Thanks everyone who provided feedback, this is very useful to me as usual. Looks like the one thing everybody agrees on is that the vocals need some work. Main comment from the band itself was that they wanted the vocals to have more body and to be more agressive.
Turns out the band wants to add vocal harmonies and record one guitar solo again so it’ll be a while before I finalize this mix since I am moving in 6 days and the studio will only be reassembled after an acoustic study and room treatment at the new place.
Funny you’d say that, because that is pretty close to what I did actually. I guess I should make it more obvious or more often. I made a copy of the 2nd and 3rd screams, pitched them one octave lower and drenched that in ping-pong delay and stereo reverb.
@Descent @skua I might have to take a second look but I haven’t heard any pitch issues that seemed too obvious to me for this genre. Actually I did run the vocal track through Waves Tune at first, intending to do just a few micro corrections but when I looked at the result in Waves Tune I was surprised to see that the vocals were actually in tune pretty much all the way through, so I bypassed it. Please let me know if there are places where this issue is really obvious to you.
@Descent @bozmillar @skua Yes there is definitely too much unpleasant high end on the drums, that is the one thing that really struck me when I listened back to the mix after a few days. I’ll definitely work on that. Originally the mix sounded a little muddy and dull so I used multi-band compression on the stereo bus to add clarity, but it looks like I overdid it. It might also have something to do with the guitars being a bit thin.
Don’t be afraid to go heavy on the FX. With the processing they have now, it sort of sounds like punk vocals. Too distant and dynamic. Don’t be afraid to compress heavily and distort.
@bozmillar I already have what I consider to be very heavy amounts of compression and distortion on the vocals: “heavy” saturation knob at 50% on the preamp section of the Scheps Omni Channel and compression ratio 16:1 (wet mix 80%), gain reduction around -6dB on average. Do you think I should go even higher or do you have other suggestions?
Id say that the crappy melody she is singing is mostly at fault, I hate to rag on any of the early 80’s style metal bands that sometimes hang out here, but thats a shocker of a song melody, hardly the vocalists fault (performance wise).
Well I think the vocalist was the one who came up with the melody so it would be her fault, actually. However, even though it is pretty basic and sticking to the root notes quite often, I don’t personally think that it is as crappy as you found it to be.
@Stan_Halen The band had never recorded anything before and doesn’t have any aspirations as of now, they just played a few local gigs. In fact their bass player, who ocasionnaly plays in a band I know well approached me when he learned I was into music production and I was the one encouraging them to record a single because I felt that they were pretty tight for non-pro musicians and it was worth putting it out there to see what the feedback would be. Incidentally, their very good drummer left them and was replaced by a drummer who miserably failed to keep timing on the bass drum when I recorded her on an acoustic kit, which led me to talk the band into using programmed drums instead.
Thanks for the reference song suggestion by the way.
About the vocals, I double-checked and they are dead centered. When I switch from stereo to mono quickly there is no wobbling on either side. I’m curious what makes you hear that, maybe the reverb or some masking occurring from one of the hard panned rhythm guitars?