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And She's Gone - Final Mix w/ Video

Postby Mab098157 » Thu May 19, 2016 10:08 pm

Work in progress. Taking a break to start on video before I finish it out. R&B tune. First time using horns :wink: . Any suggestions on the mix? Thanks.

https://soundcloud.com/mark-bowie/shes-05192016

Video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j39G4l4nK8Y
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Re: And She's Gone

Postby msnickybee » Sun May 22, 2016 3:03 am

It's a really great song! maybe double-track the horns left/right to stop them walking all over the vocal?, and make the vocal a bit drier? change out the drum pattern in some sections, break it down a bit? the guitar solo from approx 4min is ace!
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Re: And She's Gone

Postby Mab098157 » Sun May 22, 2016 8:43 am

Thanks Nicky. While working on the video I've already made some notes on changes including less direct reverb on vox and more of an overall room feel on the total mix. Great idea on the horns, I'll try that.
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Re: And She's Gone

Postby midimoose » Wed May 25, 2016 6:21 am

Hi Mark--

Good song! Steeped in the soul/r&b tradition. I especially like the break at around 3:50, with nice interplay between guitar and horns.. I look forward to hearing, and seeing, the final version. 8) Rick.
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Re: And She's Gone

Postby Mab098157 » Wed May 25, 2016 7:24 am

Thanks Rick. The lyrics steered me to a R&B feel. And I just tried to get a nice "traditional" sound. First time using horns and hope they came off sounding decent. Still working on video and now the mix is just little tweaks here and there. Although I'm considering a slight tempo bump in the bridge? The potential nightmare of adjusting the tracks for it is scary.
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Re: And She's Gone

Postby msnickybee » Wed May 25, 2016 10:17 am

Mab098157 wrote:considering a slight tempo bump in the bridge? The potential nightmare of adjusting the tracks for it is scary.

I've tried this, seems to work best if you split all tracks at the point of any tempo change, and have all set to "adjust to project tempo". Use lots of markers! I suppose technically, the track after the bump is then playing back at a different speed to how it was recorded, but would only be an issue for a huge bump in eg acoustic guitars. So I guess, 'tis quite easy overall, I say go for it!
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Re: And She's Gone

Postby Mab098157 » Wed May 25, 2016 10:32 am

We try it. But of course in a copy of the project with the lastest version safely tuck away - :lol:
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Re: And She's Gone - Final Mix w/ Video

Postby Mab098157 » Thu Jun 02, 2016 6:08 pm

Video Bump

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j39G4l4nK8Y

Took suggestions and made some changes in verb levels, stereo width and gave up on Mid-Side Harmonic Vitaliser+. Kept giving me some weird results.

Still improving I think? :roll:

Video includes some original artwork from a friend.
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Re: And She's Gone - Final Mix w/ Video

Postby msnickybee » Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:53 pm

Definitely Mark!! I still think it's a great song, with a great hook, and that's just fab...in a sense, everything follows from there...

You trying to get a bit more of a glossy top end? (you mention a vitaliser). I think it could do with a bit more treble/clarity in the Mastering, or clean up the tracks, I quite like the TDR VOS SlickEQ to add silky treble in mastering. However, some of this is production style too.
I thought about the heavy chorusing/processing on your voice, but I think that's a conscious style/production decision, isn't it?
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Re: And She's Gone - Final Mix w/ Video

Postby Mab098157 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:37 am

msnickybee wrote:You trying to get a bit more of a glossy top end? (you mention a vitaliser).


Yes. Wanted to give it some more pop. Ended up using some master eq. Think it did a decent job, but the vitaliser was dropping vox almost like it was creating a phase cancelation? But would consistently do it. Playing project more that 10 bars before the last chorus, caused main vox to drop. Playing less than ten bars before and didn't effect the vox at all? So I loked for a different solution and removing FX worked.

msnickybee wrote:I thought about the heavy chorusing/processing on your voice, but I think that's a conscious style/production decision, isn't it?


Yes and no. Most of my vox start out heavily FX'd to overcome the lack of confidence in them. I usually back out a lot of it once I get comfortable with the performance. My new philosophy has been anything I pushed, I back it out a little before final mix. Seems to have helped. But I did like the thickening that the chorus gave the overall vox.

Thanks again for you kind words.

You didn't find the video too racy? or inappropriate?
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Re: And She's Gone - Final Mix w/ Video

Postby msnickybee » Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:10 am

Mab098157 wrote:Wanted to give it some more pop. Ended up using some master eq. Think it did a decent job, but the vitaliser was dropping vox almost like it was creating a phase cancelation? But would consistently do it. Playing project more that 10 bars before the last chorus, caused main vox to drop. Playing less than ten bars before and didn't effect the vox at all? So I loked for a different solution and removing FX worked.

There's no bass? Or low end instruments? Needs a little warmth, maybe try the "Fat+" plugin on master bus? I use that a lot, but here you'd maybe need to rebalance the top end... but only if there's anything in that space, hihats?

Mab098157 wrote:Most of my vox start out heavily FX'd to overcome the lack of confidence in them. I usually back out a lot of it once I get comfortable with the performance. My new philosophy has been anything I pushed, I back it out a little before final mix. Seems to have helped. But I did like the thickening that the chorus gave the overall vox.

Your words astound me Mark! I say wholeheartedly (and with my blunt british honesty lol) that you have a good voice, a very good one, who's the guy in Eagles, what's his name, Timothy someone? the bass player? Yep. Him. Seriously.

Mab098157 wrote:You didn't find the video too racy? or inappropriate?

No............ Am pretty *sure* it was an elbow. Yes. Definitely. Love those green eyes!
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Re: And She's Gone - Final Mix w/ Video

Postby Mab098157 » Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:15 am

Thanks again Nicky for your feedback.

Not a fan of FAT+ yet. Still like my phree phuzz plugin better for saturation. Tried a few thing to add some analog warmth, but they all seemed to dull the mix or add too much noise.

msnickybee wrote:There's no bass? Or low end instruments?

Hopefully they came across well enough. I always struggle with a tendency to get to muddy. I try to find a mix that still works well on all playback devices including the car. I have my studio playback amp boosted in the bass. And find by doing that the mix will not be too bass heavy in car, but still good bass on earbuds, etc.

Glad you found the video acceptable.
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Re: And She's Gone - Final Mix w/ Video

Postby midimoose » Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:03 am

Hi Mark,

Great song, and vast improvement from the first "sketch" version you posted. Gotta agree with msnickybee-- you're an excellent singer. I like the horns, and the drums have blended in well. Nice work! Rick.
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Re: And She's Gone - Final Mix w/ Video

Postby Mab098157 » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:32 am

Thanks Rick for the kind words.
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Re: And She's Gone - Final Mix w/ Video

Postby Mark Bliss » Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:10 am

Alright, let me first say that this isn't just a random critique, Mark asked me to listen and comment, and graciously agreed to do it here in the public forum in hopes someone else might find a tip or thought useful.
And though it will likely be a longer post, it really is just an overview and some random examples.

And before diving in I'd also like to say-
I like the song! Nice writing, nice work! The video also makes a nice artistic compliment, great use of mostly simple images and clips, well arranged and compiled. More nice work, It and the song compliment each other well.

So all critique is intended as constructive and subjective. The way I think it should sound may not be what you are going for. Grains of salt then?

Arrangement wise, the first thing I noticed is the drum track. I would suggest it could use more variety. It kind of drones on with the same beat through out. A more dramatic change between verse and chorus sections perhaps, and some subtle build up of energy as the song progresses often works well. There could also be somewhat more traditional fills and breaks.
In the file I will attach, I added a couple of markers at example locations. Two are where you used a slight "pause" or gap in the drum sequence that is so short, (and perhaps not well timed) that upon first listening I thought might be sloppy edits. Another marker is at an example spot where you did a double snare shot that I think is 1/16th notes. It could be much more dramatic if it were 1/8 notes, and the shots had some increased velocity relative to the steady regular snare hits. And maybe more varied and human velocity and timing through out would help. Another marker indicates where I noticed the kick suddenly becomes more apparent for I think- two measures or so. Probably an editing thing?
Just for examples.

Mixing and overall sound wise the song suffers a bit from sounding a bit "thin" or "hollow" I think. (And I think we can apply that to some previous work as well?)
There's no single thing that will fix that, but instead, a bunch of subtle things. Thats mixing.
And the way every element interacts, its hard to say that fixing a few things wouldn't change some of the following observations and suggestions! But:

We will start again with the drums. Thin and weak, too far in the background. I don't know what kind of chain you used, but it sounds like there may be a reverb on a drum bus? I suspect the drum track needs to be broken up and processed differently. No reverb on bass sounds. Compress the kick a bit to get a bolder sound. Put some snap and a bit of noticeable verb on the snare, etc. Wake that thing up and bring it forward in the mix.

The guitar tracks cold harsh tone is also probably hurting the song overall. I would look to warm that up a bit.

The same kind of goes for the vocal track. Combination of too much processing and the need to EQ a little differently I think. Maybe blend in a little more dry signal to warm it up and EQ accordingly.

In the whole mix overall theres a bit of build up of frequencies in a muddy range, around 500 hZ and a bit of an overall "honky" resonance.
I messed with an EQ sweep briefly that resulted in this effort to round things out a little:

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That is not meant to suggest I think the song needs that kind of EQ overall, but instead to introduce the thought of using that information as a tool.
I would follow that discovery with a sweep of those frequencies, and evaluate the individual tracks content for possible changes. For example a boost at around 190 hZ seemed to help, whats there? Pulling up that frequency range to see whats there gives the next clue:

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*(Note that the image may exaggerate the idea, for illustrative purposes.)
Now we know what sounds exist there, and we decide what we want to be the dominant sound there and go boost either that track, or eq that track differently to pull up that frequency a little.

Similarly where we cut the 500 hZ area, we would see whats there:

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And decide what we want there, and probably go pull everything else down in that frequency a little.

Re-evaluate.

The next things of note about the attached project file. (Dropbox users only for now, sorry.)
(Mark, I pulled the song from Soundcloud, so be aware you may find the time points do not match your original exactly. Note also that the Soundcloud stream is MP3 so the tonal match may vary slightly. I dont think its significant enough to be of concern here.)

Track one is the original, obvious by its name.
For track two I tried to process it a touch to present some of the above ideas.
It's very subtle, there only so much change I could apply to the whole track, and I only spent a few minutes on the effort.
I removed the noticeable hiss. (Thought I missed that? :lol: ) and applied some subtle EQ to fit the above concerns and a hint of compression, just to pull up some of the background sounds. I then applied just a hint of tape saturation to "warm" it up a little.

Dropbox folder with project and audio tracks:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/elb1fy2bvwzhynh/AABUBzMRladfjV206wdpMzpSa?dl=0

Let me know if any of the links dont work or there are any problems viewing, and of course, let me know what you think. 8)
Stay in tune, Mark

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