Originally Posted by mikebailey92
I don't know how much bleed there is on individual tracks, that might limit what you can do with the mix.
All of the individual elements are pretty good. I just don't think there's enough bite. The guitars should be in my face and the drums should be punching a bit more. Play with the EQ, the drums (in particular the toms) and the guitar track are fighting each other.
Try using some subtle distortion on the bass too, it's a little lost in there in places. Maybe even parallel distortion.
You could make use of panning a little more. Spreading some parts more will help with the frequency clashes as well as making the mix a little more interesting.
I also don't like the space the vocal is in. It sounds a bit 'roomy'. I don't know if that is just printed onto the track because it's the sound of the room you've recorded in, or it's a reverb you've put on the vocal. If it's the latter, I'd tone it down a bit. Make it drier and give the vocal some aggression. If it's just the sound of the room you recorded in, then there isn't much you can really do. Try a little boost at 4KHz on the vocals too. Your 's' sounds are a little buried.
Thanks for the reply. One big problem I have is fighting with the other band mates over sound. The guitar player was just claiming that the kick and toms are overpowering and he said they sound too bassy? I did originally have distortion on the bass, but the bass player said he didn't want distortion so I had to tone it down a lot. Guitars are panned hard, I didn't eq the toms, should I?
The vocalist refuses to record in any sort of smaller or treated space, and is now refusing to use a condenser because he wanted a raw sound. It takes a lot of convincing to even get him to use a pop screen, or double track anything. So those were recorded literally in the middle of the empty living room. I think I did add some delay though, I'll tone it down.