"As far as the sound goes, the drums sound two dimensional to me. In general the parts all feel isolated from each other, not really a blend."
Thank you for the input! Could you please offer some suggestions as to how I can make this piece feel better blended?
"Just had a couple of listens on this and have to agree with the above. The drums, particularly last third are just a bit too relentless and it doesn't quite sound like it's all sitting in the same place. Almost like it's a live vocal recording over a pre-mixed backing track."
I appreciate the feedback. Is there any insight you could offer as to what I should do to make it all sound like it's sitting in the same place? And by the drums being too relentless, do you mean it's just too obviously robotic because it's the same pattern for too many bars?
"The newer mix is also a lot better than the older one, which is encouraging. In fact, to me, it's reached the point where the main thing that's holding it back is the programmed drums, which just sound stiff and robotic. If I were you I'd be looking for a good online session drummer who can lay down some real parts for you."
Thank you so much for your encouragement. I would love to be able to get real drums more than anything. But I am in North America unfortunately and the ravages of the pandemic have kept me from making a decent income for quite a while now. Money is super tight, that's one of the reasons I am so passionate and driven to produce this album myself.
A couple of weeks ago I actually paid to get this song mixed. Here is what the producer sent back to me https://www.dropbox.com/s/cdj0ihe7oij98 ... d.wav?dl=0
I feel like I could get mine sounding at least this good with just a couple more Eureka! moments and hard work. I want this so bad I can taste it.
Thanks again everyone for your willingness to assist me.