Thanks Daniel - I’m just thankful we have a relatively decent public health system here in Oz. I’ve paid quite a bit of tax in the 32 years of my working life, so it was nice to finally see it put to good use and to personally experience the benefit. Many people still complain about our health system, but from what I hear, it’s better than many countries.
Just so I’m understanding something here. This song is someone else’s tune and you have cleaned it up? OK. Is there a comparison to hear how it sounded before you fixed it?
Here is a link to the preview mix that was given for the song. It doesn’t sound like it was professionally mixed, but it’s not terrible either:
The individual tracks were pretty much a bunch of guitar and bass D.I.s, the individual drum multi-tracks (pretty sure they were generated by a Virtual Instrument - my guess is Addictive Drums), an organ track and the vocals. The vocals were very well recorded, although they were VERY dynamic, leading me to believe there was no compression or eq used on the way in… So there is a lot of scope to play with the fundamental nature of the sounds. It’s almost always preferable to have the recordist commit to guitar and bass tones, but I feel pretty confident using the DIs nonetheless.
I’m impressed with the clarity of this recording, Each instrument and the vocal stand out so vividly, and so well balanced. How do you do that? Are you using special equipment?
Thanks - glad you like it! No special equipment - just mixing in my computer with plugins. No outboard gear… I think you actually kind of answer that last question yourself below:…
I know a person has to train their ears to know what to listen for? Then what effect to use and how much to add and that develops over time.
But…the sound quality I’m hearing in this song, I can only imagine in my mind. Sorry I’m feeling rather inept at the moment
Please don’t get discouraged - it’s a long road - the pros who do this every day for decades naturally set a very high standard out of sheer time spent and experience gained. I’m by no means a full-time pro, but I’ve been recording for around 30 years, and I jumped into mixing pretty intensely around 11 or 12 years ago. My early mixes sucked too, and I went through a LOT of frustration learning the ropes. Even after doing it for quite a while, I still realise there is always more to learn. The 10,000 hour thing is a BIG factor.
I do everything in the box. It is what I have to work with. Is it possible to even come close?
It’s definitely possible. I would say first work on getting your monitoring system to a point where you can trust what it is telling you - that is vital. The rest is really up to you, and how much effort you’re willing to expend.