Recently I’ve been working exclusively on the TR8S to make some tunes for a particular project. A friend commented that the mix on a demo sounded really great and it got me thinking that one major change to what I normally is that I’m using way less FX on each instrument than normal. Basically just using the filter options to sculpt samples.
I know that the obvious things like reverb and delay can be problematic as far as getting a good mix go, but I also tend to pile on the distortions, bitcrushers and chorus et al I’ve gotten into the habit of going 30% wet or less on most things.
I’m also limited to 11 instruments/channels on the TR8S, but I can muck up a mix in my DAW pretty quick with fewer channels than that.
I think I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve got pretty good ideas for the kind of music I"m trying to make (chunky House music, maybe ranging into techno ish tendencies at times), but my mixes usually aren’t there.