Re: Mike Renick Band - Fire Inside (Mix by Ralf_T)
Hey Ralf, Welcome to the comp and don't forget to give yourself 5 stars for your own mix if you have not done so already!
Typing as I listen and yet to read comments. Things are sounding pretty nice so far. I have an infernal distaste for the acoustic guitars in any part other than the chorus (an almost all mixes I've heard, not just yours ), so I'll leave it there and say no more on that very personal and subjective matter. I will say, however, they sound great in your chorus, just the way I'd imagine they could complement the song!
Drums sound great, in fact your overheads and cymbals may just be the best I've heard by some distance (starting to forget given the number of mixes I've heard but still!!!)
Overall, there is nothing that is at fault in the mix. there are a couple of areas that could be improved. The bass seems to drop away in parts and sounds very distant. The low end is present yet there is very little in regards to attack. Try running the bass through a bus with some distortion or overdrive and blend as needed to get that attack coming through, especially if you are concerned that the low end will swamp your mix f you raise it any more. Also, you toms feel a little on the weak side in regards to the bottom end. I have heard far too many mixes that have had them too bass heavy and smeared several parts of the mix (esp those long tom rolls), but perhaps yours have been high passed a little too much.
That said these are easily fixed and the vast majority of your mix is absolutely spot on! Awesome job!
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