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She Took the Light Bulbs

GypsyCliff

Length: 03:56

Uploaded: 5 months ago | United States

An original Country song written by me and my friend in one sitting.


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GypsyCliff
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She Took the Light Bulbs

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A song analysis goes beyond a mere analysis of the mix and the production; in addition to sound engineering facts, subjective and creative matters play a significant role. For this reason, it is difficult to speak of "right" and "wrong" - so you are free to decide which points are helpful for you and will improve your productions :-) 

This song is a country production which is characterized by a harmonious instrumentation and suitable vocal sound.

The arrangement is quite good and fits the mood of the song pretty well. However, the parts are quite repetitive and the energy with regard to the dynamic range is on the same level throughout the song. With a little more variety in the leading of the melody you could separate the parts a little better. In addition, the dynamics of the energy can be increased by removing or adding elements.

The bass could be a bit more crisp by working out the transients. Besides, the hi-hats are a bit "sizzling". In addition, you should also add a little more depth to your mix by using clever reverb rooms.

The vocals actually have some minor timing problems in some parts of the song. The wider the backing vocals are, the more important it is that the timing fits. Because the backing vocals are quite isolated, even small timing problems are noticeable. These should be fixed in any case. You can either fix it in the editing of the song, or in best case while recording the different takes.

In the screenshot below you can see the frequency response of your mix in the analyzer. The lower curve represents the average energy over time, while the upper curve shows the peaks.

In any case the sound meets the genre-typical sound. Especially the sound character of the voice is convincing. By a clearer gradation of the different parts you could increase the dynamic of the energy a bit and make the mix more interesting. The analyzer visualizes a well-balanced frequency response without any negative conspicuities. Right in the meter you can see that the peaks of your mix are at 0.0 dBFS. From a technical point of view, this means that the system dynamics have been exhausted. 0 dBFS does not necessarily mean overdrive, but the maximum values in the digital converter between samples are exceeded (so-called intersample peaks) and distortion will occur. Even during conversion - e.g. to MP3 format - a little headroom should be left. You should therefore make sure that you select a maximum output or celling value of e.g. -0.2 dBFS for the limiter to avoid distortion.

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