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Mazzy Star sound, anyone?
Old 16th September 2011
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Mazzy Star sound, anyone?

Anyone know how Mazzy Star recorded their albums? They had such an interesting sound.
Old 16th September 2011
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i believe it's heroin.

fade into you.
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Reverberations!


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Old 16th September 2011
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yeah, to be honest the production doesn't really sound very 'interesting', to me - just nice songs with a nice voice and a ****ing shedload of reverb over everything.
Old 16th September 2011
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What´s interesting to me is that it doesn´t really sound like anything else I´ve heard. Something about how her voice sounds intimate despite all the reverb. I´m curious about how that´s done, because when I use a ton of reverb, everything seems to lose impact/definition and the whole mix sounds like sh**.
Old 16th September 2011
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even the chemical brothers songs she did, the production is very minimal and low key. i always imagine walking through a forest whenever i hear her voice. i dunno.
Old 16th September 2011
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Must. Eq. Reverb. Sends.

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Old 16th September 2011
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What´s interesting to me is that it doesn´t really sound like anything else I´ve heard. Something about how her voice sounds intimate despite all the reverb. I´m curious about how that´s done, because when I use a ton of reverb, everything seems to lose impact/definition and the whole mix sounds like sh**.
Probably better off asking on a shoegaze forum rather than electronic music production..? Those lot soak everything in reverb.. heh

Nothing special about the recordings I can hear, just a mass of reverb...compress the vocal and use pre-delay to seperate the voice from the reverb to get some definition around the vocal.
Old 16th September 2011
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Ah, pre-delay. I forgot all about pre-delay, cause I usually use a minimal amount of reverb. Thanks, will try that.
Cheers!
Old 16th September 2011
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What song are you talking about? Post a youtube link here.
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Hey Spacestation,
I adjusted the pre-delay and realized that was exactly what I was looking for. Feel kind of stupid for forgetting about it. But will bury my pride and get on with it.
Thanks!
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Hey Spacestation,
I adjusted the pre-delay and realized that was exactly what I was looking for. Feel kind of stupid for forgetting about it. But will bury my pride and get on with it.
Thanks!
Thats cool, glad to have helped.
Old 17th September 2011
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What song are you talking about? Post a youtube link here.
like there was more than one?

Fade into You is what everyone knows, but those that know knew about Halah BEFORE it was in that movie.

i have a bunch of Mazzy Star seven inches some place.
Old 19th September 2011
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Hope Sandoval's voice is incredible - very haunting and delicate. Check this out:

Mazzy Star :: Into Dust - YouTube
Old 19th September 2011
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Hope Sandoval's voice is incredible
Her albums with the Warm Inventions are awesome.
Old 19th September 2011
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What´s interesting to me is that it doesn´t really sound like anything else I´ve heard.
I guess you never heard the Cowboy Junkies then
Old 20th September 2011
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Yeah, I´ve heard Cowboy Junkies. The difference (imo) is that, though Mazzy Star also has tons of reverb, they retain some kind of solidity in the bottom end. What I didn´t like about CJ is that EVERYTHING was drenched in reverb (I think they recorded in a church?), so kick drum, bass etc didn´t have any power/depth. It ended up kind of folksy/woody, while MS has a more dark, ethereal rock vibe to it, which I find more mesmerizing, I guess.
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Fade into You is what everyone knows, but those that know knew about Halah BEFORE it was in that movie.
What movie?

My favorite track she sings on is "Sometimes Always".

OP, You might dig these, if you haven't heard them, similar vibe:

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Yeah, I´ve heard Cowboy Junkies. The difference (imo) is that, though Mazzy Star also has tons of reverb, they retain some kind of solidity in the bottom end. What I didn´t like about CJ is that EVERYTHING was drenched in reverb (I think they recorded in a church?), so kick drum, bass etc didn´t have any power/depth. It ended up kind of folksy/woody, while MS has a more dark, ethereal rock vibe to it, which I find more mesmerizing, I guess.
I would have to agree. The other difference, the most important one, is that CJ doesn't/didn't have Hope Sandoval.
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But will bury my pride and get on with it.
Thanks!
If only more people on internet forums acted like this, the world would be a better place! Winning.
Old 20th September 2011
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Axs, the reason your reverb is making everything sound muddy and distant is because you are not eqing the reverb. Do this send drums for example to a buss, then make a drum reverb from your main buss. Pic the best eq that you feel fits the sound in your mind. Then after the reverb add an eq. Add a low pass and high pass to the eq to avoid any unwanted lowend or high end build up. Presto changeo. Saturated reverb without muddy confusion. Thank me later.

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Old 20th September 2011
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She certainly made this song special...

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