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Author Topic: Mixoff Contest with Mike Senior - Win Mike's New Book!  (Read 202331 times)

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March 24, 2011, 10:05:11 PM
Should work if you go to the link, i listened to it on soundcloud to make sure it worked.




http://soundcloud.com/slater05/blood-to-bone

I'm afraid my studio computer isn't internet-connected, so I can't listen to this properly unless you provide a proper MP3/AIFF/WAV link. Soundcloud isn't providing a download link. Maybe you can enable that? Or am I doing something daft? I'm not too clued up on Soundcloud's inner workings yet... ???
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March 24, 2011, 10:58:31 PM
Hi guys! Here's my entry: (Download enabled.)

http://soundcloud.com/thfmix/bloodtobone-thf

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March 25, 2011, 12:11:29 AM
Should work if you go to the link, i listened to it on soundcloud to make sure it worked.




http://soundcloud.com/slater05/blood-to-bone

I'm afraid my studio computer isn't internet-connected, so I can't listen to this properly unless you provide a proper MP3/AIFF/WAV link. Soundcloud isn't providing a download link. Maybe you can enable that? Or am I doing something daft? I'm not too clued up on Soundcloud's inner workings yet... ???

I believe Mike is downloading tracks, then taking them to the studio on a thumb drive, or laptop. So streaming won't work. There is an option to allow people to actually download the file on soundcloud. Once you upload the file, go into the settings for the file, and you'll see it.

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March 25, 2011, 02:06:21 AM
ok...it seems i'll make the start :-)
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2216927/misc/Young_Griffo_-_Blood_To_Bone_v0-20.mp3

Great job, karamba -- gets us off to a flying start! So here are some comments...

Just for reference in all these critiques, here's how I'm referring to the song structure:
* Intro 1 (just guitar) -- 8 bars
* Intro 2 (drum entry) -- 8 bars
* Verse 1 -- 16 bars
* Chorus 1 (instrumental) -- 16 bars
* Re-intro -- 8 bars
* Verse 2 (short) -- 8 bars
* Chorus 2 -- 16 bars
* Mid-section 1 -- 16 bars
* Mid-section 2 -- 16 bars
* Chorus 3 -- 16 bars
* Outro 16 bars

The kick has a nice controlled low end, but the high-frequency 'cut-through' works better in the choruses than in the verses -- it drives the rhythm along nicely, but feels just a bit too aggressive to me. The snare, on the other hand, seems to work a little better in the verses than the choruses, even though I like the sound of it in a general sense -- it's nice and clear, but its character begins to submerge a bit under the massed vocals and guitars. I like the guitar and bass sounds a lot, although the bass-guitar fret squeaks are a bit distracting and could be automated down. The lead vocals seem slightly too thinned out during the verses for me -- it keeps the tone clear, but somehow distances the vocal a little too much. The backing vocals feel understated in the choruses, where I think they could really open things out. The lyrics are quite indistinct during choruses, and automation might be the answer there, as well as maybe some anti-masking cuts elsewhere in the arrangement. Effects have been very tastefully used, without any of the all-too-common clutter problems. Overall tonality feels a bit more mid-scooped than the references, but I don't mind that personally.

It's testament to the quality of the overall tone and balance decisions here that my biggest criticism of this mix is that the long-term dynamics don't quite stack up. This first really niggles me at the start of the second chorus, where the entry of the vocals doesn't quite deliver what I'm hoping for in terms of emotional payoff. I'd probably do some vocal tuning to sweeten and gel the texture a bit better, which might help you fade up the vox more without losing blend. Something a bit more expansive in terms of effects there might also be an idea. My favourite bits of this mix are the two Mid-sections, which really work up a good head of steam, but the problem is that they make the energy-drop into the final chorus a lot starker, so the end of the song is left a touch disappointing.

Still, this is a great mix in most respects, and certainly flings down the gauntlet in style! Bring on the competition!

Wow! These are some pretty serious reviews.....lol. Not sure I'll fit in with here but I'll take a whack at the mix. I just wanted to say this is my first time here and it seems like a great bunch of people. Really great threads (which will take me forever to go through) but all the posts and responses very cool. Glad I found this place. I'd love to get some my music critiqued at some point. Thanx guys.

I'm having trouble with the download. Is there another download location?
« Last Edit: March 25, 2011, 02:08:39 AM by themuzic »
Johnny

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March 25, 2011, 04:31:39 AM
The second download worked. Took 25 min. Alot faster than the first time.
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March 25, 2011, 04:35:16 AM
Alrighty - Download now enabled. Thanks for the clarification.


Should work if you go to the link, i listened to it on soundcloud to make sure it worked.




http://soundcloud.com/slater05/blood-to-bone

I'm afraid my studio computer isn't internet-connected, so I can't listen to this properly unless you provide a proper MP3/AIFF/WAV link. Soundcloud isn't providing a download link. Maybe you can enable that? Or am I doing something daft? I'm not too clued up on Soundcloud's inner workings yet... ???

I believe Mike is downloading tracks, then taking them to the studio on a thumb drive, or laptop. So streaming won't work. There is an option to allow people to actually download the file on soundcloud. Once you upload the file, go into the settings for the file, and you'll see it.
www.mikeslatermusic.com
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March 25, 2011, 07:28:49 AM
Just a quick update to let people know that I'm planning to post some critiques this evening -- reckon I should get at least two or three done.
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March 25, 2011, 07:38:20 AM
Oh boy :)

Here's my entry. I took a "Less Reverb" approach. It may be too dry for some. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14142004/YoungGriffo%20-%20Blood%20To%20Bone.mp3

I did not do any mastering but I can if it's a good idea.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2011, 07:44:03 AM by themuzic »
Johnny

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March 25, 2011, 07:55:37 AM
So heres my mix.
Not sure that all the reference is gonna show. But I had it in mind and referenced to Tool and QOTSA(not Avon tho...) for bas and drums. While still going to what I heard in the song.
Used all tracks as is no replacement or arrangement was done to the song. Its not mastered its straight of the mix buss.

Hope you like it
« Last Edit: March 25, 2011, 07:57:53 AM by MortenDK »

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March 25, 2011, 12:39:06 PM
Hi!

Here's my mix:

http://soundcloud.com/a-r-8/blood-to-bone-a-r-mix1

EDIT: Oh, and I also fiddled with a master limiter etc.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2011, 06:35:55 PM by a.r »