The new songs are not mixed and mastered properly yet, but I think I’m pretty close. I have 3 left, but two of them are just guitar and vocals, and therefore easy to finish. With any luck, I’ll finish tonight. Then I just need to find time to listen to them - yet again - on a few different mediums. Different headphones, my receiver, my car. Probably the speaker on my phone too.
The bass was too loud and too...well, present...in the last mix. I hope to have remedied that by lowering it in the mix and tweaking the equalizer settings a bit. I cut out some of the low frequencies to get rid of excessive thumping, for lack of a better word. As a former bass player, it’s a bit difficult, but the songs are being featured - not any particular instrument. That means the voice has to be front and center (but not overpowering) and guitars are next in line. Drums and bass are last. That’s just how it is.
I know I keep talking about how I want to finish these songs and move on, but the recording and mixing process has been especially difficult this time. Why? Mainly because I have higher expectations. I realized that the last few collections recorded on my Mac weren’t mastered properly. They’re mixed ok, so that’s something. But when I compare the overall sound to that of my favorite artists, it just wasn’t close. I won’t quite be there once I’m done with Words, Music, and Pain, but I’m much closer.
Live and learn.
I’m going to wrap this up now so I can get to work on those songs. Hopefully I’ll be promoting their release this time next week.