Thanks Jonathan that is a helpful note. I will have a go at cleaning that up and I am always a little light on compressing acoustic guitar so it is nice to get a kick in the pants.
That’s cool. It doesn’t need heavy audible tone shaping compression. Just a lot of super transparent compression that anchors the dynamics in place without destroying anything.
The goal is to firmly anchor it in place and control it but without damaging it… that’s one reason I have a million compressors and where the high-end ones start to differentiate from one another
Sometimes I use transient designers after the compressor to give the illusion of having restored some of the character of the original performance. Just a thought.
I would agree with Jonathan that there’s some harmonic clashing going on. For instance, the piano sounds great in the intro, but loses some of its’ character when the voice takes over. Same thing happens with the guitar. These are both very subtle, so maybe an automated eq cut would take care of it. The voice is great, and I’m sure when you mix you’ll take full advantage of it.
The only other thing I hear (could be just me) is at 2:00 when the guitar and drums pick up, it takes a couple of measures for it to lock in. It kind of has a U2 feel to it that’s very nice, it just takes a few seconds to sync up.
I think you have all the elements you need to make this very nice.