Dangerous Dreams (dedicated to the Dreamers)
Hochgeladen am: 02.06.2018 20:20 | PA
Dreams, dreamers, dangerous dreams: "You hear a whisper that you don't belong...are you dreaming?"
Imagine the uncertainty and potential upheaval faced by DACA Program Dreamers, through no fault of their own. In this age where "truth has been traded for scheming. Is it haunting you now?"
Copyright 2018 Mark Minassian
Produced by Leo Valentino and Mark Minassian
Recorded at Rosemill Studios (2018).
Leo Valentino: sound engineer
Mark Minassian: lead vocal, background vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitar, organ.
Carolyn Asti: background vocals
Tony D'Addono: Sax
Drum Sequencing: Mark Minassian and Leo Valentino
Graphic Design: wintersixfour (Morguefile)
Design Alterations and Titling: Mark Minassian
- Songwriting: 7.0
- Arrangement: 7.3
- Performance: 6.3
- Frequenzbild: 7.3
- Räumlichkeit: 7.7
- Dynamik: 7.3
- Lautstärkeverhältnisse: 7.3
- Songwriting: 4
- Arrangement: 3
- Performance: 4
- Frequenzbild: 4
- Räumlichkeit: 3
- Dynamik: 3
- Lautstärkeverhältnisse: 3
Songwriting & Arrangement:
This song belongs to the genre Pop/Rock and is influenced by the songs and sound sound of the 80's. The overall structure shows some progressive moods especially in regard to the different singers. Unfortunately, it's quite difficult to find a clear structure and arrangement as the different parts vary a lot from each other. Therefore, the overall songwriting lacks of catchy melody lines and a clear chorus line.
Recording / Performance:
The choice of sounds and the arrangement of the song unfortunately do not reflect the mood that is conveyed by the lyrics. You could bring the different elements a little closer to each other by adjusting the sound and arranging them appropriately and create a stronger unity that serves the effect of the piece. The singer's phonetics is unfortunately not quite optimal for your song. It is very important to ensure correct pronunciation when recording. A dictionary with phonetic transcription can also be helpful. Remember that an indifferent pronunciation affects the overall sound of the song and significantly affects the quality of the piece, because the voice is the most important element.
We noticed an overall sharp overall sound. The mix has too much emphasis on high frequency components. Again, you can use an analyzer to help. This can quickly identify problems and can be very helpful for frequency balancing. Especially the guitars but also the tambourin and hihat feature a lot of higher mid frequencies that lead to a sharp sound. The dynamic of the vocals seem a bit uncontrolled in this song - in some places syllables get a little lost in the song context, while others stand out very loudly. Use a compressor to get this problem under control. In principle, you should compress the vocals as much as possible - but of course only as long as the material still sounds natural and does not "pump". By reducing the dynamics with a compressor the vocals cut through the mix better and speech intelligibility is significantly increased. We also noticed that the reverb you used is not optimal for the song. In this case you used a lot of reverb, making the instruments seem too indirect. In the future, be careful not to place too much emphasis on reverb so that the instruments sound more direct. In addition, your panorama settings (distribution of the signals on the stereo axis) to be a little too wide. This can quickly occur, especially when using stereo widening effects. Try to check your mix in mono occasionally when mixing. If signals should then be very quiet or even disappear, there are problems with the mono compatibility. A goniometer or a correlation meter will also show you this problem very well.
The following screenshot shows a picture of a spectral analyser where you see the frequency curves of your mix. The lower curve describes the average energy level, whereas the upper curve shows the corresponding peak hold per band:
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