I cannot listen back to the other versions on your soundcloud to compare but for what I remember from yesterday, it seems cleaner like that. Do you use saturation on the master or individual instrument (group) or both? On the master it need to be very subtle, transparent or just with little little coloring if it fit with the track.
I invite you to try what I explained to you yesterday for your mix too. It needs a lot of parametring to get a very clean, powerful, dynamics, intelligible sound. I personnally use very narrow notches to diminish too loud harmonics on each of my tracks to begin with. By exemple: You don’t need a ringing 2000 hz harmonic on your snare or tom that interferes with the harmonics of the violins and trumpets in that same area. Clean your percussion of those annoying ringing harmonics and already your mix will sounds pleasantely cleaner, less messy. Do the same with the pitched instruments. Often, some notes are ringing too much. By exemple: you could have a very agressive note playing by your trumpets. So, look somewhere around the 2500-3500 hz area for one or more too loud harmonics. Diminish them just enough because if you diminish them to much other harmonics around will become to sound too loud and it will sound unnatural.
Yes, I fell in that trap to work too much on the same track without breaks in the past. Not good for objectivity and rough for the mental to listen again and again to the same track hundreds of time in one go. Now I work on different tracks and jump from one to the other. Definitely healthier for the head and for the result.
I would be curious to hear the mix without any compression, saturation and less reverb wet signal and time decay. It still sounds flat but a bit cleaner.
Ok, I read your last post. At least keep what I wrote to you for the next projects. Be rigorous on the details and good luck!