Mix my tune "Rainbow Jane" - sort of an early Steely Dan song - For Fun/Rights

Hi All:

Quick update to my original posting below. All of the mixes made it clear the midi bass kind of sucked although the part seemed OK. So I rewrote the part entirely and sent it to my favorite bass player to record a new bass track. That fell through and I found someone else who agreed to record the part. Six weeks later, no track. Just as I was deciding to go to Plan B, he contacted me and said he was starting work on it. So, with any luck, I'll have it by mid-April. Such is the nature sometimes of online collaboration.

Of course, if any of you are crack bass players, let me know. In addition to RJ, I have a second song ready to mix once the new bass tracks is recorded. That one's a jazzier song called Talented Girl. You can hear the current mix on my www.reverbnation.com/ericblock site. Here's the direct link:  https://www.reverbnation.com/EricBlock/song/24942010-talented-girl-rough-mix-with-new.

Anyhow, thanks to everyone for being patient. I'll post again one way or the other within the next 10 days or so.

OK - this is how I originally described the project.

I intended "Rainbow Jane" to sound like an early Steely Dan tune, such as "Pearl of the Quarter" off the "Countdown to Ecstasy" album. Maybe take a listen here for a sonic reference point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al5Vdvyj36Q

You can read the lyrics and hear my rough mix of Rainbow Jane on reverbnation here: www.reverbnation.com/EricBlock/song/24803323-rainbow-jane

The song has a somewhat unusual structure that includes an extended bridge. You can download the 29 FLAC tracks here:

Tempo is around 115 BPM. It has real drums and the drummer varies a bit. If you find it annoying in spots, feel free to tweak it in a natural way that sounds good.

This song will be included on a CD I'll make available for purchase although I don't expect to actually make any money. But, if I use your mix, and you have an account on ASCAP, SESAC or BMI, I'll grant you 10% of the performance rights on my SESAC registration in case lightening strikes. If you have any questions or want to discuss the mix, email me at ericpr1@aol.com


Eric B

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Here's my mix, great song and nice harmonies, thanks for posting it up here Eric.  8)

finally got a chance to revisit this one, thanks for all the feedback and suggestions, here's a revised mix with less mids... :-)


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Thanks Andrew! Much appreciated. I'd like to see what other people come up with too.
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Hi Eric,

I'm just downloading the files, looking forward to working on this!

Hey Jack:

Love to hear what you came up with. How's the mix coming?
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Hi everyone...
I liked this song so I gave it a shot. I think this is what one would call a radio mix. Actually, I'm surprised how much limiting it could take. Some more automation probably wouldn't hurt, but this was a quick one, so here we go:


danfan Thanks for sharing the tracks. I like the arrangement and the production - good recording! I was a little irritated by the backing vocals because of the key change into the chorus at first, but after listening to it a few times I decided it's cool  :P I like your original mix.

amacca I like the balances of this mix, but there is an overall low mid build-up that needs to be taken care of.
Thanks for the feedback, I'm still "learning" my monitors. :-)
Thanks 140dBspl!

I can't access your mix with that URL though. Could you please send me a new link to it?
That is weird. It should work, maybe try this one instead: https://www.dropbox.com/s/r94s9zwvqs3oii1/rainbow_jane_mix1.mp3?dl=1
Probably my favorite mix of them all so far, but a bit too "polished" for how I was hearing it.
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Hey 140:

Weird - this time the URL worked. Thanks for the new URL and thanks for the mix.

It definitely does sound like a radio mix. A little crunchy around the edges maybe? But a cool effect and its really interesting to me how the character of the song changes with different mix approaches.

I'm going for something a little more like this track though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al5Vdvyj36Q
A piano-driven song that's clean with lots of separation. Anyhow,, thanks again. This is nice work.
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Hi there! I thought I would give this a shot! Lemme know what you think!

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Thanks IronOak - More reverb than I customarily use and a little bright for my taste. But an interesting mix.
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Alright, pulled back the reverb on the vox on this one.

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Eric, Thanks for sharing. The reference track was helpful to try to model the sonic character you are after.

140dBspl: Clean mix with a lot of impact, possibly a bit too crushed.

Amacca: I like the dynamics. Regarding the low-mid hump, sounds to me like you could carve out some of the unnecessary low end from the overheads and tom mics and possibly the vocal.

IronOak: Creative mix, vocal double really popped. I think some of the brightness is from the reverbs. Maybe try lowering the hi-cut level.

Here is my attempt:
it could use some automation. Comments appreciated.

Thanks for your feedback!
I like your mix! The bass cuts through the mix nicely. I think the lead vocals could use either more compression or more volume automation. Sometimes they are loud eno... (read more)
I really like this mix. Clean, balanced,lots of clarity. Hold on to it for a bit if you don't mind. I'm hoping to replace the midi bass soon and want to see if I can also easily add some additional... (read more)
140dBspl, Thanks for taking the time to listen, your observations are spot on.
I actually listened back on a system that had better low-end extension, and think that there might be too much for... (read more)
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Here is my take.