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Mix Critiques and Feedback / Fraud by the Jongleurs mix
« on: November 16, 2012, 07:23:32 PM »
I just finished a mix of some tracks furnished by armistice over at homerecording .com.  It's got a really cool bass line that I've tried to accentuate in the mix.  It really moves the song along.  I also replaced the kick and snare.  Just wondering about the low end balance for this mix.  It's not really in my wheelhouse (if I even have one), so I was hoping for some feedback on the overall frequency balance of the mix.  Too much low end is what I worry about. 

Here it is:

Mixing Talk / Mixing in mono with eq cuts only
« on: August 15, 2012, 06:38:42 PM »
I've heard many times before to use eq cuts as much as possible instead of boosting.  After years of ignoring this axiom, I finally decided what the heck.  I have to say that it is making mixing much more pleasurable and has many benefits.  I've been starting with the loudest/busiest section of the song.  Then with everything panned dead center, use eq cuts to get the mix where I can hear everything clearly and at the right level.  Once you have the mix sounding as good as possible in mono, just pan everything where you want it.  It's amazing to me how much space this gives each element.  Using cuts also has the benefit of giving you extra headroom for mixing.  Anyone else use this technique?

Mix Critiques and Feedback / I'm at a crossroad. Need opinions.
« on: July 16, 2012, 04:46:23 AM »
Briefly, I started putting together a studio when my son became interested in recording.  He had written some songs and wanted to put out some music on CD to sell at gigs.  We've been doing that for the last 5-6 years, but he's married now, and realities of marriage and job don't allow a lot of time for recording.  I've actually put together a pretty good studio, but now I'm trying to decide if I have the chops to start charging for services.  The other option would be to sell the studio, and close that chapter of my life. 

The one thing that has kept me from trying to hire myself out has been difficulty mixing.  I've never felt like my mixes were good enough to justify charging for them.  Now after 6 years of trying out different things, I feel like maybe I'm getting close.  Some of you have mixed a song or two from me, and I feel like I'm able to record quality tracks.  The mix is where I have struggled.  I just remixed the Tania Nederway song from the country mixoff forum.  If you have nothing better to do with your time, give it a listen and give an honest critique.  Feed free to be specific about anything you hear that is particularly good or bad.  Honest feedback is the only thing that will help me get better.  Thanks.

Here's the mix:

Here's the revised mix after feedback:

Forum Suggestions / mp3 playback, session timed out
« on: March 24, 2011, 06:18:29 PM »
I like the imbedded mp3 player, but I'm developing a strong dislike for the way the next song on the thread automatically starts playing.  Sometimes it's the same mix you just listened to because the next poster quoted the original mixer, and the mp3 is imbedded in the quotation.  Forces you to search for what mix is playing.  Or sometimes you finish a mix, and hit reply to post some feedback and suddenly the next mix starts playing, and you can't stop it without leaving the reply, going back and turning off the mp3 player.

Very inconvenient.  Anyone else feeling the same about it?

Also, the session timed out function has too short of a fuse.  Frequently, I finish typing my response and the session has already timed out.  Like this one, which just timed out before I finished.

Collaborative Mixoffs / Glorious Unknown Collab.
« on: March 18, 2011, 09:11:29 AM »
Here's one that needs some filling out.  For sure needs some percussion and bass, maybe some other filler items.  Go ahead and add what you think fits. 
The song tempo is 134.  Key is A flat.  All stems line up at 1 1 1 1.

Here's a rough mix of what I have so far:

Here's a zipped file of the raw stems:

Have fun!

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