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2 new tracks in progress

maddface

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Here are 2 new tracks im working on. Recorded on a presonus interface and in studio one. Still have to add percussion, not a full set but with stuff like congas, djembe, chimes, etc... Any feedback would be much appreciated. They are just small sections of the songs.




[SOUNDCLOUD]http://soundcloud.com/america-street/island-song[/SOUNDCLOUD]


[SOUNDCLOUD]http://soundcloud.com/america-street/one[/SOUNDCLOUD]
 

Rusty G.

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Nice sounding tracks. . .They'll be even better with the percussion. Let's here the final and comlete versions!

Actually, the second song sounds great with just the guitars (or keys) and your voice. Great song. I would just make a great version of the song with a great performance from you (no pops, etc.) and that is how I would present it. On the second verse (which we haven't heard) or a change up, you could add backing vocals and/or a string arrangement. . .but it really doesn't need it. . .just something to keep the interest up.
 
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maddface

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Thanks Rusty. Im on the guitar on these tracks. The singer and I decided that we didnt want to give a studio our money so we invested in recording equipment and spent hours researching, watching videos and learning by hands on. I think it paid off for us easily with our first demo. I did the final mix and most of the editing. I had a bit of a head start already knowing about eq, compressors, limiters, etc.... I think it turned out good for our first recording. Our drummer agrees with you Rusty, he also thinks that the song One is good as is, no percussion. Im undecided. But i am with you about changing it up with different elements as you said if we dont use percussion. Thanks again Rusty, this is very important to us right now and your feedback is most appreciated and is the kind of feedback we are looking for. Ill post the finished tracks as soon as they are done. Thanks, Tim....
 

TheAmpFactory

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Pretty sounding.
a few "pop" from the vocal need automating in your DAW bit of a clash in freq on the first one. try a cutting around 80hz and again at about 400 (small cut) shoudl help ease the midrange mud a bit.
I think light percussion on the first one is needed.
and full on on the 2nd.
are they DI's or did you mic up? (guitars)
 

maddface

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Pretty sounding.
a few "pop" from the vocal need automating in your DAW bit of a clash in freq on the first one. try a cutting around 80hz and again at about 400 (small cut) shoudl help ease the midrange mud a bit.
I think light percussion on the first one is needed.
and full on on the 2nd.
are they DI's or did you mic up? (guitars)


Thanks much! The acoustic guitars are mic'd with condensor. The first one, Island Song has electric guitar. I used effects with volume swells to create the synth sounds. I used 2 amps at once in stereo mic'd with a 57 and a I5. Panned hard right and hard left in studio one. The second song, One is the same recording process. Just regular effects on electric. Recording electric in stereo is the ****! Gives u the wide effect. Thanks for your feedback!
 

TheAmpFactory

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Well the thing is.. to make a wide stero track you need to record in mono. and let the mixing take care of the rest. if you record your stero wide guitars then its on both sides with tje focus being on the middle (vox, kick drum and bass space). and wont really leave room for anything else. (unless your just a guitar/singer and percusion) then its totally fine :)

Sounds good dont get me wrong, but imagine bass, percussion and other misc stuff in the mix aswell.. it will all be too much. just my 2cents.
try recording in mono, then double tracking, pan left/right. you get the same effect but without the "fullness" leaving you space to fill up the bandwith with other stuff.

But otherwise great music :)
 

maddface

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Well the thing is.. to make a wide stero track you need to record in mono. and let the mixing take care of the rest. if you record your stero wide guitars then its on both sides with tje focus being on the middle (vox, kick drum and bass space). and wont really leave room for anything else. (unless your just a guitar/singer and percusion) then its totally fine :)

Sounds good dont get me wrong, but imagine bass, percussion and other misc stuff in the mix aswell.. it will all be too much. just my 2cents.
try recording in mono, then double tracking, pan left/right. you get the same effect but without the "fullness" leaving you space to fill up the bandwith with other stuff.

But otherwise great music :)

I see what you are saying and will remember that for final mix. Maybe if we dont use percussion for the one song keep the guitars in stereo to keep the fullness?
 

TheAmpFactory

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yup, if nothing else goes in, keep the same as it is!. nothing wrong with that. gernal rule of recording, always make it sound the best you can get it!. so whatever works (in a overall mix sence) is your call and choice.
 




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