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First Mix and Master! #2439139
09/17/12 01:27 AM
09/17/12 01:27 AM
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Purchased Reason recently and wanted to start making my own solo work considering things with my band are coming to a hault because everyone in the band doesn't seem to be dedicated enough.
Anyways, that's besides the point. I was just seeing if I could get some critique on how this mix of my first song for my alternative electronic project is?
Please and thanks.

http://soundcloud.com/af-7/accolade

Re: First Mix and Master! [Re: PhillJackson] #2439194
09/17/12 10:40 AM
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Well, I can hear that you did what you perceive is "mastering" (see my thread "Rant: Mastering" for my view on this sort of post-work)

You crushed it to death, to the point where everything just feels overcompressed and straining. Two minutes in, I had to stop listening because it was actually bothering my ears.

If you can hear the compressor, you did it wrong.

Re: First Mix and Master! [Re: Griffinator] #2439365
09/17/12 08:34 PM
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Positives: I like the song over all. "Instruments" are fun and seem to be well mixed, especially at the beginning when I can hear them separate from the vocals. Catchy tune!

Negatives: I'm not as particular, but yes the compression is too much. The problem is when each additional layer kicks in (the beat at 0:23, the vocals at 0:44, etc) the mix feels crowded, like some items are pushing others out of the way to get to the top.

Notice how the vocals don't sound like they're blending in with the song, and when there's a quick break between vocals, it's almost like the instruments jump up for a breath of air (i.e. get suddenly squeezed louder, and then forced back down afterwards).

I'm no expert here, believe me, but when I listen back to some of my older music I can hear how much I was using compression in an effort to make it louder and comparable to other songs I was listening to.


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