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    When I was first creating music as a teen, I would do whatever I felt when I mixed, I had no fear, no method, just feel. None of these mixes were as they should be, but many of them were very vibey. Then I met a producer who mentored me 5 years and taught me all kinds of things about mixing. None were very easy to implement, but his ideas of sonic correctness, creating space, making room, what eq does, what makes a good mix, what makes a bad mix etc. These ideas went whirling through my head, I decided "he makes good productions, he knows what he's talking about" and began implementing such ideas when I mixed. I'm not saying these ideas were bad, but they took over, and I lost something. My mixes just got worse, and worse, and worse, I began to fear mixing, feel it was never ending, and never release my songs, I am still kind of at this phase, but I'm nearing the end of it. Recently, I've begun asking God to show me what it is I'm missing in my mixes, and whether or not you believe in the source this is how He has been changing my thought patterns and I'm hearing improvement. I feel like rather than the rigid philosophies that my producer taught me, the philosophies I get through faith are more life engaging and freeing. So here are some things I believe I have learned. They are true for me, and apply to me, decide for yourself if they may be true for you. 1. Do not FEAR your controls and do not believe in "perfection". There is no perfection, there are vibes and you are pulling them out of the frequencies you have to work with. If you strive for perfection you will nitpick and pull yourself out of a creative and inspired mindset and into a scientific and rigid one. Fool around, play with the controls, have fun, see what can be done. You can't screw up what isn't right yet, just be sure to remember anything you may want to get back to before you tinker with it. 2. PAINT. Every sound has a shape, a thickness, a weight, a color, a coolness a warmth, a tone, use these to paint a picture. Rather than focusing on one single instrument at a time and thinking "How can I bring that out" or "I want to hear more of the umph of this sound" or trying to emulate things you imagined in your brain, try to listen as a whole and paint a picture. Once you get it in the ball park volume wise, what kind of picture do you have? Is it flat? Hollow? Not giving you a feeling? Boomy? What do your ears want to hear, and I don't mean idealistically. It's not what your brain wanted to hear when you wrote the song, or imagines on the radio, what does your brain want to hear from the real sounds coming out of your speakers. examples: There's no rhythm, I'm not feeling the beat. It all sounds apart from each other, there's no congruency. My voice is piercing. 3. MIX FROM THE HEART. If you are trying to emulate something you've heard or a band you want to "beat" or your motivation is to be the most "slammin" or "poppin" or whatever it is, you are probably not being very realistic and not getting very good mixes. Center yourself, be honest, quench pride, now listen, and pull out something that is compelling. This is your chance to make yourself feel something from your creation, come to that with reverence, awe that you are allowed to do something so expressive and wonderful and now see what can be done! See what can be done! 4. LEAVE NOTHING OUT. Keep a watchful eye over your whole creation, don't let anything go left amiss, it's easy to think guitar and bass or voice and piano are all there is and then Mr. Hi Hat or Ms. Snare are destroying your whole world. Be conscious of your entire creation from the commanding guitar solo to the sprinkles of a shaker. You can liken this to the love you would put into fine cooking or building a home, love your entire mix. And if you don't love a part? Get it out, and replace it with something you do love. 5. KNOW WHEN TO QUIT. Your brain is a divinely created machine, but it is still a machine and one that isn't even functioning at high capacity! (various reasons, wrong thinking, state of the environment, health etc) Sometimes the desire to finish is so strong that we keep going even when we know we aren't having fun, aren't feeling it, we're tight. It's always good to stop then, even if it's 5 or 10 minutes, just be peaceful, let your brain stop straining, get back to the essence of your song, all of mixing should be a joy, if it's a chore, stop. 6. LISTEN HONESTLY. Sometimes I find myself mixing as I think about other things, mixing but focusing on the sounds and not the feeling, and the whole time I'm telling myself "this is sounding pretty good, it's going alright, I'm making progress" but in reality I'm aimlessly making changes, mixing but not LISTENING. You've got to let your song take you on a journey, that means learning to space out, not having expectations, not dwelling on the last moment, not anticipating the next, but LISTENING. This is also a huge part of hearing the voice of God but that's for another blog and possibly another forum But yes these principles apply to life but they apply to mixing as well. Being in the moment, having a still heart, closing your eyes and being taken off on a journey, this is how you will know if you are really getting what you want. I think sometimes it's easier to just pretend the journey is going how we want and not listen for fear of disappointment, but if you have faith you can correct the problems and achieve your goal, it's the only way to truly know what's wrong. You have to be unafraid to close your eyes and objectively listen and see if you are happy with the journey you've created, if not, don't fear the correcting process, it's how you grow as a mixer. You tinker, honestly, and are unafraid to acknowledge the flaws. And DON'T be afraid to re record, sometimes you can't make a sound work because the sound ITSELF doesn't work. 7. KNOW WHEN TO QUIT FOREVER. A mix can always be changed and made better, but usually by the time you have something you can really live with (if you're being honest with yourself and it gives you good feels every time you hear it) the audience would rather just have it than have you tinkering away forever. At some point you have to consider it good enough to put out there, and this is usually when you are already happy but your brain keeps wanting to go "weeeeell... I mean maybe I could get that just a liiiiiiittttllleee more" or when you start to think it's ready but say "well it doesn't sound like this band..." or you get fearful people will compare it to *blank*. At that point? Just put it out, if there's something wrong with it the people may tell you, but who cares, we get better at mixing by sharing mixes, you won't bust out of nowhere with perfect sounding songs, you will grow and grow and grow forever and ever. Amen. Most churchy mixing post ever hahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahhahaahahahahaha Deal with it. I might make more of these as more come, let me know what you think my friends.
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    I'm about to start my Junior year in high school. I have a meeting in two months with my counselor to discuss this year's schedule and post-graduation plans. I want to pursue music (Obviously LOL) but I am struggling to find a good, affordable college that can give some great knowledge about the music business. I want to be comfortable in a studio and know my way around and how to use just about everything. I also really want to be able to perform my music as well. I want to be in charge of creating my own music. I just don't really know what degree I would need to pursue such needs. Anything will help! Thanks.
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    Most people doubt themselves. Yeah that's what I was getting at. Just let it out the way you imagine it. Forget tuning (to some extent) and focus on performing, for now. Well that's my suggestion anyway. Pretend you're already a pop/rock star when you sing!!!! You have to. Imagine you're in the video or on stage, and the audience love you! I'm not sure. I do like it...but I'm having to use my imagination to hear it how I like it.... the way you perform the chorus makes it hard to love. NOT because you sing bad, but because you sound like you're not into it! And you sound like you're a little unsure of the melody, and you trail away at the end of lines etc....so... before you decide, give it your best... It's probably not wise for either you or us to judge until you give it more feeling there and make the melody more clear.
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    The good news is this discussion isn't taking place within the confines of the forum. This is Symphonious7's Blog. Personally...I don't care BUT, if you don't mind, I will leave you with a word of caution. "Religion" is one of those infamous 3rd-rail-topics. Many feel they have a firm grasp on it, yet no 2 people I've ever known can agree on exactly what God is, much less what name he (or she) should be called. Because of that almost certain disagreement, the topic is discouraged on the website. I'm sorry gentlemen, but in the never-ending battle of "your God vs. my God" there are no winners...only pissed off losers. At the end of the day, we all get to believe whatever we wish to believe...and I wish to believe that's a good arrangement. Now, let's talk about a safe subject! How 'bout politics? Lololo..... Tom
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    As I stated earlier, whatever works for you is personal, and it may not be what works for others. Everyone has their own path and I for one don't wish to push anything down anyones throats.
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    I believe that it's OK for a person to find out the way to their own spirit in whatever way they can. I believe in the teachings of Jesus but I also believe that we have had many great teachers in our history that can lead us to a path of righteousness. Once you tell someone that your way is the only way you are on stoney ground. I did not intend this to develope into a religious discussion, I was just relating my personal experience of where I believe my lyrics emanate from. In any case, there is a paragraph in the rules of this website that discourage religious discussion.
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    I'm going to school right now for a double major in marine science and music. I decided to do music my sophomore year (I'll be a senior this coming fall) because 1) I had space to do it and 2) I had to satisfy my interest and curiosity. I've taken a couple of theory and history classes. In the classroom, music doesn't feel real. It's deconstructed and the emotion is taken out of it.. I don't think I've ever applied things I learned in theory to my own music. Although the program isn't hard/big at my school, I barely have to try in these classes regardless...the stuff comes naturally. My school is in no way shape or form known for music, but I didn't have to have a good foundation of musical knowledge before declaring my major. I have played the trumpet for 10 years though, including playing in the ensemble at my school, and having had previous playing knowledge. If I had to do it all again, I would have completely ditched marine science as a major, and majored in business and music. I've gone on a few interviews regarding music, and they're really looking for marketing and PR people in general. So something along communications or business or even journalism would be great... If you're looking to be a performer... well you can't learn that anywhere.
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    Thanks Tom! I guess what I said was little confusing. I shouldn't really of said I wanted to do all three, my mistake. I more so meant that I was what are some of the best schools for each of those three things and I would look into it.
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    Hi Mike I have no idea what you are saying. The song has a bridge its a reveal style bridge. The song is not about opposites. Its about not getting bent out of shape about being down or failing occasionally. It's life suck it up. Cheers Gary
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    Alright! So I've played around for about 45 minutes with a drum pattern. I am in love with what I've created. It's so upbeat. May not necessarily use it for this song. But, it still sounds cool. Here's the rough cut of what I want my song to sound like! THANK YOU GUYS FOR HELPING ME! @MonoStone @Jenn @Richard Tracey
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    Thanks for having a listen and the nice comments, yes that is the accent. Cheers Gary
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    Thanks. In my teens finding band members was like falling off a log. Two sheet music stores one the size of a supermarket, four musical instrument stores all within a 4 mile area. Along with several other instrument stores dotting just outside the city limits. Back then there were more musicians as gaming hadn't quite caught on. Kids walked to and from school and there were plenty of buskers in parks or people jamming on their front porches. While it wasn't a "Performing Arts" school per say we did have a vibrant marching band and orchestral band community. As well the school would put on "Pop" shows four times a year. I played a few times on the school stage. Back then I had no issues with playing for free. Sure I'd be happy if someone paid me. I just figured it was all about paying your dues. Don't forget Coffee shops and music stores in your search. While music stores generally don't like giving out names of the regulars in the smaller ones they do have boards so you can physically post a card seeking band members or post one advertising as one. Coffee shops that offer live entertainment can also be a good source for potential band mates even if they don't have an open mic / jam. Performers usually support their friends or scout the competition by going to watch a show.
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    hit all the buttons... that's how i make a song personally
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    Does anyone here besides me go to a "good place" hearing the crackle sound of a vinyl record as it plays? I lump it in with the sound of a coffee percolator percolating or a chime clock ticking and chiming or the theme song for "As the World Turns". All sounds associated with childhood. My mother had me take a nap on the couch while she watched that show and folded laundry. The clock reminds me of my Gram's house--(quiet otherwise) and the percolator just has that steady smooth cool sound that totally relaxes me.
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    According to that article I referenced earlier, that has a lot to do with it. Here's a quote from it.... Yep, you read that correctly! An estimated 48% of those purchasing vinyl NEVER EVEN LISTEN to it. The article goes on to say... In other words, it's no longer about enjoyment of the music. It has little to do with the richness of analog/vinyl sound. For almost 1/2 of the vinyl market, it's about owning a physical representation of something you like.
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    Obtaining sound at source is a tricky business because it would depend firstly on the particular sound that you are looking for which is often personal. Your placing a mic in your wife's boot is not a new idea because I have seen musicians placing mics in a biscuit tin to get the sound that they require. Mics are built for a number of purposes and also have different frequency ranges and some are built to take higher pressures than others. If you are looking for a tight direct sound you should use a hypercardioid. If you are looking for a wide room sound you can use figure of 8 and so on. Sound treatment in a room definitely helps but you can end up spending a fortune on it if you're anything like me. It can be done cheaply by hanging a few carpets from the ceiling 6 inches away from the walls either side of your mic position which will help to tame your room reflections so that the sound going into your mic is as true as you could hope for. There are many recording video's on youtube so you can learn a lot from them if you spend a little time picking up the info on them.
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    Cool song idea. Vocals are really really good. You definitely captured a 70s glam rock feeling, especially the vocal arrangement. Mix could do with some work - guitars are too low. Drums could be mixed better - more ambience, do not sound like they were treated with the usual onslaught of plugins, vocals are too loud. I would make the solo more exciting and longer - it gets buried. The guitar tones don't do it for me - a little too fuzzy, maybe EQ them and bring out more mids? Also, I would double-track the guitars, sounds like they are mono and panned L only. I would spice up the intro a bit - like you have a kick on the 1,2,3,4 for the intro. I would have the guitar come in alone for 4 bars, then have the kick and two toms play on 2 and 4 and add an exciting roll to bring in the song. Sometimes less is more, and it will make the build up more dynamic - just a suggestion. I would also consider for the guitars to alternate palm muting with some unmuted strums to make the guitar part more exciting. Hope this helps.
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    I like this song. I couldn't really understand the words, but the way the rhymes were working, it seemed to feel good as I was listening to it. i really like the melody and interesting rhythms in the chorus. Also, I think the way the voice is mixed is nice right now. The whole thing feels a bit messy, but in a good way on a side note: be careful about how many style labels you give your song. I noticed all your tags, but didn't hear all that in the song. Just some food for thought
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    I always give credit for my lyrics to God because I believe that when you are connected to God you are connected to your spirit where all creativity emanates from. I couldn't tell you who or what God is but to me it is a deep connection to oneself and the sum of your life experience and to make that connection you need to be able to look yourself in the eye and face the emotions that many prefer to avoid. I learned early on in life that their is no gain without pain and that by suppressing and avoiding pain it also deprives the soul of joy. When we open our soul and trust that all will be OK, we open the window to creativity.
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    Sorry to hear about your cat, Symph.
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    Exactly what it says its is... It's from "Though Pilomela Lost Her Love" by Thomas Morley. I had to play the trumpet part with another trumpet and french horn throughout the school year. Me and my friend joked about making a little remix from it, so that's what I did today.. The first part I copied directly from our sheet music.. It sounded hideous so I changed a few parts, but it still sounds disgusting.. So I thought I would continue that ugly into the remix part. It was fun.. So here it is.. Hope I introduced you to some cool music from the renaissance.. Thanks for the listen https://soundcloud.com/jennifer8169456/though-philomela-lost-her-love
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    Hey Symph! Nice see your name popping back up. I like this. God has a way of helping when you ask (and sometimes when you don't ask too!) I don't do mixes but can relate this to my songwriting on many of the points you've brought up here. Fear, striving for perfection, writing from the heart, knowing when to quit, being honest, and always grow and learn! See you around! Lisa
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