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Workshop #173: Taken by Ticky Tacky

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This track has been submitted for your friendly, constructive criticism. What useful feedback can you give the artist? The floor is yours to talk about the track and how they can fix problems in and improve upon the mix and the song.

Description of the track:

I'd like to start by saying that this song has a limiter/compressor on the master track, but still has about 4-6dB of headroom. It will not be as loud as other mastered tracks.

The song title is "Taken"®. I tracked this session for the purpose of practice and mixing from a local band with some fairly nice gear, since there was a variety of tracks and mics used, I will list them if you want to know specific details, but first I will describe my issues and how I attempted to fix them. I am using Pro Tools M-Powered for mixing and editing. I was having a huge difficulty getting the vocals to cut through the mix at first due to a "Karaoke Effect". They were recorded using a Shure SM7. The female vocalist is very dynamic and she has a more of a mid range push. I cut out some of the room noise from her vocal and used RCompresser by Waves with Opto setting to bring it out more. For some reason, I feel like there might be too much of a vocal push now.

The room mics were hard to blend at first but I bandpass filtered them and compressed with around -12dB GR at their peaks to push the body of the drums a little more.

With the kick, I am still having issues with it. I'm not sure if it was just the way the kick sounded, or if it is just out of phase and not correctly aligned with the rest of the drum mics due to the fact that I don't know how to flip polarity of a waveform in Pro Tools. Any advice there would be nice, but some people say that it sounds like it almost goes with the genre of the song.

Any other suggestions in terms of mixing/editing/arrangement would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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