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Posted On: Feb. 27 2010, 7:41 AM

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Playing on the laptop doesn't sound nearly as good as a real stereo.
Or headphones!
I'm working on audio files captured at practice for our demo/press kit
and thought I'd throw them out there for comment:

http://home.comcast.net/~kr.baker/ef.htm

Listening to the file on the laptop, we've got some woodshedding to do....
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Feb. 27 2010, 3:24 PM

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Sounds good on this laptop.  Guitar sound is great.  tell us about how you recorded it, etc.   :agree:
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Mar. 01 2010, 5:53 AM

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Captured tracks at practice on a laptop. Audio interface is a Tascam US-1641, I LOVE that thing!
The audio interface is hooked up to mixer and outboard rack, so when everything is in the mix it's automatically setup to capture tracks. Drums are a Roland electronic kit, I told the drummer we have GOT to work on the kit! Guitar is direct, I use a rack-mounted J-Station and my rack is all pre-wired so that my guitars, keys and vocals all have feeds out to the board. Keyboard player is playing a Triton Extreme and he's got the sound pretty well nailed, I must say.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Mar. 01 2010, 11:44 PM

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Well, it's a great sounding demo and certainly should get you some gigs.   :agree:
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Mar. 02 2010, 12:44 AM

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Yup :agree:
How did you get that 'stabby' sequenced effect under the guitars? Nice.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Mar. 02 2010, 4:40 AM

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A few things:

* The compression is out of control. Very pumpy.
*The effects are over done on the vocals. They sound very swirly and "mushy" on consonants.
* Bass is missing

Actually, the whole mix is mushy and swirls. I can't find a good center. Do you have a slap back echo on everything perchance? Very confusing to the ear as I can't localize things in the mix. They hop all over the place.

My 2 cents.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Mar. 02 2010, 4:52 AM

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Appreciate all the comments. Busy at the moment, my Dad passed away over the weekend.
Not being inattentive, just really busy.
Slapback is only on lead guitar, and a bit on main vox.
I need to work on the compression definitely, not happy with it.
I want to go back when I am able and raise a new mix up from scratch,my monitors are okay but I find that I need to take a mix to the stereo,car, etc to double check - I need to work on my monitor setup.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Mar. 02 2010, 8:21 PM

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Kr - very sorry to hear that about your father.
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:agree: Sorry KR.
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Thanks for the thoughts - it's been a difficult week. Once I can get back into a frame of mind, I'll review comments more fully. Got some legal stuff to go and do tomorrow, UGH.
Bubba, if you're still reading, I'd welcome some tips/suggestions. Not that concerned about this particular deal, since it's "just" a demo, but anything that will help me improve my mixing abilities is a good thing.
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