Thanks for the advice. I tried to address some of them areas. Let me know how you think it sounds now. I actually like the new mix better. The artist really wanted that snare sound, so tried to add a bit more bottom to it.
Mr. Lau hit it on the head, there's not a whole lot going on in the low mids and the majority of the instruments are concentrated in the "pain" area of 1-3khz. There's a weird phasey-ness about this mix. It's like everything went through some pseudo stereo widener and it's a bit distracting. Everything needs to blend better. Compression or saturation (parallel is good to keep things from sounding too squashed and keeps things sitting in place) and eq. Start from the beginning and just strip everything off and work on getting a good natural vocal sound and bring in the drums. Eq and compress until you get them on the same plane-use your ears, dont worry about how much you're adding or subtracting, then the bass, same thing, keys, same thing.
When you get it right, you will smile and probably start nodding your head to the music. That's how I know I'm almost there anyways
Thanks so much for lending ears to my mix guys. I have sat down and stripped the whole mix and this is where i am right now. Listen and let me know.
This is much better! I'd add a bit more sparkle to the acoustic guitars and add some space around the elements. Set up some reverbs and delays and feed a bit of the tracks into them. You shouldn't really hear the fx, but if you mute them you notice somethings gone. Just try it and experiment!
You guys are great. I love the way it sounds now, i hate that first mix i put up, but i am glad to have the help from all who chimed in. This was the largest mix I've done. Much thanks, hopefully i can post more mixes and get the same constructive criticism. So this is the premaster, and once again thanks.