Thanks everyone for taking the time!
Yeah, it was intentional in as much as the left guitar is my favourite AC30, and the right one is a mate’s Marshall JMP which I was mostly using to thicken things out. The idea was that there’s a synth pad which comes in from the second verse onwards that’s panned to the right, so a louder left guitar might balance with right guitar+ synth pad. But in practice the left guitar grabs the ear a lot more with its attack and the upper mid twang from a Strat and AC30, so I agree with you! I’ll try either turning it down or trying to get more out of the right side guitar in that higher freq. range.
Chordwainer: My only gripe is that the bass and rhythm guitars seem to be stepping on the vocal, the lead vox needs to be a bit more prominent IMO. I’m having trouble understanding pretty much any of the lyrics.
ColdRoomStudio: I found the vocal level to be good for a track like this - I could make out all the lyrics clearly without any effort, yet the vocal still allows the music to retain a comparative sense of power without sounding “on top of” the music…
However, what I did find was that the extra reverb in the chorus vocal muddies it up unnecessarily. I would suggest soloing that reverb and eq’ing out the muddy element that is conflicting with the vocal clarity there. The other option is to perhaps use some more delay on the vocal instead of reverb to up the ante in the “epic-ness” dept for the chorus.
Yeah, I think I’ve overcooked the long reverb sends coming from the lead vocal track; there’s two delay sends, slapback and a longer analogue-sounding stereo echo, and the level rides up on the longer one into the choruses. However, the vocal’s also going to a medium length plate-style (around 1.5 seconds) along with most of the other instruments, and a long more midrange focussed reverb (2.5 seconds).
I think it’s the latter that’s causing the problem. It’s smearing the vocals and guitars into each other, especially in the chorus, and muddying things up. I think if I can clear that up it’ll expose the vocal echoes better. I’ve mixed a couple of other tracks from the same album in the meantime and used that final long reverb send much more sparingly as an effect and it works better that way.
Feaker: Loved some of those bass runs down. Really a big sound.
Thanks! It was a fun part to play, it was bass->Ampeg SVT-> Ampeg 1x15 miked with an AT4050, then there’s also a DI track which got really obliterated with this free guitar amp plugin and that track was automatated through the song so the bass could get more or less aggressive as required.
Thanks again, much appreciated