Mixing "…not nothing."

In the past few weeks I’ve been making steady progress on the mix for the next Sally Ride album, “There is Something and not nothing.”  It will definitely be out this fall, though I’m hoping to get one other release out first.

Final tweaks include inching up the vocals, adding a couple last-minute synth parts to flesh sections out, and generally making sure the metaphorical narrative arc of each song is coming through.

It’s been fun to see songs I wasn’t sure about come alive in their own ways.  Matt’s second round of drumming really took tracks like “Yr Right” and “Turning the Wheel” to the next level, giving them their own story to stand alongside stuff that jammed from the very beginning (“Out,” “The Biggest Choice You Make (Every Day)”).

On my last round of mixes I roughed in some mastering settings too, and they’re really killing right now; I can’t think of anything I want to change.  So I’m looking forward to the mastering being easy.  The mixes are really punchy and have a lot for the ears to grab on to, and I don’t want to lose any of that.  Individual sounds are fairly distorted, so I don’t want to over-do that, either.  Just some reverb and EQ mostly, level the song-to-song volumes out, widen the stereo image, and call it good. -h