My hearing isn't the best anymore, fine for recording and rough mixes, but I certainly don't trust it for final mixing and mastering.
I'm working on about 14 original songs for a July 20 2015 cd release. My 50th birthday! I don't perform, this is a vanity project, although I will probably use the result as a songwriting demo to shop around.
I would call my style Bing Crosby meets Paul McCartney, I guess. Here's a few songs I've tossed up on Soundcloud. They won't be public forever, but I'm hoping you guys will give them a listen. Most were done in Mixcraft (6, now 7). Some are still works in progress.
15-20 years ago I recorded with what I think was then the first hard disk based 4 track recorder, the Akai DR4. I still have the original backup DAT's and digital mixes, but not the original machine, unfortunately, although I can get one on ebay and might. I will probably re-record my older stuff, though, I like my voice better now, in a way. But maybe not. Depends on opinions of some of the mixes. Way overdid the reverb as kids will do, and I know I have a tendency to put my vocal too up front.
Blew a good part of my hearing blasting a 0 db test tone from the Akai into my cans. Um, more than once
I don't trust my hearing for final mixdown and definitely will be farming out the mastering. Would like to find someone to do or assist with both, preferably within Mixcraft for ease of project sharing. This will probably take a good deal of back and forth and file sharing over several months as I haven't even begun recording some songs which I plan on including.
LOVE ACOUSTICA forums and mods, have found this a very friendly place. Unfortunately the collab section seems awfully quiet. Hence the $$$ sign.
My loving, patient wife has allowed me a $xxxx budget for the whole project. I figure I'll have about $xxx to spend on mix and master...I doubt that will buy a pro's time, but hey, I'm not snooty about who I hire or work with! If someone can show me they can handle the job, it's amateur hour all the way.
I'm wide open to advice and would love to talk either here or privately about collaborating on this project, if anyone thinks they would have fun working in this style.
Thanks for listening!https://soundcloud.com/unknownartist-14