This is my first submission to a mix contest, and I’m quite excited to put forth my best effort on this mix! I always struggle with leaving the low end full enough in my mixes, so I tried to keep that in mind and keep double checking myself on this one. I tried a lot of new things in here, primarily replacing compressors that I would have used with distortion plugs and/or
exciters. Anyways, I’ll leave the rest to your ears. Any and all feedback welcome, I’d love to hear your opinions!
I recomend cleaning up the breaths on the vocals or lowering them a little if they are your intention. I do feel the overall mix a little sparkly in my monitors. Master buss deesser helps a lot if that’s the case but truth be told, I’m listening on separate small speakers so just tossing it out there.
NIce work! I think you’ve got a nice balanced low end here. It’s a bright and punchy mix, but it sits pretty well with professional reference material, so it’s not too bright or harsh IMO, but it’s right at the point where it could be on some systems. Sometimes, if I get the feeling the top end is a little brittle, I’ll just use the UAD Pultec and pull attenuate 20k just a tad - that smoothes it off nicely.
Guitars are big and bold, and the drums are punchy, bass is even and well controlled, yet very audible in the mix - what more could you ask for, really?
The only negative thing I can hear is the “gasping” breaths as mentioned by @BunkerAudioPanama . I’d suggest replacing the gasping sounding breaths with more natural sounding ones, and automating them down in volume somewhat.
After listening back to it a few times, I definitely agree with you. The breaths didn’t annoy me until you said something I feel like I over did the top and bottom ends in my mastering process, and there’s where I lost the control of that. Thank you for your feedback!
Thanks, BengtS! I am a guitar player myself, so I feel pretty comfortable toying with them in a mix. If I’m being honest, though, the drums are my favorite part to tackle…so that’s a great thing to hear. I see what you’re saying about the vocal - it isn’t quite as on top of the mix as I’d like it to be for the duration. Thanks for listening!
Good levels and balance. The dynamics are good. My one nitpick would be that the drums are too pointy (all transient) for my taste. If you could fit in a little more of the sustain I think it would round off the mix nicely. That is taste thing so take it with a grain of whiskey. Thanks for sharing.