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4th March 2013
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Question What's wrong with this mix?

Hi,

There's something not quite right with this mix and I can't work out what. I'm hoping a fresh set of ears may say 'You've got too much of this frequency' or 'Your compression is too...'

Any advice will be appreciated.
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Guitars and drums, there is something in the 500-700 maybe 1000hz area which is too much. It sounds a bit like combfiltering (check the delay compensations). Also the interaction of guitars and voice in the same part of the freq spectrum isn't right. Perhaps it's also lower - in the 200-400hz (vox-guitar).

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The guitars are cutting through the mix more than the vocal. They sound great at the beginning, but when the vocal comes in it sounds further back than the guitars.

Agree there's something not quite right in the low mids too. The drums sound a bit boomy and washy.
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Thanks! When I'm back in the 'studio' I shall re-tweek and see how I get on.

Keep the info coming
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Great song, great performance. Don't polish it too much! I'd look into the vox, maybe there are some automating to be done, some parts get quite quiet in comparison with the rhythm guitars. My 0.02 $.
And don't polish it too much.
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Thanks for all the helpful inputs so far.

Nystromfredde I agree with you 100% with automation and yes it's a track that needs a bit of rawness.
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I like it!

It could be a bit brighter (think: top of the cymbals), but that's just my preference. In regards to the percussion, the performance is loose, but it's pretty cool that way.

I liked the overall theme to the song too:

Friend #1: "Hello friend, where would you like to go out this evening?"
Friend #2: "Hmm...I've got it!!! Let's go to a place without w-a-n-k-e-r-s!"
(I can only assume that it was a symposium on conformal field theory that the friends attended).

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Beautiful song. Cymbals lack of presence, imo.
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yea the guitars are definitely more cutting than the vocals. The distortion on the vocals is cool, but it may be muddying it up a bit. try fattening up the guitars with some low mids, roll off the high highs and do a pultec boost on the vocals and see what happens
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Right then, here is the tweaked mix.


bromrector, excuse my ignorance, what is a pultec boost?
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