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Daniel Jones


From:
Nederland, CO USA
Post Posted 12 Aug 2016 4:45 am     Reply with quote

Hello,

My group, Standard Deviations, is currently working on a CD. The engineer for the project has asked for some reference recordings to guide his ear in mixing. So, I'm seeking suggestions for well-recorded/mixed steel guitar jazz. Any suggestions?

If it helps, you can sample SD's music here: http://www.standarddeviationsjazz.com/SDSightsSoundsFrame.html

Many thanks in advance.

Daniel Jones
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Bob Hoffnar


From:
Austin, Tx
Post Posted 16 Aug 2016 5:30 am     Reply with quote

Great work Daniel ! Band sounds awesome. I'm not sure I would look at steel guitar instrumental recordings for examples of sonic excelence. Maybe Robbie Turners CDs. Bill Frizell,s recordings ar as good as it gets also. The placement and tone of Greg Leisz on those recordings is perfect.

The problem with most steel CDs is that the steel sounds good because it is the loudest thing in the mix. Not the way to go for an ensemble recording.

Keep in mind that a great mix of for one group of musicians and form of music won't nessisarily work for another.

Also if the engineer spends more than 10 minutes on the kick drum sound he has rock damage and will probably screw up your recording !
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Tony Prior


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Charlotte NC..
Post Posted 17 Aug 2016 1:27 am     Reply with quote

Daniel, I agree with Bob. The tracks sound great, really nice . If it was me I wouldn't use any other recordings as a reference other than maybe one of Buddy's early recordings.

To me everything is bright and clear, the way I like it. As long as the instruments are pretty much in a similar matching "EQ range" , meaning one isn't bright and the others are dark, I would sit with the engineer and talk him thru it the way you like it.


It's pretty darn close to my ears !

Great playing by all.

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Daniel Jones


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Nederland, CO USA
Post Posted 17 Aug 2016 5:06 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for the thoughtful responses, all. Jim's CD was both terrific to listen to in its own right and instructive re: production.

And I really appreciate Bob's comments re: relative volumes (I also think ensemble) and different production approaches for different styles (we have some variety on our CD project).

Again, thanks for the help and will announce our product on the SGF when it's completed.

Daniel
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Jim Cohen


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Philadelphia, PA
Post Posted 17 Aug 2016 6:55 am     Reply with quote

I look forward to hearing it in due course!

~ Jim
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Dale Rottacker


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Post Posted 17 Aug 2016 8:01 am     Reply with quote

Daniel, I wouldn’t have any suggestions for you, but am really pleased that you’ll be doing another album... If its anything like your last one, then it will be REALLY GOOD... However that was done, I thought it was great.
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Buck Reid


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Mt. Juliet,TN
Post Posted 20 Aug 2016 11:20 am     Reply with quote

Hi Daniel... I have some free audio samples on my website from my "A Work In Progress" CD... just click on the link below. The CD is a mixed bag with some Jazz tunes sprinkled throughout... in particular check out "The Waiting Room", "Donna Lee", "Eastern Swing" and "Scrapple From The Apple". Maybe you'll find something helpful... good luck with your new project!
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Mark van Allen


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Post Posted 31 Aug 2016 8:55 am     Reply with quote

Buck's album is stellar! Most of the greats have some very tasty, well recorded jazz tracks mixed in with country on their recordings, John Hughey comes to mind. While not all jazz, and a live recording, I would definitely suggest Buddy Emmons live at Scotty's ISGC in 1977. (double album) fantastic arrangements, beautiful tones and execution. Just ear candy.
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