I'm putting this in Tips mainly because I think this is interesting... It's kind of a show and tell, but more a compare and contrast...
So 4 years ago I uploaded a track to soundcloud, I thought it was pretty good, it was arguably the best I could have done at the time, created on Caustic 3 so the technology is largely similar to what we have now, OK, we have the sawsynth now, but largely, the same stuff. It's one of my tracks I've always liked but recently I decided to give it a remix, which, really was just smoothing off the edges, balancing the sound etc.
Old Version: https://soundcloud.com/angledsocks/distant-memory
You may disagree but I think the new version is signifcantly better. The 4 years experience of production, improving my mastering techniques, getting a better ear for balance and knowing your tools really makes a difference.
The old version is muddy, distorted, overbearing in places. The new version is largely the same song, swapped out a couple of instruments with new sounds, a bit of automation added, removed a hell of a lot of delay and I think balaned the mix better.
Anyway... Discuss, I'd be really interested to hear opinions and indeed any thoughts on your own growth as a producer.