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Author Topic: Mixoff Contest with Barry Wood - Win Barry's New Book!  (Read 85225 times)

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July 13, 2011, 07:47:50 PM
Hello there,

Here is my first mix ...
I did no editing (even there are some parts that would need some correction), just eq, comp, reverb and some final limiting.
I´m not 100% happy with it, but after good comes broken.

Thank you for sharing these files and thanks to the band.

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July 13, 2011, 07:59:15 PM
There's still a hint of compression on the masterbuss (2db max gr). But I mixed the song through that one from the start, so I'll keep that on or the mix will sound very different (I'd still give an external ME versions with and without it so he could decide)

Just to clarify, I have absolutely no issue with using plug-ins on the masterbus. There is some very cool processing that works great on the 2bus that has an affect on how you mix the song. I'm just encouraging people to avoid excessive compression and limiting on the master bus.

The overall volume of the mix will play no part in my evaluation. I wish I could say the same for clients ;)  When giving a client a reference mix of the song it's likely that you'll have to toss a limiter on it to keep them from coming back with "it sounds so quiet." I've got most of my repeat clients trained pretty well to turn up their playback systems when listening to unmastered mixes.

I should get to the latest round of critiques today and then I'm out of town until Monday. I'll be able to participate in discussion while I'm gone but I won't be able to do any critical listening of mixes until I'm back.

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July 13, 2011, 10:27:54 PM
OK. Call me a mixaholic. I listened today and decided that I needed to give the song another shot. The stereo perspective wasn't large enough for the style and my mix needed more sonic clarity.

Joe Ford
« Last Edit: July 13, 2011, 10:37:03 PM by SouthBrooklynSound »

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July 14, 2011, 04:30:44 PM
Cool song, cool band, hopefully a cool mix  ;)

No Master Bus processing, but it's an MP3 for convenience sake  :-\, will upload final mix WAV via Dropbox, is that ok?

Feedback appreciated!

Updated Mix (15-07-11):

Updated mix/master (17-07-11) posted further down the thread.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2011, 12:56:32 PM by aglinder »
"The more one studies these things, the more one realizes that sound is the creative principle." - Hans Jenny

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July 14, 2011, 04:46:01 PM
I ran out of time yesterday so I won't be able to critique any mixes until next week.

Regarding mp3 vs. wav, as long as you use 256kbps or 320kbps rates when you encode the mp3 files that will be fine.

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July 15, 2011, 02:53:05 AM
O.K. ..Here's my mix. Nothing on the mixbus, just a mix as I would submit it to an ME.

The bass and the fizzy guitars were a bit of a challenge I must admit! Thanks to the band for sharing the files! There are some really good mixes here, lots of fun and lots to learn.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2011, 01:20:48 AM by LCressy »

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July 15, 2011, 01:37:25 PM
Thanks for the tracks from a great band.
Heres my mix

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July 15, 2011, 07:55:33 PM
Updated Mix (15-07-11):

Could you authorize the download of your files on soundcloud ? It must be an option in soundcloud... I don't like to listen on my computer.  8)

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July 15, 2011, 07:58:58 PM
Updated Mix (15-07-11):

Could you authorize the download of your files on soundcloud ? It must be an option in soundcloud... I don't like to listen on my computer.  8)

It is, way down lower left when ya post it, prob'ly there to edit.

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July 16, 2011, 03:41:48 AM
Here's my first crack at this song - Haven't done any "production" type stuff (yet) i.e. accent guitars/keys/vocal harmonies etc. Mainly due to the time of night ;)

Very cool song, sounds like newer Maiden crossed with Tool, and a little bit of thrash influence for spicy goodness. Hope my mix does it credit.

Also, as far as the judging goes:

1) Does "production" count, or is it simply based on the balance/mix? I recall some fights breaking out last contest over this issue.
2) I did some loudness processing and mix buss compression/EQ (i.e. self-mastering) so there's not much headroom - I put my mix buss processing in early and make it part of the sound. I think the peak reduction on the buss limiter is like 0.6 or something so its pretty tame. I like how it sounds, and have submitted as such, but where the judging comes in, how much does headroom*really* count :) ?

Here it is on Soundcloud too:
« Last Edit: July 16, 2011, 05:43:06 PM by JoshERTW »
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