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MIX CHALLENGE - MC065 May 2020 - Winners announced

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Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC065 May 2020 - Submissions until 21-05-2020 23:59 UTC+2/CEST


Post by VasDim »

Hi all,
this is my attempt to mix:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9eszunh80nw0u ... m.wav?dl=0

For all track are used:
- Waves Q10;
- Waves C4;
- Db ProComp.

AUX Effect;
- Waves TrueVerb;
- Waves SuperTap;

I only used DI tracks.

Good luck to all.

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Post by alelachowski »

Mister Fox wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 05:53 CEST
alelachowski wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 03:58 CEST

@Mister Fox and everybody,

I would like to post again my mix... I had some free time to fix some issues, is this possible? Anyway I will share the link of my last mix...
As per the Rules and Guidelines for the Mix Challenge.

No multiple submissions, re-uploads, or edits.
Your entry is final

This is why you have 21 days to edit, to prevent possible "wait, I've found an issue - here is another mix" at a later state. But it looks like I need to make this more clear with a dedicated paragraph for MC066.
@Mister Fox I am sorry! I didn't know that the rules changed... I was considering the contest when I was the supplier of the stems and I remember that many people delivered modifications until the deadline. But my falt, no problem...

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Post by BespokeAudio »

Thank you for the opportunity to touch your art, Cameron. That hook has been stuck in my head for weeks!
Really loved the sentiment of the song, so I tried to capture the feeling of support and coming together to build something, and continue building. (Even if that's a serious challenge right now...) That way, by the time we hit that sexy sax solo, it's all a joy-jam, baby.

Mixed ITB: Harrison Mixbus
Destructive Fade Edit: Adobe Audition

Sanford Bass Tightener
TDR Nova
TDR Super Slick EQ
TDR Kotelnikov
MellowMuse EQ1A
Klanghelm DC1A3
Melda MReverb
Kassua Basiq
Sleepy-Time Lisp
NI Supercharger
Flux:: Bittersweet
Musical Entropy Spaceship Delay
Shattered Glass Audio Ace
Wave Arts Tube Saturator Vintage
Auburn Sounds Graillon 2
Acon Digital Multiply

Everything run to Busses in order to use the built-in Saturation knob on the Bus channels (thanks, Harrison!) and as a way to 'stack' the pitch correction.
Lots of automation tweaking.
Incredibly fun mix challenge!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lP8ix ... hlMGOOB9he

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Fucwr ... YnV1Lm3iGY
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1LVjRw ... 8LHKznCM3g

Thank you!

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Post by loupi »

hello and thanks for this opportunity to mix this fun goodviby song.

I wanted a good solid groove with the driving bass and drums accentuated by the guitars, with warm cozy vocals. i contrasted verse and chorus in width and vibe (maybe the verses more '70's-like and the choruses more modern), and i wanted stand-out guitar and saxophone-solo's.
i hope you enjoy! (if anybody is interested about the details and plugins used i'm happy to share)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qce6j7v0dkvbe ... v.wav?dl=0

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Post by Adriel Santos »

Hi everyone.

here's my mix https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gc028 ... bdVcWEYBbA

my mix was based on fleetwood mac.
I also heard other references.
the mix represents my feeling on song

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Post by Zabo »

Here's my mix https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yZGsDR ... sp=sharing
I did all the basic compression/ EQ processing with the Scheps Omnichannel. Furthermore, I used some Room- like Reverb on the busses as well as a somewhat longish Snare-plate (Soundtoys little plate). On the Masterbus I used a little bit of compression (max 3 db) as well as some subtle softclipping in order to make the transients appear a little bit louder (all done with elysia alphacomp by Brainworx).
Feedback is highly appreciated :)

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Post by davemcisaac »

Very challenging mix as everyone knows, but very rewarding when it starts sounding polished!

In order to get the vocal tuning to sound as natural as I could, I had to write automation using ReaPitch on the verses - primarily V 3 & V 4 (Lead & Double) before using MAutoPitch. The rest of the vocals worked well just using MAutoPitch (fairly relaxed settings).

The rest is just a lot of eq, compression, fx, & mild widening for a panorama effect. I've included screenshots.

Wav - https://mega.nz/file/pDwyUQyY#GOSS67FAa ... Ff7k_x6kdE
Screenshots - https://mega.nz/folder/ETgy1ajS#V6MlnqouFh7ChYucmOI1nA

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Post by EchoOread »

Hello All,
Thank you for the music. It was intense but I enjoyed mixing it.

I did what the Artist requested the best I could. After that not much different than any other mixes I did. EQ/compressors/distortion/etc, across all tracks and tried to balance them. The lead guitar was a joy to mix. Hope you like what you hear. Thanks.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Rq1UO ... YbLDrcHmhS

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Post by shoma »

Good evening @all

This is my take on this nice 70ies style song.

DAW used: Cubase 10.5 Pro

I started bringing all the files into the project and sorting them to my likings. Then I went on routing every channel to it's own stereo buss and from there again to another sub group. For instance Kick -> Kick Group --> Drum buss --> Master buss. Same goes for every part of the drumset. Did that with other instruments too except for the bass guitar. Bass D.I. was used only for the low end and was sidechained to the kick drum. All three bass channels got some compression and then fed into a buss with further eqing. For the guitars I ended up only using the D.I. channels. Found some nice sounds within bx_rockrack and added some flanging and a spring type reverb. bx_SSL G-Channel and a limiter (Loudmax) to keep the peaks under control. Both guitars were routed into their own buss for further eqing and adding a little room reverb.

Back to drums....I started eqing with a pultec style eq, adding some enhancement with Cubases own Multiband Envelope Shaper and Snare Buzz, a plugin that emulates a bottom mic of a snare drum with the help of white noise. This helped to further define the attack and at the same time masking the mic bleed from cymbals. I used that same plugin on the snare drum too to simulate the missing bottom mic. Gullfoss and Soothe 2 helped a lot to tame the high frequencies on the hihat, cymbals, shakers and the tambourine. (and a lot of other instruments too). I set up an fx buss just for some room ambience on kick and snare and also the percussion. For the room mics I wanted some dark crushy tones which I achieved by using DevilLoc by Soundtoys. I also wanted the room mics to be more mono.
As I was demoing the new Mixroom plugin I found some use for it on the Rhodes and the piano. I added some tremolo fx by Melda and TAL Chorus to the Rhodes to give it that early 70ies sound and some compression too. Audio Things Type B came in handy to define some more of the attack. On the piano I used Gullfoss and some LA-2A Compression, a stereo enhancer to make the piano more mono and again Type B for the attack.
On the Sax I first let Gullfoss do it's job, then I ran it through an Focusrite Channel Strip (Plugin Alliance) with some slight harmonic distortion and some fairy dust by Type A. Valhalla Delay for some Slapback Delay added too.

Each Vocal track had some Gullfoss and I used Waves Vocal Rider to ride the levels. Two tracks needed some help from a Declicker (Acon Digital). In the 3 vocal busses I added some LA-2A compression as well as an fx channel with Valhalla Delay with a short doubling /slapback. Each vocal buss had Verberate 2 as an insert fx with different settings for verse, chorus and backing voc.
During mixing I found that the timing and intonation issues in a lot of the tracks had to be fixed. I did my best to not quantize the hell out of it, but to keep an natural feel. Same goes for the intonation. I used Melodyne for this task, but only to give some notes a little kick in the right direction.
On the master buss I added an instance of Shadowhill compressor to give it some glue (1 dB max), a gain plugin to push the output just because my mix was waaay to low :hihi: and again a little Gullfoss to tame some frequency peaks/harshness.
I might not have mentioned all of the plugins I used, but most of them. If you have questions, just ask :wink:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ckejbt4t1pwtr ... a.wav?dl=0






Oh dear...just checked my upload and seems like dropbox has messed up my file. There'a a little hickup right at the beginning of the guitar solo that is definitely not in my mix! :face:

Would that be ok if I try to upload it again later or would this disqualify me? :help:

Edit 2

checked in with the staff - file is without errors - post was only edited to update documentation
Last edited by shoma on Thu May 21, 2020 17:53 CEST, edited 4 times in total.

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Post by zeminor »

Hello everyone,

The main goal of the mix was to add some clarity and movement to the arrangement in some parts. I tried to convey my feelings. I did not verify the curtain of vocal channels to preserve naturalness, because it wasn't very disturbing. Some tuning in verses. Eq, compression, parallel compression and some reverb Kick and snare were gated and multed to parallel tracks to add some weight and saturation. I used full rhythm guitar, solo guitar and panned it to right and left. I just add some reverb to make them play in the same space. I panned the piano and the electric piano in the necessary places accompanying the vocal. I used DI, ribbon and amp in bass track. It was fun to mix this song.

My mix: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B20NOy ... sp=sharing

Screenshots : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RVyeD ... 2J4WFraGIp

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