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Author Topic: Mixoff Contest with Barry Wood - Win Barry's New Book!  (Read 82500 times)

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July 23, 2011, 06:06:22 AM
Hey Everyone.

Thanks Barry for hosting this mixoff and thanks to the band for allowing us to use the tracks!

This is the first mixoff that I have done, I am hoping get a little constructive criticism!

I haven't gotten a chance to listen to everyone's mixes yet, but hopefully will get to this weekend.

Here's my mix
http://soundcloud.com/garanimals/ambitions

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July 23, 2011, 08:49:06 AM

UPDATE: Submission deadline for revised mixes is July 28th!



I did NOT get the time to put in a mix to be revised, but I hope it's OK to submit an unrevised mix before the 28th. I am working on it right now. (Missing the chance to do a 2nd mix off course).

Peter

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July 23, 2011, 09:55:52 AM
Dude get going!!!!! ;D Welcome Peter to the Forum!!.
Man im looking forward to your mix buddy! ;D I thought you didnt want to do it..... ya bastard :D

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July 23, 2011, 10:56:29 AM
Hey there,

this is my final submission :-)


www.polyphon-recording.de/_uploads/AllHandsLost-Ambitions-dirkzuber-final.mp3

Happy Weekend
Dirk Zuber

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July 23, 2011, 03:26:25 PM
Sorry about being MIA. Of course, the number of mix submissions is indirectly proportional to the amount of time that I have to listen to them  :P

Back on it today...

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July 23, 2011, 04:28:07 PM
Hey Everyone.

Thanks Barry for hosting this mixoff and thanks to the band for allowing us to use the tracks!

This is the first mixoff that I have done, I am hoping get a little constructive criticism!

I haven't gotten a chance to listen to everyone's mixes yet, but hopefully will get to this weekend.

Here's my mix
http://soundcloud.com/garanimals/ambitions

You're going to need to allow downloading for the mix you put up on soundcloud.

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July 23, 2011, 06:21:11 PM
Here's the updated version - still uploading / synching to Drop Box as I type, glad I caught you when I did ;)

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/23535250/All%20Hands%20Lost%20-%20Ambitions%20-%20Mix%20Off%20-%203.mp3

This version has some mix bus processing, but I've excluded any of the production changes where you'd need to consult with the band first (i.e. added instruments) - though I have a few things I want to add, and may still throw in if I have time before the close of the contest.

JoshERTW
Your second mix is definitely better than the first one. It sounds to me like you've got all the faders panned center, the only stereo information in the mix are the cymbals and the short reverb returns. The way the guitars are recorded they are really intended to be panned apart from each other. The guitars could also use a different EQ approach; the intro tone is very mid-rangey and once the vocals come in they fall into the background. If you can pan and beef up the guitars and bring down the vocal down a bit you'll have a stronger mix.

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July 23, 2011, 06:35:34 PM
JoshERTW
Your second mix is definitely better than the first one. It sounds to me like you've got all the faders panned center, the only stereo information in the mix are the cymbals and the short reverb returns. The way the guitars are recorded they are really intended to be panned apart from each other. The guitars could also use a different EQ approach; the intro tone is very mid-rangey and once the vocals come in they fall into the background. If you can pan and beef up the guitars and bring down the vocal down a bit you'll have a stronger mix.

Hey Barry,

Thanks for the feedback - I was trying to go for a "telephone" effect on the intro guitar, with a big drop in once the drums come it, I actually have a separate EQ for that effect which I automate into bypass mode after the intro. It could be more pronounced though I agree. I also had the guitars panned, but not too far off center, I think I had them at about 30L 30R (where 100 is full L/R) - will try and push them a little further afield and see how it turns out. I'm mixing on can's and two computer speakers taped together to test mono compatibility at the moment - once I can afford better reference monitors I should be in better shape. Looking at the KRK VXT4's right now.

I also have separate EQ's on both gutiars but I'll play with them some more too, maybe change my amp sim settings on the doubled tracks that I made, and adjust their balance vs. the recorded tracks - with no DI's I tried a little experimenting on the guitars so I apologize if it missed the mark ;)

Agreed re: vocals, I tend to overcompensate on vocals and keep them too high, as traditionally I always got criticism for leaving them low.
« Last Edit: July 23, 2011, 06:37:27 PM by JoshERTW »
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http://www.wix.com/maitlandjosh/redroomrecordings#!

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July 23, 2011, 06:54:01 PM
Updated mix, taking into consideration various critiques:
No Master Bus processing.

Ok, ok... FINAL Mix, I promise:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/25245080/11-07-21%20AHL%20Ambitions%20aglinder%20MIX.wav

http://soundcloud.com/aglinder/all-hands-lost-ambitions-1


aglinder
Due to my lag in offering critiques, aglinder has three mixes that I've yet to comment on. The mixes definitely improved upon each other. The first mix was kind of thin and weak, the second was better, and the third got quite a bit better. The guitars are much more focussed in the third mix and I like the balance between the instruments. The kick could stand to come down a bit or maybe just rolling of the low frequencies from 40-45 Hz down would do the trick.

I really like the panning and filtering on the guitars in the intro. I would probably not repeat the panning on the guitar break before the bridge; sometimes it's better to a use an obvious effect once in a mix. The vocal treatment in the bridge is also cool, you might bring it down a couple of dB because that distortion with the "telephone eq" really cuts through.

I forgot to mention one thing... You might want to turn up the power chords on the intro so when the drums and bass hit, it's really big.
« Last Edit: July 23, 2011, 06:56:05 PM by barrywood »

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July 23, 2011, 07:08:01 PM
Sorry - thanks for taking the time to reply.  Here is my new link


http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14176541/Ambitions.mp3



Hey Everyone.

Thanks Barry for hosting this mixoff and thanks to the band for allowing us to use the tracks!

This is the first mixoff that I have done, I am hoping get a little constructive criticism!

I haven't gotten a chance to listen to everyone's mixes yet, but hopefully will get to this weekend.

Here's my mix
http://soundcloud.com/garanimals/ambitions

You're going to need to allow downloading for the mix you put up on soundcloud.