Lol me too. I tend to center my mixes around the kick. Bring everything up to the point where you just can't hear the kick well enough, then back down
again--and start from there. I used to have a bad habit of losing the kick in the mix since I like a lot of layered low end to mid on the guitars.
Heck, I'll record up to 4 layers of the same guitar riff then EQ and pan 'em if I have to just to get that extremely thick sound. You're hearing only
two layers on these tracks.
If I ever wanted to sell an album, I'd hire a pro for mastering any day. I just can't trust my own ears after a while.
I'll record up to 4 layers of the same guitar riff then EQ and pan 'em if I have to just to get that extremely thick sound.
Hell, I've done more than 4 layers for guitar. 3-4 for acoustic on top of 3-4+ for electric, some straight up, some panned hard L and R, some slightly
offset, layered FX (DS1 distortion + Rat + Orange stack simulation, etc), for a full, fat, sonic sound. Heard Bill Corgan sometimes has like 20+
guitar tracks layered together.
Interesting how you center yours around the kick. Mine varies depending on the song, but I also lose my kick and bass from time to time, so I have to
lower. My biggest challenge since I use so many instruments is creating proper space, and learning eq range of each voice to isolate it.
Ya can never have too many layers! It all depends on the genre, etc...
For this stuff I try to keep it a little thin but here's an example where I used quite a bit of "stuff" here and there. There are some electronic FX
and some other odds and ends--but I have some more of the other style stuff too that I have yet to upload.
Yeah the more instruments you use the harder it is to keep everyone's frequencies in their own pots so to speak. The good thing about metal is usually
you're only dealing with the standard stuff--guitars, bass, drums, keyboard, vocals... but it's still a challenge to balance everything and keep it
from sounding too high endy.
Pay close attention to the vocal effects on this one. I did fun things. *_*
I'm going back into the dungeon, er, studio later today. I need to turn the heavy up a notch, I'm considering trying a song with just a bass guitar,
or at least more prominent bass.
I recently got in to a band called Spasm. They're goregrind and they have no guitarist (!). Their titles are pretty graphic, just a heads up in case
you look them up. Deepest, best grindcore I've found yet so far.
Haha thank you so much! I truly appreciate that. I work pretty hard on this stuff and it's nice to hear even from someone who's not big on this kind
of music that you still appreciate what goes into it. Awesome. I will totally keep cranking the tunes out, I even have a new vocal technique I want to
try. I've gone through everything--open growls, nasal grunting, etc, but I haven't yet mastered the pig squeal.
Thanks again about the avatar. That made my day! I like to say that it's my "spirit animal"
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