The Road Less Traveled (DEMO) by me playing all the instruments

Discussion in 'Song Mixes: Tracks for review and critique' started by ButchA, Jun 29, 2022.

  1. ButchA

    ButchA New Member

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    This is a rough demo recorded on my new Tascam DP-03SD, 8 track digital multitrack recorder. Keyboards, drums, acoustic guitar, bass, vocals & harmony vocals, all done and mixed by me.

    Edit: Sorry if my vocals are a little sour... This was way up at the top of my vocal range - you figure I wrote this when I was like, 18-19 years old back in the 70's, and tossed aside for 40+ years because I thought it sucked...

    Track 1: Alesis Nitro Mesh electronic drums.
    Track 2: Alvarez 6 string acoustic.
    Track 3: Yamaha DGX-505, full size keyboard (piano w/ string quartet mode in the background).
    Track 4: Samick 4 string bass (a cheap P-bass copy)
    Track 5: Harmony vocals.
    Track 6: Lead vocals.

    What do you think of the mixdown and/or overall rough demo of a 70's singer/songwriter type of ballad?

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  2. Mark Richards

    Mark Richards Well-Known Member

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    First impression:
    A good starting point. Nice tone on the keys. I hear some distortion at the end from the cymbals.

    Things to try:
    • Pan the acoustic guitar to a position on one side of the sound stage and the keyboard to a position on the opposite side of the sound stage; balance them in relation to each other. This makes more room in the middle for the vocals and gives the mix more of a stereo image.
    • Place the vocal further back in the mix, forward of the drums and bass, prominent but not dominant, sitting between the guitar and keys.
    • Make the bass more prominent and balanced with the drums. Then pan the bass slightly left of center and the drums slightly right of center. Also creates a bit of center space for the vocals and gives the mix a more stereo feel.
    • Adding some reverb in moderation can give the mix a bit of depth.
    Hope this helps some.
    :)
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2022
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  3. ButchA

    ButchA New Member

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    Thank you! :)
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