I've been working on and off for a few years on recording my music. Recently I feel like i'm not making any improvements and I'm not sure what I'm missing. I'm just a hobbyist, but I've been playing for many years and one day I'd like to just release some of the music I've been working on. I read a bunch of articles and I watch a ton of youtube videos, but I always feel like my end result sounds so vastly different and worse. I'm not sure what I'm fundamentally missing anymore. Here is a mix I threw together tonight. nothing fancy just two riffs for mixing practice- I'd really like to get some feedback and tips on how to improve. Here is my general workflow- I use an Ibanez prestige into a focusrite 2i4. two guitars tracks - one panned hard left and right - TSE 808 - TSE X50 - NADIR with Rosen Mesa impulses. Both sent to a bus with a highpass lowpass at 100hz and 8500hz. I cut a bit around 4k and 500hz and small boost at about 2200hz. two bass tracks - one clean and one distorted both using some compression and an SVT810 impulse. highpassed and lowpassed at about 100hz and 5k. The drums on this one are very basic I know. Here i'm just doing some boosting on the snare and kick along with some parallel compression on the kit. Finally, on the master I applied some compression for 3-4db of gain reduction, some eq (highpass at about 30hz, narrow cut around 500hz, and small boost around 2200hz), and limiter.