Saturday, April 30, 2022

Mei You Ru Guo by Fish Leong (cover song) -- but We Messed Up the Mix!

 

Hey guys, how have you been? We covered a song by Fish Leong, "Mei You Ru Guo." You may remember it if you have watched the Taiwanese drama, "My Queen." If you've never seen it, you should watch it, it's good!

We recorded the parts in two days and mixed it and posted it. Which leads me to the subject of today's post: Never do that!

Why? As it turned out, the mix levels were off. What sounded good that day turned out to be not so good. Why does this happen? Well, the problem with recording/mixing for an entire day is, after a while, your ears suffer from ear fatigue. Don't consider the song "finished" at the end of a long recording/mixing session. Put it aside. Come back to it after a day, or even two days. You want to listen to the mix with fresh ears.

The problem with our mix was that the lead vocals was too loud. Also, some of the other parts like the acoustic guitar and keyboards were too soft. It's funny how the levels sounded good to me at the end of the day, but the very next day, I realized that the levels were not correct. It's a rule I should always follow--always check the mix again the next day before you consider the mix to be finished--but I keep breaking this rule because I'm so impatient!

But don't be like me! Take your time! Let the mix "rest" and come back to it the next day.

Here is the song with the incorrect mix levels.


Mix levels need to be corrected


Can you hear it? So let that be a lesson for me. I don't have really good ears--I'm not one of those people who can really hear things like legendary mixers Bob Clearmountain or Chris Lord-Alge. I need to be pretty slow and methodical and not rush things, but it's hard for me because I'm impatient and just want to get things over with!

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Gearing Up For FAWM 2022!

 

FAWM 2022 is just around the corner, folks! This is a good way to practice getting into the routine of regular songwriting. Megumi, Yasuko, and I will be throwing ourselves into the ring, for sure!

You'll need to write a song every two days, so you can't get bogged down trying to make it "perfect." I'm planning to just construct simple songs--verse/chorus/verse/chorus. Nothing too complicated, not too many chord changes.

I know Megumi doesn't want to always have to set up her guitar to record a backing track, so she's planning on writing many of the songs just using the built-in virtual instruments (such as the piano) in the DAW. In fact, she downloaded a whole mess of pre-constructed midi chord files so she can just drag and drop the chord in. Drawing in the notes for the chords isn't hard, but it gets tedious so this will sure make things go faster.

You can download these chord files at:

https://pythonrepo.com/repo/ldrolez-free-midi-chords-python-audio

We've already started practicing writing songs! Synthesizer V Solaria will be singing our demos for us! Check out our first "pre-FAWM" song: