KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix) - Winners announced

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Bigerax
KVRer
8 posts since 9 Nov, 2015

Post Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:55 pm

there was a tiny flam in the snare top and bottom so i delayed the snare top by 28 samples. Not a big change but was better to my ear.

Compyfox
KVRAF
14279 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:37 pm

Okay, I just took a closer look at the source material again (alternate snares), just to see what's going on. And there I don't see any need for a shift of the snare tracks with each other to "fix the phase". Just to be sure, I ran it through various "alignment tools", and it showed: "delay 0 samples". Also zoomed in on the waveform just to be sure. If it would be off, then I'd definitely get in touch with Slate Digital, because the snare is from SSD4.

The drummer plays a lot of flams in the production, and it's intentional. Simplified, a flam is "hitting the snare with both sticks at the same time, yet not perfect enough to count as 'one hit' ".




Then I took another look at the "pitching" of the snare. And yes, I can confirm an offset. Which can be easily fixed if it's annoying and/or you want to do that (again, my recommendation is to mix the top mic "subtle" along to the bottom one - yet the tip hit does add to creating a certain snare sound).

How to do this:
Everything between +50 cents and +1 semi tone is suitable for pitching up the snare top mic. This gets it closer to the "mixed snare" if you mix this signal to the snare bottom mic.



So sorry for the "early" adopters (well... we did start on 24-12-2015, so 10 days later is not really "early"), but it looks like you have figured that out already (photonic especially).


But please keep your mixes coming. You still have 11 days left (including today).
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photonic
KVRian
532 posts since 5 Mar, 2011 from Austria

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:08 am

Compyfox wrote:...Though did you check if you got the "updated snare" pack if you got the full mix pack within the first 12 hours of the start of this thread? Just in case. (the whole pack was updated on 25-12-2015, which addresses this change)....
Yes, I used the updated snare.
soundcloud.com/photonic-1

Bigerax
KVRer
8 posts since 9 Nov, 2015

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:05 am

it is entirely possible that I imported the files with an offset. I usually have snap to grid off, and could have nudged the cursor or something. The offset was visible in the waveform on my end and was audible.....

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Ichad.c
KVRian
1070 posts since 8 Feb, 2012 from South - Africa

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:50 am

On time this time :wink:

Tried to go for a 70's feel with a just a hint of modern influences. The only alternative track I used was the stereo toms. Didn't do anything too fancy; parallel compression, gated the double-bass' staccato notes in the solo part to make some space for the solo, bussed the guitar and bass together to glue them, and some simple automation to add accents here and there.

mp3

https://soundcloud.com/ichad-c/jeff-stc ... c17-ichadc

wav

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0zqKT ... sp=sharing

Listening to everybody's mixes so far, every bass guitar is completely different - very interesting!

Did anybody hear the dog bark? I nearly fell off my chair with laughter - that has happened to a lot of people I know.

Compyfox
KVRAF
14279 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:17 pm

A friendly reminder:
1 week/7days left to mix.

So far we have 4 entries. Please keep them coming.
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zarf
KVRist
406 posts since 20 Jan, 2013

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:36 am

Hi all

Just a quick hello - I'm new around here. To let you know I'm working on this month's challenge and will submit a mix. I don't expect to do well (I've done almost zero mixing to date), but I do expect to learn a lot! I'm enjoying the track!

Thanks!
zarf

thiagoam88
KVRist
49 posts since 17 Jun, 2015 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:56 am

Hi, guys!

This is my first time participating in the KVR Mix Challenge. Glad to join you!

Here is my mix for Jeff St.Clair´s It Came Upon The Midnight Clear:

https://soundcloud.com/smartmix/jeff-st ... thiagoam88

WAV: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_g4B ... WswUGVjMms
MP3: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_g4B ... GlGVUU4Qzg

I went for a more modern/wide vibe, but with a warm guitar sound.

I used the added sub kick drum and the alternative bottom snare for more "beef" on the drums. I duplicated the bass track, used one for the mid-rangy sound and the other was re-amped with Amplitube to fill the bottom end. I also duplicated the shakers, reversed one of them and panned hard left/right (for stereo enhancement). I multed the staccato strings in order to give them a little more presence on the end of the song.

As for the processing, I used Slate's VTM, TDR SlickEQ and Slate's VBC for the tiniest bit of compression (and also for the Fairchild's emulation character) on the mix buss. Mostly (90% of the time) used Slate's VMR and Wave's CLA Classic Compressor on the tracks.

For the FX, I used a blend reverb on all tracks, a large room reverb on the strings, a drum ambience reverb and a 1/4 delay on the slide guitar and mellotron to create some more width.

I hope you like it!
Last edited by thiagoam88 on Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:00 am, edited 1 time in total.

Compyfox
KVRAF
14279 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:21 am

Hi zarf, thiagoam88 - welcome aboard

thiagoam88 - please provide a downloadable version of your mix as well. Thank you.
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thiagoam88
KVRist
49 posts since 17 Jun, 2015 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:02 am

Thanks for pointing out, Compyfox. Added the downloadable link to the original post.

Compyfox
KVRAF
14279 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:37 pm

A friendly reminder - 5 days left to mix.

Those that are sitting on the edge, please re-check your mixes and slowly start submitting your links until Friday evening, 15th January.
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woung717
KVRer
9 posts since 11 Jan, 2016

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:52 am

Hi there

This is my first mix on KVR Mix Challenge. feel nervous :?

Anyway, I mimicked a little with John Lennon's 'Imagine' in piano and re-amp slide and rhythm guitars. And Drums are dulled. Referred some 70,80's tracks such as Santana, Queen, Richard Sanderson.(Sorry to legendary musicians)

Link for streaming : https://soundcloud.com/woung717/jeff-st ... 7-woung717

Downloadable Links

WAV : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byt10C ... sp=sharing
MP3 : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byt10C ... sp=sharing

I used Waves Renaissance EQ, Channel, Axx, Q Series, H-Delay, MondoMod, GTR 3/ Tone Boosters ReelBus / Sound Toys Little Radiator(for warming) / Logic stock Dist 2

I'll add some details soon.

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erictracks
KVRist
80 posts since 5 Feb, 2015 from northern va

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:23 pm

WAV:
http://www.erictracks.com/wp-content/up ... ix_wav.wav

MP3:
http://www.erictracks.com/wp-content/up ... ix_mp3.mp3

From the opening chords, this seemed to demand a vintage approach. This is a fine slide performance, and I wanted to highlight the articulations, and especially the haunting slide noise at the end of the main phrases, with automation.

I added the kick sub, and all the snare samples. The original snare was crushed with Devil-Loc and mixed back in.

I really enjoyed the challenge of this song's buildup. Ideally the outro sounds big, and contrasts with that peaceful intro.

Notable plugs: Little Radiator is all over this. Little Primal Tap on the mello. Kramer HLS and Pie on the piano. MJUC on the strings. Valhalla Plate and PSP Springbox on lots of things. Echoboy to thicken the slide guitars and strings. I used Studio One 3.
Last edited by erictracks on Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:56 am, edited 1 time in total.

Compyfox
KVRAF
14279 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:27 pm

A quick and friendly reminder:
3 days left to mix
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vasdim
KVRist
31 posts since 7 Feb, 2005 from Sofia, Bulgaria

Re: KVR MIX CHALLENGE - MC17 December 2015 (#HolidayMix)- Submissions until 15-01-2016 11:59pm CET/GMT+1

Post Wed Jan 13, 2016 3:27 am

Hi all,
this is my attempt to mix:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/700 ... VasDim.mp3
Good luck to all.
VasDim

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