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@Saieph - Thanks dude, and thank you for the recommendation, I'll be sure to check them out! Liked your track too, that kick drum really kicks me in the chest! Although I thought the guitars might seem slightly detached from the drums, but that could just be me, good stuff either way!

There is some syncopation going on in some parts. Where in particular were you feeling the disconnect?
 

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@Saieph, thanks for the feedback! I think I may have accomplished your advice with the low-mid/mid frequencies, so when you have time, let me know how this new mix sounds. I still need to fiddle with the cymbals though.

https://soundcloud.com/berial-feilong29/street-fighter-ii-ken-theme

That's definitely sounding better. It may just be my personal taste, but I feel like the lead is a little too loud and the rhythms are a little too soft. They just don't sit quite right in the mix. Overall, the mids are much better.

What are you using for drums...something about them is just...off, kind of. Not the rhythm or anything, just the sound, in general.

Not that I'm an expert by ANY stretch of the imagination. :)
 

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I am not a good vocalist, but be hard on me as you will, I want to do what I can to make this project okay:

[SC]https://soundcloud.com/bostjan-zupancic/demagogue[/SC]
 

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Certainly better than I could have done...by a long shot! Some backing vocals would do you some good with layering. Music is pretty cool too! Actually, it all kind of reminds of Killing Joke a bit, which is a compliment. Followed you. ;)
 

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I mean, if it were me, I would keep the lead vox in the center, and maybe embellish it with a double tracked harmony, or at least embellishment vocal, panned not quite hard L and R. That would sound cool...
 

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I've got a tiny bit of tracking left to do, and then mix and master. So my question to you all is...do you have any tips or tricks for mixing...and then for mastering?

Concurrently, I'll be finishing up all the artwork and story-line for the full set of 3 EPs...plan right now is to release on Bandcamp on August 2 of this year.
 

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My rookie mistake with mastering was overdoing it. I think it is far better kept subtle.

Mixing ... I don't really know. My philosophy is that if a mix sounds good, you should shelf it for 2+ days and then listen to it again and see if you still like it. It can be difficult, especially with your own projects, but audio fatigue can do weird things to mixes, particularly with high frequencies. But, this is coming from me, a guy who likes a little more highs than most people, YMMV. Also, I feel obliged to note that there is no singular correct way to mix, but there are plenty of wrong ways to mix.
 

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Well, it seems on Theo's suggestion I have added a limiter on the Master bus...but I know that's kind of a "mastering" thing...so I may drop that and just see what my mixes sound like. I was pretty happy with them at the time. Here is an example. Let me know what you think, for just a basic mix:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0vsij076f8tqtld/0010_Saieph.mp3?dl=0

Let me know what you think...for just a straight up mix.
 

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So here is a track that I tracked, then mixed, then mastered.
Tracked: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0vsij076f8tqtld/0010_Saieph.mp3?dl=0
Mixed: https://www.dropbox.com/s/86b26rl3uia9aaj/0010_Saieph_MIX.mp3?dl=0
Mastered: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ft3b6adu9f6yy2p/0010_Saieph_MASTER.mp3?dl=0

Actually, I tried a new technique on mastering, and while I think the mix needs some work, and it's a different song...may need some more tweaking here and there:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7r9grcn7zair4a2/0002_Saieph_MASTER.mp3?dl=0

Let me know what you think! Thanks!
 

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Here's my latest WIP

[SC]https://soundcloud.com/horussound_jeremy/2016-07-09-song-6-v9[/SC]
 

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Very nice coreysMonster and jerm. Both of those submissions are super awesome.

Here is my first full on attempt to mix and master a song. Let me know what you think:

[SC]https://soundcloud.com/saieph/0002-saieph-master[/SC]
 

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Working on a new mix for my next release, which is gonna' be a little darker and more sp0opy.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cxq9om70p3iqdt0/NivAlternative.... 2.0.mp3?dl=0

Working with new drum samples and a lower tuning (E Standard an octave down) with the bass sitting another octave under the guitars.

What y'all think? Suggestions? Something that really needs fixing and my ears aren't hearing?

(Dropbox link because SoundCloud has crap quality)
 

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My current WIP is a bit of a weird one. Influences seem to vary between A Perfect Circle, Korn, and Wes Borland. It's my first time trying a slap bass tone and I haven't car tested yet so I'm prepared for immense suckage.

Would like to record vocals eventually though one friend seems to have some ideas so I'll be curious to see what he does. Anyways, here is the WIP

[SC]https://soundcloud.com/zenshin-2/monster[/SC]
 

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My current WIP is a bit of a weird one. Influences seem to vary between A Perfect Circle, Korn, and Wes Borland. It's my first time trying a slap bass tone and I haven't car tested yet so I'm prepared for immense suckage.

Would like to record vocals eventually though one friend seems to have some ideas so I'll be curious to see what he does. Anyways, here is the WIP

[SC]https://soundcloud.com/zenshin-2/monster[/SC]

Duuuuude this is so up my alley you wouldn't believe it! I love oldschool Korn and Wes Borland.

But please, you need to turn down the compression, it's really pumping hard. The instruments themselves are really, really fat, you can turn that comp way down and it would sound awesome! :)
 


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