My ears happy
My ears happy
I really like this a lot -- I'd have to agree with TheDukeOfJuke regarding the mix, though. I'd suggest the following.
First and foremost, I'd throw in a generous amount of saturation; Klanghelm has a fantastic free plugin called IVGI that adds this lovely warmth and clarity to anything you throw it at. It's got lo-fi and hi-fi settings, a knob to control the 'symmetry' of the mix, a 'drive' knob to amplify/distort the signal, and an output knob to boost volume. I typically have it loaded up as the first plugin on my master buss and generally employ a subtle amount of saturation on just about every single mix. If I'm dealing with a genre like New Wave, though, I'm less subtle and tend to crank the saturation to capture a more authentic analog hi-fi sound. As it stands, to my ears, this track (in terms of the mixdown and not the emotional response it illicits) comes across as very neutral; saturation could go a long way towards remedying that, especially within this genre.
The vocals definitely need to be bumped up a good amount to compete with the rest of the track. Some EQ boosts in the areas around 1 to 2.5kHz could also help with clarity. Speaking of EQ; while reverb can be a crucial element to these types of mixes, I feel like it could be made a little tighter if you were to EQ out the high/low end of the reverb with a low pass filter and high pass filter at around roughly 6000-7000hz and 100-150hz, respectively.
The kick is too pronounced and a little too sharp/woody-sounding, in my opinion. Cutting out 1-2 db of EQ around 400-800hz or so and bringing the volume down so that it's not quite so dominant could help that.
That's all that comes to mind, in a nutshell. That aside -- I really, really like this!
Dear, Lord. Your vocals are incredible. I think the mix could be slightly better, but all in all it's actually a very good and relaxing tune. Seriously though...THE CHORUS GIVES ME CHILLS TO THE BONE.
Thank you. <3 I'd love to hear your suggestions on the mixing, because one day, I'd love to make a concert version of it... you know, I dream of it.
Was the chorus that bone-chilling? o.O
Oh man, this is really good! Instant-favorite! Even thought it's just a test, I'd love to see you expand on it further! I can't get enough of the tune, and the vocals are fantastic (although a little quiet). Lovely work!
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.