Jazz Quartet Project

Discussion in 'Song Mixes: Tracks for review and critique' started by Mark Richards, Apr 26, 2022.

  1. Mark Richards

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    This is the first finished cut from a jazz project I'm working on.
    "Sandpiper"

    Remainder of project will be 2 more instrumental songs and 4 songs with a female vocalist. One of the vocal songs is close to being finished. If there's any interest in hearing the first vocal song when it's ready, I'll upload it.

    Production Notes
    Artist: Benedict Jazz Quartet.
    Recorded in real time. This is take #3
    No overdubs, No punches, No bounces.

    Tracking

    4 tracks on tape using a TASCAM 40-4 analog MTR with DBX Type I noise reduction
    TASCAM M-3 8x4x2 analog mixer​
    Mics
    Drums: Kick: EV RE-20; Overhead & Snare: AT 811 condensers; Floor Tom: Shure 545
    Acoustic Upright Bass: Shure 545
    Keyboard: DI
    Sax/Flute: EV 1776 Condenser​
    Physical placement
    Drums in rear (3 sided 1/2 height baffle enclosure, dull side in); in mix, spread across stage
    Acoustic Upright Bass to the left of drums; in mix, slightly left of center stage
    Keyboard right of drums; in mix, placed center stage/slightly right of center
    Sax & flute center and forward; in mix, flute slightly right, sax slightly left, of center stage.​

    Analog tracks digitized in real time using a TASCAM DP-24, with some minor EQ and compression during conversion.

    Digitized tracks imported to Harrison's Mixbus-7 D.A.W. for balancing; EQ, etc. Mastered using Lurssen Mastering Console software.

    Audio
    Goal: A pure, "Live", musical experience.
    Level: -14 LUFS; Peak: -2.3 dB; True Peak: -1.6 dB
    Dynamic Range: 5.4 LU
    SPL: 70 dB at optimum listening position and on headphones
    Quality: CD Redbook High Fidelity
    To better appreciate the track, this is a sandpiper
    (if you've never seen a bird walk to the timing of 32nd notes) :)

    Constructive critiques, comments and suggestions welcome, as always.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2022
  2. -mjk-

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    Is this a trick question? Hell yes, post it!

    Was this cut at 15 ips?
  3. Mark Richards

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    Yes, 15 IPS - top speed of the 40-4.
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    Wow... so good. Being a bass player myself... wow... love love love the bass. That is an amazing player. I'm pretty sure that upright caught fire with that kind of fretboard athleticism. It had to have. :D Thanks for sharing.

    Great sounding mix and sounds awesome on my JBL 104 reference monitors! :)
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  5. Mark Richards

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    Thanks for the kind words, Tom.:)

    Still perfecting the first vocal mix, mj. Will make a post soon (I hope).
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    Hi Mark,
    This is a superb production.
    The sound is so crisp, and the music is really good.
    Did you record all the instrumentation by yourself?
    Love it!!!
    Rene
  7. Mark Richards

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    Thank you, Rene, for your kind words on both projects. As I indicated in the Production Notes, these are projects that I'm recording, mixing, and mastering for a solo artist and a jazz quartet.
    Last edited: May 11, 2022
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