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    Hey guys,


    Know this isn't really the place for this kinda question, but not really sure where to post this exactly, and also the tech forum doesn't seem to get as much replies/views as this one where I normally hang out.

    We recorded a demo last year to help our mates at college out - studio is state of the art and we were really hoping for an awesome EP to come out of it, but we've found that as they are students and still learning a lot, that there's a lot of issue's with what the recordings sound like. Nothing seems to have been mic'd or EQ'd properly at time of recording, and now it's all sounding a bit dull and flat.

    We've sat with one of the guys attempting to mix what we have, but having real bother with the last track. The kick drum is not very punchy and we feel that it's the main thing that may be giving the track it's dullness. I've added a link to let folk hear it. You'll probably notice that parts of the song seem to "pulse" slightly. As I say, since these guys are students, they don't have the answers of how to fix this. We have one last session with the dude tomorrow, so really want to be able to go in and try and get this track sounding as best we can, so I'm posting in the hope that someone can give me some advice on what we can try. We're using Pro Tools, latest version I'm sure.


    Would be great if anyone can offer some help (and hopefully it's not too complicated!)


    Cheers in advance



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  • #2

    From my experience, if something doesn't sound right the best solution is usually to re-record it. I'm no expert with drums, but when i try to  get a nice bassy sound out of my cajon i put an SM57 right in it and then a condensor farther away, and i use the default kick drum EQ, then tweak it until it sounds right. That's not Pro Tools though, i use Studio One.

    Hope that helps.


    • #3
      For some reason I can't get that link to play on my phone.

      If the recorded kick sound is really bad, you can easily replace it with a sample using an audio to midi plugin and any drum trigger software.

      I always wanna try and use the recorded sound if I can, so that's more of a last resort.


      • lz4005
        lz4005 commented
        Editing a comment

        Listen to each drum track separately. If the soloed tracks sound good but the drum mix sounds like it was recorded in a cardboard box it is probably a phase cancellation problem due to mic bleed. The good news is that you can fix phase issues relatively easily with some basic time correction. The bad news is that if the person doing your mixing doesn't know how to do that already they probably aren't going to be able to figure it out in one day.

        There's a lot that could be done with EQ and compression to make the overall mix better too, but again those are subtle techniques that are not something that can be easily learned over the course of one mixing session. 

    • #4

      Sounds good. My impression is - Perhaps the bass is bleeding into other mics(?) Good isolation makes things a bit tighter.