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Author Topic: Actions EP Contest - Pop Punk/Rock (3 Tracks)  (Read 31674 times)

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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.
« Last Edit: October 07, 2012, 09:09:21 PM by oneforthedrivehome »

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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


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May 23, 2012, 05:28:14 PM
Nice concept for a mixoff!!
Pretty awesome!, thx for doing this!  :)

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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
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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. 


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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
Please quote for Mastering and Mixing www.matiashelle.com www.drophammer.fi

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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

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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

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

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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.

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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
Please quote for Mastering and Mixing www.matiashelle.com www.drophammer.fi