Hi Ahudson97…and welcome to the forum.
I’ll be a little bit harsh on this one, but don’t take it personally…it seems you’re after some detailed feedback.
The first thing that stands out to me is that I feel the contour of the kick samples are lacking drive. I don’t think the sub frequency under 60 hz is very well balanced, and when I switch to 2 way monitoring and then listen on a laptop, you loose some of the intensity of the at 120-300 in the midrange bass information which implies a monitoring translation problem. I think there’s a serious lack of bass guitar (or synth bass whatever it is) in the 700-800 and the 1.3 range, but this can’t be fixed by simply eq-ing it. I think the trills in the guitars need more width. They’re boring. Something like an autopanner or a modulated phaser. Perhaps just a ping-pong delay is needed here to give them some more motion. They’re pretty central to the composition or vibe of the texture so I wish they had a little more action.
I do really like what you did with the lo-fi effect on the verse, the problems is that apart from the clap/snare the vocals are occupying an unreasonable amount of 8K and up. The AT4040 is an inherently dark mic with a wonderfully lush silky smooth natural curve, so I can see that you were trying to boost the upper register of the vocal with a hi-shelf, but I think you took it too far for the track. I realize that rap and pop tracks have vocals mixed blaring bright these days, but what you have to realize is that other timbres within the mix are also brightened to accommodate the high shelf on the vocals. The vocals in this case either need to come down or go darker.
The other thing that is out of balance on these vocals is they lack width. There are a bunch of ways this can be addressed. If you youtube something like ‘how to make vocals wide’, you’ll get some interesting ideas.
Whenever you hear an “S”, the S pokes out in the verb. There are three ways I would suggest dealign with this.
- you might try just rolling some top off the verb.
- …But if that changes the vibe of the verb too much, you can try placing a de-esser INFRONT of the verb
- Or you can put a multi-band compressor AFTER the verb (hopefully you have the verb on a bus and not directly on the track). What you would do is have the multi-band compressor target the offending frequency after the verb has processed the vocal and control them together rather than the second suggestion, which prevents the vocal from trigger the verb in the first place.
Overall its not a bad mix, but your mix of the track is way better than your mix of the vocals…I would massage the vocal into the track and not the other way around.