Hey Cristina and thanks for listening!
You said you wanted a slightly crushed sound, but I think it may be too much compression.
Yep, seems to be the feel that it is too compressed. I will back off of that in the mastering software as it is not like that before I run it through that.
I don’t care for the solo’d drum sound (I think because it’s too compressed.) Once the rest of the mix comes in though, the drums sound appropriate.
Interesting. I would love to know a little more about what you mean here. I say that only in that this song is the opening track and the drums sort of need to announce something big is here. I have an absolutely smashed drum track that I blend in with the original, so maybe I’ll pull that out for the start and see what that sounds like.
When I’m getting ear fatigue, I find it tends to be too much going on in the like… 600-1000Hz range. I like to sweep with an EQ on the master bus to find what’s bothering my ears and then either cut it there, or cut it in the offending instrument(s.) Those guitars are slammed. I kind of like the pumping effect, but it begins to be grating after a while.
Sweet. Will check that out. Definitely do NOT want people getting ear fatigue. I’ll start with less compression and see if that has any overall effect and then assess the eq.
I’d also be interested to hear what references you were using, if any, or a song that you really like in this genre.
I have posted the two main references above, one for vocal, drum and overall compression feel, the other for the bass sound.