Hi again @returnnull
So much better now, too bad you didn’t kept the first one & replaced the SoundCloud link, it would have helped to be able to compare again ( but I remember how the mix was sounding with the main synth covering almost everything else ). But yep, we all have a tendency to “replace” the previous track when it comes to upload, it can be mandatory to keep some space too sometimes
So yep, this is now a much more balanced Mix even if there still some issues, the high frequency arpeggio synth & again the main lead synth are still a bit loud especially during some parts of the tracks. Also when you put those through reverb, you seem to have compensate a lot with increasing the volume to retain the synths very clear & present, but that’s a bit too much to my listening. Wondering if you are layering several instances to get that fat & very loud synths or if you just used level automation when adding the reverb.
You also have a quite powerful sub-synth bass taking a lot of energy, so you have to watch out for the level of this one as well. The drums levels sounds right for me now, the sub-synth + drums work together but think that when you add tracks in your DAW the levels stack on top of each other & addition themselves. Therefore using lower levels on each tracks ( like starting at -14 dB / - 17 dB for the kick ) and re-adjusting each other track’s level from there will help you to achieve more compression & get a more transparent result when pushing the Mix through a limiter. Think about it this way, if your Kick & Bass already take a lot of energy & high levels, you haven’t got room for the other instruments, so you will have a tendency to raise their levels to compensate and the result is a wrong balanced Mix.
You have to pay attention to unwanted frequencies ( both in the Lo-end & also high-end frequency spectrum ) and check the peaks on a FFT analyzer such as the free SPAN from Voxengo, it really helps to make adjustments without letting your ears fool you with perceptive loudness & the way we listen to sound, some visual feedback is really helpful to make tighter & more fine adjustments .
But overall it’s a nice S.Bodzin like track, might even be too much close to it to retain some originality, reminds me the track “Singularity” a lot, but maybe that was the goal, to kind of replicate this genre & sound.
Not sure about that percussive sound ( kind of High Tom, you can clearly ear it around 4:04 ) sounding a bit dull to me.
For the rest the progression & arrangement is OK and make the track interesting to listen to.
Talking about Bodzin & “Singularity”, listen to his album “Power Of Ten” as well as the remixes album, you can use those tracks to reference them against your Mix to help balancing it better ).
Good work overall and nice one with Arturia mini v3 ( I wish you were using ANA 2… hahaha, Lol ) the latest Techno Presets Pack has got some nice BODZIN sounds too BTW, don’t know if you own ANA 2 but if you do check the latest Presets Pack Vol.9 Techno.
And finally what’s your DAW of choice ? Live ? Logic ? FL ? Cubase ? … Just curious here
EDIT : Ah, OK you’re on Ableton, I saw it on your previous track feedback post, can’t possibly remember every user’s DAW of choice though…