just brew it! wrote:
However, I also agree with the other posters who noted that the mixing/engineering aspect of the recording still needs a little work. Specifically...
- The bass seems muddy. There's plenty of it there, but it lacks definition.
- The drums seem to be buried too far back in the mix most of the time.
- Really can't get into the vocal distortion effect you used on some of the tracks. I find it overly grating and harsh; to my ears it sounds like bad MP3 compression artifacts. I'm not saying distortion on vocals shouldn't be used for effect, but IMO you ought to either use a different distortion plugin or at least different settings.
And of course, this is all subjective, and a matter of artistic vision. For all I know, you're looking at the above list and thinking, "WTF, I meant to do that!"
It could also be that you're compensating for shortcomings of the speakers/headphones you're using. Have you tried listening on multiple different systems to see how the mix sounds?
Thanks for the good words and the constructive criticism. It isn't artistic vision. I recognize my limitations as far as music production goes. I am not a professional, I have limited knowledge and even less time to expand that knowledge. But the way I look at it, the recording and mixing may be flawed, but not many comments about the lack of quality of the music of which I am proud. If I had the finances and recording opportunity given to others this album would be a mild success I think. I don't have that, so it is what it is. The next question to ask would be.... do you go ahead and record something that sounds sub-par (or just plain awful) next to a professional production for fear that people will point out its flaws? To me it is a question of ego, and my ego can handle that. I have recently listened to Casualties of Cool by Devin Townsend and I just want to hang myself... the production will just truly make you weep, but I would rather be a flawed artist than a self conscious critic who killed the idea of doing the album before he even picked up the guitar. This was my first go at this and if I ended up coming off Uwe Boll, I guarantee the next one will be better. Maybe not Peter Jackson better but maybe Evil Dead Sam Raimi better. Regardless, the album got done.
I have invested in a USB Interface, Its a cheapo Alesis but loads better than line in on the RealTek. I have M-Audio monitors now, I used Klipsch Promedia (not Monitors) as monitors for the album.
The vocal artifacts that you say sound like bad MP3 compression I think are from a noise reduction effect needed because of the singing/screeching in my dining room. Yeah it was that ghetto.