Help me find the blindspots in my mixes

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  1. Dans

    Dans Dans

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    Hey guys, recently I'm gathering my best works, building a website, and trying to start a career in audio production. Personally I'm 90% confident about my current mixing skills, but sometimes I can still have a little doubt in my monitoring setup (JBL LSR305 + Beyerdynamic DT 770, with a lot of referencing).

    Most of the time my mixes sound just fine and exactly the way I want them to, except when I listen back to my soundcloud on my phone (with some regular hi-fi earphones), my mixes can sound a bit dark and muddy at times (comparing to other professional mixes). I'm not sure if I should trust this source since my mixes sounds fine on my monitors and studio headphones. So I can really use some help.

    Attached are some of my works which I considered pretty solid, but it'd be great if you guys can check them out for me (you may just scroll through the first few mixes) and see if there's any coherent problem through out different songs, which may be a blindspot in my monitoring setup that I should pay extra attention to.

    Thanks a ton!

    https://soundcloud.com/danshuang/sets/epitome-studio-mixing
     
  2. schwiz

    schwiz Lefty

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    Let me say that I'm not a professional, and I'm in the same boat as you. My goal for the remaining 2017 is to gather my collection of mixes and create a portfolio as well. I don't think you should let anything hold you back from creating your website and launching your business!

    What I hear: For the most part your mixes have great balance, but in some cases I think the guitars are too loud, especially in the Avalerion mix. They aren't too dark though. You may be able to get that extra 5% by filling out the stereo field more. Whether that be with saturation, verb, or stereo imaging, I think that if done right and in small amounts could drive your mixes a little further. Your mixes with clean vocals, aren't "as good" as your instrumental mixes. But I really like the Paramore cover. I'm being so incredibly nitpicky right now, but I think that's what you're asking for.

    Full steam ahead!
     
  3. Dans

    Dans Dans

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    Hey schwiz, thanks a lot for the reply! It's really helpful to have someone else in a completely differently monitoring environment checking my mixes, and I think you point out a good direction for me to improve my mixes further, so not nit-picky at all! And yeah, I do feel like I'm still not quite there with my skills on clean vocals and pop rock overall, but still, thanks for the great advice!

    All the best to you too! :)
     

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