Live Jam, Seek & Destroy (Metallica Cover) (DOWNLOADS FIXED)

Live Jam, Seek & Destroy.

My self & the other studio engineer got together with my 2 uncles back in 2006 for a few beers and a fun live jam session.
We took along a small recording rig and a handful of Mic's. Here is one of several songs we played that night.
There are 7 drum Mic's, 2 Mic'd Guitars & 1 bass. Have fun with it!


...Track Info...

Tracks are 16 bit 44.1khz due to the small rig. No set tempo as it was a live improvised jam just for fun.

Drums - Mapex Orion 18 piece kit, 1960's Ludwig Snare, Sabian crashes and splashes.
Guitar 1 - Ibanez, Crate Blue Voodo Head and cab
Guitar 2 - Dean, marshall jcm 2000, Randall XL Cab
Bass  - Washburn, SWR SM-900 & matching cab



Files 186 MB Zipped - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20111420/Seek%20Files.rar

NEW add on stems - (Lead, 2 Harmonizing Guitar Di's, Clean Snare Track)  http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20111420/Seek%20%26%20Destroy%20Extra%20Tracks.rar

Vocals - Thanks to Mix Off member JoshERTW  8)  http://dl.dropbox.com/u/23535250/SnD_Vox_Stems.zip


New 2011 Mix  http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20111420/Seek%20Final%20Master.mp3
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Cool Stuff,

My band used to do this song at shows pretty regularly back in the day, will have to see if I still have the chops to sing it haha.

Thanks for the post!

Edit: Have now given the raw tracks a listen - pretty stoked - this is gonna be a damn good time...
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My band used to do this song at shows pretty regularly back in the day, will have to see if I still have the chops to sing it haha.
Yes, its a kick ass song to play live!  I hope you still have the chops  8)      I don't have any when it comes to vocals  :-\

Have now given the raw tracks a listen - pretty stoked - this is gonna be a damn good time
Nice, Have fun with it Josh!  Rather its a mix and or vocals, I'm looking forward to hearing what you come up with!!!


Billy...
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Tracking on this was really good - I'm finding I don't need to do a lot more than a bit of EQ, adjusting faders, and some limiting on the drums to get something that I like - This is my first mix-off though, I'm a bit of a noob and still learning the ropes so we'll see how it turns out haha

Too late in the evening to do vocals unfortunately, will try and get some in tomorrow - and perhaps take a stab at a guit. solo

Just out of curiosity (and for educational purposes) What kind of process did you go through to get the original mix? - I dig the sound of that one, has a professional vibe to it - mine currently sounds nothing like it, a lot more raw, which I like personally - but realize isn't everyone's cup of tea.
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Hi,

Here's my interpretation of this :

http://nicksevilla.com/music/SeekAndDestroy-NOEQPLEASEMIX.mp3

Maybe next week I'll drink some Tequila and attempt a vocal... maybe...

What I did was basically make the guitars as aggressive as possible. To me this meant less low muddiness, and more midrange.
Totally contrary to what "metalheads" do with their absolutely stoopid "V" shape eq they use. That V shape is good on a Gibson Flying V... but not on an amplifier EQ section.
I only treated the kick and snare of the drums, to make them wallop more. Other than that, its' untreated drumkit and room mic.
Bass got some attention, as it was all over the place level wise, and generally getting lost in the murkiness.

As far as any "tricks"... well let's just say I had to ride the damn guitars, so that the chords and the chugs played well together, and you did not feel a level vacuum with the chords...
The bass... well it has more midran... (read more)
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Nice mix Noeq...I like the width of the guitars in your mix.

The snare drum is kind of buried in my mix...I forgot to EQ the snare.

Overall my mix isnt great however it was a quick mix...My mixes are usually lower in volume than most people so you may have to turn it up.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8412827/Seek%20And%20Destroy.mp3
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You're guitars sound awesome also.  I can tell about the snare.  You can tell it's there but it's kinda lost in the background.  The bass sounds good but it needs to be turned down just a little or... (read more)
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“JoshERTW Just out of curiosity (and for educational purposes) What kind of process did you go through to get the original mix?”



I mixed it ITB at home in 2006, I believe it was cubase 3. All processing was done with the waves renaissance plugins.
When you open a old project in cubase and the plugins have been updated, it likes to bitch and say they are unavailable, so i cant open them and give you any detailed info  :-\




“noeqplease Here's my interpretation of this :

http://nicksevilla.com/music/SeekAndDestroy-NOEQPLEASEMIX.mp3

Maybe next week I'll drink some Tequila and attempt a vocal... maybe...”



Nice job Noeq, very clean sounding mix! very nice tone & width of the guitars. I'm looking forward to Tequila night  ;D




“Vincent The snare drum is kind of buried in my mix...I forgot to EQ the snare.

Overall my mix isn't great however it was... (read more)
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I'm in the middle of some home renovations, so I only found about 20 minutes to attempt a vocal track - wasn't too happy with the results so I'll take a crack at it later in the week when I have time to actually warm up first haha, S&D is right at the top of my vocal range, was usually the last one I sang as it was a challenge and required some warming up (usually with LA Woman by the doors and an original song that was heavier but easier to sing)

I find the trouble with my mixes is generally getting everything to blend well - easy on this track I suppose as there is a room mic to tie everything together, plus it was actually recorded off the floor.

I'm thinking of getting the lower tier waves bundle (gold maybe) once I can get a bit of cash together. For now I'm limited to standard Cubase 5 plug's
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http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8412827/SAD%202.mp3

Tried another mix...it didnt turn out much better however it sounds a bit different than my last mix...It turned out a bit muddy however the drums are a bit better I think...This is a tough one to mix but fun to listten to... 8)...Even though its not the greatest mix at least its not harsh sounding...has a lot of warmth and bottom end that I like in a mix...just a bit muddy.

I had a hard time taming the cymbols on share drum...Im not the best at using gate plugins however im slowly learning how they work.

The toms have a snap to them that was tough to work with.

I still dont know the best way of treating overheads yet...room mic is another thing I need to learn more about in terms of panning or mixing treatment if people actually treat room mics in a mix.

Do you guys use verb on overheads...are there any magic frequencies to cut in overheads or boost...perhaps 400 HZ or 700 HZ.

Still le... (read more)
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Vincent - I'm still learning too

Found this website for "magic" EQ frequencies - I usually use freq's at the link below as my starting points, and fluctuate the freqencies up or down by +/- 50-100 Hz (or +/- 500, or 1000 once I"m over 4k and 9k respectively) to try and find the "sweet spots" on given instruments. I've found so far theres no real "magic" frequencies, just rough estimates to start at - which are still good to have:

http://www.recordingwebsite.com/articles/eqprimer.php
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ALRIGHT!!!

Finally got the vocals to a point I like (took a few takes)

Not unhappy with this mix as my first kick at the cat - constructive criticism appreciated, I'm still a bit new at this:

http://soundcloud.com/red-room-recordings/mix-off-seek-and-destroy-cover

My general process:

Gated and Limited most Drums to reduce some bleed - cut out large parts of Tom's cause nothing there but bleed
Limited OH's (didn't try to gate)
Compressed Bass
Bit of Reverb on Room Mic
Recorded Vocals twice, kept doubling on Ch. but not Vs.
Re-doubled certain accent parts
EQ'd Almost Everything to some degree (Separately)
Sent vocals to an FX channel with a bit of reverb on it
Mixed down to WAV, compress and limit whole track to get it loud (fake mastering hehe)
Convert "mastered" version to MP3