you will probably get better help elswhere than here,
but it's nice that thing like this shows up here too from time to time :-)

If you give your tracks to diffrerent experienced people, you will still get
very diverse final mixes, so I just say good luck with your music and have


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Re: [LAU] , Jostein Chr. Andersen, (Wed Aug 11, 3:10 pm)
Re: [LAU] New blues and soul-esque tracks, need recording, m..., Jostein Chr. Andersen, (Thu Aug 12, 8:23 pm)
Re: [LAU] New blues and soul-esque tracks, need recording, m..., Jostein Chr. Andersen, (Fri Aug 13, 8:26 am)
Re: [LAU] New blues and soul-esque tracks, need recording, m..., Roberto Suarez Soto, (Wed Aug 11, 3:09 pm)