Mike Senior, author of Sound on Sound magazine's 'Mix Rescue' and 'Studio SOS' columns along with studio credits including The Charlatans, Reef, Therapy, Nigel Kennedy, and Wet Wet Wet, has graciously agreed to judge our first 'competitive' mixoff, and to provide a copy of his new book as a prize!
Here are the details:
Mike has posted files for a song, contributed by fHumble fHingers, from the band Young Griffo.
The mixoff will last two weeks starting today. That means the entries should be in by Monday, April 4th.EDIT: The submission deadline for mixes to be critiqued remains April 4th, but you may submit a final mix until April 18th. Mixes submitted after April 4th will be considered, but not receive a critique from Mike.
The prize will be a copy of Mike's great new book, Mixing Secrets for the small studio
And everyone will receive a critique from Mike on their first mix posted. You can revise your mix, and your final mix will be the one considered for the contest.
Mike has uploaded the consolidated ZIP and MP3 files here:http://www.cambridge-mt.com/ms-ch15.htm#competition
Some rules from Mike:
1. The object is to mix this multitrack as if you were employed by the
band to maximise its potential as a single. Within that brief,
however, you're completely free to use any means you wish to create
your mix. So if you want to remove tracks, edit things around, do
replacements/overdubs, or anything else, that's fine -- whatever it
takes to deliver the most exciting mix you can and blow the band's
2. Only the first submission per forum member will be critiqued.
3. Each forum member's competition submission will be the most recent
mix version they've posted.
4. The loudness of the mix will not be a contributing factor in the
competition judgement. However, the way the mix might respond to
typical loudness processing (in line with market expectations for this
style) will be.
To help give an idea of what 'market expectations' might be, here are the band's web sites for reference purposes:http://www.facebook.com/younggriffohttp://www.myspace.com/younggriffomusic
Let's make this a great contest, and in the spirit of the site, keep comments on the positive side!