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Dec 28, 2016 | 2:20 PM EST
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2.6 MB
1 min 53 sec
3.97 / 5.00

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Rated 3.97 / 5 stars
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I have remastered this song.
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It’s my dream to do stuff like this and this is another step closer with this achievement.

I’ve been so picky with recording it that I don’t even know if I was exaggerating or not.
One little sound didn’t fit and I just scratched the track and re-did it. And this happened multiple times.

So I left some little “mistakes” in there to see if they are actually as audible as I was perceiving them as before they got in the whole mix.

I would actually do the drums first, then record the bass, record rhythm and then finish with the lead guitars.
But I actually started recording bass as the last instrument right after the lead guitars because I’m still getting to know all the moves.
But I’m getting there! I can’t believe my callouses on my right hand have become harder than on my left hand but I guess that’s the magic of the bass guitar.
I’m not gonna use a pick because that’s just ridiculous and life would be too easy.

Anyway, this song made me realize how recording’s one of the best ways of practicing as long as you record stuff that you haven’t covered a lot in the past.
That’s why I tried to do some moves that I would always do while composing but wouldn’t play them so often on guitar which was ridiculously fast arpeggios.

Surprisingly, they went easier than I expected, although they seemed intimidating at first.

Mixing-wise, I think I’ve achieved another level when it comes to getting that powerful sound. Maybe an actual bass made the difference instead of using that midi-finger-bass.
Although, I still feel like I went to harsh on the treble-side but it came to that when I started mastering the whole song. The whole tube-saturation added some nice crisp sound to the lead and rhythm guitars but also added some nice boom to the bass.

What I’m also very proud of is the drums and how the kick drum came out. I never really wanted a boomy kickdrum but that kind of middy-in-your-face kinda sound and I think I’ve made a step closer to achieving that.
The Hi-Hats have also come out way cleaner than I anticipated, maybe a little bit too clear.




Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Listen man this is really not that bad. But the mix needs some major work. My advice is to not be so critical. It sounds like you focus on all the small details of one part of the mix instead of the whole the entire time. If you're looking to be good and it's your dream take some criticism: The drums are flat, less distortion is more, the audio is clipping due to excessive treble. You have the right ideas in the wrong application. Composition was solid as hell though. Keep at it.

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YaboiMatoi responds:

Thanks a lot for the constructive criticism.
I appreciate it a lot!
I'll keep the things in mind that you mentioned. Since this was my first attempt on seriously mixing distorted guitars I'll try to use it as a template to right my wrongs, when I'm done with the second run.
Thanks for pointing those things out.
Will keep them in mind.
Thanks a lot once again!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is amazing!! Are you mic'ing up an amp, or using digital guitars?

The drums sound great too, so don't be shy when mixing. I'd love to hear the drums louder, as it could fill the sound up for you nicely.

Keep it up!

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YaboiMatoi responds:

I'm not mic'ing it up but using my Pod HD to directly send the guitar signal into the DAW.
About the drums, I'm using standard "midi" drums that come with my DAW, so the unequalized sound is total crap, but thanks for saying that. Made me feel a lot better about using them :)