I did enjoy the song. The vocals are where they should be in the mix, and the mix sounds full and well composed. I myself have been struggling with Cubase for awhile, learning it and picking up mixing skills on this forum, and writing new material and applying that which I have learned. I’m sure you have spent considerable time with this.
You didn’t ask for criticism, so I would make a simple suggestion. If anything, this could stand a little “air”. It needs to breathe a little. I would check EQ on each track and maybe back off a bit on some of the low-mid frequencies that are unnecessary. There are some good posts on this forum detailing proper EQ adjustments. Use the search tool.
what type of monitors do you use, i used to use just normal stereo speakers which were a bit too bass and high end heavy ,consequently my mixes sounded flat and lifeless when played on other systems ( some people say they still do ). i bought some Spirit Absolute 2 speakers which are supposedly flat responce and a creek amp which has no tone controlls , i can tell the difference now when i mix my stuff then play it on other systems the tones are much fuller (i hope).
Man, WTF is going on here at the new cubase forum? I mean, I’m hearing great song after great song… formerly there used to be a fair amount of dross among the nuggets
This is freakin excellent. I love the warmth of the recording, very “tape” like. Very detailed production. As others have said, excellent vocal (I also thought of Robbie when I first heard it – nothing wrong with that)
Thanks very much for all the feedback, really pleased that others are enjoying the song
As for my monitors, im currently on set of Event PS5 monitors, bought years ago, but defo planning to update soon to the HS80m’s I think.
Im always learning everyday so I hope that furture productions keep getting better (and I’ll test that with you guys).
As for piano, guitar and drums… I played the piano on my keystation, maybe I needed to ease off the quantise if it sounds a little too in time and unatural…??
I recorded the acoustic in a treated room, mic’d with a Rode NT set between the neck and body… but the acoustic was heavily compressed with a bit of a slower attack, because I wanted the pick noise to be quite prominent in the mix…
The drums are all played in on the keystation then the sounds are from BFD2, I played a basic beat then added fills etc after… again maybe there a little too in time… so ill take all that on board for my current projects.
Feel free to have another listen, and again thanks & enjoy
Interesting alright. New forum and all of sudden a new bunch of good quality productions - many from guys I haven’t seen or heard before.
And yeah… love the Robbie Williams-like vocal, and a song that could just as easily be one of his too. Nice. Can’t really say much about the mix on these headphones but it does sound warmer, if not a tadd on the dull side in fact - certainly compared some other tracks I’ve just been listening to. AND it could be that those other tunes were a tad on the bright side? It’s all relative I guess!
Nice piece of work, I like the track. Nice tune, good sound. Comments I 'd offer would be…
The tune opens with what sounds like a kind of muffled kick drum underneath. Soundwise, it’s kind of dead and metronomic…not sure it add’s anything and I wonder if it’s really needed there? There’s enough rythmic elements there to keep the intro moving without it.
Someone else mentioned the string sound, the part works well but the sound could be better (it sounds like synth strings…maybe some good sampled strings with a big emphasis on dynamics…?
the kick at the beginning is kind of a heart beat style sound… the song is about a guy who is struggling to cope given that he is miles apart from his girl… and the heart beat sound was trying to create an image of him deep in thought, missing her…
The string sounds are all from halion in cubase 5 with one or 2 expression maps in places… I tried the trial of symphonic orchestra that came with C5 but had real issues with it… crashed on most occasions so i went back to Halion…