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Author Topic: Mixoff Contest with Mike Senior - Win Mike's New Book!  (Read 250618 times)

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September 20, 2011, 08:27:17 PM
Well, I know I am extremely late to the party, and that the contest is over, but I still wanted to post my try at mixing this song.
Done mainly on headphones in Cubase 6. Some 3rd party plugins used. Mostly Waves API stuff...

Don't expect the greatest mix ever, but I did have great fun doing this  :)

http://vadmyra.net/download/BloodToBone-EA-Mix.mp3

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September 22, 2011, 11:24:19 AM
(Knives out, everyone...  ;D)

Following all my critiques during this competition, I had quite a few requests asking for me to mix 'Blood To Bone' myself to give a kind of practical demonstration of what I was talking about, and the kind of sound I might have in mind if I were mixing these multitracks myself. I did consider it, because I still really like the song, but in the end the band specifically asked for my help with another very similar track of theirs called 'Facade', so I mixed that for them instead, and you can hear it here on Soundcloud -- it's the last mix in the list.

If you like what I did, then you can read about some of my techniques in this month's Sound On Sound Mix Rescue column. Because the multitrack layout and recording techniques on 'Facade' are almost identical to those on 'Blood To Bone', and because the commercial references cited by the band were also the same, pretty much everything I've written in the article applies equally to either mix.

I'm planning to host the raw multitracks of 'Facade' in the next few days, too, so stay tuned if you fancy having a play with those...
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September 22, 2011, 03:02:51 PM
Great job on the remix mr. Sr.. The only thing I didn't really like was the kick/snare combination. I'd probably go for less low-mids in the kick and more in the snare. They kind of alienate each-other in my humble opinion. Other then that: Very polished sounding. I'm looking forward to the raw tracks.

What really baffled me was the abomination that was produced by the commercial or 'pro' mixer. It just goes to show that being able to succeed in this business is mostly about your ability to sell yourself and not so much about talent. Ah well...
I'm cleaning up my server, but you can find some of the mixes I did on this forum here: http://soundcloud.com/stefhartog

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September 23, 2011, 05:32:39 PM
Great job on the remix mr. Sr.. The only thing I didn't really like was the kick/snare combination. I'd probably go for less low-mids in the kick and more in the snare. They kind of alienate each-other in my humble opinion. Other then that: Very polished sounding.

Thanks for the kind words! You're perfectly entitled to prefer a different drum sound, of course -- that was one of the great things about hearing so many different mixes of 'Blood To Bone', because it really highlighted how many different and valid visions of a track there can be.

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I'm looking forward to the raw tracks.

I've just uploaded them. Here they are:

Young Griffo 'Facade' -- Raw Multitracks

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What really baffled me was the abomination that was produced by the commercial or 'pro' mixer.

I know what you mean. I felt really bad for the band, which is why I tried to work something out for them with Mix Rescue. All's well that ends well at least!
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September 24, 2011, 01:27:59 AM
 I'm sorry, I can't find the "boner" graemlin?

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(Looks like this:   )
« Last Edit: September 24, 2011, 01:31:22 AM by vvv »

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September 25, 2011, 10:21:49 AM
facade is a really nice song. Some sad lyrics though :-\

Tried a mix. After 5 hours of work i really gave up on this. Can't get the guitars and bass in the mix. No matter how hard i try my guitars sound like a vacuum cleaner especially the overdrive rythm guitars. tried to get the phases aligned for 2 hours now.

any tips?
« Last Edit: September 25, 2011, 10:30:15 AM by novikthewise »

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September 25, 2011, 02:45:05 PM
Pick the the one track you like the most. Create your own double from that one and don't be gentle with saturation. That's a fair starting position for the rythm guitars. Rince repeat the process if you want to add another track.
I'm cleaning up my server, but you can find some of the mixes I did on this forum here: http://soundcloud.com/stefhartog

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September 25, 2011, 02:46:14 PM
Oh and another tip: Read the mix-rescue article Mike wrote about this :)
I'm cleaning up my server, but you can find some of the mixes I did on this forum here: http://soundcloud.com/stefhartog

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September 26, 2011, 03:31:09 PM
Just received permission from Mike and the band to create a new mixoff thread for this song, which you'll find here:

http://mixoff.org/index.php/topic,239.msg3949.html#msg3949

This should be a great opportunity to learn a lot with hands on practice, and feedback from everyone on the board!


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October 15, 2011, 12:32:02 AM
I thought I had my ears set on my monitors and headphones to get me close to what I hear on my high end system. Not so.  I really need to do the final settings on that system from now on. I redid most of the remixes

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40987858/Blood%20to%20Bone%20Remix%20imispgh.mp3
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