If one of the vocal tracks has reverb on it, that’s a mistake. For the guitar tracks, I took off all of the effects that I could, so what you have is how it was recorded. And yeah, the Abbey Road drummer instrument has a built-in mixer, and I didn’t turn that off when I bounced the tracks. It’s a tough call because it really changes the character of the drums. Same kind of deal with the piano, that I decided to leave the effects built into the virtual instrument on, and turn the other ones off. I knew it would the contest would be about the production as well as the mixing, so I felt like people could just re-record stuff or use different virtual instruments or whatever. I even included a guitar track (possibly 2, can’t remember) that I ended up muting in my own mix, just to give some more ideas for the production.
I will look at that background vocal though. Thanks for the heads up!