Jet, thanks for listening again. As I replied to Stephco, I need to fix the rides.
I do also agree with you comment on the ending, and I can improve that.
Guitar stereo position: was actually thinking about that myself. It’s a constant dilemma. First, by main guitar, I think you mean the one that usually plays melody (although it also plays the swells). That’s generally left. It is usually playing in harmony with piano, which is generally right. And there is a mono delay of main guitar hard right, which I want to be just loud enough so it is not perceived as a second thing. It’s got a humpy eq, so it’s really just the mid-frequencies. So in a way, main guitar starts on the left and finishes (faintly) on the right. It just sounds fuller that way to me. And I do similar techniques on other instruments. I didn’t go to mixing school, so it’s something from the mixing books. One other thing to admit is that main guitar melody is often reinforced with a rhodes playing the same notes way over on the right, just loud enough so that you can’t hear them, but if you mute the rhodes, you hear its absence.
The other guitar, which is sort of an effects guitar, is sometimes counterbalancing piano on the right, and sometimes counterbalancing main guitar on the left. So I thought about putting that guitar in the middle. Except it also has delays, echoes, etc., that want to be on the opposite side of wherever it is. So in the latest mix (which you have not heard yet), I decided to try flipping it from left to right depending on the situation, along with its effects. I am not really sure if that is allowed! But I think I like it better.
Good stereo is complicated! Very different from the classical recordings I’m doing, where the position of each instrument is well defined by timing differences between the main stereo pair of mics. Maybe there are expert mixers who know how to make use of that in rock recordings, but it seems to me that stereo position is usually defined only by relative volume on each side. But then they are using all sorts of delay tricks to create a sense of space, and I don’t know those tricks. At least yet.