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Title: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: oneforthedrivehome on May 22, 2012, 12:43:41 AM
Actions were based in the South of England and unfortunately spilt up earlier this year. I had the joy of recording 3 tracks with them last October and I've decided to put them up on here as it was a very consistant recording session, however each track has its differences - so it won't be a simple copy and paste mix!

Here's their last single: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMBCQcKAxuY

I will be judging the mixes on these 3 points:

Overall Quality of the mix/master.
Mix Consistency - They all need to sound like they've come from the same CD.
Creative Input - Any quirky effects or extra parts you choose to put in.


Here are the multitracks https://dl.dropbox.com/u/5106911/MixOff%20Sessions/Actions%20EP%20Multitracks.zip

There are 3 tracks in there. Devil's Words, South Of The Water and One Minute Smile. All the tempos are included in the folders.

A few things to look out for:

- You will most likely be sample replacing all the drums. The kick drum was recorded with a trigger, however the rest of the kit was mic'ed up so the option is yours.

- These are commercial songs, so loudness is of key importance. These tracks need to blend into any radio playlist etc.

- The vocals are already compressed and tuned.

- No rough mixes. I want the finished full product.

Other than that, just have fun mixing them! The winner will be announced a month from now on the 22nd of June.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: TonyPizza on May 23, 2012, 12:11:36 PM
Some well produced songs you´ve got there!

Here´s my shot with some extra tabasco and double jalapeño ;)

Maybe you could tell my if it´s the right direction, so i can start printing tracks and do some FX...

Thanks for sharing!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/929252/Devils%20Words%20-%20TonyPizza.mp3 (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/929252/Devils%20Words%20-%20TonyPizza.mp3)

Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: MortenRa on May 23, 2012, 05:28:14 PM
Nice concept for a mixoff!!
Pretty awesome!, thx for doing this!  :)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: sedit1 on May 23, 2012, 06:16:35 PM
Thanks Arthur!

This should be nice concept especially for those who are starting off and like to learn how to make a consistent end product.

I'll try to give this a shot if I can find the time between sessions.

I was just thinking, because it's three songs and you are aiming for high quality end product, that is there some plans on relasing or using the winning product somewhere?

//Matias
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: oneforthedrivehome on May 25, 2012, 12:32:08 AM
TonyPizza - That's a real sweet mix! Love the accuracy of the drums. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

sedit1 - As I mentioned, unfortunately the band has actually split up and are no longer releasing music, therefore there are no actually plans to release the winning mixes. I've actually struggled to think of a decent prize haha. I figured the best incentive is as you said - giving people the opportunity to do something like this. 

Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: sedit1 on May 25, 2012, 04:45:05 AM
TonyPizza - That's a real sweet mix! Love the accuracy of the drums. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

sedit1 - As I mentioned, unfortunately the band has actually split up and are no longer releasing music, therefore there are no actually plans to release the winning mixes. I've actually struggled to think of a decent prize haha. I figured the best incentive is as you said - giving people the opportunity to do something like this. 


I was just thinking about the prize, what about asking the "former" band if with their permission someone who wins the contest can for example use one of the tracks in his/hers portfolio for mixing reference? I think that would be great prize for someone.

//Matias
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: TonyPizza on May 27, 2012, 01:04:13 PM
^ I like that idea ;)

Here´s the second song. I gave the drums a tad more space, esp. toms were to dry i think.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/929252/One%20Minute%20Smile%20-%20TonyPizza.mp3 (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/929252/One%20Minute%20Smile%20-%20TonyPizza.mp3)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: mixerlt on May 27, 2012, 01:47:16 PM
^ I like that idea ;)

Here´s the second song. I gave the drums a tad more space, esp. toms were to dry i think.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/929252/One%20Minute%20Smile%20-%20TonyPizza.mp3 (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/929252/One%20Minute%20Smile%20-%20TonyPizza.mp3)

Very good mix! I liked almost every part of it except for vocals. To me they dont sound as good as the rest of the song. I guess the biggest part in it has to do back vocals, they are too loud and have too much midrange.
But I really loved the mix and how punchy it sounds :)

Here is my take in the mix:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3780100/punk%20pop.mp3

Cheers
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: TonyPizza on May 27, 2012, 04:27:39 PM
^ Thanks for the pointers man! My backings are all grouped to on stereo bus. Have to automate them...

Well i dig your mix too. But the reverb on your main vox are to big and wet for my taste. Since the songs should fit radio playlists, i think a "dry" mix is the way to go.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: sedit1 on May 27, 2012, 05:35:33 PM
TonyPizza: Nice mixes man!

Really keen to know what samples are you using on drums and do you have a separeate drum reverb for the whole kit?


//Matias
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: TonyPizza on May 27, 2012, 06:20:13 PM
Hey Matias, really good ears... Yes i used Altiverb to simulate some room mics. Think it were the Wisseloord Studio IR´s. On drums i layerd different samples. All samples i collect over years from forums etc. Snare and toms got some Slate Z2 for more ambience.

BTW: There´s some serious amount of parallel compression going on.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: sedit1 on May 27, 2012, 06:38:27 PM
Hey Matias, really good ears... Yes i used Altiverb to simulate some room mics. Think it were the Wisseloord Studio IR´s. On drums i layerd different samples. All samples i collect over years from forums etc. Snare and toms got some Slate Z2 for more ambience.

BTW: There´s some serious amount of parallel compression going on.

Thanks for the info! And yes parallel compression for this kind of music is a must especially if you dont use samples. Have to check those room impulses, have been looking good room impulses for drums without proper room micing, I also have altiverb but havent used it so much on drums.

//Matias
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: TonyPizza on May 27, 2012, 07:03:44 PM
Since i don´t want to share my to go drumsamples ;) (Sorry for that). I rather post a snippet of the drums only, so you can hear what´s going on:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/929252/Drums%20Snippet%20-%20TonyPizza.mp3 (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/929252/Drums%20Snippet%20-%20TonyPizza.mp3)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: sedit1 on May 27, 2012, 08:07:47 PM
Heh, thats ok, I have more than enough drum samples and if I can I try to avoid using any samples,
just liked your kick very much, it sits well in the mix and is just great for rock music. Thanks for the snippet!   ;)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Spede on May 29, 2012, 09:11:17 PM
Hello. Here's my mixes from these songs. This project has acted as a reminder of how this kind of music should be mixed. Lately I've trying to go with
"less compression" route, but it seems that is simply not the ultimate solution here :)

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/75970009/One%20Minute%20Smile%20MIX_290512.m4a

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/75970009/South%20Of%20the%20Water%20MIX_290512.m4a

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/75970009/Devil's%20Words%20MIX_290512.m4a
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: midas on May 31, 2012, 12:09:34 AM
hello everyone,

had time to do a mix today   8)
my first time replacing drums with samples ever : WOW! saves a lot of mixing time (no need for ringing out snr and toms, and trying to clean up mic spill )
anyway, here is my first mix :

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/51790150/south%20of%20the%20water.mp3

cheers!

edit:  oops!  after listening to my mix again today , i realized that the snr drum is full of mistrighers  :o (notably audible in the very beginning of the song)
 ::) next time using samples and trigs, i'll watch out for that ;)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: midas on May 31, 2012, 01:36:03 AM
other mixes review :

TonyPizza : very spectacular mixe! not much negative things going on there .
there are only 2 Minor thing that i would still work on:
- the main vx is a little veiled (needs a little more clarity)
- the whole mix i thing has to much sub freq energy (small cut on a low shelf eq on the master would do the trick)
keep up the good work  8)

mixerlt : link doesn't work  ???

Spede : not bad at all!  8) mix works well and as a very fonctionnal balance, like the kik and snr very much, (maybe only the bass is to loud  :-\)
once again there are 2 thing that i would still work on :
- the whole mix is kind of veiled or dark (exception is the extreme high range (oh's) that is bright). the easy way out of this would probably be a shelf eq
  on the master
- the mix seems to be saturating in the very low-mid range (my guess would be that it's probably from the bass)
 
cheers everyone !  :)


Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: JCooper on May 31, 2012, 04:04:05 AM
I'm so excited to work on these. Legit the best raw tracks I've found on the net yet!
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: JCooper on May 31, 2012, 04:31:09 AM
Here's a really rough mix I did with head phones on my laptop, could do better if I had my setup at home but I'm too stoked on this songs. This is also the first mix I've ever shared with anyone haha so please rip it apart :D

http://soundcloud.com/john-cooper-2/testmix
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: japancakes on May 31, 2012, 12:00:09 PM
Here's my Devil Words:

http://soundcloud.com/the-real-japancakes/devil-words
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: oneforthedrivehome on May 31, 2012, 05:13:18 PM
Nice work guys! I'm hearing some really cool things! Make sure you let me know if it's a proper submission or not though!

I'll post more stuff like this in future if everyone's keen? I've got a ton of EPs like this on my hard drive still.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: japancakes on May 31, 2012, 09:13:09 PM
http://soundcloud.com/the-real-japancakes/devil-words

Is definitely a proper submission. I'll try my best to find time for the rest and compile them into one post.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: JCooper on May 31, 2012, 10:12:37 PM
Yes please more haha. It's nice to have something to mix with good vocals and real drums haha. I'll post a real submission when I get back to my home setup.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: japancakes on May 31, 2012, 10:18:44 PM
This one went quick. I think it should have been the single.

http://soundcloud.com/the-real-japancakes/one-second-smile
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: BradDark on May 31, 2012, 11:06:16 PM
Here's my shot...
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: JeffEstrada on June 01, 2012, 03:58:37 PM
Here's mine:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10891235/%3DAscendRecordings%3D/Devils%20Words_2.mp3

Really glad with how my mix turned out.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: 140dBspl on June 01, 2012, 05:24:06 PM
Here is one mix of mine.....

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/67245094/devils_words_mix1.mp3


TonyPizza: Great mix! I don't know if the drums are a little too "metal-trigger" for this music, but it sure sounds good!
Spede: Great as always  ;) - I especially lilke the ballad and how everything fits together in the choruses.
Midas: This mix is very upfront, which is a good thing I guess. I would say that the bass could glue to the other instruments better in the chorus.
JCooper: You got some serios sub-bass going on, but the mix lacks mids and therefore sounds distant. I think you could improve on the overall frequency ballance.
Japancakes: I just imagine your mixes with the kick, snare and toms with more punch and healthy dose of highs and I think they would be really rocking!
BradDark: Some nice comprehensible mixing choices here. The snare sound isn't my favourite of all time, but who am I anyway.....
JeffEstrada: Turned out nice! Everything fits together. Maybe it is a little too hyped overall frequency-wise.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: ridgybeatle on June 01, 2012, 11:31:35 PM
oneforthedrivehome: Thanks for the tracks! I had an excellent time mixing them. It's too bad the band isn't anymore.

All three - I used samples from my own kit. A bottom snare and a kick. The toms and overheads were way better than I was expecting them to be. These mixes are "fake mastered" by me. If there's enough requests, I'll link to the mixes. They're really not that much different - just less loud.

http://soundcloud.com/ridgybeatle/sets/mixoff-actions-ep/s-nQqnh (http://soundcloud.com/ridgybeatle/sets/mixoff-actions-ep/s-nQqnh)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: imispgh on June 02, 2012, 03:55:59 PM
Spede

Your stuff is usually spot on and no one else mentioned this so it could be me but I hear all 3 of your mixes extremely distorted like they are was hot.  I do not hear anyone else's mix like this.

-----I figured it out.  I have to turn the web player way down.  Why is that?
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Moz999 on June 02, 2012, 11:55:38 PM
Absolutely loving this thread - TonyPizza is killing it so far IMO for the mix of one minute smile (second song)
If the lead guitar melody was a bit more prominent (esp in the chorus & middle 8 ) it would be perfect, but it sounds amazing. Sorry I lack the technical ability to analyse it any better! :)

Moz (Actions drummer)

Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: BradDark on June 03, 2012, 01:24:15 AM
My revised mix... Please critique if you feel you could help!
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: TonyPizza on June 03, 2012, 06:15:09 AM
Absolutely loving this thread - TonyPizza is killing it so far IMO for the mix of one minute smile (second song)
If the lead guitar melody was a bit more prominent (esp in the chorus & middle 8 ) it would be perfect, but it sounds amazing. Sorry I lack the technical ability to analyse it any better! :)

Moz (Actions drummer)



Wow, thanks for your words man! Totally got what you mean about lead guitar... I´m working on it ;)


TonyPizza: Great mix! I don't know if the drums are a little too "metal-trigger" for this music, but it sure sounds good!


Haha your right, i´m a metal guy. Thanx!

other mixes review :

TonyPizza : very spectacular mixe! not much negative things going on there .
there are only 2 Minor thing that i would still work on:
- the main vx is a little veiled (needs a little more clarity)
- the whole mix i thing has to much sub freq energy (small cut on a low shelf eq on the master would do the trick)
keep up the good work  8)


Agree, main vox got a bit buried. I boosted some 5khz and it worked. Thanks for that.

Will post my final versions later today...
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: oneforthedrivehome on June 03, 2012, 09:03:18 AM
So happy to see this thread doing well. Definitely doing some more like this.

And Moz, great to see you on here bro! :)

Keep the posts coming dudes! Comp ends in just under 3 weeks!
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: TonyPizza on June 03, 2012, 10:33:51 AM
Here are my final mixes. Thanks again for sharing!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/929252/South%20Of%20The%20Water%20(F).mp3

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/929252/One%20Minute%20Smile%20(F).mp3

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/929252/Devils%20Words%20(F).mp3
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: leaky24 on June 03, 2012, 09:17:11 PM
Hi, Here's my mix off these songs. Thanks

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10010222/Devils%20words.mp3

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10010222/One%20minute%20smile.mp3

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10010222/South%20of%20the%20water.mp3
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: 140dBspl on June 07, 2012, 05:50:51 PM
And that would be my mixes:

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/67245094/mixes/devils_words_mix1.mp3

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/67245094/mixes/one_minute_smile_mix3.mp3

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/67245094/mixes/south_of_the_water_rough2.mp3

Thanks for sharing the tracks  ;D
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: ridgybeatle on June 08, 2012, 05:45:45 PM
My revised mix... Please critique if you feel you could help!

Hi Brad,

I like the mix. It could be brighter and you're missing a lot of kick drum triggers. Overall - nice job and welcome!
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: guibrandao on June 08, 2012, 09:41:33 PM
my mix :
http://soundcloud.com/guilherme-brand-o/sets/actions-ep-demo

 ;)

-------------------------------------------
https://www.facebook.com/guibrandaooficial
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: MortenRa on June 08, 2012, 11:22:56 PM
Ok here my submission for the Actions EP MixOff contest.

Devils Words MortenDK Mix (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1255096/Devils%20Words%20MortenDK%20Mix.mp3)

One Minute Smile MortenDK Mix (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1255096/One%20Minute%20Smile%20MortenDK%20Mix.mp3)

South Of The Water MortenDK Mix (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1255096/South%20Of%20The%20Water%20MortenDK%20Mix.mp3)

No mastering
Hope you like it


Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: lonelylamp on June 10, 2012, 03:52:59 AM
Here are my takes on these tunes:

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3203339/Devil%27s%20Words.mp3 (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3203339/Devil%27s%20Words.mp3)

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3203339/One%20Minute%20Smile.mp3 (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3203339/One%20Minute%20Smile.mp3)

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3203339/South%20of%20the%20Water.mp3 (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3203339/South%20of%20the%20Water.mp3)

Hope you like!
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: imispgh on June 10, 2012, 04:00:15 PM
My instrumental mix of Devil's Words

Couldn't bring myself to include those vocals



http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40987858/Devil's%20Words%20remix%20imispgh.mp3
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: JeffEstrada on June 13, 2012, 11:08:20 AM
Just wondering to actually win would we have to post up all 3 mixes or can we just post up 1?
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: MortenRa on June 13, 2012, 12:12:24 PM
All 3
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Spede on June 13, 2012, 02:17:09 PM
Just wondering to actually win would we have to post up all 3 mixes or can we just post up 1?

All 3

After you've finished mixing one of these song, the other two comes together pretty quickly any way. ;)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: JeffEstrada on June 13, 2012, 08:50:36 PM
Thanks^^ I didn't mean it much because of the mixing side of it (like you said it gets easier after the first) but more because I usually tend to automate my levels so that its constant through out the whole song after im done mixing it haha but thank's :)

I'll post my final versions soon.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: oneforthedrivehome on June 16, 2012, 04:23:33 PM
Following on from your conversation and just as a tip to people who haven't started yet, what about putting all the stems in the same project? Obviously each song will have unique tracks, but the drums, bass, guitars and lead vocals were all record together so they'll have the exact same levels etc.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: TonyPizza on June 17, 2012, 01:06:17 PM
^That´s what i did ;)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: JeffEstrada on June 19, 2012, 06:59:58 PM
Here are my final three:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10891235/%3DAscendRecordings%3D/Actions/Devils%20Words.mp3

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10891235/%3DAscendRecordings%3D/Actions/OneMinuteSmile.mp3

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10891235/%3DAscendRecordings%3D/Actions/South%20of%20the%20Water.mp3


Jeff
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: nfrossi on June 20, 2012, 08:28:31 PM
Here is my try!

I need some feedback please!
Best Regards...

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/7qsgsrs6ltdkecx/Devil%27s%20Words.mp3?dl=1
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: nanda_sfx83 on June 22, 2012, 04:23:57 AM
hi...
here is my submission...
mastering on K-12 with DR 10

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/23072765/Devil's%20Word.mp3

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/23072765/One%20Minute%20Smile.mp3

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/23072765/South%20Of%20The%20Water.mp3
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: cahyanandra on June 23, 2012, 07:42:05 AM
Hi, i know its too late for posting my mix.. :D

But i just want to join this "competition", and i hope all you give me any comment about these mixs.

Thanks

http://db.tt/lEwKKwyp - Devils

http://db.tt/9Hj9osFd - One

http://db.tt/uPqbqHpM - South

Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: steroberts on June 23, 2012, 01:57:07 PM
Hey, I found this last night and I had a spare few hours today so I did a version of one of these songs. I'd like to hear your thoughts especially as I am getting used to some new studio monitors at the moment. Shame I didn't see this forum earlier, I would have love to have had a crack at all 3!

http://soundcloud.com/happyduckaudio/devils-words-ste-roberts-mix
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: oneforthedrivehome on June 25, 2012, 01:34:29 PM
Love the response to this competition. More and more people are only just finding out about it, so I'm gonna extend the closing date to the end of the month!

1st of July the winner gets announced. If you haven't already, SUBMIT!!!!
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: MortenRa on July 09, 2012, 07:42:39 AM
1st of July the winner gets announced.

Any news!?
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: oneforthedrivehome on July 11, 2012, 01:31:59 PM
Not gonna lie, this completely slipped my mind! I finally have a prize though, and it's a good one! I will be in contact with the winner shortly...
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: oneforthedrivehome on July 13, 2012, 05:49:47 AM
And the winner is.......Jeff Estrada at Ascend Recordings! Really enjoyed his mixes and the consistency was great throughout.

Thanks to everyone who entered! I'll definitely be doing more.

I've added two more tracks to the forums. One to the pop one and one to the modern rock one. Go check them out! Cheers!

AW
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: MortenRa on July 13, 2012, 07:37:33 AM
Congrats to Jeff!! :D nice going! :)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Moonwrist on August 06, 2012, 06:32:04 AM
Little late but...



devil's words


one minute smile


south of the water
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: JeffEstrada on August 06, 2012, 03:51:07 PM
Thank's MortenDK!
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: K.H.E. on September 19, 2012, 10:17:26 AM
i've noticed this mix-off-contest some days ago, here are my mixes! (i know the contest is over ;)




any feedback is much appreciated!

very cool tracks, thank you very much for this exercise! :)

cheers, khe
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: oneforthedrivehome on September 21, 2012, 02:20:14 AM
K.H.E where were you a few months ago?! :P ahah. Those drums sound incredible! What're you doing in terms of samples and reverb?
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: K.H.E. on September 22, 2012, 09:30:47 AM
thanks man!  :D
to be honest, i've had to sample-replace all the drum-shells... :-\ normally i try to avoid this, but in this case the real drumsounds didn't work for the sound i was looking for.
i layerd multiple close-samples and added a nice room-sample. kicks are mostly slate-samples, snare are three free-snares i've found in the www, toms are again slate. (i don't like slate's snares... strange i know ;))
not so much processing on the close-tracks, just some eq-cuts and a little paralell-comp + saturation. and some nice parallel-comp(multiband) + saturation on the drum-bus (driven pretty aressive).
no additional reverb this time ;)

i should check this forum more often for constests like this ;)

cheers, khe  :)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: boa-recording on October 01, 2012, 07:21:17 PM
hi everyone.
first i want to thank oneforthedrivehome for shareing these tracks with us.
i know, the contest is already over, but i´ve heard all the great mixes here.
and so i´ve tryed my own vesion...
hope some of you like it.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53233439/devils%20words%20-%20%20-%20Ausgang%20-%20Stereo%20Out.mp3

cheers, alex
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: ytsexav on October 11, 2012, 08:02:01 AM
Hi there !

Was really nice mixing that song !
Did it in 4 hours in the box only, using Samplitude Pro X and a bunch of waves and sonnox plugins.

Any comment ?



Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: delliot on November 20, 2012, 04:59:58 AM
Here's my take on it!

http://soundcloud.com/drewelliot/devils-words-1
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: leeunfried on November 28, 2012, 04:20:09 PM
Heres My Take on Devils Words.
I know that it is too late for the competition, but I welcome any feedback!

Thanks!


Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: ytsexav on January 24, 2013, 06:21:31 PM
Had really fun mixing this song !

Feel free to comment !



Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: louisviviers on January 30, 2013, 07:18:51 PM
Hello. Here's my mixes from these songs. This project has acted as a reminder of how this kind of music should be mixed. Lately I've trying to go with
"less compression" route, but it seems that is simply not the ultimate solution here :)

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/75970009/One%20Minute%20Smile%20MIX_290512.m4a

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/75970009/South%20Of%20the%20Water%20MIX_290512.m4a

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/75970009/Devil's%20Words%20MIX_290512.m4a
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: louisviviers on January 30, 2013, 07:24:44 PM
You are the best my fiend! Cool Mix.. :-)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: bigjoe on April 03, 2013, 10:42:07 AM
way too late...but here's my shot at "Devil's Words"

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/5632425/Action%20-%20Devil%27sWord%20%28Master%29.mp3

great thread imho!

Spede's, Tony's and Jeff's mixes are my favourite!
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Nothink[g] on September 28, 2013, 05:22:19 PM
Hey!

I discovered this platform today! Amazing! I know it's late, but it doesn't matters. Good feedback is more than winning!
So here's my short version mix:



Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: santafee on October 10, 2013, 09:35:28 PM
Hi all, how do you put your sound cloud player in your message, xcuse i'm a noob
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Vincent on October 11, 2013, 08:55:37 AM

Wish I could help

Don't use sound cloud however I'm sure someone can help out.

Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: santafee on October 11, 2013, 01:58:09 PM
https://soundcloud.com/benoitdu94/devils-world-master-def

this is my try, comments welcoME




don't know why it's unavailable try the first link
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Vincent on October 11, 2013, 03:15:56 PM

Mix sounds good overall however vocals sound over processed.

Vocals could use some low shelf to take out the lows.

Pitch cor then eq then comp is the order I go when dealing with vocals because to much processing can make them sound twisty and all F'd up in general.




Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: santafee on October 11, 2013, 05:42:48 PM
Hi Vincent, thanx for your feedback
for the tuning of the vocals it has been done before so i can't do anything, i just mix them with eq and compress and delay, but maybe too much ;-)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Vincent on October 11, 2013, 05:50:12 PM

8)

Use the info I gave and eq first then compress.

See how that works out.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: santafee on October 11, 2013, 06:34:52 PM
it's what i did :-)

but you're right i should have spent more time with vocals, i did'nt have much time, maybe i'll do another version when i have time
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Threshmixing on November 08, 2013, 06:47:17 PM
Hey everyone!

I know this contest is over, but I think this EP is pretty awesome and I thought I'd share a mix I did of Devils Words with you.

Here it is! https://soundcloud.com/thresh-mixing/devils-words-actions-1

Let me know what you think, and I'll try to post my comments on your mixes as well.

I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to any comments!

Thanks again for these awesome tracks!

Tyler "Thresh" Spratt
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Stefanhb46 on November 24, 2013, 09:12:42 PM
My Mix Of One Minute Smile :-)

Stef



Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: radulica on November 26, 2013, 03:46:10 PM
Hey, I discovered this contest about a month ago. The songs sounded really awesome, so I decided to mix One Minute Smile. If anyone does actually listen to this, I'd love some feedback.

I thought the vocal was really overly auto-tuned but I tried to work with that.

Also, replaced both the kick and the snare, left the originals for everything else.

Enjoy!



Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: cjbee on December 21, 2013, 09:24:09 AM
Kind of a quickie, but I had a blast with it -- especially getting that super roomy and compressed modern rock drum sound!

Referenced a bunch of the new Paramore stuff that Ken Andrews did (their new record is ace, by the way -- check it out!).

Any and all feedback is appreciated!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/97m6415qgypy4en/Actions_Devil%27s%20Words-ref1.mp3



Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: JROCK on December 27, 2013, 07:09:53 AM


- One mInute Smile -

I put this together over a few hours.  Let me know what you think please!!
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: madmarkdj on January 20, 2014, 02:05:04 PM
Here's my take on "One Minute Smile". I really liked the three songs…




My mix is made on a PT11 HDX system using some hardware outboard (SSL X-Rack, DIY 1176, BAE 1028)

I am usually producing and mixing electronic stuff (EDM), but it's always fun to mix other stuff too :-)
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: ToastedDelicious on March 12, 2014, 12:36:30 AM
Thought I'd give Devil's Words a go - finished over the course of about a week, thanks to uni.

Quite some time since I last mixed a band, been a pretty fun song to work on though:



Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Rebu on March 23, 2014, 09:44:41 AM
Hello all, this is my version of 'Devils words' i know isn't perfect but i do for have any suggestion and tips and tricks to manage some similar songs in a better way, any help is really appreciate.
Thanks 1000 to Jeff Estrada that give me many useful tricks, hope i not messing around too much all you wrote too me!! 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/830xhh930nr6ryv/Actions%20-%20Devils%20Words%20A.mp3
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: kjfarrell on May 13, 2014, 01:34:53 AM
I cant seem to isolate the floor tom so I can trigger it, can anyone point me in the right direction?
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: clamprod on June 23, 2014, 04:07:46 AM
Ah, loads of fun!
Thank you for the opertunity!


https: //soundcloud.com/clamprod/devils-words

https: //soundcloud.com/clamprod/one-minute-smile

https: //soundcloud.com/clamprod/south-of-the-water
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: jeffd42 on October 03, 2014, 12:19:45 AM
Finally got a chance to put together a mix of the song One Minute Smile:




https://soundcloud.com/jeffd42/one-minute-smile-actions
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Tj Rivera on October 21, 2014, 03:10:16 AM
I would love to mix this whole album!


Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: petersondsz on January 21, 2015, 09:10:03 PM
My Mix Of One Minute Smile :-)

Stef




Fck.. amazing a great mix...
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: MartijnPaauwe on March 18, 2015, 10:10:58 PM
Hey everyone!

First poster around this block, right starting up with a mix I did of One Minute Smile :

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/419882/Actions%20-%20One%20Minute%20Smile.mp3 (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/419882/Actions%20-%20One%20Minute%20Smile.mp3)

Really enjoyed the song and working on it! Bit of a bummer there were no DI's in there, my new Orange would've been perfect for this.

Let me know what you guys think!
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: slater05 on March 24, 2015, 10:13:29 PM
I know I'm late to this party, but it's rare that we get to mix a group of songs and try and make them all sound cohesive.

Devils Words - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/54944876/Devil%27s%20Words_1.mp3

South of the Water - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/54944876/South%20of%20the%20Water_1.mp3

One Minute Smile - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/54944876/One%20Minute%20Smile_1.mp3

I tried to make them all sound like they were from the same album while not just copy and pasting the mix.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: dethmetl on September 09, 2016, 07:47:34 PM
Is this still a valid thread?
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Laguna on January 06, 2017, 09:31:45 AM
Wow, that is a great recording! I instantly liked the style of the music and wanted to get my hands on the files. It's great that the files are still online after more than four years.

Here is my version:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7oUK9oCCp5VUHZKaEJLMkRXd3M/view?usp=sharing

As always, feedback is appreciated.

So Far... and thank you very much for sharing this great music with us
Laguna
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: PeteShifter on January 22, 2017, 08:39:34 PM
It seems the link is down.
Can someone reup the files?
Thank you very much!
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: AdamFiasco on February 10, 2017, 05:10:50 PM
I'd be interested in having a blast at this is the files can be re uploaded. I k ow its way over but I really like the songs.
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: Rose-ColoredBoy on July 16, 2017, 08:27:56 AM
I'd be interested in having a blast at this is the files can be re uploaded. I k ow its way over but I really like the songs.

It seems the link is down.
Can someone reup the files?
Thank you very much!

http://www.cambridge-mt.com/ms-mtk.htm#Pop
Title: Re: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)
Post by: monitore on August 04, 2017, 01:08:16 PM
I mixed "Devil's Words" some time ago, downloading it from Cambridge-mt website.
Here's my version.  ;D

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xh4x5k1ofgbueja/DevilsWords.mp3?dl=0

Really like the mood and the punch of this song, and the combination of the music with her soft voice is really amazing for me.
However enjoy and comment freely! :D
Bye!