Post Production - I've finally Arrived

About 3 months ago I started a little recording that would turn out to be a mission from another planet. Not only was it time consuming, but it drained me mentally and was mad at the world for bringing me here. Flick forward 3 months and here we are, all that hard work paid off, but why did I take so long. It seems to be the question on everyones mind. Why do you keep putting more energy into this project? As far as rock tracks go, it's not every day you come across a true banger, especially when you spend most of your days wandering the halls of SAE studios like me. 

I used so many microphones in those sessions that it's going to take me a good month to write about the whole process. I'm going to start today by talking about my mix, and what i've been doing to get the sounds I want. I know my post production skills are not at expert level yet, but I'm hoping this experience can really teach me some things. 

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First of all, I today getting some perspective on what kind of mix I would want and went after it in the NEVE room with the Custom 75 Series. I wanted to give the track a really nice kick sound, similar to the one in 'Holding On' by The War On Drugs. To get some extra boom, I put the kick and snare through the dbx160a compressor, i'd read blogs touting its brilliance, so I needed to see what all the fuss was about.

 

In the DAW, I used a technique that I saw Dave Pensado do in a video earlier that day. He sidechains a sine wave through a gate, then to adds extra harmonics with the sans amp distortion plugin. In the video he uses the decapitator, but I don't have it. This gave me a really full bodied kick sound. On the snare I used the same technique, but gated the snare heavily then added some white noise through a signal generator.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do with the guitars, and I can tell just from listening to them, that they need major EQ work, and if I have time, I'll use some creative automation to spice things up in the mix.