Cool track, and nice to hear something in this style!
It’s a nice composition, but here’s what I thought when I heard it:
• It sounds a bit like a demo at this point. The drums sound like they’re sitting really centered and way back in the mix. Now, a track like this shouldn’t sound TOO “produced”, but a little less demo/live feel wouldn’t hurt. Overall, the mix sits too far back in my opinion.
• A few of the slides are a little bit rushed. Nothing major though.
Hi Flumen. Thanks for the feedback. Would you mind explaining a little more what you mean by “The mix sits too far back” What would you do to try and fix this?
Well, too far back usually means too much room/reverb, not enough compression/volume and not enough highs (like tape saturation).
It’s a mixture of these things and in a mix, hundreds of small decisions and tweaks largely affect the outcome. When people say “jump out of the speakers”, they usually refer to a combination of compression and saturation (that adds a mix of the right harmonics at musically pleasing frequencies).
A track like this should of course not sound like a polished EDM tune, but I think that it needs a bit more work to sound “commercial”.
Much appreciated. I’ll work on this mix a bit more, it does sound a bit dull at the moment. I think my ears are quite sensitive to high frequencies so I tend to cut them too much. I should really use reference tracks more often too.
Loved your track. It has a warm, organic vibe that’s not easy to find around here lately. Listen, I think there are roughly two main aspects you might want to polish:
The drums: they sound a bit careless overall, IMO. It’s like you just threw a 4x4 loop there and played and recorded along. No fills, no crashes (not even in the beginning nor the ending), no open hi-hats… adding some might help to define the different parts and give the track a structure. Besides that, they are a bit opaque in quite drowned in reverb.
Master: I would consider emphasizing the low and highend a notch and work on the overall compression (perhaps with a multi-band comp and a limiter/maximizer you can achieve both?).
But mainly, I’d work on those drums! There are no guarantees, but probably with a few tweaks in these areas you can get the track approved.
Best of luck!
Thanks for the feedback. It was a hard reject but I will be trying to upload it somewhere else after a few tweaks. You are right about the drums. It was just some grooves I found in SSD4. I never know if my drums are too loud or not. Glad you liked it though, and thanks for your comments.
Would you mind giving your opinion on this track again? I’ve made the drums a bit more interesting and added the waves J37 for some tape saturation and I also added a multiband compressor and adjusted the eq a bit. Do you think it needs more high end?