I finally took heart and listened to the recording made at our last gig
, the one I was so enthusiastic about. I already had a bad feeling about it, since I knew the sound mix wasn't as good as I thought, and my violin playing was, how shall I put it, not entirely in tune. Since we had a pretty good rehearsal last night, I figured I might as well listen to the desaster.
And wouldn't you know, it's even worse than I thought!
First, the mix. Too much voice, drums and bass almost non-existent, same with the backing vocals, which might even be a good thing, too much electric guitar, and too much violin. Horrible violin. I don't know what I was playing, but it must've been in a different key than the others. It is barely bearable.
Out of 17 tracks, there is one
that I would play to others. Which is a shame, because our singer is really doing a very good job, and it's the first gig with the new guitarist, but it's ruined by the mix and the violin. Argh!!!
The recording of the gig from a year ago
, the last gig with the old guitarist, is much better, but then we also had a real-life sound engineer mixing us. The individual playing still isn't perfect, but it is better, even though I am playing and singing enthusiastically higher than I should. It is of course a problem of hearing and intonation in the moment, and of wanting to be right, especially when I have second voice to the singer. I have to remind myself next time that being right isn't as important as sounding right in the context of the band.