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Mark From Hawaii
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Mar 24th, 2015 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm on vacation this week so I'm finally getting a littler more into the Reaper DAW. When I posted this on SoundCloud it seems the lead vox is a bit too out front of the mix. My daughter remarked on the piano parts played on the GR-55: "That's cheating!" Hehe, she plays piano. A few vitals:

Piano: GR-55 "Double Low Piano"
Strings: GR-55 string ensemble - I forgot the actual setting.
Drums: MT Power Drum Kit 2 software
Bass: Cheap Jackson bass through Boss ME-70 set for clean tone with some EQ
Rhythm guitar: Floyd Rose Strat with a bit of chorus through the GR-55
Lead guitar: PRS Custom 24 through the ME-70 in the lead stack model with a bit of boost and delay

Have a listen if you please.

Georgy Porgy - Toto Cover

Achase4u

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Mar 25th, 2015 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh wow. That GR 55 is neat!

Gotta love Toto. Enjoyed that! I'd agree on the lead vox level. But you have a nice voice!

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Mar 25th, 2015 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thing on the GR-55 and piano: take two (even of the same patches, if that works for you) different pianos since you've got two internal PCMs. Mix/pan to taste.

It ends up far meatier than just one.

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Mar 25th, 2015 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Aaron and Robert. I may clan up some of the tracks and remix. I actually have the "left hand" part of the piano panned a little to the left but it does clash with the rhythm guitar a bit so it's probably lost in the mix.

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Mar 25th, 2015 08:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Redid the lead vocals and bass break. Also did a bit of remixing so the vocals and piano parts aren't so out front.

Georgy Cover 2nd Take

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Mar 25th, 2015 10:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sounds better!

I know you aren't asking for any advice, but I think a couple things might help.

The vocal was a bit high before, but its a little muffled to my ears - I would check a couple things to see if they make any difference(unless you've got it just how you want it, then disregard)

I would check the attack time on the vocal comp as a really fast setting(anything above 1 on an 1176 for example) can start to eat the presence of a vocal or instrument.

I'd look around the 300hz area of the vocal and maybe pull it back a shade as it can get a little cloudy there. Maybe push a tad around 3-5k to help the vocal cut a little at its current volume. Or conversely, bring the vocal fader back up, and shave everything down a little except the 3-5khz area. Some folks believe in all subtractive eq to bury the phase shift.

Or simply look for some of your center channel instruments that might be masking your vocal presence and pull those freq's back a shade.

Thats one of the tricky things in a busy mix - to get a vocal to sit in the track without being plain too loud or too quiet to understand.


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Mar 25th, 2015 11:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll take that advice - thanks Aaron. I used the canned preset called "sibillance killer" in the Focusrite EQ plugin. I'll try to add more upper mids and shelve the lows a bit.

3rd Time's A Charm?

(This message was last edited by Mark From Hawaii at 02:27 AM, Mar 26th, 2015)

Achase4u

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Mar 27th, 2015 09:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sounds like you are getting the hang of it! The vocal is more understandable and not too loud over the mix.

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Mar 29th, 2015 08:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very listen-able.

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Apr 2nd, 2015 01:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for taking a listen saturn.

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