[LAU] [OT] Help with mixing and mastering?

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Tue May 12 09:21:57 EDT 2009

On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 1:30 AM, James Stone <jamesmstone at gmail.com> wrote:
>> You might want to get a copy of Bob Katz' book at the library
>> Mastering Audio, Second Edition: The art and the science
> I will look it up. I guess my ears have got used to hearing very
> compressed music (probably partly related to listening to mainly mp3s
> these days).

Please do.

> Any recommendations for books on tracking/mixing on a no-budget basis?

Not really. It's not really my personal strength either. Most of the
time, once you get past basic equipment issues that you sort of seem
to be dealing with right now, it comes down to mic choice, mic
placement, whether to use one mic or two. Anyone can adjust a VU and
if I tell you 'try for -3 or -12 you just push it up and down, etc.

> Yes I agree with this idea of changing as few things as possible, and
> - as you noticed - the new tracks are a different song. However, there
> is a bit of a sticking point with re-recording the original song - I
> will need to convince the rest of the band that it is a good way to
> spend their time in the rehearsal studio (which we pay for).

I did not realize that you were paying for that space. That makes a
huge difference. VERY difficult and expensive to pay for an education
that way.

What the chance of doing some individual tracking at one of your
houses/flats, etc.? Leave the practice space as the place you get loud
as a band but do some of this where you can spend more time and be a
little more reflective?

Anyway, I'll try to listen to the track recordings this week. I
suppose with this new information about song and space my initial
thought is it is going to come down to your ears. Do you feel the
tracking of this guitar sounds 'right'. Does it sound like what you
hear in the room you recorded in? Does it sound like you want it to
sound, etc.


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