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Rate my metal mix before it gets mastered by Jens Bogren

Discussion in 'Practice Room' started by AEL89, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. AEL89

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    Hey dudes.

    Just finished a few tracks of a metal album I'm mixing. Its going to be mastered by Jens Bogren later this month (I'm actually pretty nervous about it!) so let me know your thoughts so I don't come across as a rookie to him. Its just going through my simple mastering chain at the moment (compressor, limiter)

    There's still a ton of automation needed (tom fills and vocals mainly) and I haven't touched the clean vocals yet... but here it is:

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1041607/BL_The Struggle_V1.wav

    I'm not too big on metal but the song is pretty cool too so I'd recommend spinning the whole track

    EDIT:

    V2: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1041607/BL_The Struggle_V2.mp3
     
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    Sunday bump
     
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    That's an awesome improvement, mate. I take it those setting tweaks helped open everything up a bit more? Sounds much more solid on this end.
     
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    Sounds great in my opinion. I love how big and chunky the guitars feel. Although everything is well balanced, personally I would prefer the drums to be a little bit louder (and guitars a little bit quieter, respectively). However, it's more of an issue of what you want to focus on.

    The only thing I don't like is the lead guitar tone, but again I think that's more of a taste thing.
     
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    Mate - your tweaks helped so much. I also added some 75hz to the guitars and it gives them this really nice chunkiness down low. Thanks mate.

    Drums louder?! :yow: This is probably the most drum heavy mix I've ever done! Lead tone isn't up to the rhythms, I agree, but I'm going to have to blame the DI tracks ;) I only re-amped. Thank you for listening though dude, appreciated!
     
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    Guitars sound a bit mid rangey to me and are clouding the snare.
    I would try a couple of eq cuts on the guitar bus to let the snare poke through.
    Around 800-1k to get rid of the mid range cloudiness and another little one at the "snap" frequency of the snare (sweep to find).
    It sounds really good as is but I would try the above to see if it helps the drums to cut through better.
     
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    Cool, cheers. I'll try it for sure. I'm boosting some 1.5k for crack on the snare buss already so I'll just try removing a dB or 2 around those frequencies you mentioned.

    I'm sure I could put a phaser on the mix buss and hi pass at 200 and Jens would still make it sound awesome ;)
     
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