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Unread 02-23-2017, 02:56 AM   #1
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How do I make my mix sound clean?

Hi guys,
some days ago me and my partner were in the studio where we rehearse and we recorded a song.
The thing is that the mix of the song sounded nice and balanced in the studio. Then we exported it in WAW and tried it in the car on our way back home and it sounded like crap.
I thought that the speakers in the car were not the best ones so I listened to the song through my soundsystem at home, then 4 other soundsources and it was pretty much the same.
Too much bass, no real definition and it was just a mess. We did EQ out all unnecessary frequencies in the guitars, the bass and some in the drums, panned everything and used compressors.

Could you guys give me some guidance in how to make good and clean mixes?

We use Logic and record through a Marshall head (not sure which one, it has MIDI features) and a Koch 4x12


Here is the song in question,
soundcloud.com/user-98937717/rip-chili

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Unread 02-23-2017, 06:58 AM   #2
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I don't have any suggestions (I'm not really knowledgable in this stuff, though others here are), but I did listen to it. FWIW, I enjoyed the song. Well done, man.

Also, the link doesn't work. I think the end of the address is missing. I was able to find it by just going to your SoundCloud user site.
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Try cutting 180Hz about -6dB on the guitars for a start. They are a bit tubby.
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Hi guys,
some days ago me and my partner were in the studio where we rehearse and we recorded a song.
The thing is that the mix of the song sounded nice and balanced in the studio. Then we exported it in WAW and tried it in the car on our way back home and it sounded like crap.
I thought that the speakers in the car were not the best ones so I listened to the song through my soundsystem at home, then 4 other soundsources and it was pretty much the same.
Too much bass, no real definition and it was just a mess. We did EQ out all unnecessary frequencies in the guitars, the bass and some in the drums, panned everything and used compressors.

Could you guys give me some guidance in how to make good and clean mixes?

We use Logic and record through a Marshall head (not sure which one, it has MIDI features) and a Koch 4x12

Here is the song in question,
soundcloud.com/user-98937717/rip-chili
EQing and compressing drums is super important. I'd spend a little more time with those. Cut down some of the bottom on your guitars to make more room for the bass to breathe. I'm not sure what you're using for compression on the bass but I tend to try a ratio of between 5:1 and 8:1 with a harder knee and threshold set for about 7 to 8 dB of gain reduction.
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