MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - Winners announced

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

Post Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:13 am

Hello and welcome to the new participants :tu:
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davemcisaac
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61 posts since 10 Jul, 2010 from United States

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - Submissions until 21-OCT-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:35 am

photonic wrote:
davemcisaac wrote:...
P.S. Welcome back Photonic! How are the ears doing?
Thank you!
I would say it feels like before I got the problem. I did 3 mixes in the meanwhile. MC25 and one of Mike Senior's great site just for training, and now MC26. Yeah, I think it's all OK again :tu:
Glad to hear it! :party:
Dave McIsaac

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

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - Submissions until 21-OCT-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:49 am

Here's my entry for MC26. I tried to keep to the recommended reference level, so it's probably pretty quiet, relatively. :party:

mp3:

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

wav:

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

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

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - Submissions until 21-OCT-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:04 pm

A friendly reminder:
We're in the last 24 hours of the submission period for Round 1 of MC26

Now is the time to finish/submit your mix
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Fender19
KVRist
198 posts since 30 Aug, 2012

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - Submissions until 21-OCT-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:06 pm

Mp3
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxuC5z ... sp=sharing

Wave:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxuC5z ... sp=sharing

My approach was to bring out clarity and detail in the mix and not clutter with FX or soak in reverb. Since this is an electronic track I avoided using saturation and compression to maintain the most dynamic range.

I significantly reduced the quantization noise in the snare by low passing snare 2 and adding a little high boost to snare 1 to bring out the snap.

The "string" track is a little repetitive so I dipped the level during the piano sections to bring out a little more variation in the arrangement.
Last edited by Fender19 on Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:56 am, edited 1 time in total.

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piranha81
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29 posts since 1 Aug, 2014 from Italy

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - Submissions until 21-OCT-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Fri Oct 21, 2016 12:23 pm

Quick mix, because of the tracks count and good sounds to start with. It needed a bit more saturation than usual, like the one on the piano.

WAV:
https://soundcloud.com/roberto-ortenzi/ ... -piranha81
MP3:
https://soundcloud.com/roberto-ortenzi/ ... anha81-mp3

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Par9 Zalpov
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73 posts since 13 May, 2014 from Russia, Moscow

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - Submissions until 21-OCT-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Fri Oct 21, 2016 12:57 pm

Bears, vodka, balalayka.
Mixing tracks. neurodriveaudio@gmail.com

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

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - Submissions until 21-OCT-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:47 pm

Let's sneak another mix in before the challenge is over (yes, I'm joining this month!)

WAV: http://studio-compyfox.de/guestartist/k ... mpyfox.wav
MP3: http://studio-compyfox.de/guestartist/k ... mpyfox.mp3


DOCUMENTARY:
- as usual, mix was completely done ITB
- tried to recreate an MPC60 sound (40kHz/12bit engine) which was fairly common end of the 80ies/early 90ies, with bonus added dirt from a vinyl and a noisy tape delay - so yes, a certain "fizz" is on purpose
- used a lot of tricks to make certain sounds "older" (15ips Tape Machine in individual tracks, Trident Console, etc)
- sound shaping is fairly modern (Neve EQ), barely any compression (only kick/bass, transient designer on the snare)
- master bus: a LPF at 18kHz -> Trident Console -> Virtual Tape (30ips, Modern Tape, Normal Bias, signal between -3VU and 0VU)
- used random automation (mute) of the kick and hihat
- limited myself to one main reverb (Eventide 2016) and one delay (Roland Space Echo clone). The snare has a bonus reverb (plate-ish), the bass has a super subtle chorus (Roland Dimension D like, you don't hear it, but it's there). Tried to roughen up the hats with a distortion on the AUX, but didn't work out
- RMS is about -18dB avg, though if the bass kicks in, we're at about -15dB/+3VU avg



SCREENSHOTS:
MC26_Console_01_s.jpg
MC26_Console_02_s.jpg

WORKTIME
From setup to render, about 5 work-hours. Could be more, since i had 1 random crash on closing the host (don't know why - guess my OS is getting long in the tooth), and ran the track on loop a couple of times while I turned off the timer.



SIDENOTE:
The mix might sound a bit "thin" or too "bright", but don't let that fool you. If you have a balanced speaker system/a well treated room or super low going headphones... I moved the bass below the 150Hz range! And in fact, one track had to be phase inverted



SUMMARY
I really wanted to join this time - and if only for sh*ts and giggles. Time was super short for me, but I think I made the best out of it at the very last minute. Wish it had vocals though, but for our first true hip-hop track, an instrumental worked just as fine.



Next time I'll post, the Challenge will be over.
So... now is the time to sneak in your mix. :tu:
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Last edited by Compyfox on Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:41 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Davias
KVRian
763 posts since 3 Apr, 2013 from Belgium

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - Submissions until 21-OCT-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:55 pm

Here is my mix !

[FLAC]
https://www.dropbox.com/s/789m2c1cq8bf6 ... .flac?dl=0

[MP3]
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xbnwym4r5pe3f ... s.mp3?dl=0

Nice song to mix with interesting samples ^^ unfortunately I was caught with some IRL stuff so I didn't have time to make the polishing touches.
I tried to achieve a mix between Kheops style (Dj of a famous french hip-hop band I was listening while young, punchy and a bit dry beat) and Xploding Plastic (because the jazzy bass and the hi hats made me think of it). With also the 2016 like sound, meaning it is brighter than what you could hear at the time, and with an heavy and round bass. I also corrected a bit stereo to ensure that mono and stereo mix sound alike.

Good luck to everybody !

Edit : I don't know why but the piano seems buried behing the strings sometimes and this was not intented, too late to change now ^^
Last edited by Davias on Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:07 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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Pitta
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13 posts since 17 Apr, 2016 from Lisboa, Portugal

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - Submissions until 21-OCT-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:58 pm

https://soundcloud.com/user-487069577/sets/mc26/s-DrTwa

~Glad to be here again. At the last minute again.

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Pitta
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13 posts since 17 Apr, 2016 from Lisboa, Portugal

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - Submissions until 21-OCT-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:05 pm

And the downloadable one.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8ryppqq6g6qjq ... x.mp3?dl=0

Edit to include Wav download that sounds a little better to me.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vydorsfikjvqc ... x.wav?dl=0

Good luck to all!
Last edited by Pitta on Sat Oct 22, 2016 4:12 am, edited 1 time in total.

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

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - Submissions until 21-OCT-2016, 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:46 pm

All right everyone, it's 22-OCT-2016 at 1:45am GMT+1/CEST, the first mix round of MC26 has now officially ended.

Please check your links (are the files downloadable?), update your posts if necessary, and as usual... please watch this spot for the mix evaluation. See you in a couple of days. :tu:



BONUS INFO
  • the Official Homepage got an update on the statistics. We have 18 participants this month
  • Please do not forget that we always need more audio material to mix. As of this moment, we have 2 tracks left in queue, the Mix Challenge would end in December. So get in touch!
  • If you happen to have a Hard Rock/Metal Track for us to mix, you still have one week to get that to us for a possible #MetalNovember Challenge
  • Please take a look at the Gossip Thread, there are a couple of unanswered questions
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14279 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - in evaluation

Post Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:11 pm

SHORT UPDATE ON THE SITUATION:
It looks like the challenge is currently on hold. However, we already tried to reach out to the client via SoundCloud (thanks 3ee) and KVR PM. So far, I did not get any response. But I still hope for the best.

Though if you want, and if there is somebody among us that has close contact to Action Cat, please send him a note. Such delays didn't happen the first time, and I feel always sorry for the participants of the challenge for the long waiting time.


Despite this, MC27 will still start on 01st November.

And with that month, we're down to 1 track in the queue for the Challenge. So please, if you have material to mix for the future - get in touch via the homepageor via PM.

In fact, somebody did contact us via the homepage and I responded, but I did not hear anything back. Neither was there anything in the spam filter.
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actioncat
KVRist
112 posts since 19 Dec, 2014 from Philadelphia PA, US

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - in evaluation

Post Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:42 pm

I'm so sorry I disappeared, I feel terrible. If things can be salvaged, I'm here now.

My ex who I still lived with was kicked out and had nowhere else to go, so I went with her to show her how to survive without a home and so she wasn't alone til she could get something else worked out. I lost track of the date and just got back tonight and realized I had missed the first deadline. Again I'm really sorry... I have a very chaotic life, but I really wanted to make sure I didn't mess this up and sure enough I did.

:( :( :( :( :(

kevin gobin
KVRer
20 posts since 20 Apr, 2016

Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC26 October 2016 - in evaluation

Post Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:06 pm

Hey Compyfox and ActionCat,


The long waiting time is nothing compared to the real life problems we have to face sometimes, so please don't feel so sorry.


Take care @everybody!!!

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