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Hold Fast
by unreal_dm
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Sat, Jul 12, 2014 @ 1:14 AM

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Kara Square
permalink   Sat, Jul 12, 2014 @ 5:56 AM
Your sound is so polished! Wow. Your lead guitar adds are perfect… same goes for the strings… they give it such a full feel.

So I’m listening to our mixes side by side and am noting… I have a lot to learn. Even my vocals sounds better in your mix. Do you have any quick tips for vocals or anything else I’m missing that is glaring? Thanks for remixing this- so beautiful.
permalink   unreal_dm Sun, Jul 13, 2014 @ 6:10 AM
Thanks Kara,

Just listened to your mix again and it sounds pretty good to me.

I’m a player rather than a producer so I tend to keep things quite simple.

I have my DAW set up pretty much as I would a live desk 16:8:2.
So that’s 16 input channels all with compression and EQ, 4 stereo auxiliary busses and one stereo master buss. I roll off the bottom ends of nearly everything on the input channels so bass below about 50htz, guitars, keyboards and vocals below say 80 -160 htz. I also level everything up here as well compressing where needed.

On the aux busses I leave one blank and use FerricTDS on two NastyDLA on three and EpicVerb on four. (These are freely available from http://varietyofsound.wordp...

FerricTDS, I set to modern tape and put nearly everything through it at about 40%. The vocals and sometimes the guitars go through the delay (NastyDLA) and the reverb, vocals usually at about 60% reverb and 50% delay.

Finally on the master channel I use in this order: -
1. A High Pass Filter to roll of any thing below 50htz.
2. Sheppi free spatial enhancer to give a little more width.
3. A multiband Graphic equaliser to tweak the overall mix.
4. GranComp3 which is a 3 band compressor limiter.

I use a small pair of monitors (3” drivers’) for mixing, a larger set of near-fields (6” drivers) for checking (and some bass response) and a pair of cheap multimedia headphones. I usually check what it sounds like in mono and with the left and right channels reversed as well.

If you take care of the source it makes everything else a lot easier.
permalink   Kara Square Sun, Jul 13, 2014 @ 7:32 AM
Umm… wow… I’m looking forward to trying out your tricks. Some mirror what I do, but you’ve given me many things to try and excellent detail (plus some great plugins!). I’m really grateful… thanks so much for taking the time to write this out.
permalink   unreal_dm Sat, Jul 19, 2014 @ 1:46 AM
You’re more than welcome Kara,
permalink   TheDICE Thu, Oct 2, 2014 @ 5:33 PM
Thanks a lot for all these useful advices! I’m trying to apply this precious wisdom in my humble mixes :))
permalink   unreal_dm Sat, Oct 4, 2014 @ 1:37 AM
Your mixes always sound good anyway but I hope it’s of some use.
permalink   Sun, Jul 13, 2014 @ 12:19 AM
Beautiful melodic nuances that turn the original voice. You are really talented ….
permalink   unreal_dm Sat, Jul 19, 2014 @ 1:33 AM
Thanks VickyDan,
permalink   Sun, Jul 13, 2014 @ 3:35 AM
Oh this is lovely, UD. I love this relaxed, gentle setting for Kara’s excellent vocal. An all-round winner.
permalink   unreal_dm Sat, Jul 19, 2014 @ 1:33 AM
Thanks Ciggi,
Admiral Bob
permalink   Sun, Jul 13, 2014 @ 7:17 AM
Angelic …. Makes me happy to be alive. :)
permalink   unreal_dm Sat, Jul 19, 2014 @ 1:34 AM
Thanks Admiral Bob,
Doxent Zsigmond
permalink   Sun, Jul 13, 2014 @ 9:53 AM
Sweet sound ;-) Very Knopfler-like.
permalink   unreal_dm Sat, Jul 19, 2014 @ 1:34 AM
Thanks Doxent,
permalink   Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 1:21 PM
Great production and playing as usual. I was just reading your response to Kara and they were all good points to make. I think the most important is the high pass filter on most of the tracks can really clean it up. It’s sonically perfect from my end.
permalink   unreal_dm Sat, Jul 19, 2014 @ 1:36 AM
Thanks Greg,

I suppose it’s just giving every track a bit of space to shine through.
permalink   Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 7:28 PM
Smooth perfection.

Thanks for the tech details. Puts it all into perspective really. I keep telling my clients I don’t really need 100 + tracks of minutae detail just send me what you like the best and I’ll remix and master with that. Most prefer to send it all, still worried that a bit of perfection will get lost forever if they don’t.

Truth is most of it gets trashed long before the mix is finished.
permalink   unreal_dm Sat, Jul 19, 2014 @ 1:39 AM
Thanks Shelflife,

We’ve always wanted more tracks; truth is when I finally got a 16 track tape machine I never used them all.
murat ses
permalink   Wed, Jul 16, 2014 @ 9:56 AM
Perfect !
permalink   unreal_dm Sat, Jul 19, 2014 @ 1:39 AM
Thanks murat ,
permalink   Thu, Oct 2, 2014 @ 5:32 PM
Wow, you version of Hold Fast is lovely. Congrats for your skills… really nice music