Despite all the instruments being played sloppily, the timing issues
and my unstable vocals I had a great time mixing this song with the
Furious Desertrix (Qtractor 0.4.7). With the new MIDI learn stuff it is
now possible to do automation with the help of an extra 'automation'
MIDI track. By using such a track I could automate the Degrade ladspa
plugin (thanks Leigh Dyer for the pointer!) in the beginning of the song
and the Calf Vintage Delay and Calf Phaser lv2 plugins I used for the
vocals and the FluidSynth-DSSI strings.
The song itself was recorded in our rehearsal room with Qtractor 0.4.7
too. We did use a click track for this song which allowed me to use
effects like the Calf delay. I didn't get to mastering it, I'm thinking
about setting up a mastering chain myself instead of using Jamin. Not
because I don't like Jamin but I still don't completely fathom this tool
and it does not really fit in my (real-time) workflow as it drains quite
In the process of recording and mixing this track I came to realise how
much I like Qtractor, it really is such a powerful piece of software.
And props to the dev(s) of the Calf plugins, not only are the plugins
very usable and do they sound good, they also look stunning. I've used
the upcoming 0.0.19 version from git and was blown away by the looks,
these are by far the slickest native plugins I've seen.
Unfortunately I had to mix on my headphones again mostly, I have to do
mixing after work when our little baby boy is asleep.
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