Thanks for the kind words and suggestions, NeoVXR and Borau!
Re: the delay/verb fx, just a couple of points. Firstly, we were going for a fusion of overwhelming synthetic (over?)produced sound and rawness. Don't quite know whether we pulled it off, but that was the idea behind the extensive use of ambient fx, coupled with minimal edits and "grungy" vox/violin/heavy gtrs. Secondly, I'm pretty much over the super-dry, minimalist, "modern" production sound. If the sounds I'm pulling for my band aren't contemporary enough to "sell", I don't really care much
. I'd prefer to focus on what I think works for the music, not defaulting to what sounds are currently cool.
I have a lot of problems with accurately monitoring bass (I use Yamaha MSP-5s
) so I appreciate the advice to back off the low bass of kick/bass gtr and allow a bit more of the mids/top of these instruments to come through. Will definitely work on that. (And NeoVXR, I was planning to just automate the threshold of the compressor in the bits where the compression pumps too much. Hopefully that will sort out the problem.)
Borau, when you say the cymbals sound thin, do you mean you'd like to hear more midrange, or "trashiness", or less cymbal level overall? Just not quite sure what you mean here.
P.S. The clean guitar was actually a DI-ed strat. We tried running the guitar through a few amps, but couldn't get anything we were happy with.