Re: Michael's mix of Hated Love by Mask
This is my first mix critique of this song having been offline (moving house!!) for a number of weeks. My listening environment is very new to me, so I'll go on what I hear, but please keep in mind that it may be my room and not your mix....
First thing I notice is that your mix feels very mono. Not that that's a problem, just and interesting take with 'creativity' card played by Brandon. Love the slow and heavy tremolo on the vocals in the chorus. Glad you didn't over do it in the rest of the mix!!! Easy trap to fall for. Kick and snare are balanced pretty well, bass cuts through well. Guitars sound ok overall, yet the 'mono' panning (oxymoron there!) has them sitting on each other and it is hard to distinguish any differences.
The rock, build up section (which was a problem for me that I did not solve!) sounds very weak. There is a lack of intensity and the clean guitar sounds amateurish. I mean that in the playing, not the sound, but having a clean sound exposes it more. I would look to add an effect or a decent amount of distortion on it to help disguise the playing and also add to the build up to give it more juice.
Overall, the mix is very laid back, and I too went for that feel. Personally, I think it really would have 'spoken' a little better if things were spread across the panning spectrum a little more, but you have done well to balance everything and it has a kind of cool old school vibe to it. Nice job!
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