by vata44; Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:49 pm
i have tried all sorts of saturation, compression, eq, automated envelopes, VST "sound gooder" plugins, headphone and speaker monitoring, tried to be mindful of dynamics, phase alignment, side chaining, gating, filter sweeps, tension & release, stereo manipulation, linear phase, oversampling, etc.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? Feelings?
I am exhausted. If it sucks, please just say it so i can move on. My feeling is that I really over did it trying to get an "analog" feelings, but not sure.
by mandolarian; Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:15 pm
The original has this sweet floating vibe, the new one feels a little forced in comparison. Too much limiter/compression/saturation action? Dunno. The vocal gets smothered a bit in the new bigger mix which hurts the piece for me. Maybe a little more selective frequency sculpting (there's too much mid-freq energy from the synths in the same range as the voice). Maybe tweak the arrangement to bring back a bit more space and a little less compression. I prefer the original's feel, but I hear where you wanted some more punch and impact. Sorry, if I'm sounding like your producer. But, since I'm pontificating, I say F*** the analog crap - Arrangement is king! Maybe give it a week off and then return with fresh ears and make the Goldilocks mix. Great work, either way, so don't stop yet. My 2 cents.
by TYSONIK; Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:05 am
The mix sounds fine... have you tried handing it to a good mastering engineer for the finishing touch you're after?
Keep up the good work!
by dark_virus; Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:33 am
My only concern would be this stereo rounding pad, but it really doesn't hurt the experience. A less obvious FX could be better, but it's just me...
I'm listening to it for the 3rd time and can't stop!
by vata44; Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:16 pm
I will still make quite a few changes to keep the flow... trying to learn compressors the best i can. They can do a lot to "shape" a sound... or kill it.
by Aiynzahev; Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:19 pm
I think the kick is too blurred and uninteresting, so is the bass.
Some parts feel out of time, it feels off to me, but maybe that was what you wanted. It doesn't click with every person though, to me it reminds me of something SASH! would have made, but not as high energy. But that slightly off timing reminds me of older tracks where they had midi-timing issues and I don't like it much unless it's done in a certain way.
I like the track as music, it's clean too in the mixing. It's definitely not up to modern dance track standards, it's all to quiet and simple. Which may or may not matter to you.
It's nice though honestly, like I said just depends on what you were going for.
Finally, if your happy with it, that honestly is all that matters.