After some beer I decided to enter in anyway; my mix was already 70% done when my monitoring set-up went belly-up. The rest of the mix was monitored on a mono monitor, and in stereo from a cellphone with some earphones...
Methodology: I wanted to go for an early RATM type sound, some of their best songs was recorded basically live with everybody in one room according to a SoundCity Studio documentary. For this type of sound, I packed in the drums closely around the center, this makes the guitars seem bigger. I also made the overdub guitar slightly stereo, to make space for the re-balanced drums. For me, the verses and the chorus has a distinctly different feel, the verses sounded like "inner turmoil" to me so I went for more guitars and less bass, with the vox fighting against the guitars. The chorus sounded like conviction, like "I'm not gonna do it again, ever, screw you", so I went for more bass and less guitars to punch through the message. Hopefully this comes across in the song.
There might seem to be a lot of effects but quite a lot are used as transitional effects and mixed in pretty low, to create some movement, to get a more 'live' feel. Only ended up using 1 piece of outboard gear, a mono spring reverb for the vox in the verses. Was test-driving Reaper and ReaInsert annoyed me. Though, the rest of the DAW is pretty good, using the folder-system for busses is genius! Used mostly freeware plug-ins (there a great things around these days) and some of my own little tools. There is a shed-load of automation going on to get everything to play nicely together.
Kick Front: Compressor, Gate, EQ
Kick Beater: Compressor(for body), Gate, Compressor(for click), EQ
Snare Top: EQ, Short Gated Convolution Reverb
Snare Bottom: EQ
Snare Bus: Compressor, EQ, Flanger
Overheads: Convolution Reverb, Stereo Tool, Compressor, EQ
Room: Stereo Tool, Compressor, EQ
Drum Bus: Compressor, Convolution Reverb
Guitars & Bass:
Main: (L/R bussed together), Distortion, EQ, Reverb
Overdub: EQ, Compressor, Stereo Creator (TD_Width)
Solo: EQ, Compressor, Chorus(TD_Phase), delay
Bass: EQ, LePou LeXtac (yellow channel), Compressor
Vox Verses: Compressor, Chorus(TD_Dim), EQ, Guitar Gadgets Miaow Miaow Pedal, Mono Spring Reverb ( MasterRoom XL-121 )
Vox Chorus: Compressor, Chorus(TD_Dim), EQ
Vox Chorus Delay Send Bus: Delay, Delay, Compressor
Backing Vox Chorus: EQ, Multi-Band Comp, Distortion, EQ
Bus: Parallel Slow comp for body/leveling, Parallel Fast comp for transients, EQ
Btw, as for levels, meters are mostly useless for mixing, I checked with PSP's free VU Meter and I'm like -2 VU, but it is actually louder than that. So I aimed (by ear) to be as loud as Photonic's mix, because that level seemed right/balanced to me.
https://soundcloud.com/ichad-c/morelia- ... c15-ichadc
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0zqKT ... sp=sharing