low end on jazzy guitar won't fit in the mix

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Re: low end on jazzy guitar won't fit in the mix

Post by Terrible.dee »

No, it's not that it won't "Fit in the mix"

It's that your song, or your part are improperly arranged.

Seeing as how your chief concern is getting the "Low end" of your "Jazzy Guitar" into the spotlight....I'm going to put my money on the latter.

So consequently, I'm going to suggest that you don't get it.

Either you are showcasing the composition, or the sound of your guitar.

If it's the sound of your guitar you care about, I suggest you record that and nothing else.
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Re: low end on jazzy guitar won't fit in the mix

Post by Sam Inglis »

Terrible.dee wrote: Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:46 am No, it's not that it won't "Fit in the mix"

It's that your song, or your part are improperly arranged.

Seeing as how your chief concern is getting the "Low end" of your "Jazzy Guitar" into the spotlight....I'm going to put my money on the latter.

So consequently, I'm going to suggest that you don't get it.

Either you are showcasing the composition, or the sound of your guitar.

If it's the sound of your guitar you care about, I suggest you record that and nothing else.

I'm not convinced you have read the OP properly... the poster is trying to mix a friend's track. It's not "his" guitar.

Without having heard it, it's hard to say for sure whether it's an arrangement problem or a mix problem or both. But it seems dogmatic to insist that an arrangement which happens to have more than one instrument playing in the same register is necessarily bad. Rock bands typically have bass guitar, kick drum, floor tom and more all competing in that same register and we make it work.
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Re: low end on jazzy guitar won't fit in the mix

Post by Terrible.dee »

Sam Inglis wrote: Mon Sep 27, 2021 5:20 pm
Terrible.dee wrote: Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:46 am No, it's not that it won't "Fit in the mix"

It's that your song, or your part are improperly arranged.

Seeing as how your chief concern is getting the "Low end" of your "Jazzy Guitar" into the spotlight....I'm going to put my money on the latter.

So consequently, I'm going to suggest that you don't get it.

Either you are showcasing the composition, or the sound of your guitar.

If it's the sound of your guitar you care about, I suggest you record that and nothing else.

I'm not convinced you have read the OP properly... the poster is trying to mix a friend's track. It's not "his" guitar.

Without having heard it, it's hard to say for sure whether it's an arrangement problem or a mix problem or both. But it seems dogmatic to insist that an arrangement which happens to have more than one instrument playing in the same register is necessarily bad. Rock bands typically have bass guitar, kick drum, floor tom and more all competing in that same register and we make it work.

It's ALWAYS an arrangement problem!

All this "Cut this frequency in the kick and boost it in the bass." Garbage mixing advice has has done nothing but confuse people.

You have to RECORD WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR!

You have to HAVE ALL ELEMENTS WORKING TOGETHER AS A WHOLE!

You do that by ARRANGING your song properly. (Assuming the song is half decent, if it's not, nothing can help you.)

The low end of a guitar the top end of a skin flute....doesn't matter, how is it contributing to the WHOLE!

Mixing should be easy, because the real work should have been done before anything was recorded.
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Oh dear, we have a troll…….
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Indeed we do, and a shouty one at that.
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Post by Eddy Deegan »

Your concerns are noted folks.

Words have been had and the hope is that they are well received.
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Re: low end on jazzy guitar won't fit in the mix

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Thanks Mods. :thumbup:
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Re: low end on jazzy guitar won't fit in the mix

Post by Vlaaing Peerd »

Thanks for all the suggestions and feedback everyone.

To the question why it was working live...not entirely sure. I think you are more forgiving when listening to a non-repeatable live song and I suspect the PA has something to do with it. Also live the guitar drowns a little in the mix and is turned up quite a bit when the solo starts, something I needed to suppress a little in the mix so levels are closer to each other.

Harmonically speaking neither the keyboard or the bass is playing the same notes as the guitar, so I wasn't to keen on changing the arrangement, especially because it's not mine. I just needed to get the bits recorded and mixed.

Of course the arrangement is what makes the song, but that sound added so much to the atmosphere it was also not something we wanted to change.

Eventually what we did was:
- the guitar could handle a bit more mids, which made it generally more audible so overall volume could go down.
- adding a tiny amount of drive and reducing the extra high end, which made the guitar tone a little more consistent in timbres
- the keyboard player re-recorded his track, occasionally playing single octaves instead of doubles and turning around a few chords.
- the tiddly bit editing, scooping out a bit of low where the guitar isn't important and putting it back when it was.
- sidechain compression to duck the keyboards a tiny bit when guitar was playing.

Each of above was done without real noticeable change, but added up it made the space for the bass in the guitar.

Definitely pleased with the improvement, but still a bit unsatisfied. I think it should have been possible without changing the keyboards. That said, I'll put this track aside till I'm done with the others. I need to not listen to it for a while.

It's strange that I initially thought the guitar could just be recorded as is and slap it in the mix, but eventually has cost me quite some time to get it (closer to) right.
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Re: low end on jazzy guitar won't fit in the mix

Post by MOF »

Thanks for the feedback, when you revisit it later it might sound just right.
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