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About This Multitrack
22-06-2012, 11:50 AM
Post: #1
About This Multitrack
You can find the multitrack files for this project in the 'Mixing Secrets' Free Multitrack Download Library.

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Please post your mix as a new thread, rather than as a reply to this sticky.

Here's some more project info you might find useful:
  • About The Raw Multitracks:
    • The drums tracks include stereo overheads, two mono room mic signals (one lo-fi processed), and close mics for kick (in, out), snare (over, under), hi-hat, and two toms.
    • Bass is available as DI and miked-amp signals, and there are single tracks for six electric guitar passes (five of which are alternate sounds/takes for essentially the same part), two lead vocals, and five backing vocals.
  • Challenges You're Likely To Face:
    • The snare mics don't seem to have a very promising phase-relationship on the raw multitrack, yet flipping the polarity button feels like a definite step in the wrong direction. The overheads also have very little snare ambience in them to fill out the drum's tone.
    • A bass-amp resonance around 75Hz or so makes the low octave consistency of this line a little inconsistent. The DI's fine, though.
    • Some of the guitar takes have some kind of intermittent crispy noise signal on them which may be distracting if you decide to drop out the drums at any point.
    • The sung lead vocal has a very nasal resonance which doesn't sound very pleasant, and the rap has a lot of low-end spill on it.
  • Some Mixing Tips: Although this isn't a mix I've attempted myself, here are some suggestions that come to mind:
    • For the snare drum mics, I'd experiment with timing offsets and maybe even phase rotation to try to get a more solid tone.
    • Given that all the kit mics have significant spill on them, you should make a point of checking the polarity and phase of each for the best combination as you add it in.
    • A careful EQ peaking cut around the 70-80Hz region should deal with that bass-amp resonance adequately, although you should experiment to get the right bandwidth setting to ensure that the cure's better than the disease!
    • The close tom mics have caught quite a bit of pitched sympathetic ringing from the drum, so be careful compressing those tracks to avoid pulling that aspect of the spill too high in the balance -- it can easily muddy the overall tone. (That said, a little tom ringing is actually quite a nice thing for tying a drum sound together, so don't necessarily just gate it out either.)
    • An EQ notch around 3.5kHz should do the lead singer a world of good, and some high-pass filtering on the rap should be considered essential to keep the low end of the mix clear.

If you have any other general questions about this multitrack, just reply to this post and I'll see what I can do.

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