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Hardware: Monitoring: Apogee Duet Firewire, Focal CMS40.
Software: Logic Studio 9
Plug ins: Softube Tubetech CL1B, Tubetech PE-1a and Trident EQ. Some plug ins from logic, like Delays, gates and EQ. Other plug ins i manly used are valhalla room and Lexicon LXP.
Watching the videos i decided to make a Groovy, balanced and dynamic mix. There were some problems, like vocals having sooo much dynamics, so i used Tubetech CL1B to compress vocal, and i certainly managed to tame its huge dynamic range. I ran in problems here, because i needed more ratio, so i adjusted threshold some dBs closer to 0, and in very quite parts, i just manually added some dBs with automation. Another thing i run into trouble, for vocals in some parts i didnt like how the mix sounded when there was no vocal, so i manually automated some delays in many partys to get more constant groove in the mix. I didnt run into technic limitation(well, maybe i dont know how low frequencies are here, since my monitors only get to 60hz), i did what i could with what i have, i like how my mix sound, but i really like how other mixes sounds.
One thing that bothered me, is where to place guitar. Left, right? Well, i decided to make it sound in both places, so neither right or left, but always when you use delays, you know you will hear more the channel with delay, so to compensate it, i added a slight Chorus in Stereo mix, with about 10-20% mix. The best of this, it didnt bothered other instruments. I didnt want to add any notorius effect to Guitars, i think if a sound was looked for, it may be recorded that way.
Bass was fine, really like that sound, the only problem, i heared a ringing about 150hz if i remember correctly, so, i lowered it a few dBs, to tame it, not to kill it. Bass lost a little of its sound, but i liked the sound anyways.
The bass drum, i have a little trouble, well for what i heared, most of everyone has, there are lots of remplacements in other mixes. I decided to make it sound a little bouncing, so it will have itself a little groove, for that proper compression and EQ was needed.
Snare... i almost everytime have problems with it. You have to get the right volume, and right EQ, if not, it sounds too thin, or it doesnt makes you moves your head. It cant sound harsh and if you compress it too much you will hear Hi hat. For that i used about 5dBs of noise gate reduction, to expand it a little but not killing it. Other problem, was the Snare in overheads, i dont know why, its the first time it happens, that the snare in the recording, sounded at my left side(about 60%, maybe the mics were out in phase). So.. i had to add 3 dbs, and make 3 gates snares, for getting nice body, and transients. I hope you like it.
OH: Well... this ones are messy, you get the drums here, so what i did was just, a little EQ to not bother the Vocals, a little compression(2-3dBs) because sometimes it goes loud. there isnt much about it, but then you have to hear it with snare and Bass drums, to get a good
Liza`s Vocals were difficult. This is the challenging part in my opinion. it is too much dynamic, and if you only compress it, you will need a lot of compression and you will lose some air.. So.. like 8dBs or 10dBs of compression, not remember correctly, and to compensate that, a little automation to give back some dynamic range.
mixbus: At first, i tried some little compression in MS, some exciters, saturators and eq. But.. with the first version, and reading many comments in the forum i said to myself, Why dont i try a more dynamic mix, with a proper EQ balance. In the middle i changed my interface From a Scarlett to a Duet Firewire, and i heared a lot of unbalanced, in EQ, and volumes. So... for my second mix, i erased everything in the bus master and say to myself, i will get a good tonal balance of the mix and good dynamics. What i only used at the end, was a little EQ to correct some balance, and i liked it better. A little of harmonic exciter was used too.. but too little to glue everything. I liked that result, i keep hearing my mix and i like it.
Thanks to Puremix for getting this contest, its my first time and it is fun.