All I can say is WOW!
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I pushed through and endured till the end and finally finished it all!
Personally, I feel I wasn’t getting bad mixes because of my room, but what I did find was, I found it VERY HARD to hear certain parts of my mix, making my mix sessions longer than they should be because I was not able to hear things “clear”.
Sometimes I would have everything going on in my beat or song, but couldn’t quite hear a bell for example. So what I’d do is try to EQ it to make it audible, and if that didn’t work, I’d compress it gently. But nonetheless, I was still struggling hearing certain things in my beats/songs, not because of my speakers, or how I mixed it, but because of my room!
Since I’ve put up the acoustic treatment, it has dampened the room gently and not made it as “echoy and open sounding”. This allowes me to hear the sound a bit more accurate, and allows me to make moreaccurate adjustments when come mix time!
A BIG thing I noticed with my acoustic treatment in my room was with my vocals. If you record you’re own vocals, you can definitely relate how weird it is to work with your own vocals.
- It’s your own vocals, and you’re not used to hearing your own voice being played back
- You are your own worst critic — Meaning, you will pick yourself apart. Just even the “littlest” thing in your vocal, stands out HUGE TO YOU, but if you got a friend to listen to it, they wouldn’t even notice it!
One thing that I have to learn to get over is in my vocals when I have siblants (Super, soda, fantasssstic, you get the idea). There are ways to remove the sibilants gently in your vocal by using like a multiband compressor, and then only compressing the highs of the vocal, but sometimes if you do it too much, it can wreck your vocal. But still, it’s something I really focus too much in rather than let the vocal shine, I try to make it a little quiter, hiding the sibilants!
But the Big thing I’ve noticed about my vocals and this acoustic treatment is that I do not hear the sharp “ESSSSS” sounds as bad from my sibilants. This is awesome cause now I can just focus on making the vocal sound crisp, clear, and powerful. Allowing the vocal to shine, that others may hear and be edified through the teachings of Jesus in my music! (Learning to edit vocals is a huge step, it’s like learning how to play the piano, or make beats. There are a lot of inside little tricks and tips you can do to have super powerful vocals, but it all takes time to learn!)
So now this is great! I can hear my mix more accurately, the sharp ESSS sounds aren’t as prominent and I can focus on making it sounds loud and powerful! REMEMBER, as I said, we are our own worst critics. We will continually tear ourselves apart, but we must look past it, cause like I said, if I gave my song to a friend, they would not even notice the essss sounds, it’s just I’m my own worst critic, always trying to pick myself apart etc.
I am so happy with my treatment, it was a lot of fun working on it with my parents, and just getting away from music for a bit working with some tools!
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