Heyfunken wrote:Not sure exactly Alex. I managed to get some of my tunes listened to by the boss of a well known dance music label and he wrote back
"it's not a bad mix, but it's also nothing that makes me jump around. any of the new remixes of this track that i've got in over the last weeks, are way better than this one.
it's not a case of "mastering", it's also not the arrangment, which is ok. it's rather the sounds, especially the drum sounds and most of all the production itself. i have listened to the other tracks on your soundcloud page and it's the same with those...
my advise would be, to take two or three of your tracks and take them to a good engineer / producer and finish them off there. you'll see how big the difference will be when someone who is doing this all the time is putting his hands on it with you together. two days, and you'll go out as a happy men. and it doesn't cost a fortune these day to do that. the big plus to it is, that you'll learn alot of new things that you can take home and add it to your growing skills..."
Just having a listen to your soundcloud now and I'm listening on my headphones (DT250s) from my laptop, so I might get it into the studio later to double check it, by going by the first couple my first comment would be that they sound like fairly low quality MP3s, I'd be interested to hear the AIF versions - IMO you're probably better off having less tunes on there and have them as AIFFs
Aside from that you know I really don't think it's that far off, and they're good tunes man. I don't think it's the sounds themselves, more the way they are mixed.
I don't want to give too many comments without checking it out in the studio but in all honesty listening on headphones I really don't think they are that bad at all and you could salvage them quite easily without much doing to them.
There is another video series that I made for Groove 3 Called "effects plug-ins explained" that would probably help you- it is all about using EQ and Compression, as well as Reverb and delay. http://www.groove3.com/str/daw-plug-ins-explained.html
It covers the fundamentals and gives specifics on mixing bass/drums etc, and while it mainly uses the Sonnox Plug-ins the same applies for Ableton's or any EQ/Compressor
If you want to you could email Asa and mention this thread and I'll see if he can sort out 10% off or something. Not sure with that title because I made it as a buyout, so they own it and take the revenue, but they're cool guys and I'll send an email.
Or if you wanted to we could do a skype training session and where you send me the Ableton project or stems for one of the tracks and I could go over it for you and talk you through what I'm doing.
[EDIT: - I just got further down the list and something definitely changed near the bottom - did you use different monitors or something? Was it the "Bad habit" mix he was talking about?? that is definitely well below the others in quality. Until the one above it they really weren't sounding too bad. It's definitely the mixing though and not the sounds themselves.]