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07:57 PM on 12/18/11 
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T-Lloyd
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Hey all,

Just thought i'd do some self promotion. I'm an Audio Engineer based in New Zealand and work at the production house that does the sound for Academy Award winning films and blockbusters like LOTR, King Kong, Tin Tin, The Hobbit etc. Mainly I do the sound for bands though (which is all done outside of my 9-5 as the Audio Project Manager for Booktrack). If any bands out there that have recorded music and are looking for someone to mix their music to a professional standard; then let me know. I mix all styles (I record as well, but due to me living in NZ I am putting up this post mainly for mixing work). If any bands out there are interested then feel free to get in touch (T-Lloyd@hotmail.com) and we can discuss your project. I have no set fee as projects vary depending on the complexity of the job. My website is www.t-lloyd.com.

Cheers,

Toby Lloyd
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08:07 AM on 12/20/11 
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let me know what you think of our demo.....we need some good opinions.......not 100% happy with the results could use some feedback. THNX!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-8FG...eature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpgCg...eature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUwpy...eature=related
05:29 PM on 12/20/11 
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Hmmmm, yeah I see what ya mean.

A few ideas, notes or tricks:

Compression, compression, compression! Most of the instruments in these tracks are too dynamic and don't sound huge enough. Try sending the drums to 2 different buses, mix 1 of the drum buses with mild duel compression and boost the tops a little bit to let them shine through a bit. Then the second drum bus I would hard limit. Have the first compressor taking care of the peaks and then put a limiter second to squash the signal. Then have this bus sitting about 6-8db lower than the other drum bus to just add that "large" drum sound that it is currently missing.

Next send the vocals to a bus and de-ess them and then compress them and add a 5k boost on the eq to make them shine through a bit more. On the vocal channel itself (pre-vocal bus) automate the vocals so that when you are singing loud you pull the volune down and when you are singing quieter you are raising it up. This will help the compression not be working as hard.

Cut from 150-200hz out of the guitars to let the bottom end feel not so cluttered.

Boost the kick drum at about 100hz and cut the notch the bass down at 100hz and then notch the kick at about 250-300hz and boost the bass at roughly that. This should hopefully tidy up that bottom end a touch.

Im in a bit of a rush so thats all I can notice at now without spending more time listening to it. But give that a try and let me know how it goes. If all else fails maybe get someone external to mix it so they do it with fresh ears!

Shot mate, hope that helps!

Toby
09:28 PM on 01/09/12 
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Hey Toby, wondering if you can give me some feedback on mixing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DpfxCY1hqM

I did all production by myself VERY low budget. Any advice? Thanks so much!

Rob
The Stolen (http://www.facebook.com/thestolennj)
06:02 AM on 01/10/12 
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what do you think of the mixing job i did on this song? its all self recorded/mixed in my bedroom with low budget equipment. http://cootiecatcher.bandcamp.com/track/ignorance
12:03 PM on 01/12/12 
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Hey Toby, wondering if you can give me some feedback on mixing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DpfxCY1hqM

I did all production by myself VERY low budget. Any advice? Thanks so much!

Rob
The Stolen (http://www.facebook.com/thestolennj)

Hey mate,

The mix sounds really good in the top end, the vox, guitars and sfx are all good and they all cut through fine. The biggest issue is your bottom end; The kick drum is waaaaaay too loud and waaaaaay too boomy! With this style of music you can get away with rolling off some more low freq's. I would also cut a small portion out of roughly the 250-300hz range is this is causing the kick drum to sound very boxy. The bass is almost completely lost because the kick drum is taking up the majority of the low freq's. Try cutting the bass a touch at about 100hz and then boost a touch at around 300-350hz. You almost might be able to just boost a tiny bit of around the 2khz mark to add some note definition to the bass but then I would look at slightly rolling off the freq's above 5khz after this. If you can sort out the issue between the kick and bass then I think the mix will sound fine. Also I take it that this song has been mastered by someone? Everytime the kick hits the song pumps a touch; by sorting out the kick and bass this pumping should disappear. The fact is; most people these days don't listen to songs in nice home theatre systems but instead listen on ipods with their crappy ipod headphones so therefore they don't get much of an accurate bass response anyway; so it's much better to try and get clarity from the low freq instruments than to have them driving the song with the bottom end booming!

Let me know how you get on! Song sounds good man!

Cheers,

Toby
12:19 PM on 01/12/12 
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what do you think of the mixing job i did on this song? its all self recorded/mixed in my bedroom with low budget equipment. http://cootiecatcher.bandcamp.com/track/ignorance

Hey mate,

First thing I notice is the machine gun snare. Do you have any other samples of the snare that you can use to alternate when doing fills? The same snare is hitting on these fills and it gives that poor sampling machine gun effect. That would be the first thing I would change. I would turn the vocals down by a few db as when the vocals are too loud it leaves the track lacking attitude like currently. The mix feels like its lacking a wide image in the verses; for a song like this it could really benefit from being widened a touch. To do this duplicate your guitar track in the verse and run it through a different amp simulator (i.e. sansamp or waves amp) eq and compress it differently and then pan both guitars to opposite sides. This should widen the track up a bit and make it sound more full. A nice delay (like the h-delay or telray delay) could really benefit the guitars as well to make it not feel as empty in-between notes. I also think the drums and bass could both come up in level as they are much lower than the guitars. The vocals could also benefit from being run through a tube saturator (like the wavesart tube sat) to thicken it up a bit and to add some harmonic distortion to smooth out the vocals and make them come through not as thin as currently. Also add a touch of reverb to the lead vocals, its coming through quite dry whilst the rest of the track sounds like its sitting back further in the mix. By adding a touch of verb it will sweeten up the vox but at the same time help it gel more with the rest of the track; currently it feels like its disjointed from the rest of the track. As far as the drums I recommend the technique that I mentioned a few posts back where you duplicate the master drum bus and then have one mildly compressed whilst the other hard limited; this will reduce the dynamic range in your drumkit but make it sound farken large especially when it is supposed to stand out; like just before the last chorus.

Hope this helps mate, let me know how you get on!

Cheers,

Toby
05:06 PM on 02/20/12 
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Bump!
09:23 PM on 10/06/12 
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Hey thanks a bunch! Just did some reworking with it! This helped a bunch! Did some subtractive EQ on the bass and did WONDERS!



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