View Full Version : The Good Life of Scott Nearing

10-05-2014, 01:48 PM
This is a song about a man who came from my area of rural Pennsylvania. All acoustic, except electric bass, and all recorded, mixed, tweaked, fiddled with and fretted over in REAPER (of course). I had a friend pitch in on banjo, and the rest is all me.

Would love any suggestions, comments, tips for improvement, or other input anyone may have.


10-05-2014, 02:40 PM
Hey no suggestions, loved the song. Sunny tune.

10-06-2014, 11:55 AM
Very good, natural music!

10-06-2014, 07:48 PM
Thanks, Garrick and Mayo. I made a few tweaks to the mix and put it on SoundCloud.


10-07-2014, 04:31 AM
Loved the lyrics on Swift and Tioga.

10-07-2014, 05:31 AM
GREAT tune!!! Nice harmonies and all around fun....

10-07-2014, 04:17 PM
Thank you, fellas. I had a lot of fun working on this. Hopefully it shows. It was my first time recording and mixing banjo, and also a real snare drum. They were both kind of tricky to tame so they would still sound somewhat realistic while still leaving spectrum for the vocals, especially the banjo. Any tips in that regard are certainly welcome.

10-07-2014, 04:39 PM
You're right, the fun comes through very well. The harmony vocals are brilliantly done.

Now about the banjo, you have possibly 'over tamed' it, or perhaps you could look at doing it differently.

You seem to have rolled off too much top end, and put it too far back, definitely in the instrumental around the 2:20 mark I think it should come forward more.

You may do well to try the compression approach to control the banjo rather than too much EQ. Those midrange resonances that kind of 'ping' out can be reduced with compression.

[edit - it seems the soundcloud version has more top end on the banjo, but it sounds to be pulled down even further at times]

10-09-2014, 07:50 AM
Thanks for the listens and the suggestions, hamish. I will revisit the banjo track with more compression and less heavy handed eq. Maybe a little automation too. After a re-listen with your comments in mind I can see my usual, lazy set-it-and-forget-it mixing approach is holding this back a bit. Thanks again for your help.

10-13-2014, 06:30 PM
Made a few more tweaks (no, improvements!) to the mix and updated the SoundCloud file -
I'm going to call this one AGAP and move on to the next. Thanks, all, for the listens, comments and suggestions.

10-13-2014, 09:00 PM
It's really a lovely song Tom, and the harmony vocals are just superb.

10-14-2014, 07:54 AM