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.
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.
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!
@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.
@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 =)
@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 =)