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layne121
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Hi everyone, first post on here. This has been a great community to be a part of, lots of helpful posts and great music. I'm requesting feedback and advice regarding the mixes of my songs. I don't have the greatest monitors or room treatments so I use headphones (Sennheiser HD280 Pro) for just about everything in the recording process. I'm having a bit of a time getting my vocals to sit well in the mix in different listening environments. Through the headphones or playing back the songs on my iPod or in the car,the vocals seem to be at a good level and as close in tune as I can sing at this present time , but listening back through smaller speakers such as on a laptop, the vocals always seem to be way too high in the mix and badly off pitch. Maybe they just are! I was hoping some folks here who have better monitoring systems may be able to have a listen and make some suggestions. Thank you very much in advance! Peace, Ed.

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Okay I listened to the start of your first three Songs and then skipped up to the heavy parts and here is a few suggestions:

When you get ready to master leave yourself at least 3dB of head room before you apply the limiter(-3dB below 0db), I noticed a lot of Compression Distortion in your mixes which leads me to believe the input to the limiter is overdriving.

As you use the limiter make sure to keep an eye on the Gain Reduction meter and try not to go below -6dB and sqaush the dynamics too much and set the release a tad longer(as you go lower in Gain Reduction) to prevent any more distortion from being added.

Just about all you frequencies are represented well but the Mid's are biting slightly which isn't too bad but may cause a little fatigue if listened too at any long length of time.

All in all the content of your songs are great in my opinion and when you post for critique you will get these types of answers, hopefully my advice is useful and taken in the spirit in which it is given my friend.
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layne121
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Thank you very much for your reply! This is great advice and I appreciate the time you took to listen and provide feedback.

I will apply the techniques you mentioned in hopes of achieving some more consistency in different listening environments.

The listening fatigue I know well, as at times by the end of the day in the studio, nothing sounds good anymore. I know that harshness in the mid frequencies can produce this, so you have helped confirm what I had suspected.

Your critique is taken very well, this is what I wanted, feedback from folks with different gear and different ears!
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Hey welcome to the forum by the way.

Here is a thread that will help get you started on gain staging, a good Mastering practice. there are some real gems in this thread from some of the forums heavy hitters(and generally great folk's as well):

http://forumsarchive.presonus.com/posts/list/21913.page

Always good to read up on this stuff my friend.
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