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    Default Critique and Comments Welcome

    This is the umpteenth mix of something recorded last summer with the sig.other on piano and a former student (piano, not voice) singing. I think it was a terrific performance but I haven't been able to quite do it justice, although this is the closest I've come so far. So in the hope of doing a better job next time around, I'm offering it for critique.

    http://pecunianonolet.com/Audio/ItNe...eredMyMind.mp3

    Details of mics, etc. available if anybody asks.
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    Very dreamy and the mix matches the ambiance of the tune. No problems but I would have liked to heard the vocalist with a warm tube mic or pre, very nice performance and capture though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Easton View Post
    Very dreamy and the mix matches the ambiance of the tune. No problems but I would have liked to heard the vocalist with a warm tube mic or pre, very nice performance and capture though!
    Thanks. The vocalist's mic was the stalwart R84 going through an RNP, BTW.

    One of the things I don't like about this mix is that it's a little too dreamy, i.e., too much reverb. Musically, there's a sharp edge of regret in the tune, so I don't want it to sound too lush, but I can never find the right spot (dry the mix sounds chalk-on-blackboard horrific).
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    What a beautiful song and performance! I really liked the texture of the vocal. The R84 worked well.

    The reverb is too much for me. It kind of reminded me of a backdrop in a movie where you hear live music in the background of a dialog between actors.

    I think you're losing a bit of the intimacy of the performance. I think you all did a great job tracking this, I'd just recommend pulling back the ambience quite a bit.

    It's a very nice track, though.

    Steve

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    Might try leaving the piano where you have it in the ambient space. Pull the vocal out of it and add just a wee bit of delay to the vocal. Avoids the completely dry vocal sound without being too dreamy.

    might work, might not.
    W

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    Thanks for the suggestions! I'll try both, see what seems to work.

    If I can't decide, I'll post 'em both. I'm still learning this stuff, and I appreciate the critique. I know it's not what it could be, but I don't know exactly what I'm aiming for.
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    Very natural vocal sound, perfect for this style of music. But I think you have to cut at 230Hz with 6dB, 1 oct; 3dB cut at 1200Hz and boost some hi-shelf from 2.5kHz (2-3dB). It can be heard easily. Analyzer shows it too.
    Last edited by tanov; 01-07-2011 at 02:31 PM.

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