TheBellows Tracks


(TheBellows) #1

I’ll post my tracks in this thread from now on:


Not the most exiting stuff i have made, but this time i focused more on trying to get a well balanced mix, an attempt to mix properly for a change. Not sure how well i succeeded with that?

I appreciate any feedback on the production quality, is it balanced well? Is there anything that doesn’t fit well with the mix? Does the bass sound allright? How far from a professional mix is it? Does it sound dynamic enough? Any suggestion for improvements?


(Cie) #2

Nice laid back track. Especially the percussion sounds and melodies are well done. In my point of view the snare sounds too loud, and there is missing some high frequency/brillance in the mix. Also the basedrum sounds dry; overall quite an emphasis in the midrange.


(TheBellows) #3

Thanks for the feedback Cie and for pointing out some things i haven’t thought of. I found it very difficult to get the snare sound right and when you mention it i agree it’s too loud. I did filter a lot of high frequencies, so i guess that explains the lack of brilliance. I often struggle with the kick and yes, it lacks some real beef to it, but i’m honestly not sure how to make that happen? Any tips perhaps? :stuck_out_tongue:

I’m mixing a new track that is imo a lot better musically and melody wise, but i do struggle a bit with some of the same things, especially the kick.


(Cie) #4

No problem :slight_smile: To give the kick more punch (and also to give clap/snare more crisp) and presence in the mix you might try a Compressor. It is not easy to use if you not aware of it, but there maybe some free plugins with good presets for kicks (sorry I do not know an example fro free vst, but maybe someone else). Also EQ’ing the base helps sometimes to emphasize EQ around 100-150Hz (depends on the kick).


(TheBellows) #5

I use a lot of compressors, but i guess i’m not that good at handling them correctly and i did not use that much in this track.

Just finished the track i mentioned above:

I’m a lot more happy with this one as a whole, but i don’t think i nailed the mix just yet…

A lot more compression in this one though, maybe too much? It should have a lot more of the brilliance, is it too much?


(TheBellows) #6

That is none of your business. Hope you like it. :smiley:


(TheBellows) #7

It’s a remix of this track:

I have wanted to improve this for a long time. Not really super satisfied with the outcome, so i might revisit it later, but i struggled so much with CPU that it was very difficult to fine adjust everything.

What do you think, is it an improvement?


(Paul Buck) #8

That’s a tough one. I like the overall percussion on the remix better, but the break at around 2:30 in the original is awesome. Also, I think the cymballum type sample blends better in the original.

I do like both, which probably doesn’t help…

My amateur opinion. :slight_smile:


(TheBellows) #9

That’s a tough one. I like the overall percussion on the remix better, but the break at around 2:30 in the original is awesome. Also, I think the cymballum type sample blends better in the original.

I do like both, which probably doesn’t help…

My amateur opinion. :slight_smile:

Thank you Paul, it does help me a lot and i take your “amateur opinion” any day. :slight_smile:

I definately agree that there are some qualities from the first version that has been lost. My biggest struggle with this track is the drums, because it seems that whatever i try it just doesn’t sit well, but i’m glad i’m rid of the awful kick in the first version.

I started to mess up the instruments a bit too, which already are too cpu intensive and does not samplegrab well, so i need to either upgrade my pc or do some manual rendering. At the moment it’s impossible to listen to track in Renoise without rendering it, so that’s not ideal. :stuck_out_tongue:


(TheBellows) #10

A new mix of an older track:


(TheBellows) #11

I revisited one of my personal favorites, a track called Marginalia. Did some changes in an attempt to improve it and renamed it:

Old version:


(TheBellows) #12


(TheBellows) #13

Finally another bellow track, just like you all have been waiting for! :badteeth: