condemned2bfree, on 14 December 2018 - 09:58 AM, said:
Yes my mixing environment is something that is not set up optimally for mixing at the moment, for sure. I'm satisfied with certain results though not entirely. There is always a desire and awareness my audio presentation can improve, if money allowed.To as you say utilse ears effectively, entirely. I do prefer keeping it as simple as possible, whenever possible - close to the original signal source. Always a W.I.P. it seems, but great fun
Fwiw my ears told me what you confirmed, so the problem is more obvious then you want to realize.
Hence my post(s).
In time, if you stick with it and enjoy what you're doing, you'll want to improve the recordings and the inevitable expenditure of money will occur. Until then, you can get fairly good with whatever you have. Just know that it's acceptable at best and with a little strategic spending can bump against professional sounding. Most of us have been-there-done-that at some point in our home recording adventures. I've been through 3, maybe 4 full iterations of software and equipment in the past 17 years I've been actively recording/producing with a computer. The first couple times I tried top stay entirely in the lower budget space, but eventually realized the compromises I was never able to entirely mix away needed to be corrected. Decent usb interface, upgrading my DAW, spending some money on specific plugins (as well as decent guitar and drum virtual instruments), and getting okayish (but still lower end) monitors/studio grade sub finally got me to where I think I can hear most the issues and resolve them. Your headphones also matter, but knowing how far you can take a mix on headphones before needing to run it through the studio monitors is IMO more important.
Hoping you understanding I'm sharing my experience. You can't go wrong with whatever you decide as long as you're having fun doing it. What I'm sharing only applies once you start sharing the output with others, and expect them to treat the recordings seriously (like they would any other commercial release). We're all friendly here, so that isn't and wasn't the expectation when posting tracks to this forum. It would be a shame though if that's all these recordings were to ever become.
Edited by stoopid, 14 December 2018 - 10:17 AM.