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Postby chew_rocket » Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:02 am

Hello!

I have just completed what I think to be my best mix to date. It was mastered by Simon Humphreys at chair works which definitely improved it a hell of a lot!. Anyway.... I'm still not completely happy with it. The band are though, and have said they might come back soon so any advice on what could be improved next time would be great.

Here it is (for a week only before they release the full EP).... http://soundcloud.com/emmottandthefolkestra/love-lust-and-desire
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby OneWorld » Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:05 pm

I don't know too much about engineering and production, but for what it's worth, sounds right enough to me.

As soon as I got to the end, went back to the beginning for another listen,

great - Dynamically, Instrumentally, Groovically, Interestingly, Totally :-)

I am in a good because England are one up! tis a good tune though
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby Chaconne » Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:17 pm

Yeah its largely pretty good.

If I have to find fault - France have made it level - then the 'breakdown' does not work for me, the tune just seams to fade down for a spell.
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby The Elf » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:05 pm

Overall it's a good mix, but I feel you could have been a bit braver in letting instruments have their moment in the limelight. There are a few nice licks going on during no-vocal sections and it would have been nice for those instruments to lift up for a moment or two.

One all - not a bad start... grin:
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby Wiseau » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:58 pm

3.15 - twang! I wasn't listening from a technical perspective, I liked it, only at 5.10, for me, it's too long. I'm a believer in the 4 min kiss of death. Although it had a proper ending, thumbs up for that, can't stand fade outs.
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby OneWorld » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:42 am

Chaconne wrote:Yeah its largely pretty good.

If I have to find fault - France have made it level - then the 'breakdown' does not work for me, the tune just seams to fade down for a spell.


Wiseau wrote:3.15 - twang! I wasn't listening from a technical perspective, I liked it, only at 5.10, for me, it's too long. I'm a believer in the 4 min kiss of death. Although it had a proper ending, thumbs up for that, can't stand fade outs.


Yes on a few listens it could do with trimming down to a shorter length a bit and the 'breakdown' doesn't really add much to the whole.

Some might say if I am in a good mood due to England's winning, then am not happy much of the time! A draw's not bad though considering our new humble and lowly expectations
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby chew_rocket » Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:04 am

Thanks for the kind words! I did actually try to bring out some of the 'moments' but when the band came in (a 7 piece) there was always at least one person unhappy that others were being overshadowed... they all wanted to be very much on the same level as one another. They have uploaded another track off the EP today if anyone is interested? It has a different feel and it was my first attempt at recording strings, which was great fun!

http://soundcloud.com/emmottandthefolkestra/sea-of-antiquity

Thanks :)
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby oggyb » Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:22 pm

That's great stuff. I particularly like the epic percussion sounds going in in the back of the mix. Makes the thing seem expansive and whole.
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby The Elf » Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:50 pm

chew_rocket wrote:I did actually try to bring out some of the 'moments' but when the band came in (a 7 piece) there was always at least one person unhappy that others were being overshadowed... they all wanted to be very much on the same level as one another.
Touching, but misguided! This is where a strong 'producer' role is important, but when the band are paying your wages it's a tough pair of boots to fill.

I love this latest song. It's reminiscent of the Strawbs when they were at their best; 'The Hangman and the Papist' springs to mind - and also makes my Hammond fingers begin to itch!!!

Great stuff - I'm a customer for this when it's properly available!
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby chew_rocket » Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:26 pm

just stumbled accross this thread and thought I'd let you know the final track off the 3 track is available to listen to nowadays.

http://soundcloud.com/emmottandthefolkestra/sets/love-lust-and-desire-ep/

There is the full EP.
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby The Elf » Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:14 pm

Very nice work indeed, mate. I'm a fan!

And a name-check for my home town - gotta be a winner! ;)
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby Folderol » Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:22 pm

These are seriously good from every point of view. Strong songs, dynamic performance and clean mix. What a breath of fresh air compared with the usual fare.
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby chew_rocket » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:25 am

Cool... give 'em a comment if you have a soundcloud account. I'm sure they will appreciate the kind words!
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby Folderol » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:22 pm

chew_rocket wrote:Cool... give 'em a comment if you have a soundcloud account. I'm sure they will appreciate the kind words!
Done.
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby petev3.1 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:34 pm

[quote="The Elf]I love this latest song. It's reminiscent of the Strawbs when they were at their best; 'The Hangman and the Papist' springs to mind - and also makes my Hammond fingers begin to itch!!![/quote]

Right on. One of my favorites also. Does this explains your signature line? But it all went wrong with 'Long Haired Lover'.
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby petev3.1 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:39 pm

Hell. What happened there? Don't know what went wrong with the formatting.
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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby The Elf » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:34 pm

petev3.1 wrote:
The Elf wrote:I love this latest song. It's reminiscent of the Strawbs when they were at their best; 'The Hangman and the Papist' springs to mind - and also makes my Hammond fingers begin to itch!!!


Right on. One of my favorites also. Does this explains your signature line?

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Re: My 'best' mix to date...

Postby petev3.1 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:14 am

Oh yes. Kes. I didn't know the name of the original book. Still, it does sound a bit like a line from Dave Cousins.
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