New long song. Mix-critique very welcome

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  1. Martis93

    Martis93 SS.org Regular

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    Hey guys, long time no post. Finally finished this one. I plan to release an album about a year from now, so any advice I can get on mixing would be awesome. Maybe you'll notice something I didn't!

    As for the song, I had a science-fiction story in mind - it's about someone who wakes up and realises they're in captivity, and breaks free. The rest is that thing/person discovering the beauty of nature (underground facilities are far from civilisation). I usually write without a story in mind, but this was a lot of fun. :)

    [SC]https://soundcloud.com/martynaseidukevicius/the-escape-feat-ieva-inmoon[/SC]
     
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    I really like the bit that starts around 4 minutes in. :agreed:
     
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    I like your unique style!

    The acoustic guitars sound too loud to me, especially when double-tracked. They also could use some equalization for that low-mid booming. All-in-all, check your levels :) Otherwise I thought the mix was pretty solid! The drums sound great.

    Personally i felt that the more ambient parts of the song should sound more spacey with more prominent reverb and delay effects. That would also bring a nice contrast to the jazzy parts (like the guitar solo part) that would sound much dryer.
     
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    Thank you guys for your input!

    Warlus - I don't know, to me the acoustic guitars sounded as loud as they should be when I mixed them, as they are the main harmonic instrument in this song, but I see what you're saying. As an instrument that doesn't pack a lot of energy, maybe they should be a bit more quiet. I will try that next time. This was the first time I had to deal with a lot of acoustic guitar, so it was both learning to record it properly and also mix it. :)
    Which ambient parts exactly are you talking about? Do you mean the reverb level should've been higher?
     
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    My reason for thinking the acoustic guitars are too loud is, that they could be lower without losing the listeners focus. Currently I feel like the guitars interfere with everything else in the mix a little too much. Perhaps the issue is more about the booming low-mids.

    By "ambient parts" I meant something like 0:00-3:57, 4:45-5:32, 6:55-->

    But I don't think it all should sound very spacey, just maybe some more "wetness" to the sound. Maybe try putting some stereo-delay on the synths or something.

    Another thing I came up with: You could try putting a dual-mono compressor on the bus where the acoustics are routed to. That would help keeping them even in stereo. And maybe tame the dynamics a bit along the way.

    But anyway, I'm just training my own ears by coming up with these points, so feel free to ignore them if you disagree :)
     
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    my post has nothing productive to mention, i can't jusdge the mix as i am listening through Laptop speakers.
    However, the concept - story and the way you wrote it really cool and i like it so it is :yesway:
     
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    Everything about this is flawless. I'm surprised you're even asking for mix advice because you obviously know what you're doing
     
  8. Martis93

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    Warlus - I can totally see what you're saying now. Listened to some instrumental artists to compare, and the guitars there aren't very loud. There is a delay on that string-like instrument during the main theme, but I suppose the delay's level could be louder. Thanks for your detailed input!:)

    Ruins - Thank you! Saying something positive inspires productivity. :)

    asleepinthestarsmusic - Thanks so much! When I was working on the mix, this song was replayed so many times that it is hard for me to appreciate it at the moment. Your words are definitely encouraging.
     
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    Not my genre, but I like the mix and the parts seem to flow well.
    Love the femme vocals. Maybe it could use a bit more prominent bass line, something more virtuostic in places to make it a bit more interesting around the 3:20-3:40 mark.
    Great drumming!
     
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    Descent - Thank you. I see what you mean about the bassline, maybe one or two short, quick licks wouldn't hurt. Glad you liked the mix, thanks for your input!
     

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