The Genesis Machine
Posted 29 October 2011 - 15:10
This is, I have to say, perhaps the best mixing/mastering I have ever done and I'm hugely proud of it in that respects, as well as with the song itself. I don't think you all will be disappointed! Enjoy! If you like it enough, the low quality version is available for download, but if you can also head over to our Bandcamp page if you want the HQ version. This is a song that warrants some HQ action, oddly enough. In fact, during the mastering phase, I ran into some weird artifacts caused by using a bit-cruncher when down-sampling to 16-bit/44.1kHz that could not be heard at either 16-bit/96kHz or 24-bit/96kHz. Turns out it may have been caused by aliasing caused by the bit-cruncher so I ended up dropping that effect. It was used for the guitars on the intro.
Anyways I'm rambling. The song should speak for itself
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Posted 30 October 2011 - 00:26
Save from the intro reverb, I started to ask what hi-quality you were rambling about. Then it struck me: The mix hangs together very well! The NES sounds very lo-fi, but the guitars give it away. There are some really nice production values in here. By the outro we hear more guitars and it sounds very hi-fi. NES cat grants you some power-up mushroooms and an extra life.
Edited by jojjelito, 30 October 2011 - 00:27.
Posted 30 October 2011 - 03:17
On the note of the high quality, I have found the distortion on the guitars seems to be where you tend to hear it. After fixing the aliasing issues (I basically removed the bit-cruncher on the guitars during the intro), the differences become rather subtle but I tend to prefer the higher quality version when listening on my good headphones. Could be merely subjective at this point, though.
It's not perfect (is it ever?) - mix sounds a bit muddled in places due to all the reverb. I can get away with some of that due to the genre but it still sounds a bit over the top in places when listening on lesser headphones but still something I consider a personal achievement. I really dig doing mixing/mastering work. *shrug*
Posted 31 October 2011 - 19:54
Posted 03 November 2011 - 00:44