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Adam Brock – Poplar Trees

by Kim Lajoie on March 30, 2013

(if you can’t see the player above, click here to listen to the track)

Composed and performed by Adam Brock

Engineered by Justin Freund

What I love:

What can I say? Big vocal stacks, dusty old keyboards, overdriven guitars. The lighter upbeat sections contrast well with the heavier slower sections. When I first heard it, I had to doublecheck that it wasn’t by a band from around here – it’d fit in perfectly in the Melbourne indie scene.

What could be better:

The mix could do with some work. The vocals get a bit buried in a few spots, the snares needed some surgery to stop them chopping my head off, and there’s quite a bit of background noise.

This is a good example of a track that was mixed quite dark. Normally, it’s not a problem when a mixdown needs some tonal adjustment when it’s mastered. For mixes that are very dark, however, some common problems can emerge. When mixing the a reduced top end, it’s more difficult to hear the detail and nuance up there. Often this results in a dynamic range that’s inappropriately wide (resulting in sibilance). Sometimes – particularly in this case – the amount of top end boost required in mastering can also bring up background noise that was previously inaudible.

-Kim.

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