MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Winners announced

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Compyfox
KVRAF
14271 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:41 pm

Hello and welcome to the KVR Mix Challenge 24 - August 2016


This is the introduction post, where we directly link to the challenge corresponding files (source files, submission information, sponsors), start of the evaluation process and the first post for re-submissions for Mix Round 2.



In this month, we treat on new grounds with out first R'n'B / Chillout type track provided by "One Synth Challenge" regular Loris Solic (loris16148). His track is called "Blue Wings"



Please take note of the following
  • as of MC17, the rule set has been overhauled/simplified - please take note of them in the Rules and Guidelines thread.
  • our Twitter Account can be found via the handle @MixChallenge

Also Important:
  • We have many questions for a possible new course of the Mix Challenge - please share your thoughts over in the Gossip Thread
  • We're desperately looking for new source material for future Mix Challenges. Our pool is in constant fear of running dry. Please follow our official campaign for this in the Music Cafe. No new tracks, no more challenges!
  • Please also spread the word on your preferred social media platform. Our Twitter Account is already a good start



This post will be updated with the corresponding links as we progress, and of course the suitable thread headlines. So please watch this spot:


Submission Period: General Information, Source Files, Sponsors
Mix Round 2: Global Feedback and Round 2 Participant Announcement
Results of the Mix Challenge 24: Winners announced
Last edited by Compyfox on Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:42 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14271 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:41 pm

CURRENT CHALLENGE - GENERAL INFORMATION

Time Frame: Monday, 01st August 2016 to Sunday, 21st August 2016 (21 days)

Challenge submission will end on 21-08-2016, 11:59pm CEST/GMT+1 (Germany) - until further notice. If you want to find out when that is the case at your place, please use the following tool and and select "Berlin (Germany)" as location 1, and your location as location 2:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html



Song Provider: Loris Solic (KVR Profile)
Song Name and Length: Blue Wings, 4:16min
Song Information: 120 bpm / Signature: 4/4, Key of C major
File Format: WAV, 44kHz, 24bit

GENRE: R'n'B / Chillout


Preview of the Song:
https://soundcloud.com/loris-solic/blue-wings



A word from the song provider:
Loris Solic wrote:Hello master mixing engineers

this song is in C major (note, some notes are out of key, on purpose), 120 bpm 4/4

This song was created from sampling a CD, you will never know which CD/artist (unless you ask me) because the sampled parts have been sliced, stretched, and repitched. Hope this is not a deal breaker. Sampling is inherent to RnB and HipHop as you may know.

The song was created to have a relaxing atmospheric mood with smooth chord progressions, plucks, reverberated drums and subtle FX. This is how I mixed the song to its final stage. I created this song a long time ago, when key signatures were a thing that I did not know.


Of note:
When I created the song, I routed certain channels to a reverb and delay bus. You will have these stems at your disposal (NOTE: Guide Tracks subfolder), but know that if you do not like them, you may add your own reverbs and delays to whatever you want. I have aimed to remove most unessential FX that are counterproductive to the mixing stage (exciters, limiters, compressors) and that may alter the raw sound. I want you all to judge how much compression or excitement needs to be added for a brand new unique mix.

The "sidechain input" stem....I used this to trigger the compressor on the "sidechain" stem (Instruments Sidechain Total). The "sidechain input" is simply a kick; while it triggers the compressor almost every time the main kick goes off, it does not do so EVERY time. You can see this if you compare the "kick" and "sidechian input" waveform in your daw. Of course, sidechaining is also part of mixing, so if you have your own take on sidechaining please use it. I have provided these stems only for reference.

In summary, the "sidchain input" and "sidechain stems" are not a necessary partof the mix.... Neither are the "reverb" and "delay" stems if you really want to get into it.

This is my first time providing stems for a mixdown so if you have questions please get in touch with me.
I have gotten slightly better at production since I made this song, so in the future I am hoping to deliver some good bass music to you...cheers

A few words by the Mix Challenge staff:
Staff (Compyfox) wrote:The rhythm of this track can be a bit offputting. You might instantly reach for the tracks and try to shift it to be "in time". This is sadly a bit complicated due to the glitchy nature of the production. So instead of battling it, why not work with it FX wise? Maybe add some glitching here and there to sligthly spice up things, as long as you don't overdo it.

Unless you use own sidechain techniques to create some motion into the pads, I do recommend to use the "04 - sidechain input.wav" file in the GUIDE subfolder. It's either/or in this case.


A can't give you any further recommendation on the genre per se. Aside from a a certain glitchy feel, it's a R'n'B / Chillout track.

Please also consult the TXT files that are bundled in the source files package below. There you can find more information about the individual files and changes to the time signature.

Special Add-On Rules:
  • side chaining is mandatory, either use the provided WAV file (04 - sidechain input.wav) or utilize own sidechaining techniques
  • try to create a mix that complements this production (in your own style)
  • Clean / Alternative versions can be used if you need more flexibility over a certain sound (not present in this production)
  • No rearrangement of the song structure
  • try to not(!) pre-master the track (please no overuse of mix bus treatment)

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Source Files:

Main Mix Package - Mirror on Studio Compyfox (430,18 MB, LZMA compressed)


The provided files were packed as ZIP with LZMA compression.
File size extracted: 2099,89 MB, packed 430,18 MB (ZIP, LZMA)
In order to extract the files, we can recommend these programs:

Macintosh:
The Unarchiver - get it here

Windows:
7zip - Installation / Portable


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Please take note of the official rules - they can be found at the following thread:
Mix Challenge - Official Rules and Guidelines

Please address any OT question in the official Gossip thread:
Mix Challenge - Gossip and Discussion

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SPONSORS (Prizes):

Prizes for mix participants:

Note: All licenses are NFR (Not-For-Resale), except where noted.
Changes to available prices on short notice may be possible and will be announced separately.


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Acon Digital is kind enough give away a single plugin of winner's choice.
License will turn into NFR
More info on Acon Digital: http://acondigital.de


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Ghostwave Audio (KVR User Karten) is kind enough to donate MixRight (a Reaktor Ensemble) to the winner (until further notice)
License won't turn into NFR, you need Native Instruments Reaktor 5.8+ for this
More info on Ghostwave Audio: http://ghostwaveaudio.com/


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JRR Shop will give away a free copy of Audiffex/Audified STA Preamp (until further notice)
More info about the plugins on Audiffex (now known as Audified): http://shop.audified.com/
More info about the sponsor: http://www.jrrshop.com/


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Metric Halo will give away a single plugin of winner's choice.
License will turn into NFR
More info about Metric Halo: http://mhsecure.com/metric_halo/


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Nyrv Systems offers AGENT incl. all currently available NyrvDevices and free update to at least v1.5 of winner's choice (until further notice)
License will turn into NFR
More info about Nyrv Systems: http://www.nyrvsystems.com/


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Sound and Graphic, KVR user and Mix Challenge staff satYatunes is donating one commercial product of winner's choice (until further notice)
More info on satYatune's page: http://www.satyatunes.com/


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Tone2 is kind enough to donate either a bundle consisting of AkustiX Enhancer and WarmVerb, or a license of Ultraspace to the winner (until further notice)
License will turn into NFR
More info on Tone2: https://tone2.com


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Two Notes Audio Engineering is kind enough to donate one license of Torpedo Wall of Sound III to the winner, loaded with 57 cabinets (equivalent to "Torpedo WoS II") (donation until Summer 2017)
License will not turn into NFR
More info on Two Notes: http://www.two-notes.com/en/



THANKS FOR THE DONATIONS!
And also a thank you to all former contributors as well.

If you want to sponsor content (please have a focus on mix plugins, bundles and the likes), please get in touch with the Mix Challenge staff.


Did you know that there are even more contests / competitions / challenges here on KVR Audio? Please spread the word of the challenge on social media.
For example with our dedicated Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/MixChallenge

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Good luck to all participants.
And most importantly, have fun!
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14271 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:25 am

A friendly reminder:
We're one week into the challenge. Including today, you have 15 days left to mix and submit your edit.



And could this month's "client" please respond to my PM please?
Thank you! :tu:
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loris16148
KVRist
117 posts since 28 Jan, 2012

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:48 pm

Helooo!! I see you Fox! The client is here, and he sees all. Enjoy the competition everyone! I'm nervous to have my work examined by other people, but I am excited to hear the results! Cant wait to see what everyone comes up with!

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shroom feverish
KVRist
30 posts since 10 Jul, 2004 from here and everywhere

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:14 am


Compyfox
KVRAF
14271 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:14 am

Hi and welcome back, shroom.
Thanks for breaking the ice. :tu:
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photonic
KVRian
531 posts since 5 Mar, 2011 from Austria

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:31 am

Hi all,

This was a difficult mix for me. Because there are some tracks fighting each other. I tried to find out what the main "melody" is at each time and put the "ambient" more in the back. Than I add some filter automation to certain places to bring some accents.

MP3: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/717 ... otonic.mp3
WAV: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/717 ... otonic.wav
soundcloud.com/photonic-1

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Nightpolymath
KVRAF
2431 posts since 15 Jan, 2013 from L'Écosse

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:04 pm

This song grows on you. The crunchy clap bothered me, so I took some liberties and made it sound wetter.

WAV
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dr10q20lqw92b ... .wav?raw=1

MP3
https://www.dropbox.com/s/for47xn4yrsa2 ... .mp3?raw=1

Compyfox
KVRAF
14271 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:45 pm

A friendly reminder:
Including today, you have 7 days left to mix and submit your edit.
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loris16148
KVRist
117 posts since 28 Jan, 2012

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:38 pm

Wow these mixes are really cool, it so surprising!! My song sounds completely different under a different mix. The artistic liberties are welcomed, and so far they sound great! I'll leave my comments for the end where I plan on addressing each mix, but for now I will descend back into the shadows..............(wooshing sound)......

vasdim
KVRist
31 posts since 7 Feb, 2005 from Sofia, Bulgaria

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:22 pm

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

Compyfox
KVRAF
14271 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:12 am

Folks, the Mix Challenge is still running!

Including today, you have two days left to mix.
Or in numeric values: you have 30 hours left to submit your mix!



Please don't leave us hanging, we have 4 entries so far!
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14271 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:30 am

If we can double that number bar minimum, I'm happy. :tu:
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14271 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC24 August 2016 - Submissions until 21-08-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:34 pm

A friendly reminder:
Only today left to submit your mix for MC24!

If you've been sitting on the fence, now is the time to submit your mix. :tu:
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