Cool --- this was supposed to have real drums - unfortunately I had a terrible shock when I reached out to my old drummer to play on this and found he'd passed away from a sudden heart attack a couple years ago --- just a shock -- and my second choice for drums had been forced to give up his studio this summer because of Covid and wasn't able to track at this time....I like not hearing the kick so heavy on the snare, but... the drums don't sound dynamic, real, including, they sound like they are dragging.. If this came in as a project for me to mix, I would replace your drums with better samples and actually reprogram the drums. I'd use an MPC X which is a killer tool for just that. Your songs would sound much better with a more live sounding rock kit.
Thanks Chris - hearing about my friend (his name was Zoltan). I was using Superior Drummer 3.0 and a relatively dry Ayotte kit (in honour of my friend who passed that used to work with Attila at Ayotte in the late 80's). I added some plate verb to the kit to give it a bit more boom in the mix.... I've been using some of the stock grooves that come with the various midi kit packs and doing some cut and paste and some alterations -- drums are my weakness for sure.So sorry to hear about both drummers.
What are you using for drums (samples and how you program them?)
Thanks Dave - this is all good feedback. I can feel/hear the drums still as an issue though I think they sound better now. I'm going to woodshed a bit and see if I can come up with a solution that works better. I'm going to try to "play" the bass and snare parts, then populate the rest of the grid and see where that gets me.The drums are still way out of time with the track. The second hit right at the top tells the story.
The drum sounds on the last mix are better but NOTHING....not sidechaining triggers, or eq or compression is going to fix the out of time.
The vocal effect is cool! The guitars and the vocals are colliding with each other here and there. Both in time and in EQ.
The bass line is very nice. It reminds me of.....ME.... Seriously it's a good 80's rock sounding song. There's a few points where, as a producer, I would get a rewrite of instrumental sections...a tweak here and there.
I don't know what DAW or format you're recording on, but get those drums matched up with the instruments. Grid? Was the drum track a loop? Do you know how to move things to the grid and keep their natural feel? Yeah it's a skill.....