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A Multivocal Marionette



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my band, The Poverty Rat, has recently started recording with a in home-studio guy. He is quite reasonable but is not really producing the results we want.

I am in this band with my twin brother, Jonathan...

he does the lead vocals and keyboards and I do guitar.
we use the keyboard drums on his outdated workstation.
and we play at coffee shop open mics where they dislike us because we are pretty close to abrasive rock compared to the usual Bob Dylan cover song artists there.

I felt bad that the recording was not what my brother had wanted and agreed to record one song of ours. I created the drums on my own, and I think they could afford to be upped. and then we tracked the vocals, keys, and guitars in under two hours. I forced my brother to work in a crowded damp environment.

well not really, but I told him to not screw around, and we dont own any nice headphones, only inear buds with maybe a two feet cord...so we had to put my macbook bacanced on top of my moms wii fit board on top of my half stack with him right up near it with his keyboard. he looked uncomfortable.

most of the vocals were a one take. he is a great singer, but i feel if i didn't tell him to move it along, he could have nailed the vocals alot more.

also i think in certain parts he tried to do two vocals that overlap as one track...which i think was due to him feeling i wouldn't let him do multiple tracks.

poor guy....I'm not that mean...I just hate mixing and recording....almost as much as i love it.

in any event, this recording was rushed, incredibly and I realize that the keyboard (not the organ or piano) but the saw lead/ saw tooth wave is distorting terribly and sounds like it is definately competeing with the same space as the guitar.

I dont want to pan guitar left and saw right because I fear it will sound lame!

what should I do to get a better sound out of the DI-ed workstation? I am not clipping during the recording.....rather I hope someone can provide an eq tip for after the fact that can make the notes sound clearer and less fuzzy....

i want a sharper key sound. thats all.

can anyone help out?

thanks King Bee for your critique.....and i am sorry to say the only singing I did was in the first vocal part chant. in the backing vox. I can't really hit notes with my voice, I only approximate them!!!!!

jonathan on the other hand gets into it like Miley Cyrus!

keep the comments coming!
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Uploaded: Aug 15, 2009 - 09:17:09 PM
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kingbee said 3628 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
Like the way this starts off and then build up.
If I'm honest I didn't like the keyboard sound but I'm guessing that you wanted to get the idea of a marionette over which worked but it just sounded a bit too high and didn't sit too well with the other stuff.
I would have maybe stuck with power chords or dubbed down guitars for the verses.
Is that you singing? If so you sound a whole lot more confident and clearer live.
I liked the overall feel of the track and it felt like a good rocking track.
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