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About This Multitrack
14-04-2012, 06:46 PM
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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: This project has a live drum take, with separate overdubs for bass, guitars, and vocals. The drum-recording setup comprised stereo overhead mics, a mono room mic, and close mics for kick, snare top/bottom, and two toms. The bass part was captured as a DI and via two separate cab mics, whereas the two guitar parts were all recorded via multi-miked cabs. There are two vocal parts: lead and one backing line.
  • Challenges You're Likely To Face:
    • Phase issues loom large in this particular project, affecting everything bar the vocal parts, and you'll struggle to get a satisfactory result without at least flexing your polarity-inversion buttons.
    • Achieving the kind of stereo width typical of this style is also tricky, partly because of the lack of guitar double-tracks -- spreading the multi-mics across the image doesn't create the same kind of effect, and can lead to mono-compatibility problems depending on how you've managed your phase-relationships.
    • Getting the snare to carry through the texture during the choruses is another tough task, especially if you eschew sample-triggering.
    • The basic verse-chorus 'gear-shift' is a textbook long-term mix-dynamics problem which is pretty much insoluble without some careful multing and/or mix automation.
  • Some Mixing Tips:
    • I remixed this song for Sound On Sound's October 2011 'Mix Rescue' column, which not only shows how I approached this band's recordings myself in practice, but also includes a selection of audio files demonstrating the effects of some of my processing and layering decisions. The full Reaper remix project for this Mix Rescue is also available to download here.
    • Another of this band's tracks was the subject of a big mix-off competition I judged a while back (see The Great 'Blood To Bone' Mixoff), so there's lots of relevant advice to be had there, as well as in the related 'Top Ten Mix Mistakes' follow-up article I wrote for Sound On Sound magazine's September 2011 issue.

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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