So, I tried to match a commercial mix, first getting the guitar tone, selecting drum kit pieces that sounded the same in tone, then getting the bass balance, and bringing it all up. The song is NOFX's Stoke Extinguisher Commercial Mix. My attempt. What do you think? I would really appreciate some feedback, and maybe some pointers on where to improve. Session notes: - S-Gear 2 used for guitars, Jackal amp with stock redwirez IRs - Bass signal split up into 3 signals - hi pass DI with TSE BOD, low pass DI with 2 instances of ReaComp doing 2:1 compression at 3 dB reduction each, full EQ DI with low bass EQ boost - Drums are SSD4 Deluxe samples - Drums and Bass are bussed through FG-Grey - VCC API on drum channels - VCC Neve on bass and guitars - 2 buss is VCC Mix Buss on API, FG-Red (CLA Rock Drive preset, with 1-2 dB GR), VTM. I mixed into this. FG-X set up to get -10 dB RMS when mixing down. What I learnt in the process: - Guitars panned 60 % left and right (I normally go 100 % L/R) - Had JS:StereoWidener on the guitar buss, and took out some of the middle channel (I'm aware this impacts the panning). This, in conjunction with guitars with higher presence, really reduced the mid range static drone I struggle with when using IRs. - Guitars EQd with a 6dB wide boost around 300 Hz. I normally scoop this stuff out - this could also be symptomatic of the IRs I selected. - Selected IRs that are more "fizzy" than I normally select. I usually go for more rounded IRs (more low end, less mid). - Lots of presence boosts on everything. Room and Overhead drum channels massive presence boost, then another presence boost on the main drum buss - Bass was a lot easier than usual. Maybe having the guitars not so wide didn't leave it so exposed? - I resisted trying to EQ out all the fizz nodes on the guitar. Took the two obvious ones but no more.