#1 Posted by ztiworoh (910 posts) -

And I finally decided to sit down and start trying to record some music. I'd love to know what you guys think. I used Garage Band to lay down the guitars and vocals and then played mandolin over it.

#2 Posted by casper_ (914 posts) -

sounds good man. good folky sound.

i'd recommend that you learn some bluegrass style mandolin licks from david grisman or someone. they would be stylistically appropriate over this kind of thing as well as bluegrass/country. start off with the G run (not sure if mandolin players call it that) and over a song like this they would add a nice call response thing/supplemental melody in the spaces between singing.

#3 Posted by Jams (3043 posts) -

@ztiworoh: You doing great, but I feel like the vocals are a little hot. But maybe that's just me.

#4 Posted by ztiworoh (910 posts) -

@Jams: Yeah, I've been trying to figure out how to balance out my vocals. I'm using sort of a budget USB mic and I can't quite figure out how to get it set up to capture the guitar loud enough without the voice being too loud.

#5 Posted by cabbagewater (12 posts) -

I play trad mandolin/ tenor banjo. Irish stuff mostly. Good advice from casper, Dave Grisman is a great player to be listening to. Keep it up bro, good work!

#6 Posted by bassman2112 (979 posts) -

Hey duder,

I wasn't able to give it a loud listen like I'd prefer; but thought I'd give you some feedback regardless (I'm actually a professional in the audio field)

You totally get the folk feel, and your voice's timbre totally fits the style - which is awesome. The performing is great in the vocals too, good job =) Guitar is simple & effective, definitely no complaints there. It is consistent, and that is what matters. My volume wasn't high enough to judge how the mix of the mandolin vs. guitar/voice was, but when I did hear it occasionally it was slightly out-of-time. That's pretty common if you aren't recording with a click track haha, so don't worry! Honestly, I've been recording people/been recorded for like a decade now, and timing is still the hardest part (even with a click).

If you'd like some tips/tricks on mixing/mastering, let me know! Send me a PM and I'd be happy to take care of it for you. If you want, you could even send me some of your stems (the individual tracks) and I could do a quick mix for you!

Good job sir!

#7 Posted by ztiworoh (910 posts) -

@bassman2112: Thanks man. I'm mostly doing this for fun, but any advice/help/tips are greatly appreciated. I definitely think timing is an issue. I'm using a USB mic and playing along but I feel like there must be a bit of latency going on. It's definitely a pretty lo-fi setup I have going on.

#8 Posted by bassman2112 (979 posts) -

@ztiworoh: Haha that's alright sir! You have more technology at your disposal than even high-end studios had 50 years ago =) Even with a quaint/basic setup, you can get some pretty awesome results.

I don't use Garageband very much (at all, really) but if you're getting some latency, that could be an issue of Buffer and/or Sample size. I am pretty sure garageband doesn't have any way to adjust this within its preferences (every other DAW [digital audio workstation] does) but you should be able to go to your 'Audio MIDI Setup' to find your device and play around with its buffer there =)

#9 Posted by ztiworoh (910 posts) -

@bassman2112: Hmm thanks. Any tips on how to position/set the mic so that my vocals aren't as hot as they are right now? I feel like I'm always in danger of blowing out the mic when I record.

#10 Posted by bassman2112 (979 posts) -

@ztiworoh: I think the order you'd want to follow in terms of preferable ways to handle it would be:

1) Do it one track at a time (guitar first, then vocals for example)

2) One mic on guitar, one mic on vocals if at the same time

3) Mic on a boom stand about 6 inches away from your mouth, and angled low enough that it's also catching the majority of your guitar as well (this one is probably the cheapest/will feel most natural)

The reason the first one is unarguably in that position is because when you're working with individual tracks, you can adjust each instrument as its own element which gives you greater control over the final product. Second achieves something similar, but is able to be done in a shorter amount of time since you don't have to record twice. Third is just a constraint on budget/time =)

#11 Edited by ztiworoh (910 posts) -

@bassman2112: Thanks - I'll have to check out some of those options out this weekend.

#12 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

Definitely much better than all of the other "hey, check out my music!" threads I've seen here.

#13 Posted by ztiworoh (910 posts) -

@McGhee: Thanks - I've been trying to get back into playing more and have half considered finding a local open mic if I can get up the courage.