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Guil



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Location: Queretaro, Qro.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:27 pm    Post subject: Critique of My Commercial Mix Reply with quote

Good day, all.

I'd appreciate some feedback on this demo I put together for an insurance commercial. My performance is rubbish, but as I work on that I'd like to know if the vocal tone and mixing is effective.

I've been struggling with my equipment and recording environment to try and get a good clean track. In this take, I use both compression and an expander in my DAW to control some unwanted environmental noise. I think the vocal still sounds a bit 'muddy'.

Is the overall mix effective? Levels of each track seem about right?
Note that the music track is 'for demo use only', so please forgive the copyright tone. I haven't purchased the music track; just wanted it for completeness.

Your input is appreciated!

https://soundcloud.com/guil-schotte/economical-mixdown
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Bruce
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually your read was pretty good for a newcomer. On the technical side the vocal was a bit muddy sounding compared to the music. Maybe it's your mic positioning or the quality of the mic, and it might be solved by brightening the EQ.


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Guil



Joined: 17 Aug 2018
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Location: Queretaro, Qro.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your reply, Bruce. This confirms my concerns with my vocals. I'm going to try moving some of my sound baffling around - I suspect that the blanket over the wall behind me isn't enough to prevent bounce. I compensate with expander, which is likely causing me to lose some highs.

I will also try repositioning my microphone, including orientation in relation to my mouth. Maybe trying across the mic might make it more clear?

Thanks again...

Bruce wrote:
Actually your read was pretty good for a newcomer. On the technical side the vocal was a bit muddy sounding compared to the music. Maybe it's your mic positioning or the quality of the mic, and it might be solved by brightening the EQ.


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Philip Banks
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worked ok for me, not perfect but ok. Getting the studio sound right is a bit like getting the performance right, an evolution not a revolution.
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