First off, the main question: does this(https://soundcloud.com/gabriel-szabo/new-song) sound bad because of recording, mixing or both? What I don't like about the sound is the overall distant feel of the guitars and drums, and that it all kind of muddles together at times. I've gotten good sound out of the drums before (ie https://soundcloud.com/gabriel-szabo/spira)
Now the details:
mics: mxl990 for drum overheads/vocals/on guitar speaker, cad drum mic kit.
mixer: mackie profx12 connected to pc by usb
software: mackie tracktion 2
guitar rig: gibson sg, pedal chain (no multi effects processor), fender super champ.
room: big empty concrete basement (sigh). i do have a couple of sound dampening panels mounted to plywood that I surround the amp with when recording so that I don't get a lot of background noise.
what do you think i should work on in order to fix these problems? is it mic placement? should i use line-out instead? do i need to raise gain and lower volume? lower volume and raise gain? on amp or on mixer? should i use a recording interface between the mixer and the computer? Could my problem be not my recording but just mixing? honestly i have hundreds of ideas of what to do, but no idea which could help. Thanks in advance for any input or direction anyone can give me!