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Treason (Prague Live Strings)

Assa

Active Member
Hi folks,

I wanted to share with you a little piece I recorded with a string orchestra in Prague. I booked a 7 min session via Musiversal, so there wasn't much time to record the piece - but I am pretty happy with the outcome, I think the musicians did a great job.

However, I have no experience mixing live performances, but here is what I came up with:


Any advice on the mix and of course also any feedback regarding the composition would be much appreciated :)
 

robgb

I was young once
Hi folks,

I wanted to share with you a little piece I recorded with a string orchestra in Prague. I booked a 7 min session via Musiversal, so there wasn't much time to record the piece - but I am pretty happy with the outcome, I think the musicians did a great job.

However, I have no experience mixing live performances, but here is what I came up with:


Any advice on the mix and of course also any feedback regarding the composition would be much appreciated :)
I'm amazed that you accomplished this in a seven minute session. It's quite beautiful.
 

JohnG

Senior Member
Nice composing and a good performance -- thank you for posting.

I'm not sure I would do much to it as far as mixing. Personally I like more reverb, so I would probably add a little more with a long tail to this.

It's a bit risky, but you might be able to dial down some of the "close at hand" feeling with EQ to put the orchestra a little further away, so it sounds as though it's in a bigger, wider space. I say, "risky," because sometimes EQ just tortures the thing and makes it sound artificial, or otherwise wrecks the nice performance you have.

I'll tell you one thing: this piece on a demo reel already puts you miles ahead of what I normally hear from young composers. Live instruments, played well, are like cool water on a hot day!

Well done,

John
 
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Assa

Assa

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Hey guys, thanks so much for your kind words and feedback, I deeply appreciate it that you took the time to listen and comment! Your replies really made me smile :)

And thank you John for your detailed feedback and advise on the mix, I'll definitely try out your suggestions and see if it works, when I have the time to come back to it.

I actually did already use EQ and reverb on this version (also some panning with the close mics), so it is not "unmixed", but I definitely had another approach and feel like it could be done a lot better.

Anyway, thanks again guys!!
 

OleJoergensen

Senior Member
I agree, to short but lovely :).
If the session is recorded with several mic position, I would use more hall and a bit less close mics. Maybe pan the flute more to the right.

Did you conduct the session yourself?
 
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Assa

Assa

Active Member
I agree, to short but lovely :).
If the session is recorded with several mic position, I would use more hall and a bit less close mics. Maybe pan the flute more to the right.

Did you conduct the session yourself?

Thanks for your kind words and your suggestions Ole! No I did not conduct, I followed the session via a live stream and had the possibility to give instructions via chat. They also recorded with a clicktrack. I had two minor remarks after the first take, they sorted it out perfectly - the version you hear was their 3rd take recording this piece.

That is really only 22 players? (Prague) .. sounds pretty lush.

Well done!

Yes it's 22 players - I was also pleasantly surprised :) Thank you!
 
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