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Author Topic: Mixoff Contest with Mike Senior - Win Mike's New Book!  (Read 294542 times)

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May 05, 2011, 05:18:48 PM
Congratulations Martin... Great mix.

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May 09, 2011, 11:13:36 PM
Thr book arrived today! Thanks a lot Mike and YG!

Congratulations Martin... Great mix.

Thank you, sir!

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May 11, 2011, 08:38:10 AM
Hello again, everyone,

As I mentioned I was planning earlier, I've now consolidated the audio files, critiques, and much of the other discussion on this thread to a dedicated page on my forum:


It should now be a lot easier to navigate through and compare all the mixes, critiques, and forum responses related to each contestant's submissions, which will hopefully help maximise the usefulness of this resource from a learner's perspective. I've re-proofread my critiques in posting them on my site, but I've included links to the original forum posts if you prefer to read them in that context.

I've hosted all 101 mix files in their originally submitted format, although I've also provided a 192kbps MP3 preview conversion in some cases, simply to ease in-browser auditioning. I'm also going to leave the multitrack files up for as long as Young Griffo are happy for me to continue doing so, because having access to those really improves the value of this resource for learners, I think.

A number of forum members have asked whether I would be able to provide some feedback on their final post-critique submission, to evaluate the effectiveness of their subsequent mix tweaks. While in principle I'm interested in doing this in the long term, because I think it'd be a useful addition to the resource, in practice I reckon it'll take almost as long again to do each update critique (what with reminding myself of the original mix sound, rereading the comments, listening to the new mix, and then writing up something sensible) as it took to do each original submission. Given that there were 28 updated mixes, that's probably a solid week's work, so I wouldn't want anyone to hold their breath for an immediate update unless they fancy turning purple and falling over. ;D If you're desperate for a faster turnaround (or if you just need similar critiques for other work you're doing, as some posters have mentioned), then you can get a quote for this via my Studio Services page.

I'm hoping to develop some of the ideas from this thread into a magazine article as well, so if you're a reader of Sound On Sound, keep your eyes peeled during the coming months...
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May 11, 2011, 10:51:27 AM
Ver', ver'  8)

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May 11, 2011, 10:48:38 PM
Hello again, everyone,

As I mentioned I was planning earlier, I've now consolidated the audio files, critiques, and much of the other discussion on this thread to a dedicated page on my forum:


It should now be a lot easier to navigate through and compare all the mixes, critiques, and forum responses related to each contestant's submissions, which will hopefully help maximise the usefulness of this resource from a learner's perspective. I've re-proofread my critiques in posting them on my site, but I've included links to the original forum posts if you prefer to read them in that context.

I've hosted all 101 mix files in their originally submitted format, although I've also provided a 192kbps MP3 preview conversion in some cases, simply to ease in-browser auditioning. I'm also going to leave the multitrack files up for as long as Young Griffo are happy for me to continue doing so, because having access to those really improves the value of this resource for learners, I think.

A number of forum members have asked whether I would be able to provide some feedback on their final post-critique submission, to evaluate the effectiveness of their subsequent mix tweaks. While in principle I'm interested in doing this in the long term, because I think it'd be a useful addition to the resource, in practice I reckon it'll take almost as long again to do each update critique (what with reminding myself of the original mix sound, rereading the comments, listening to the new mix, and then writing up something sensible) as it took to do each original submission. Given that there were 28 updated mixes, that's probably a solid week's work, so I wouldn't want anyone to hold their breath for an immediate update unless they fancy turning purple and falling over. ;D If you're desperate for a faster turnaround (or if you just need similar critiques for other work you're doing, as some posters have mentioned), then you can get a quote for this via my Studio Services page.

I'm hoping to develop some of the ideas from this thread into a magazine article as well, so if you're a reader of Sound On Sound, keep your eyes peeled during the coming months...

Very cool, Mike! You´ve put a lot of work in to this. Very appreciated!

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May 11, 2011, 11:03:02 PM
I think this whole mixoff will be a treasure trove of insight into any student of mixing. I'm pretty sure that we've made almost every mistake possible, and done pretty much everything correctly at some point or another!

Thanks again, Mike!

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June 04, 2011, 08:25:40 AM
As a little follow up to this contest (& for any who are interested), I just thought I'd mention that another track I mixed for Young Griffo, "Pennies" is now #1 on the charts... well #1 on a chart ;D...

...Its the Triple J "Unearthed" chart for unsigned bands - hopefully the next step is national radio play (maybe). Triple J is the national youth network radio station here in Australia & the song is #1 on the "Indie" chart & #5 overall.  Check it out here:

http://www.triplejunearthed.com/Artists/View.aspx?artistid=39362

As you can see (hear), its more on the strength of the song than anything else - the site streams in mono for crying out loud!.. & at an awfully low quality.... so if anyone wants to know why Mike goes on a bit about  mono-compatibility being important - this is exibit #1!

BTW, here is the Band's official high quality, free download page for the tune: http://younggriffo.bandcamp.com/track/pennies-2

Or you can stream it at better quality on my soundcloud page here: http://soundcloud.com/coldroom-studios/pennies


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June 04, 2011, 03:56:54 PM
As a little follow up to this contest (& for any who are interested), I just thought I'd mention that another track I mixed for Young Griffo, "Pennies" is now #1 on the charts... well #1 on a chart ;D...

...Its the Triple J "Unearthed" chart for unsigned bands - hopefully the next step is national radio play (maybe). Triple J is the national youth network radio station here in Australia & the song is #1 on the "Indie" chart & #5 overall.  Check it out here:

http://www.triplejunearthed.com/Artists/View.aspx?artistid=39362

As you can see (hear), its more on the strength of the song than anything else - the site streams in mono for crying out loud!.. & at an awfully low quality.... so if anyone wants to know why Mike goes on a bit about  mono-compatibility being important - this is exibit #1!

BTW, here is the Band's official high quality, free download page for the tune: http://younggriffo.bandcamp.com/track/pennies-2

Or you can stream it at better quality on my soundcloud page here: http://soundcloud.com/coldroom-studios/pennies



Cool! thanks for the update!

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June 17, 2011, 08:00:40 PM
Hey guys,
I just recently discovered this website. Very cool idea. Anyway, I know I'm late to the party and the contest is over, but here's my take on it anyway. If anyone cares to comment, go right ahead. Really like this song. Thanks

Carlos

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/32712894/Blood2Bone_SoundOMatic_Mix.aiff

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June 20, 2011, 03:59:25 PM
Hey guys,
I just recently discovered this website. Very cool idea. Anyway, I know I'm late to the party and the contest is over, but here's my take on it anyway. If anyone cares to comment, go right ahead. Really like this song. Thanks

Carlos

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/32712894/Blood2Bone_SoundOMatic_Mix.aiff

csavetman:
The vocal delay in the verses is pretty cool, but would be much more impressive if used sparsely, for example only on last senteces IMO.
The overall balance feel quite funny: It sounds like drum ambience is pretty loud in the mix, so we have like this roomy drum right in your face
and dry guitars in the back, which makes it sound little uneven. The separate instruments' sounds are fine though.

Apparently I decided to take a shot with this too, just for fun. The OP says that one shouldn't be afraid to temper with the arrangement. So did some
shortening of instrumental sections and adding some guitars to last choruses to tighten the song and to add excitement to the arrangement.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/26696007/Blood_To_Bone-bounce.mp3
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