...And a round of comments to everyone! Simon Morrison:
Right at the beginning the vocals attack really loud compared to the backing instruments. If you had the idea of startling some right off this song, you have succeeded :D Overall I'm having very mixed feelings from your vocal sounds: It feels almost uncomfortably in-your-face (perhaps little out of style), but it's almost guaranteed to work in an iPod/traffic situation.
The drum bottom end feels really good. You leave me wondering why on earth I didn't pay any attention to it in my own mix :P
I think this is limited little too loudly, the occasional distortion gives me that same sort of weird feeling when I'm listening to some ballad songs in "Californication".
Towards the end of the mix I'm personally missing a some sort of payoff. I don't know if you even strived for a some sort of gear shift (as subtle as those can ever be), but in this present form it feels like nothing happens at the end, the song just withers away (I know this is little starkly said).
Overall I think it's a nicely balanced mix. The dark vibe here works surprisingly well (I was aggressively carving some presence from these tracks) and your usage of fx is extremely neat: I'm guessing there's lots of it, yet it doesn't feel over-the-top. bigadd0:
It took me couple of seconds to get used to the dynamics between the dry Rhodes and the very effected vocals. After couple of listens I'm starting to like the other-wordly sound of the backing vocals.
I'm not sure if it's due to the exciter, but some of the louder vocal passages (the backing vocals panned to sides) sound very, very distorted. I guess I didn't personally like this effect especially at early parts of the song. I if want to distort/excite vocals, I usually do that after compression to avoid these kind of artifacts.
You've have a fairly big hole in 2-4 kHz region. Because of that this mix has a danger of completely disappearing into background noise (be a party, or traffic, etc). Maybe you should try to focus some of the important elements into that area. For example I used tiny amount of third-order distortion all of the vocal tracks to fill that upper midrange. I also did't add any high end to the hihats (like you did) to focus them lower in the spectrum, which happens to be that hole. These are just some ideas that popped into my mind. PerfektChaos:
I'm really, really liking that drum reverb sound! Wow! Care to share what's the deal behind it?
You've done good job in bringing some presence the vocals.
I guess the only thing that I'm personally missing from this mix would be small uses of some crazier effects here and there.
Unfortunately by keeping the swells down (and almost out) in the mix you've taken away the only chance of some dramatic shifts within this mix. This coupled with fairly trivial use of reverb (good sounding trivial though if I may say) makes this mix a an easygoing, balanced effort which might lacking some sort of personality and wow-factor. You're doing great job with basics (the vocals here were presence-wise one of the best so far), now start figuring out how to get the listeners fall from their chairs (whenever that's appropriate) jtaylor27:
For some reason the high end in this mix sounds little off. It becomes apparent in the softer vocal passages where the airflow is whizzing and all the vocal esses sound little weird. I'd suggest that you check around your mix if you did any unusual processing to the top end.
So far apart from the weird sounding high end this is probably the cleanest, most fresh and least crowded mix mix so far. Very easy on the ears. The guitar reverb sounds awesome!