Old 07-17-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I'm brand new to Reaper, but have been recording for a while now. Here's my gear:

Tascam 788 for recording
Pearl Custom Maple drums
Epiphone Casino
Hofner Bass
J160 Acoustic

I typically mix my stuff on the Tascam 788, but I heard about Reaper from a friend and decided to give it a try. Attached is a cover I did of the Beatles Ballad of John and Yoko.

Note that I'm still learning my way around Reaper so my mix is rough for sure. But all I did was import my wav files from the Tascam and started mixing.

Any and all feedback is appreciated!

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Old 07-17-2013, 03:52 PM   #2
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We need something to listen to.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:35 PM   #3
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Yeah, what Andy means is that you need to include your wavs in the project. I didn't download your project but it is too small in size and I guess you didn't include the media items.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:27 PM   #4
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Can't upload files. Whenever I try uploading the wav files individually, or as a zip file, I get the following error:

Your submission could not be processed because a security token was missing.

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Old 07-17-2013, 07:22 PM   #5
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You have to post the large files elsewhere. Like your own webhost, or some online file sharing service.
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Okay, I've posted the zip file here:

https://hotfile.com/dl/234842480/8cb...nyoko.zip.html
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:00 AM   #7
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Ee lad you don't make it easy! Took me 4 minutes to download...
OK. I have done this and loaded the wav files into REAPER. The mix is clipping on the Master track all the way through (this disappeared when I brought the bass drum down a tad BTW without it seeming to affect the sound balance too much.)

I noticed everything was dry i.e. no compression, EQ or reverb etc. Better ears than mine will no doubt identify the areas that might be improved but I thought the acoustic guitar part a bit tinny (and there is a fair amount of noise on the Casino that could be gated?)

I have done a mp3 render for you if you wanted people to have a quick listen without the long wait, having to load REAPER etc.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:04 AM   #8
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Try loading this rpp file. Put it in the same directory as the files you have uploaded. It is named differently, so you won't loose your own mix. It's not a finished mix by any means, but it is a starting point. Try tweeking on that for a bit and see where it leads you.

It looks to me that you are monitoring at too low of a volume, and this is why you are pushing everything so hard. If you mix at a louder monitor level, you will get a better feel for the dynamics and placement of elements. When your monitoring at too low of a volume, everything tends to get pushed up the point where everything just sounds louder than everything else - try turning the monitors up to where the loudest element sounds loud, and you can still hear the quietest sound above the noise floor. Doing this will allow you to mix using the full dynamic range of your monitoring system.

This doesn't mean that your monitors should be blowing your face off, but if they are, chances are you are pushing the mix too hard. This also doesn't mean that you can't turn your monitors down to check your mix from time to time either, as turning them down to see when things disapear can also be helpful at times.
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How about just uploading an MP3 of your work at SoundCloud?
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:43 AM   #10
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Ee lad you don't make it easy! Took me 4 minutes to download...

I noticed everything was dry i.e. no compression, EQ or reverb etc. Better ears than mine will no doubt identify the areas that might be improved but I thought the acoustic guitar part a bit tinny (and there is a fair amount of noise on the Casino that could be gated?)
Yeah, I'm new to Reaper so I didn't do much at all. Just trying to figure out how to use the software. I usually mix on the Tascam.

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Old 07-21-2013, 10:45 AM   #11
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It looks to me that you are monitoring at too low of a volume, and this is why you are pushing everything so hard. If you mix at a louder monitor level, you will get a better feel for the dynamics and placement of elements. When your monitoring at too low of a volume, everything tends to get pushed up the point where everything just sounds louder than everything else - try turning the monitors up to where the loudest element sounds loud, and you can still hear the quietest sound above the noise floor. Doing this will allow you to mix using the full dynamic range of your monitoring system.
Thanks for the input. I really appreciate it. I'll take a look at your RPP file.

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