Originally Posted by Mattem
Been doing a quick work up of a summer vibes piano style track... nods to tech house and the ibiza terrace... see what you think
i think this song is nice... it has the vibe i feel a lot of the time, relaxed yet very active, at peace. keep it up!
i can tell your mix needs some work though, and im betting its because of your listening environment or reference. ie monitors, or headphones, your room dimensions and shape, lack of treatment, etc. plus, not sure on your process of reference... being IF you are aware of your listening environment, what do you do to adapt? ie, listen to mastered versions on good headphones, while going back to mix for edits, and repeating.
IF you have a room done up nice and all, then id just say you need practice and a good reference track to compare it to.
IF not, then i advise you to fix your room... first, then WHAT you hear back from your monitors, being second, will be accurately heard without acoustic interference, which will lead to mixes that are colored and unnatural.
what process are you doing when you start your mixing phase?
starting with the filters to roll off un wanted freq, then using the parametric eq to fine tune? when you start your mix, do you start with the kick and the bass and snare or clap? and balance them, then bring in the other elements to match the levels?
use the kick and bass, for the low range, as a guide for all other tracks in this range of freq. use the snare and clap for the guide with the higher freq range.
are you a/b ing a lot? on/off with effects, and changes... changes should be subtle, in the end of your mix... though they may start rough. I take three passes for most songs from the first track to the next (sample)
just curious, hope it helps.