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May 9, 2016 at 10:10 pm #9069Anders IsbergParticipant
Good luck Chris! It's always difficult to know what the judges are looking for in these mix competitions. I would imagine that Dave Pensado is looking for a mix that's distinct, technically proficient and has some element of surprise, a "wow factor".May 10, 2016 at 4:48 am #9073Anders IsbergParticipant
I worked a bit more on this mix.May 11, 2016 at 5:42 am #9148TobiKeymaster
Interesting patois to the kick drum / bass riff in the verse. Like a heartbeat or stuttered steps. Really quite beautiful.
Kick is present, but very much belonging to the other drums and the mix. The vocals feel like they sit above the kick, with the guitars wrapped around them - very nice.
Chorus opens up nicely in terms of width and also emotion. Some lovely guitar tones springing up.
Lovely mix, technically tight and emotionally, subtly aware of the story of the song.May 11, 2016 at 5:51 am #9149TobiKeymaster
Here's what I have so far...
Broad strokes are there, touches of automation, eq, little more compression still needed.
Went for an open sound, brighter up front, darker in the reverb. Played with the sense of distance a lot, so a much 'wetter' mix, than I'd usually go for. Sat the drums waaay back. Vocals are dripping wet in places.May 11, 2016 at 6:01 am #9150Anders IsbergParticipant
Thank you Toby! I appreciate your feedback very much.May 11, 2016 at 7:57 am #9152Anders IsbergParticipant
Very nice mix Toby! Superb guitar sounds, bass tone is really good and the mix has great width throughout. The drums are maybe lacking a bit of low end thump, especially since they're place far back in the mix. I like the lead vocal tone. It could perhaps benefit from a little bit more body and depth, but that really depends on what you're going for soundwise. Great work!May 11, 2016 at 8:40 am #9154TobiKeymaster
Thanks Anders! I 'retracked' everything through UAD's Neve 1073 and Studer A800, which worked a treat... buuut, it threw the levels out. Drums went lighter, when mixed together. ...which is weird, because they sounded warmer, fuller individually. Bit of rejigging should sort it out.
Now I just need to sell a kidney, so I can buy the Neve and Studer plugins (using demos at mo')...May 11, 2016 at 6:24 pm #9186Chris SweetParticipant
@Anders sounds great man. Killer kick drum. I really struggled getting that right for some reason. Choruses sound solid. I wonder if you could try and get a little more energy out of the vox on the verses. Sounds a little bland. It's the performance, not you, but a little grit or more compression could help. Just my $ .02May 11, 2016 at 9:04 pm #9188Andrew MckenzieParticipant
Here's my submitted mix, it's always more challenging with these rules but I think I have it sounding OK. 🙂
https://soundcloud.com/amacca-938159740/regret-the-hour-distance-amacca-mixMay 11, 2016 at 9:07 pm #9189Magnus JohanssonParticipant
This is my version. Cool song, changed the intro and the outro. Would have loved a different "straighter" beat on the second verse. Did play around with that idea for a while but put it aside, thinking it might be stretching the rules a bit too far.May 11, 2016 at 11:04 pm #9191Andrew MckenzieParticipant
I'm loving the variety of mix interpretations on this one, great stuff fellow PLAPAs.!!May 12, 2016 at 3:53 am #9209Magnus JohanssonParticipant
My mix is now up on Indaba. I only have a handful of plapa members in my "network". Drop me a note on Indaba, I want to follow you all.
Link to my Indaba submission
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