Group Bass Track 03/24/2010
 
Lets continue how the song is mixed.
Lets get on with the bass tracks again.
What i've done with that is that i lowered the 120-200hz area.
And increased the area at where the strings is being more heard (2500-3500 hz). I also did some dynamic processing on the group bass track which is the "final" bass track actually. I put some stereo widener on it and thats it. It turned out to be wider and more spacier then. Let me show you the Group Bass Track
 
 
Ok some updates about the Calm Thunder instrumental.
After some proffesional opinions, here's what i've done.
The LeadGuitar was panned more to the center, according to one of the pros there was missing something in the center. I panned the leadguitar more to the middle (now around 30 % panned from the before 45). I've lowered the shrieky sound at around 7-12 kHz. Instead i lowered the Q so that the areas around 3-6kHz was a bit higher and the 4 khZ was the top. The low pass filter i had on every guitar i took "off". Cause i made it lower the 200-500 hz area also i brung that up so that area didn't get weaker. Let me show you. These pics are from the guitars i was talking about here... the top pics are the Rhytm guitar and the two at the bottom are the Lead. These runs through the whole song (almost).
PS: I've done more... I'll talk about that some time later.
 
 
Ok, after i imported the .wav files, i began editing. Clip & Cut, Dynamic processing, effect processing, levels etc. Let us look after the cutting, and then some electric bass channels. Let's show you instead of speaking off it. That's easier. I'll explain the compressor and gate thing there on the bass channels.
Let's do some explaining here then.. First picture no need for explaining. Second picture (bottom left), on this picture we can see the plug-in (Software "hardware" instead of real hardware), this plug-in is named Voxformer and it's free, and I LOVE IT!, It got compressor, multi band gate, Equalizer, prescence "knob" and a tube emulator. The compressor is made to even out sound levels. If a sound source is "hard" (strong) in the begining and weak in the end of the note. Here's what you can do with it. The compressor brings down the strong signal in the beginging, and in the end the compressor can bring the weak signal stronger. So the note become even in sound level. Depending on these settings you can either make the sound prolong even for a long time or for a short time. You can see my settings for it on the bottom left pic. Third Pic (Top Right). This is the GATE of the Voxformer plug-in. These gates is what they sound like. They either let through sound or "closes" the sound. Excelent for weak sounds you don't want in the sound picture. This one actually got frequency controlled gate. So if you want for example shut down a bit of high frequency. You can turn in the knobs (here there is on "band 4" and "band 3") you can see on one of the knobs named "Freq". On band 3 and 4 i've set that the signals from frequency 1.5 kHz (band 3 1.5-5.3kHz) - 20kHz (band 4 5.3-20kHz) should be "shut down" from as low as 80 dB. almost none of those frequencies are "attacking". The 1 and 2 band are a bit friendlier. Look at the settings. Now for the Bottom right pic. This is a stereo wider. I actually for 2 bass channels panned hard right and hard left, this is to make 2 mono tracks into 1 stereo. But it doesn't sound like stereo. So i put in a Stereo Wider. At 200 % i found it that it sounded the best without exaggerating the sound too much. I've got another plug-in also. A Tube Limiter. This is to bring some warmth to the tone, a limiter is what it's says. It "Limitize" the sound so that it doesn't get "over" the named limiting sound level. It's kinda a gate. But this one shuts down ALL sound from that level that it's say. This is good if the signal is clipping.
 
 
Well first of all. As my previous post. With the mic set-up and stuff. That's how i allways had in this recording. I recorded via my porta studio. A harddisk drive mobile DAW (Digital Audio Workstation?). I got the drums track from the build in drum sampler. They actually sound REALLY good according to me.

I just recorded ALL tracks on that. Created a CD-backup, erased a file so i could import it into the Zoom AFM program so i could export the files into WAV files. I imported all the tracks i wanted into my Cubase LE 4 DAW (Now it's on the PC, not the porta). Here's How it looked after i imported the WAV files... Lucky that there where sync stuff built in into the backup cd.
That's how it looked.
More to come..!
 
First Post! 03/21/2010
 
This ain't the first recording i was doing. But this is almost the same setup i used in micing the guitar cab. Sm57 ON-Axis, and my new SP B1 halfway on/off-axis.
Mic Placement
 

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