Way too Many Instr/Vox to mix..Suggestions
I have a client who insists on the impossible. He wants this "wall of sound" but thinks he needs 80 tracks and giant reverbs to get there. He also wants that punchy, in your face sound, but all i hear is mush. I tried to tell him arrangement and right sound choices are key, but he thinks tons of reverb/delay is the way along with multi-layered vox and instruments. I'm not sure how to tackle these mixes because everytime I take an element out, he says it loses the sound he wants. I told him not every instrument can be a "lead actor". Is tons of automation the key? or maybe super creative EQ? Is it even possible to get separation in the tracks or will I be stuck with an intangible muddy mess of sounds?
Everything was tracked using great analog gear in a well treated environment (API 512/BAE 1073/Neumann U87/1176/La2a/etc.)
Individually, the sounds were great when I tracked them..just tooo many to fit into one mix.
A typical session includes:
Drums (10 tracks) - he wants booming kick and "Def Leppard" giant snare and "cannon" toms
Guitars - 12 string acoustic, 6 string acoustic, 2 crunch rythym, 1 clean picking with chorus, and 1 lead guitar.
Keys - Piano, Strings, Hammond B3, layered synth sounds, sound FX
Vocals - He's not a great singer so he always wants his voice doubled and 3-4 part harmonies..which he always wants doubled.
He likes delay at the end of lots of phrases and big reverbs on drums/guitars.