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Author Topic: Mixing Contest with Ola Englund and his Death Metal Band Feared. Prizes to win!  (Read 12204 times)

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January 30, 2013, 05:52:52 PM

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haha your additions are creeping me out ;D
i don't know if you did this intentionally but for me your mix sounds a bit small and narrow wich is mainly due to the guitars beeing almost completely mono. Sounds a bit weired to me. but i like your additions much haha ;D

Wow, your damn right there mate. I listened again and the guitar tracks sound really narrow and empty. Its not too bad because the kit powers through and gives the track a tribal feel however I wasn't going for that type of sound and so I have changed it.

I had 8 tracks of guitars all running into sub groups and then into a stereo group (x2) some were copies panned at 45 L and R. However I got messed up with the sub groups and the result was phase cancelation which diminished the stereo feild I had created. I just had to untangle them haha.

New and final mix.

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January 31, 2013, 04:03:09 AM
here is my mix. please advice and criticism, thanks  ;D

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January 31, 2013, 03:38:02 PM
I don't know how they want to judge this, when I see how many entries there are on Youtube alone...

Anyway, since I wasn't exactly in love with my first mix, I did a remix:

As promised, some comments on the other mixes...

DrumsBassGuitarsVocalsanything else?
novikthewiseGood balance. I like the sustained part of the snare sound, but it could have more attack. Personally I'm missing some lowend on the kick.Blends in nicely.Fit in the mix.Could maybe blend in with the instrumental better.Thanks for the info about this contest!
hammet_37Too much snare bottom for me. Overall I'd say there is too much information coming from the overheads and too little from the direct mics for this kind of genre.Nice and deep, but needs (high) mids to be more distinctive.If you use multiband compression or something similar (and probably some more eqing), you can bring them up in the mix without making everything muddy. They sound somewhat distant right now.I would say could use compression and automation to sit in the track better
SpedeWell done, nice punch without samples.Find that a little hard to make out.Did not like the guitar tracks at all, but you made them sound good.Sounds good, but I thought vocals are just a little more "buried" in death metal.Very good overall balance.
ZabrillaThat snare has some punch for sure. But the crash cymbals sound very compressed and pumping at times.Seems low and indistinct.Is it just me, or are the clean DI tracks playing along with the distorted tracks?Really creepy additions! But the vocals seem just a little dry/on top of mix.Nice intro  ;D - Overall, especially the high end seems distorted and pumping - but could this be the soundcloud codec?
thokantoThey sound very unprocessed - apart from the kick, which makes the drums non-uniform.There isn't much there except for very low low end. I'd suggest a low cut maybe at 50Hz (whatever works...) and a healthy dose of mids, to make that thing cut.They are too low and are not carrying the song.Seem too low for my taste.Maybe import a commercial release of a similar genre to your session and make an A/B comparison and try to copy or internalize the fundamental balances of the instruments, level and frequency wise.
« Last Edit: February 02, 2013, 07:28:53 PM by 140dBSPL »

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February 01, 2013, 08:18:52 AM
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thx for the advices,,,, i'll try :D

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February 02, 2013, 08:21:01 PM
Mix It!

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February 04, 2013, 11:56:26 AM
Here is my humble attempt. I am not satisfied but, you only have so much time..... let me know what you think...

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February 04, 2013, 11:17:21 PM
I did one as well
No mastering

Hope you like it

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February 05, 2013, 02:41:03 AM
Well, this was fun, if for nothing else.

A little (non-tabled :)) feedback first for what it's worth.

novikthewise: A good mix to me.  I'm not a metal guru, but the vocals seem a little high in the mix?
hammet_37: Tough for me to tell, but the low mids might be a little heavy in the guitar/bass.  Gets a little muddy down there. I like what you got the cymbals to do without smashing the hell out of the mix.
spede: What did you hit the guitars with?  They're spreading off the sides of my desk. Good width.
japancakes: I'm not sure if the high-mid heavy guitar sound is intentional? I can picture it working, except all the bass is gone too.  Bring the bass guitar back, and I think it could work.
140dBSPL: Thank you for aligning the snare hits at the beginning! A pretty dark mix, but I like the way the vocals sit in it.
Zabrilla: Love the intro - what is it? The edits were cool too. Good drums, but personally I would bring them up more (except the kick) and send the guitar down and back a little bit. The mix is still a little narrow in places, but I can't really tell why for sure.
thokanot: 140dBSPL summed up what I was thinking pretty well.  I'd say something that (I think) helped me - powerful metal music is NOT sub-bass heavy, and bass "power" is often in the lower-mids, not the "bass".  I keep having to remind myself of that - I tend to mix bottom-heavy.
Audio Monkey: Something's a little odd to me about the snare on this. Seems to jump up and say "listen to me, I'm rattling!"  Not necessarily a bad thing, it just stuck out at me.
MortenDK: A far cry from Orphan Train, eh? I like your drums, but I feel like either the overheads or top end of the guitars need to come up a little bit to balance.
Gette: Feels sub-bassy to me - maybe too much extreme low end in the bass guitar? You mentioned learning where your headphones roll off - to me it feels like there's a lot of buildup right below where they do.

Here's my submission.  Feel free to now invalidate everything that I said above.

All the guitars are original - no re-amping or replacing there.  They chose a sound, I went with it.

Oh, and I couldn't figure out for the life of me what to do with the vocals, so I punted. Yes, they need to be fixed.

The download is a 24/44.1 flac file - sounds better than SC's 128k compression.
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February 05, 2013, 04:42:41 AM
Hi guys
This is my version.
I hope you like it.

Juanra Ortiz
« Last Edit: February 05, 2013, 06:22:00 AM by Juanra Ortiz »

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March 12, 2013, 09:49:20 PM
Just to recap, feared announce the winner (from the Feared website

First prize goes to Ben Johnson. With the motivation:
With a killer mix, Bens contribution was one of the jury favorites.

Second prize goes to Jim Siou with the motivation:
With awesome arrangement and added parts Jim managed to give the song a totally different vibe.

Third prize goes to Anton Chepel with the motivation:
Anton made this super professional remix of the song but still keeping the original song elements.

All 3 very nice mixes!!!
« Last Edit: March 14, 2013, 09:19:50 PM by Juanra Ortiz »