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Neon Through Drizzle

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Bass, sax, drums, piano... walking down a neon lit street while getting rained on...

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I agree with nthiogen, the piano is awkward and stiff, and i think that the saxophone should be panned less to the left. Good work!

Didn't blend well.

I definately wouldn't call this blues. You've got a good idea here though. It was two mechanical for me. The sax sounded so computerized, there were no slurs, the notes were too clean.

Slart responds:

Frankly, they were all played on a keyboard... so there you go. I tried to structure the riffs around that limitation but obviously it still showed through. Thanks for the input on this. I hope it'll help me explore the techniques more.,

OK, but needs a few things

This was alright, but it sounded too stiff to be a blues. The piano wasn't swinging at all, and seemed to be dropping in at awkward times along the beat. Also, the sax riff could have been a little more complex.

Though it's been said plenty already, the balance needs to be fixed somewhat.

Slart responds:

Aw man, I already changed the genre to "Blues" from "Jazz" because of a previous comment...

Sorry about the balance thing, but I *do* have a fetish for extremely separated instruments. Which is not to say it couldn't benefit from some tweaking...

Thanks for the feedback!

this should be number 1

its way better than the other submissions

i believe elvis' albums were mixed to play out of a radio

i like the instrumental seperation by the way, but you need to move one of the instruments to the right just balance it out a little

for instance, move the piano to the right instead of the left... that should bring out the horn a little more

Slart responds:

Thanks much for the input. Very helpful!

Too much panning

Especially at the start of the track. I can only hear the horn from the left, leaving the right side feeling empty. If I took off one side of my headphone, it's as if the horn never existed. When the keys came in, the left side is still dominant. It's only when the second horn came in that things started to balance out (at around the 1-minute mark). If it were me doing the mixing (note: IF it were ME, still your style, man), I wouldn't pan an instrument more than 70% to any side.

I'm not sure if the keys are off-timed or they're really set that way. Kinda ruins the groove for me. I was thinking another 16th later or something... I don't know. I'll just think it's your style.

And yeah, it's more "Blues" than "Jazz" if you ask me. ^_^

Slart responds:

Awright den, I changed the genre to "Blues."

I must confess, I seem to have a fetish for extreme separation of instruments. So I guess that *is* my style. Also, I tend to mix for my own sound system and listening habits, which probably ain't the way to do it. I remember reading an article with a rock producer who said he mixed everything for the crappy stereo in a crappy car he never drove -- he just kept it around for mixing, figuring "if it sounds okay in here, it'll sound good anywhere."

Maybe I should keep that in mind.

Thanks for the feedback.

Credits & Info


4.46 / 5.00

Oct 19, 2007
10:42 PM EDT
File Info
1.6 MB
1 min 23 sec

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