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Something I started working on a couple of days ago. No lead or clean guitars yet, so it's a little empty. Going for an 80s metal kind of feel. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

http://tadakichi.baka.us/Sixto_Sounds/Audio/turtles_in_time.mp3

Rework #1: http://tadakichi.baka.us/Sixto_Sounds/Audio/sewer_surfin.mp3

Rework #2: http://tadakichi.baka.us/Sixto_Sounds/Audio/the_sewer_of_the_rat_king.mp3

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Apart from complimenting on the obvious awesomeness of the mix, I'd like to suggest trying to process the drums differently. If I'm not mistaken, especially the snare should have a big gated reverb tail, and the toms possibly as well, as this is the custom in most eighties hair-metal songs ( Mötley Crue etc.)

For the rest, I can't tell for sure yet without hearing the lead and clean guitars, but the mix tends to get repetitive in quite a few places, especially with the lead synth melody, so you might want to try making a longer and more different Bridge section instead of just a few breakdowns. Anyways, rock on! =P

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Here's a more final version. Replaced the placeholder drums, got rid of the cheesy orchestra hits, and even fired up my JCM800. Still no lead guitars, though. I mixed this all with headphones so I can't tell if there's too much reverb and I don't get my monitors back until tomorrow so let me know what you think.

http://tadakichi.baka.us/Sixto_Sounds/Audio/sewer_surfin.mp3

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Excellent work there, Sixto. You managed to give me a "blast from the past" moment with your 80s rock feel and the arrangement of the track itself. I can hear some reverb like you mentioned, but I'm not the guy to ask if it's too much. It doesn't annoy me, though.

Love that guitar solo mid-track...that melted my face off! I also love that ambient part towards the end, and that build-up after it.

My only criticism is the intro. The track just starts all of a sudden, and it almost feels like it's continued from a previous track...you know what I mean? Would be cool if there was some sort of build up to the main riff...

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Very well done. I've been enjoying this in a loop for the past twenty minutes.

In the first version theres's something about the sound I like better. The updated versions sound "thinner" in comparison, especially the synth and drums. I think you might have a bit too much reverb, the reflection seems to be dominating too much over the direct sound. Also the RMS volume is 3db quieter on your current mix.

In short: excellent arrangement, but final master could be punchier and louder in my opinion.

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