Oh what a party - with two free bands thrown in. On the one day of the year we decide to have a backyard music party with acoustic jamming with all my musician friends, the neighbors a few house over decide to do something similar - but with TWO amplified
rock bands for their birthday party!
We had to do a bit of negotiation to get them to give us a bit of time to let our jam happen. It all ended well, we had a great time but I think some other neighbors were not so happy about what was essentially an amplified concert at their doorstep. Some cops came into our yard at one point looking for the noisy band and we pointed them down the street!
Allright then..... feedback.... feedback
In general, my main suggestion is about using less reverb, which you have already mentioned that you're going to do. In fact, maybe even consider if certain parts (whether vocals or synths) really need any reverb at all - in the service of creating a more dimensional mix. For example, I mostly like the reverb on the chorus voice but overall, the choruses sound kind of mushy to me and not "hitting" like a chorus should. Maybe it's partly because of all the 'verb on the Chorus Lead parts (the synth files of the same name). And I just noticed that there's verb on the Plucky parts too. Do they both need it? When I solo the Chorus Lead synths, they sound fantastic but with everything else going the chorus sounds a bit murky.
Getting into the second verse, again, I'd make a distinction between what needs reverb and what doesn't. Like those plucky synths, they might sound good just dry, no verb at all, since the voice has lots of verb already. But then, that's the choice I made in my mix!
The voice in the second half of the Bridge, same thing, too cavernous. Maybe a thinner sounding reverb might do the trick, or one where some low mids are EQ'd out. And I want to hear more whispers in the bridge! The Ambience file in the bridge- does it need reverb? Could it do without it all together?
I like the panning on the Reverse voice in verse one. I might use that too. REALLY like the AUMatrixverb you've got on "Chorus Lead" synth. I like AUMatrix although it doesn't let you hear the tail whenever you stop the song. That juicy big sound was what I was looking for in Space Designer and got fairly close but this one is pretty nice. I'll be saving that preset! One of your own?
On a more techy note, one thing that seems rather daring is the way you've used the Multipressor to compress all the vocals en mass. I would wonder if that creates a trade-off between simplicity and control! As I step through the vocal sections with the ALLVOX channel soloed, I can hear it having different effects on each section, particularly the Outro, where you can hear some obvious pumping. On the plus side of that - I like the grittiness that creates in the Outro voice. But on a workflow level, I tend to prefer smaller groupings in addition to individual compression, just to guarantee a combo of both fullness with as few artifacts as possible.
One question about the plugs in your output chain - were they on while you were mixing or did you add those plugs after?
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