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yousssofly 23rd May 2020 05:23 PM

Sad Lil Skies Type Beat
 
Sorry to bother you this my first post, I wanted to know what I can do to spread out the sounds on my beat more, it sounds too "boxed" compared to other beats Im hearing from other people. This is the beat : https://youtu.be/eITQKhfBCEw

What do you guys think ?

I got the kick, bass and other lows as mono, left some of the drums as is (did not touch the stereo/mono knob), melodies about 25-50% stereo, low melodies panned about 25% to the left and high melodies to the right (25-50%), hi-hats are panned 15-20% to the left (I think they sound ok, it's the melodies that bother me).

Both melodies and drums are side chained to the bass (threshold about 20%, ratio 4 to 1)

Bass is EQ at -10DB on the sub frequency band to give more space to the kick
Melodies are EQ to the middle, I got rid of all the sub and only left a little bass, also EQ out the highs (got rid of most of the treble), and at around 1000hz I went -10 DB to create space for an artist's voice

I use Fl studio 20, any suggestions for making the melodies more spread out across the mix ?

Face_Valid 26th May 2020 08:09 PM

I sometimes feel that way too. I had a listen on my ATH-M50 headphones. Would be better if I listened on monitors but don't have them right now. I thought it sounded OK, didn't sound to narrow to me. I could hear a good stereo field. I thought the melodies cut through well but the drums were a bit flat and too quiet. There's no dynamics with them.
But what I sometimes do is use mid - side EQing when I want to enhance the stereo activity. Could try that.

yousssofly 29th May 2020 04:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Face_Valid (Post 14763337)
I sometimes feel that way too. I had a listen on my ATH-M50 headphones. Would be better if I listened on monitors but don't have them right now. I thought it sounded OK, didn't sound to narrow to me. I could hear a good stereo field. I thought the melodies cut through well but the drums were a bit flat and too quiet. There's no dynamics with them.
But what I sometimes do is use mid - side EQing when I want to enhance the stereo activity. Could try that.

Thank you bro I appreciate your feedback, I will look into mid side EQing like you said, what would you do different with the drums ?

Face_Valid 31st May 2020 06:45 PM

I have a few ideas but bear in mind some of it might just be my personal taste as I'm not familiar with this type of music!
I think the clap is too quiet and lacks any transients. I'd think about using a different sample. Turn the kick up a little bit.
Could put reverb on the finger snaps and push them to the back of the soundstage.
Also parallel compression, it adds in more life to claps and hats, I love it.