Despite knowing damn well I shouldn’t be doing this kind of stuff now, I’ve been playing around with the track to improve the openness and overall sound. It was just becoming a thorn in my side and I wanted to at least improve it so I had a better idea of how it was sounding, closer to the sound I was looking for.
And you know what? I’m happy to say that I managed to improve the sound quite a bit, if I do say so myself. It’s obviously not perfect or comparable to a professionally mixed and mastered track (and again there’s no reason to spend too much time doing that right now anyway), but it is a whole lot better and gives me a better idea of how the sounds and track is working, as it were.
I’ve mainly worked on the master bus chain, with a few minor changes within single tracks. Right now the master bus is using a chain of FabFilter Pro-C, FabFilter Pro-Q 2, u-he Presswerk, FabFilter Pro-Q 2 and FabFilter Pro-L (yep, no iZotope Ozone right now).
First compressor applies light compression, then into the first EQ to adjust some frequencies, then into the second compressor which also applies light compression and some “color”, into the second EQ which just cuts off the highs and lows and then the limiter for, well, limiting.
Give it a listen and possibly compare it to WIP 66 and let me know what you think!
Prototype (WIP 75)