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Looking for advice on taking my mixes to the next level.

Discussion in 'Joey Sturgis' started by kilo73, May 25, 2017.

  1. kilo73

    kilo73 New Metal Member

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    What can I do to take my mixes to the next level? I like the over all tone, but something seems off. I don't expect to become a pro overnight, but does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do better?

    I experimented with all of them but in general I did the following.

    Guitars: 2 tracks panned L/R > tse x50 amp sim w/impulse > Eq (HP at ~80Hz, LP at ~10 kHz, 2dB cut at ~ 500 Hz w/ wide Q. 1dB narrow boost at ~2.4 kHz)

    Bass: 1 track panned center > Compression > tse BOD plugin.
    Copied bass track for grit is the same with some distortion and a LP at ~500 Hz and both sent to a bass bus. Bass buss Eq: HP at ~70 Hz, LP at ~8 kHz, 2-3 dB cit at 300 Hz, 1-2 dB cut at 800 Hz.

    Drums are Superior Drummer. Kick, Snare, Toms, OH, etc have their own channel. I Eq them and do some light compression on the bus.

    Master: Compression and limiting.


    I like the over all sound, but when I compare it to commercial stuff it sucks. I'm not good enough to pin point why though. I also can't get any higher that -12db RMS.

    Any tips/advice/resources that can help me out with the tone/volume? I know it's gonna take time, just looking for a starting point.
     
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    thescottallen New Metal Member

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    My personal opinion, I think the guitars and bass sound heavy and powerful. They're awesome. I think the drums could definitely use a little help to bring it all together though, primarily the kick and snare. It almost feels like the kick/snare have too much separation from the guitars, if that makes sense. They don't feel like they all fit together.

    See what you can do about maybe adding in a second kick and snare to liven up the current samples, or compress them a little more and then bring up the volume.
     

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