New project I'm working on

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https://soundcloud.com/brineryte/thought-exhaustion-motif-intro

This is essentially setting up the motif for the "album".

Thought Exhaustion might be the name of the album or the project...not sure yet. Haha.

Trying quite a few new techniques, especially with the bass (which I'm still not happy with).

Picked up Waves J37 recently and have been loving it on drums.

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Isotropy wrote:

Trying quite a few new techniques, especially with the bass (which I'm still not happy with).

Are they playing techniques, I guess?

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Sorry, no, mixing techniques. Should have specified Wink Good question!

Here's an updated version which I'm liking a lot better.

https://soundcloud.com/brineryte/ad-1/s-PY0tE

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really dig this, especially the drums mix. Whatever you're doin to them drums is probably the best drum sound i've heard from you (that sounds a bit mean but i'm serious these drums are good)

really like the midnight cruise Deftones vibe here in the keys section. excited to hear more homie

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Thanks bro!

Mainly just started mixing OUTSIDE of superior and basically following Nolly's approach. I agree, it's the way to go! Laughing out loud

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Isotropy wrote:

Mainly just started mixing OUTSIDE of superior and basically following Nolly's approach.

Hi.
I agree with atomsk_the_forgiver about your drums sound.
Can you provide a link to that Nolly's approach?
Thanks man.

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Added strings!

@Serenobrak it was actually part of a paid creativelive class a few years ago, but honestly his approach is really straightforward for kick/snare.

https://www.creativelive.com/class/studio-pass-periphery-with-adam-nolly-getgood-matt-halpern?autoplay=true&via=in-studio-freeform_2

they have sales pretty frequently, so you may be able to find a deal

GATE
On the Kick in particular he puts a gate which serves 2 purposes, 1. cleans up bleed, 2. helps tighten up the kick

EQ
Both hit an EQ for tone balance,

COMP
Then into a typical compressor - I think he started at 4:1 on both kick and snare
attack around 30, release around 100 (play around with these, but generally the attack should be between 20 - 40, release based on the song)
Lower the threshold for as much db reduction as you want but he went for around 6db and so do I (actually more like 5db for me)
This should add punch to the kick/snare

NOTE: Make sure you balance the drum mics first. I hated my snare until I pulled out almost all of the bottom mic and it was amazing how that was affecting the comp, etc.

TAPE
On both snare and kick, he hits the VTM from SlateDigital, I don't have that but I do have the waves j37 which is somewhat along the same lines. He uses 15ips because it just does something special to lows/highs.

Aside from that, there's obviously SO much more that goes into it. I have a room mic with the kick sucked out and the snare driving going through an 1176 comp and squashed to oblivion. Blending that in just enough to know it's there.

Then the biggest thing for me, personally is Verbiage on the snare. Nolly does this as well. It's just an incredible reverb for snare.

Hope that helps!

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Isotropy, Thanks!.