Re: JoshERTW - Mike Rennick Band's "Fire Inside"
I was in the same boat (surprise surprise ) regarding my snare, and I used samples for my kick because it just wasn't working. Same here with guitar harmonies too.....
Typing as I listen, the bass feels a little strong. I don't necessarily think it's too loud, but it is very much centered on the lows. I would look to reduce a little more there and bring in a little more attack. This could be done by duplicating the track and treating it differently (high passing and major compression for example). I had three bass tracks. One was the supplied track that was moderately compressed, one had a fairly bright distortion for verses and one had a more fuzzy overdrive for choruses. This helped the bite get through.
Everything else, to me, is pretty much spot on!
Your verses utilize the acoustics really well! I couldn't see how to use them there, now I know. Vocals sound great, nice and bright but with enough depth. Toms sound cool too, although I don't hear the one off hits as much as the rolls. Very, very cool mix from you Josh, with the bass being my only real criticism.
Rules do not belong in music. Like food, there are flavours that work well together, but in the end, it's each person's taste that determines the quality of the meal.