Old 01-25-2020, 11:34 AM   #1
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I've a long history of not putting this track to bed - consequently I'd like to call it finished though I'm still quite unhappy with much , especially the bass and vocals, which I comped together after multiple unsatisfactory hours of takes.

The mixing is giving me enthusiasm fatigue too, but still happy to hear any mix suggestions since I have only a mono speaker and some headphones.

I can't re-record any acoustic parts since I used a borrowed mic originally (3 years ago) and don't have that possibility any longer.

Don't listen if you don't have a sense of humour, it's got implicit content.

Thanks in advance,

This is the latest mix: following Coachz' & Msundh's helpful suggestions.

https://soundcloud.com/bubble07-1/mr...25demo/s-bdMkm

This is original

https://soundcloud.com/bubble07-1/mr...25demo/s-PVFgp
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Old 01-26-2020, 03:05 AM   #2
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Implicit?
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Old 01-26-2020, 04:20 AM   #3
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Implicit?
Yeah, there is no swearing at all (explicit language) but it's certainly and implicitly about wanking.

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Oh, my self imposed deadline for this is 11 PM GMT so any feedback on how I can quickly improve the mix would be helpful.
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Old 01-26-2020, 02:03 PM   #4
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What a really good song. Nice job. The guitar has a nice jangly feel to it so I would have more highs on it and maybe pull it back a little bit in the mix so it really has a jangly tone to go with the feel. A little more highs on the lead nd harmony vocal also to open up the top. Do I hear an organ in the background with a little bit of swell. If so you can push it up in the mix a little bit or even record one if it wasn't there and I'm just imagining things.

You nailed the Rhythm and that's what lets this song Run the full length without ever getting boring. Nicely done
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Old 01-26-2020, 02:31 PM   #5
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Liked this!
The vocals needs some work. It's not getting through all the time.
There's also some second vocal that could be turned down a bit.
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Old 01-26-2020, 02:59 PM   #6
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Liked this!
The vocals needs some work. It's not getting through all the time.
There's also some second vocal that could be turned down a bit.
Do you know how to create volume automation tracks or to split items and adjust their volumes individually with the little item volume horizontal controller? Both those ways are very good ways to get a vocal in a pocket
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Do you know how to create volume automation tracks or to split items and adjust their volumes individually with the little item volume horizontal controller? Both those ways are very good ways to get a vocal in a pocket

Yes, I can do an automation pass, or some side ducking as suggested above. Means I miss my deadlin but I'll live if it improves the overall sound.

The organ sound is probably a VST harmonica in tremolo playing the occasional chord riff,

Thanks for all the feedback - very helpful. I'll get to it tomorrow.
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Liked this!
The vocals needs some work. It's not getting through all the time.
There's also some second vocal that could be turned down a bit.
I'll try some ducking and turn down the backing vox. Thanks for advice.
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Old 01-26-2020, 03:34 PM   #9
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I'll try some ducking and turn down the backing vox. Thanks for advice.
I actually like the second Harmony as a duet vocal and also with an open top end just ever so slightly behind the lead in volume
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Right guys.

I took another pass at tightening the vocals manually (timing), lowered the backing and tucked them behind the lead vocal then ducked the instrument bus by between ~1 to 2 db throughout the whole song.

I put a high shelf lift on the acoustic guitar bus to 4 db then brought their overall volume down by the same amount to off set.

Overall the vocals are much more present now and I't a better sound for it so thanks to both of you for the advice.

The vocals have actually been a nightmare for this project - every time I've tracked they've sounded worse than my original guide vocal hence all the backing vocals are basically comped up from failed lead attempts.

Here it is https://soundcloud.com/bubble07-1/mr...25demo/s-bdMkm
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Old 01-27-2020, 08:36 AM   #11
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Any chance I can get the stems and do a mix for you ?
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Old 01-28-2020, 10:16 AM   #12
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Any chance I can get the stems and do a mix for you ?
Sure thing, shouldn't be a problem.I'l have to re-up my drop-box or something. I'll PM Tomorrow.
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Sure thing, shouldn't be a problem.I'l have to re-up my drop-box or something. I'll PM Tomorrow.
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Check your PM. I sent you a new mix days ago.
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Good job. The guitar has a nice sound in this rented car that I drive in the beautiful city of Paris, I think you've made a good mix
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