Deftones- Minerva Cover (trying new "hugish" mix)

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  1. Rational Gaze

    Rational Gaze LithiumDawn Voicebox

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    Howdy dudes. So one of my favorite things to do when I'm working on new material is to do covers as a palate cleanser of sorts. And I'm seeing the Deftones tomorrow for the first time in 10 years and I'm all sorts of amped. Minerva is one of my favorite of their songs so I said "fuck it, why not?". Here it is :). I tried some new mixing techniques I've wanted to put into practice. I think it turned out appropriately large :) Enjoy.

    Minerva- Lithium Dawn Cover by Lithium Dawn on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free
     
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    I dig the way you compressed the vocals. Good job. :yesway:
     
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    HOlY HELL yes dude this is awesome, i would LOVE LOVE for you to upload the raws to this so i could mix it, this is one of my fav songs as well....who did these vox?

    Mix sounds awesome btw, i think the guitar need more presence in the mix, the original just sounds bigger because the guitars are huge but this sounds sick dude super good cover
     
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    he sang on it too! good work dude love the mix!
     
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    wow, great job!
     
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    Found this through Facebook earlier. This kicks so much amounts of ass. I love your vocals man, and the mix is indeed massive. Great job!
     
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    C2Aye has the groove.

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    This is fantastic dude! Your vocal work never ceases to amaze :)
     
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    This is very very clear. Great work my friend!
     
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    Wow. I really like Deftones and this cover is excellent! Well done!
     
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    Wow, you sound really similar to Chino. Good fucking job!
     
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    That was excellent. Really enjoyed the vocals!
     
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    Holy shit guys! Just had a chance to check up on this. Thanks for all the kind words :) I might be doing another 'Tones cover after the show I just witnessed. It's hard to see a band going for nearly 20 years with such revitalized fire and energy. Incredibly inspiring to see.
     
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    Wow, I like this much better than the original.

    How did you go about mixing it? Is this a mastered version? The mix sounds indeed huge.
     
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    Ben.Last Formerly Lern2Swim

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    That's really good.
     
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    Wow man!
    You really know what you are doing. Sounds massive! Great cover and mixing!
     
  17. Rational Gaze

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    Hahah thanks dude. And that is giving me way too much credit.

    I'm basically trying out a new mix for my band's upcoming record and seeing it applied to new situations, and having it actually work is a huge deal for me. I gotta give huge credit to Cakewalk because the tools they've provided in Sonar X1-2 are absolutely, positively second to none. The mastering suite alone is to die for. It has allowed me to really go into mastering with some confidence. But I am far from a professional. I'm just honing my craft so that I have something to offer, hopefully soon :) Thanks.
     
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    Well, the way I approach the entire construction of a track is to build it all around the drum sound. So ensuring I had everything sounding tidy in S 2.0 was a huge deal. When I was working on this drum mix (which I can hopefully recreate with real drums when we do recording for the next album), I tried to be as patient as possible. Then bringing it into sonar and adding a touch of a large hall reverb through a bus was something new to me as well, just to allow the sound to gel more.

    Guitars are 6-tracked (3 tones, 2 pairs each). I know it may sound extreme, but I absolutely love the results it brings. A standard djent tone to bring out the staccato elements of riffs; the same tone just with very, very low drive and presence turned down; and then what I can only call as an Opeth rhythm tone to flesh it out in the mid/low range. The bass is DI'd into the my Focusrite Sapphire as are the vox.

    I made sure everything that was recorded had at least 6-9 dbs of headroom. Then through buses I separate the instruments from the drums, so I have a Master fader for the total mix minus the drums, allowing for quick level adjustments.

    As for the EQ's, compressors, and other effects, that was all really to taste. Subtractive equalization on everything, high/low cuts on every track so that things breathe and have their own spaces. That's something to taste :)

    I mastered using X1's mastering suite (Vintage Channel, Linear EQ, Tube Leveler, Multiband Compressor). Just started off with presets and worked them to taste.

    I'm glad you dug it.

    Not sure that answered your question though haha.
     
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    I LOVE THIS COVER!

    I would love to have it on a covers folder on a MP3 CD for my car!

    So good i gave it a second listen!
     
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    Thanks a lot man :)
     

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