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    Brand new song, mix critiques welcome

    Hey folks! Decided to take some time this past weekend to work on a new song. It's definitely in the nu-metal domain but I'm happy to accept critiques and suggestions from anyone regarding the mix, songwriting, etc. Here is the song: Falling Apart Enjoy :-)
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    Mercuriall is at it again - TRIAXIS

    Hahaha I've gotta agree on the loudness. Quite literally copypasta'd my mastering configuration I used on another far more quiet sounding song (Demon Valley). I didn't realize that by using Spark for my bass tone this time, it would be far more easy to reign in and not have my sub frequencies...
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    Mercuriall is at it again - TRIAXIS

    While we're talking Reaxis... here is my current test mix I'm working on. It's early and I'm a little anxious about how the bass will come across as my standard monitors are kaput. For what it's worth, I'm doing my bass tone with Spark. All guitars are dual tracked instead of quad tracked...
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    building a laptop rig, advice welcome

    Hey Zarg, fellow tech nerd here :-). I'm on the dev side of the equation (js, c++, web stuff). I have some experience in this area though lately I've been temporarily backing away from the laptop rig. Not intending to try to scare you out of it. I never played shows with my laptop rig, but I've...
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    Alt-Rock Mix Test

    That would be because I'm officially an idiot who doesn't know how to type :lol:. I meant to say that I low passed on the sub to 80. So basically Fabfilter's Saturn owns all the sub frequencies while Mercuriall Spark's Bass 67 owns anything above 80 since it seems to do great in those domains...
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    Alt-Rock Mix Test

    Ah crap, the upload didn't work properly and I can't edit again. Here is the proper working link... at least I hope it's a proper working link... https://soundcloud.com/zenshin-2/see-through-3
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    Alt-Rock Mix Test

    Back again, here is a new mix where I'm trying my first pass at implementing Schwiz's suggestions. Haven't tested on any mediums beyond my earbuds so I can't guarantee anything, especially with the sub bass but we'll see what happens. https://soundcloud.com/zenshin-2/see-through-2/s-NoksH...
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    any peavey revalver 4 users?

    Now this ^^ is brilliant. Would it be a problem if you shared with us a little about your signal chain, post EQ, etc.? Gorgeous song btw :-).
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    Alt-Rock Mix Test

    Hey I appreciate your backing up what schwiz was saying, lets me know what areas to prioritize the most in making mix corrections. Also the kind words in general are great to read :). To answer your question, I'll breakdown what I'm doing on guitar and bass one at a time. Guitar Signal chain...
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    Alt-Rock Mix Test

    First, thank you so much for the detailed and thoughtful reply! There is a lot I want to address so I will take it step by step. 1. Kick/Snare Reverb I hadn't thought about the reverb contributing to the clickiness of the kick drum. I'll check into that. Admittedly, before this, I always had a...
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    Which affordable interface to record with amp mic'd?

    I'm just here to echo the advice from Drew and lemeker. Shure SM57 and Scarlett Solo for the win 100%. They are steering you in the correct direction for sure.
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    any peavey revalver 4 users?

    Wish I had a good answer for your question. Funny thing about this post is I just recently did a mass purge of plugins that I never use anymore and Revalver was one of the ones that got purged. For me, the only amp sim that I ever got results that I personally liked was the Diezel imitation...
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    Alt-Rock Mix Test

    Hey folks, just been spending some time mixing down a track and decided it was time to get some outside opinions on the mix and what it may or may not be needing. The song itself is a sort of alt-rock ballad type of track. Almost a Staind meets Incubus type of deal. A little different from what...
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    Building The Laptop Rig

    First, that's a fantastic idea on buying insurance for your rig. I'm going to have to look into this for myself. Also no I'm not gigging with it yet. I'd love to put together a band again. Just need to network around a bit and see what opportunities can arise. I mean... Erra came from my city...
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    Building The Laptop Rig

    Time for me to give my first update on my current experiences with this setup. Hardware wise, everything is staying solid. My only real gripe has been with the NI Kontrol Rig because the buttons are so close together. Wouldn't be bad if I was doing a tone-patch based setup where I only need to...
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    Building The Laptop Rig

    First, gotta discuss that sweet E530 haha. I'm right there with you man. I love that E530, looking back I have no regrets having bought my E530 first because it was just what I needed at a time when I was giving up on plugins and needed that tighter tone. Plus I wouldn't have had the direct...
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    Building The Laptop Rig

    Many thanks! I'll be doing an update post soon on my current experiences. I hope that maybe there will be some valuable or interesting in all of it!
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    Building The Laptop Rig

    TLDR: This is just me documenting my journey transitioning from a tube based rig to a laptop based rig. In other words, I'm going through all the screw ups so others won't have to. So to begin, I first need to emphasize that I am already the owner of a couple of nice tube rigs. One being a...
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    Engl E530 vs Mercuriall U530 Tone Test

    Ohhh whoops! I suppose that is the big indicator that I haven't tried Spark yet :lol:.


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