|Originally posted by chris marsh |
its a really nice tune, music is great, wet fx great, arrangement great
my initial impression is that it just doesn't have enough "omph" for a finished track
clap isn't powerful/loud enough for me
also i find the hats/tops percussion not cutting enough/ loud enough. i just feel like the whole frequency spectrum is not as full as it could be
once my ears get used to it it sounds fine, but its the initial impression that counts in a way. id recommend referencing similar professional tracks when mixing down
Cheers, and appreciate the feedback.
And I definitely reference professional tracks, alot. However, I don't like all professional mixes. Moreover, I accept, and roll with a more antiquated sound. Many tracks from the late 90's early 2000's time period aren't great for modern reference material.
Here's something a little more recent though https://youtu.be/Xl9lQonO_RQ?t=119
Clap is tucked into the mix neatly. Just loud enough to hold the beat, not loud enough to start being obnoxious. Nice, tight clap.
That and many modern mixes are squashed into a brick...I tend to use only a couple layers of light compression to balance and control the sound, so people used to the brick might not like my mixing style. But I don't care, I prefer dynamic range and using my volume knob.
Gonna be hard to gauge the translation without knowing what you listened with, etc...Might be able to analyze the hats a bit better knowing this.
Though, listening to "rough as fuck", I'm finding the opposite occurring for me. When I turn up your mix to listening levels, the high-end sounds harsh and makes my ears ring, also sounds overly compressed...*shrug* Do like the tune though. DnB is 2nd on my list of genres I like most. A bit dark and aggressive. Could use a bit more going on though. Gl with it.