[LAU] Demo: Soda P - Pent-Up

Loki Davison loki.davison at gmail.com
Mon Sep 20 04:16:20 UTC 2010

On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 6:23 AM, Jeremy Jongepier <jeremy at autostatic.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> After convincing my other bandmembers to move to Linux because of all the
> time we lost figuring out how all that proprietary stuff works we did get a
> lot more productive.
> So here it is, the very first demo-track from our rehearsal room, completely
> recorded and mixed with Linux.
> http://linux.autostatic.com/temp/sodap-pentup(mixdown20100919).ogg
> This is also the first band track that I tried to mix and master a bit. I
> fear I'm still a better musician than a studio engineer, but I've learned so
> much already the last two years, thanks to this list, LinuxMusicians.com and
> the guys at #opensourcemusicians (especially [lsd]/wootangent.net). What
> didn't help either is that I had to mix this track partly on my headphones
> (I do have a pair of decent DT770's) because of our little man sleeping
> downstairs: http://lou.dekenwaarestraat.nl/
> What did help is that I have close to zero experience with
> recording/mixing/creating music on other OS's. When I read how other people
> are struggling with switching from one OS to Linux I realize how lucky I am
> that I've chosen Linux from the start to make/record music with my computer.
> And we're still experimenting with the band when it comes to mic placement,
> which mic to use for what, amp settings, soundcard settings etc. Also, most
> tracks for this song were played in one take, simply because we don't have a
> lot of time (a few hours a week) and since it's demo stuff we had to let go
> of our perfectionism, we'll save that for the definite recordings.
> Software I used:
> - Qtractor (I'm a huge Qtractor afficionado)
> - Yoshimi with the Pulse Pad 3 instrument patch for the synth riff in this
> song
> - Guitarix distortion plugin for the synth
> - JAMin
> - SC4 and Calf compressor plugins
> - C* EQ plugin
> - Freeverb plugin (I still have to emerge myself in that convolution stuff)
> - Rezound (could someone please save that program from oblivion? It's just
> so much better than Audacity)
> - Jack1 with FFADO for our FireWire card
> - Ubuntu 9.10/10.04 (I still use 9.10 for various reasons)
> I enjoyed a lot playing around with this song, especially now that I finally
> have a room for myself at my home for my music stuff where I have some mics
> set up, a decent PC, some MIDI controllers and percussion stuff. I did the
> backing vocals, the MIDI stuff and the tambourine at home. I love
> tambourines but I hate playing them, it's a friggin difficult instrument, no
> kidding. I also tried adding some acoustic guitar but that didn't work out.
> Originally, this song is an acoustic song that I must've written more than
> 10 years ago: http://www.autostatic.com/beltree/beltree-pentup.mp3
> So shoot. Really, I'd appreciate any feedback so I can improve my recording
> and mixing skills (and eventually my mastering skills). We're a DIY band so
> if we could also do this very last thing ourselves we'd be thrilled.
> Best,
> Jeremy
> http://sodap.nl
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I totally agree that tambourine is damn hard. I find kit a lot easier.
Especially the Mazzy Star tambourine vibe... :) Or motown... and
arabic stuff.

All around the song is good! Nice vibe, good sound and balances well.
The bass disappears a bit. I like how much growl it's got but needs a
bit more fatness. Either eq changes or play further from the bridge. I
love the tom sound but I find the crash is a bit week sounding.

My mixing/mastering skills still need a lot of work too! Great to hear
some other stuff. How did you choose which compressor plugins to use?
I'm just wondering because I haven't tried the calf ones. I always
stick to CAPS/TAP collection.


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