May an interesting discovery ?
I always try to get better and better in mixing.
This year I discovered that my mixes are frequency wise good but compared to mixes by old dogs in this business they miss - mud ...
MUD = Everything stands together a complete picture.
My semi professional mixes
Sounds good frequency wise but the elements have to much their own spots.
Just a few elements mud together.
But special the lead vocals not always but often stand very separated upfront from the rest of the band.
So I went back listening to more professional stuff and made a discovery in pop music.
80s- very nice mud nice dynamics.
90s- mud is there but it does not sounds as nice as in the 80s
00s- I may can imagine there was mud but everything sounds with a tat distortion on it.
So is it possible that limiting in the RMS range destroys the mud the glue - the intension of the mix engineer?
If you hear the same in this case I have listened to the wrong decade of pop music to make it happen.