[LAU] First single made with linux audio

mn0 mn0 at fukked-up.de
Fri Jun 15 20:58:20 UTC 2012

Hey guys, I'm an idiot , just sent my reply to Julien to Julien only...
and don't even have a copy...
oh alright, he forwarded ;)
So I don't have to write all that again...
Yes, always the snare...
well I'll give the higher freqs a boost as a start, was already thinking
about that, but decided not to do because on my cheap speakers it
sounded well... the still cheap but more expensive near field ones said
i could but don't have to.
Mastering: Well the levels are at -0,1 db, which is the highest level
that doesn't cause massive clipping when encoded to mp3 and decoded.
(once tried that).
Yes... I know, mp3... but people don't have ogg players, least not in
Ok, looking closely at the exported wavs lets me see a few peaks, that
could be compressed without changing the general sound giving me some
extra ~2db.
I didn't use sum compression this time, only limiter.

Well to let you know, what i've done at all:
-created buses for front and backing vocals, drums, guitars and bass and
routed the corresponding tracks to them.
-created inserts for every bus except drums, + one in master
-created inserts for bassdrum, snare, floor tom and overheads.
-started an instance of jamin for every insert
-adjust the compressor fast and high threshold so it has minimal effect.
-soloed a track and started searching for 2-3 frequencies that sound
exceptionally good or bad when really boosted in jamin grahpical eq with
a small bandwith
-moved that up/down a few (2-3) db
-gave the compressor knee
--adjust ratio and threshold
-raised the attack and release

Ok I've found the first mistake...
didn't bypass the compressors in master insert.
still jamin default settings.
That is a good reason why levels except a few peaks are so low...
the peaks went through the huge 100ms default attack, the rest is
leveled down...
...never do a mix in a rush.

So, now I'll read the other statements.
Good to have some feedback, this will surely result in a better album.

On 15.06.2012 21:31, Jason Jones wrote:
> Thanks for sharing.  First off, the performances were top-notch!  Drum
> timing / guitar chugging / and most importantly, the vocals sounded
> well, done too!  Good job on the performances.  The recording and
> mixing, on the other hand, could use some help.  The drums sound flat
> and lifeless (which is a shame, because the performance of the drummer
> was *awesome*!) - especially the snare.  It's almost non-existent.  It
> should be much more present.  The guitars kind of sound a bit dull.
>  It's almost like the higher freqs of just about everything was EQ'ed
> down.  (like, say 5k and above??)  It could also use mastering.  The
> levels are very low.
> Again, thanks for sharing!  Hope that was helpful.
> --Jason
> www.advancedbudgetstudios.com <http://www.advancedbudgetstudios.com>
> On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM, mn0 <mn0 at fukked-up.de
> <mailto:mn0 at fukked-up.de>> wrote:
>     Hi LAUs,
>     I proudly present you the first single we ever made.
>     And we made it with Linux, of course ;)
>     It's called What It Means To Me.
>     check out in English http://deathrokk.com/wim2m
>     or German http://deathrokk.com/wim2m_de
>     or just one-click-download the free mp3
>     http://deathrokk.com/wim2m_mp3
>     or download ogg files
>     http://deathrokk.com/wim2m_ogg
>     We have some other 18 songs recorded.
>     12 besides the a side of the single will be on our upcoming album.
>     We have a bunch of video material from the recording.
>     The documentary on it will be online, as soon, as we've captured all the
>     tapes and cut them etc. I'll tell you, when it's there.
>     If you think there are some obvious flaws in the mix, that we should
>     avoid on the album, now is your turn. Because now we can still
>     change it.
>     That doesn't mean you have to search too closely.
>     Our whole studio excl. instruments is less than 1k€, so advices to use
>     Neumann mics as overheads won't help.
>     Anyway, I just wanted to share what we've made with wonderful tools like
>     rt-kernel, ardour, jamin and jack...
>     Thank you, devs and contributors.
>     enjoy!
>     /mn0
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