We've been away for a month, but we're happy to be back. A new episode of Shaking Through is on the way for Monday! The band is Ava Luna, from Brooklyn, NY. The episode was curated and produced by Bryan Ujueta and Dev Gupta from 2010 Shaking Through alums, Twin Sister. Ava Luna is fronted by guitarist and singer, Carlos Hernandez. The recording, deftly produced and mixed by Miner Street's Jonathan Low, perfectly captures what the band calls "Nervous Soul". Falsetto lead, female backup vocals, backed by simple, tight drums and bass. The vocal was cut through Joel from Ecstatic Electric's Gefell UM75 (whoa, what a mic!) and our perennial favorite, Rob Roy Campbell's Electronaut M63 preamp. Oh, and again, Joel got us his Samar ribbon mic prototypes which were used throughout the recording everywhere you'd want a beautiful pair of big fat ribbons - including the female vocals. Check them out!
So see what you can make of this song before we post Jon's mix on Monday. It should be relatively straight forward, and really fun.
REMEMBER: Wherever you post this stuff, whether it's here or on Soundcloud or wherever, let's use the following naming protocol (file name, description, etc), so we can keep this straight for posterity:
first off, Brian, I hope that you have recovered from your heart surgery. Get well soon!
And thanks for putting up Weatherwane Music, which is a valuable source for mixing noobs like me who are looking for well recorded raw tracks. I would really like to see Jonathan Low mixing those tracks in order to learn about his use of EQs, Compressors, reverbs etc. I would not mind paying for "Premium Content" like this ... ;-)
Here is my attempt to mix Ava Luna's "Water Duct".
Here's my quick go at it. That click in the drum tracks was driving me crazy but I only took it out during a few parts, but if I had more time I would've taken out all of it.
Excellent tracking, though. Not much damage control had to be done
There are some nice mixes already. I've put in an hour into this song tonight.
I also thought it would be good, since Brian and people are so kind to post these files for remixes, to avoid using samples and just use whatever is given to you, so the songs can keep on the same track as much as possible. Just my $0.02.
My first attempt. Great recording, best one yet I think, the backing vocals are immaculate. Was this tracked to tape?
I think the magic of those backup vocals was the Samar ribbons, going through Rob Roy Campbell's Electronaut M63. It's just a superbly awesome, totally unique combo. What's cooler is that Becca and Felicia sang at the same time, and then we had them do the Queen / Roy Thomas Baker trick of each of them tracking eachother's parts. So it sounds super full, in a peculiar way. Glad you dig.