MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Winners announced

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

Post Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:47 pm

epiphaneia wrote: ...but I have to stress here that this is merely my personal curiosity, and would not be a valid entry in this challenge.
Yeah - let's please NOT make a remix challenge out of this...

At least not yet.


EDIT:
I do like the interest in the current challenge this time around. Can we exceed 15 participants this time around? Would be a change of pace. :tu:
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electricthing
KVRist
312 posts since 5 Aug, 2011 from Nederland

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:18 am

Nice track, I'm in (For the first time). I tried 2 challenges before but could not get it even decent.
I just read what compyfox wrote and apparently that little clicksound I added to the kick has to go....(I don't mind if that's the case)
What about occasional muting unmuting tracks within the current songstructure?
Thanks for this challenge.
I will check the coming months if I have a song that can be usable without the need of hours of editing.

3ee
KVRAF
3669 posts since 8 Mar, 2006

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:13 am

^ on the kick, try transient shaper before a hard clipper.... that'll add a sort of click

electricthing
KVRist
312 posts since 5 Aug, 2011 from Nederland

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:19 am

3ee wrote:^ on the kick, try transient shaper before a hard clipper.... that'll add a sort of click
thanks, will try that combo.

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

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:39 am

A friendly reminder:
Two weeks left to submit your mix


I'm curious who will break the ice this time around. :tu:
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3ee
KVRAF
3669 posts since 8 Mar, 2006

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:26 am

IceBreaker! woot! :party:

https://app.box.com/s/a0ofgaff9e0aw9jzrqzwxpnxo5edzolp

edit: here's the 24bit: https://app.box.com/s/84ekd1putupuedja25hfme5k27lk5mue

tough mix, can't really get it right... :? (phase distortion from EQ and filters helped align the tracks' phases quite a bit in this one)
RMS is quite high but peak is below -1 db like the rules point out.

Heavy duty tape slam on the master bus to pull the sound together in fashion.
Last edited by 3ee on Mon Feb 22, 2016 4:15 pm, edited 1 time in total.

maurogblanco
KVRer
4 posts since 19 Jan, 2016

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:53 am

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Hi guys! first time participating in the mix challenge. Here it goes my mix. I hope Dropbox it's okay.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/omj1v241f73w ... LwZPa?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/omj1v241f73wzrv/AAC-C7omvLkV0rCId6SdLwZPa?dl=0)

Thanks!

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

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:24 am

3ee wrote:IceBreaker! woot! :party:

https://app.box.com/s/a0ofgaff9e0aw9jzrqzwxpnxo5edzolp

tough mix, can't really get it right... :? (phase distortion from EQ and filters helped align the tracks' phases quite a bit in this one)
RMS is quite high but peak is below -1 db like the rules point out.

Heavy duty tape slam on the master bus to pull the sound together in fashion.
Yeah, this one is tricky, comparing a mixed + mastered guide track to just a mixed track is :neutral: But listening to previous MC winners - the loudest doesn't always win, luckily we have some great song providers that can look past the loudness wars!

Respect for breaking the ice, 3ee!

I might push the RMS up a notch(1dB/2dB) on this one too, it needs some master channel crunch. Just need to re-check everything tomorrow. Good luck to all!

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

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:41 am

Please keep the RMS values reasonable.

The rules are flexible enough now to use processing on the summing bus (within reason, and if the production really needs it - please try to mix as well as possible without the summing bus first!), while it's still possible to have an eye on a suitable worklevel.
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3ee
KVRAF
3669 posts since 8 Mar, 2006

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:23 pm

I am against the loudness wars 98% of the time and I like to respect guidelines (like I did with past MC contests for example) + I'm usually very conservative when it comes to loudness... but in this edition, I felt like I had to smash it to some degree to get closer to a sound I wanted, it's something else... My mix didn't sound good at all to me if not pushed harder (most of the action is done by a TB ReelBus on the master bus) it's like an old school multi-band processor but with saturation/harmonics as a side-effect :)

epiphaneia
KVRian
601 posts since 29 May, 2011 from Germany

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:32 pm

3ee wrote:I am against the loudness wars 98% of the time and I like to respect guidelines (like I did with past MC contests for example) + I'm usually very conservative when it comes to loudness... but in this edition, I felt like I had to smash it to some degree to get closer to a sound I wanted, it's something else... My mix didn't sound good at all to me if not pushed harder (most of the action is done by a TB ReelBus on the master bus) it's like an old school multi-band processor but with saturation/harmonics as a side-effect :)
Hi there, I'll refrain from listening until the deadline, but first thanks for participating, I hope you enjoyed the process 8)

Don't worry, loudness is not among my criteria for judging; in case you are interested (or anyone else is), I took the liberty of doing a mix myself without any "mastering" trickery with the same tracks you had at hand so that the comparison may be more balanced?

Cheers!
epiphaneia

Davias
KVRian
763 posts since 3 Apr, 2013 from Belgium

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:22 pm

Wow I just checked the thread :) 10 days left it will be a challenge :)

Since this one seems more free, maybe I'll say an heresy, but for me this sound kinda like psy-trance :D so I will try go this way if it is ok, downloading the stems now !

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

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:35 pm

epiphaneia wrote:... in case you are interested (or anyone else is), I took the liberty of doing a mix myself without any "mastering" trickery with the same tracks you had at hand so that the comparison may be more balanced?

Cheers!
epiphaneia
Nah, an unmastered track isn't necessary, a good mix will sound good when mastered, and a bad mix will still sound bad when mastered. I do agree with 3ee on this one though, a bit of master bus processing is needed, not to pre-master but to use as an effect. I'm up 0.8dB RMS from where I usually mix at, I wouldn't call that drastic. But will only be done by the weekend.

Looking forward to listening to everybody's mixes!

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photonic
KVRian
532 posts since 5 Mar, 2011 from Austria

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:37 am

Ok, here comes my mix.

MP3: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/717 ... otonic.mp3
WAV: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/717 ... otonic.wav

I put a lot of satturation, autpanning, phaser, filter automation and even some glitch FX in this mix.
I also muted some tracks for short parts, to bring more tension to the arrangement. I hope this will not count as a re-mix 8)
soundcloud.com/photonic-1

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

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC18 February 2016 - Submissions until Sunday, 21-02-2016 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:33 am

Here we go, since we have some freedom, I went for a EBM/Darkwave mix :borg: , slightly inspired by VNV Nation's 'Praise the Fallen' album.

MP3
https://soundcloud.com/ichad-c/epiphane ... c18-ichadc


WAV

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

Used saturation, gates, delay, bitcrusher, a flanger, a dash of Alterboy and the usual bunch of automation to fit it all together.

Good luck to all!

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