He really does. I'm only on the first page, and already I'm wishing I'd seen something like this five or ten years ago.
Originally Posted by Lawrence
This is brilliant on SO many levels.
EDIT - on the second page. Considering we're hitting what I in my finite experience would consider relatively "in depth" stuff, at least for the typical home recorder, and there's another 38 pages to go, I definitely need to sit down and read through this whole thread sometime when I have more time. This is potentially an awesome resource.
EDIT #2 - he keeps coming back to "trust your ears," and I think rightly so. On a personal note, I've never been 100% happy with my mixes - the low end always sounded kind of mushy and indistinct. I figured it was just the bass guitar, which in part it certainly was, but I've made a lot of progress there lately and have a much better bass tone than I used to, and I'm still not satisfied.
So, what I finally did that made a world of difference was finding a guitar sound that I both liked and thought would be attainable with my gear, and then really sitting down and doing some comparative listening to my tracks and the recorded finished product. Obviously this isn't exact, even after balancing levels you're still hearing mastered products against raw tracks, but what really shocked me was just how bright
modern metal guitar is. I'd been dialing in a much more balanced, darker tone, but really most hard rock and metal guitar I was comparing my mixes to was thinner and brighter, and cut through the mix more than it fleshed it out. A few EQ tweaks, some mic repositioning, and suddenly what I'm hearing is significantly better.
Sometimes, if a mix isn't working, just really sitting down and honing in on specific parts of a mix that DOES work can really be an eye/ear-opening experience.