Rejected Track Feedback

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#1

Hi Everyone,

Today I had a track rejected for missing the mark on recording/mixing/mastering. I’m trying to understand why this was rejected so I can improve. To my ears the mix is pretty clean and balanced. Any feedback at all would be helpful!

Here’s the track on SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/echometric/hopeful-indie-rock

Thanks,

EM


#2

Hi @EchoMetric What immediately strikes the ear is the fact that a lot of high frequencies ) the second time I did not dare to listen to very loud high notes , but the song is cool :wink: !))


#3

Sounds great to me - I just had the impression that you were pushing the limiter a bit too hard. The double kick drum seems to be pushing everything else away for a brief moment.


#4

Thanks WildLion and Hyperdemented. I did use a lot of maximizer. I was trying to get that big “wall of sound” mix that seems very popular. This track unfortunately was hard rejected, but on future mixes I’ll try a subtler mastering approach.

Thanks again!


#5

Hi @EchoMetric
I think the mix and the master is the problem. Try to use maximizer moderately, I think it is better to use more of them instead one with big threshold.

Regards


#6

Good idea RainyAudio. I’ve never tried using multiple maximizers rather than one on the master-- I’ll give it a try.

Thanks!


#7

This is nearly sounding right! All it needs is for the kick drum to be fixed, it’s terrible, something very weird going on with the compression/limiting on the kick drum. I think everything else about the track is purely a matter of taste. If it were me I’d do something more with those vocals, and have a lot less reverb on everything, especially the vocals have too much reverb. BUT those things I mentioned are not reasons for rejection, the kick drum is the problem here.


#8

Thanks BlueSkyAudio-- I hadn’t considered that the kick might be the issue. I listened to some of your tracks-- your drum mixes sound great. Any tips for processing the kick drum? Less compression maybe? I tend to use a lot of compression on the drum bus.

Thanks again.


#9

i am not mastering engineer or something, but main part of the track is heavily compressed, it has too much pumping. Feels like you’ve sidechained kick and other parts and overcooked it


#10

Hi @EchoMetric , I agree with the guys , think that this track is overcooked with compressors and limiters … Try to use your dynamics plugins more subtle ! …Awesome vocals btw !!!


#11

Thanks FankiMankiz and Phreaspirit. Too much processing was definitely the problem. I learned a lot from posting this and working on the mix, so thanks to everyone for your help!