Mixing advice for a pop ballad?
I've spent a few months with Ardour now and recorded a couple of tracks for my demo. This is a kind of jazzy pop ballad about heartbreak and home foreclosure:
I'm looking for advice on where to go with mixing/mastering now. I haven't done much with this track other than set levels and add a little compression. I've tried reverb and EQ on the drums and vocals, tube amp emulator on the vocals, and various levels of compression but I can't seem to find anything that definitively improves the sound. I'm going for a natural sound as opposed to something very produced, so I don't think the track is that far from where I want it to be, but I'd like to hear some suggestions on how it can be improved. The drum sound is probably limited by my mics (I'm using two SM58's as overheads and a kick mic), but I'd like to know if there's anything I can do to improve it in mixing.