I’ve had a hard time getting my kick in absolute center of my mixes. Bass guitar also, not as much as the kick though.. sounds good in the daw and on my monitors. In the car or other reference listening, it’s like the kick hits wide and loses punch.
I’ve noticed this in my past songs as well. I just settled for the sake of finishing the project at the time.
But the center punch a kick has in professional metal mixes is difficult to achieve for some reason? I use addictive drums. But