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How do I reach the next level?

Dear friends of Gearslutz!

I just released the first track from a forthcoming self-produced EP. The genre could be described as "intimate & minimalistic indie-pop", with vocals at the center of attention. I would love to hear what you think of it. In your honest opinions, what would make the song better? How do I reach the next level of production (in terms of mixing, arrangement, composition, mastering, etc.)?


On repeat, a song by Karl Jakob on Spotify
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Dear friends of Gearslutz!

I just released the first track from a forthcoming self-produced EP. The genre could be described as "intimate & minimalistic indie-pop", with vocals at the center of attention. I would love to hear what you think of it. In your honest opinions, what would make the song better? How do I reach the next level of production (in terms of mixing, arrangement, composition, mastering, etc.)?


On repeat, a song by Karl Jakob on Spotify
I really like this, I'm impressed no one has given it a thumbs up. There could be improvement where the snare is concerned. maybe add an open hi hat hit or something. watch drive and pay attention to what they do with the snares and fx sounds.
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I really like this, I'm impressed no one has given it a thumbs up. There could be improvement where the snare is concerned. maybe add an open hi hat hit or something. watch drive and pay attention to what they do with the snares and fx sounds.
Thank you for the lovely response YourBestFriend. Do you think it would be a good idea to add a more punchy low-mid snare in the more beat-heavy parts? This is how i usually do snares, but i found that they take up too much space in this sort of minimal production. Or would you rather have more 'textured' snare in the higher frequencies, like adding a snap?
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Thank you for the lovely response YourBestFriend. Do you think it would be a good idea to add a more punchy low-mid snare in the more beat-heavy parts? This is how i usually do snares, but i found that they take up too much space in this sort of minimal production. Or would you rather have more 'textured' snare in the higher frequencies, like adding a snap?
Whatever the song calls for really. the snare sounded lonely, a drummer would probably add an open high hat hit every other snare hit. I loved how you built textures, and if you finished up this song with a heavy hitting ending that would be
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Sounds good.

To me it needs differentiation. Too many sounds are too close to each other tonally. EQ needs to sculpt bigger pockets - it doesn't take much - and some things need to stand out at particular times. There's no drama.
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