Mixing Help Required: really not sure where to post this?
Know this isn't really the place for this kinda question, but not really sure where to post this exactly, and also the tech forum doesn't seem to get as much replies/views as this one where I normally hang out.
We recorded a demo last year to help our mates at college out - studio is state of the art and we were really hoping for an awesome EP to come out of it, but we've found that as they are students and still learning a lot, that there's a lot of issue's with what the recordings sound like. Nothing seems to have been mic'd or EQ'd properly at time of recording, and now it's all sounding a bit dull and flat.
We've sat with one of the guys attempting to mix what we have, but having real bother with the last track. The kick drum is not very punchy and we feel that it's the main thing that may be giving the track it's dullness. I've added a link to let folk hear it. You'll probably notice that parts of the song seem to "pulse" slightly. As I say, since these guys are students, they don't have the answers of how to fix this. We have one last session with the dude tomorrow, so really want to be able to go in and try and get this track sounding as best we can, so I'm posting in the hope that someone can give me some advice on what we can try. We're using Pro Tools, latest version I'm sure.
yeah, its a bit of a mess.
way too much bad compression on the drums, its all over the place, causing that pulsing and maybe making it dull too.
does the raw untouched drum recording sound ok?
i would say take off all the processing on everything, then just play them together at the right volume levels and stereo balance, a bit of light eq on each track to pare away the hi/low parts that they dont need, and only then think about adding a bit of light compression if its needed.
some firm compression on the vocals, and a little on the bass, guitar, drum tracks just to keep the level even.
and then a little for the overall track.
but just a little!
Would agree with the last post far too much compression on the drums, kick and snare sound dull. The snare needs more bite ( mid high eq) same applies to the guitars. I would also drop the vocal level a squiz it sounds to me too far above the backing. Although would add only listened on my computer speakers which give nothing below 120HZ