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

Loki Davison loki.davison at gmail.com
Fri Aug 13 00:14:40 UTC 2010

> How did you record it, is it only two tracks or multitrack? It's not very easy
> to come up with a good answer for you here. :-) It's not very much meaning to
> suggest adjustmens as the mix sounds like now. A new raw mix please! :-)
> If possible, you should record the drums one more time. You write that you use
> the recorderman technnique, wich surprises me a little bit because the kick is
> so week and sounds more like a tom - I expected more body and room. The HH
> sound is also a little strange because the sticks' sounds are very dominating.
> Maybe you should consider to use just one mic and do some experimenting: Go
> mono on drums and try just one condenser mic right above the kick and listen
> how the kit sounds sounds. You might very well get a well balanced drum sound
> that way. That might just do the trick. Experienced engineers do very often
> adjust the placement before it sounds as good as possible. On the other hand:
> I like the drums ringing body and that might disapear if you do any changes.
> Do a little more accurate raw mix first that we (or at least my tinitus
> infected ears) can listen to again, then it will be slightly easier to come
> with a little more meaningful suggestions. :-)
> Jostein

It's multitrack, 5 tracks total. 2 for drums, 1 for guitar, 1 vocals,
1 bass. There is a bit of spill in the vocals and a little in the
guitar from the drums. I can record it as many time as required. It's
just i'm not sure how to modify the mic setup to get the desired
results. The most mics i've got for the kit are 2 pencil cardoid
condensers and 2 omni's. I'm not using the omni's at all in the
current setup. Would it be handy to have them as room mics? Or closer
to the kick? What effects would you normal use on a DI'ed bass? Not
sure if it sounds too clean.


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