MIX CHALLENGE - MC27 November 2016 - Winners announced

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14539 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:47 pm

Hello and welcome to the KVR Mix Challenge 27 - November 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.

It's the Autumn (Fall) season, it's dark outside, it's spooky. Sadly a bit too late for Halloween. It's also not a #MetalNovember track.

But when do we ever get the chance to work on a "Folk Murder Ballad"? How about this month?!

In this Challenge, we get the chance to mix an awesome Folk (Murder) Ballab provided by slacker. His track is called "Come down to the Waters Edge" and it tells a haunting story that parents might have told their children in the Victorian Era of of South West England to keep them in line.

Also some news
With this Challenge, we're now down to one (as in number: 1) track with the Mix Challenge Song Pool. I am in touch with a couple of people at this point, but as long as I don't have access to their files, or the integrity check was successful, that would mean "Game Over" by the end of December. Which would be a pity.

So please get involved, enjoy browsing the new webpage, leave us a message via Mail or our Social Media accounts. And if you want, share your feedback or ideas for page add-ons in the Gossip and Discussion thread. In fact, there are still open questions there.

Please take note of the following
Also Important:
  • 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. 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 27: Winners announced
Last edited by Compyfox on Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:10 am, edited 4 times in total.
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14539 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:47 pm


Time Frame: Tuesday, 01st November 2016 to Friday, 21st November 2016 (21 days)

Challenge submission will end on 21-11-2016, 11:59pm CET/GMT+1 (Germany) - until further notice.
Want to find out if you're still within the deadline, please visit the Mix Challenge webpage

Alternatively (especially for Mix Round 2), please use the following tool and and select "Berlin (Germany)" as location 1, and your location as location 2:

Song Provider: slacker (KVR Profile)
Song Name and Length: Come down to the Waters Edge, 4:06min
Song Information: 110 bpm / Signature: 4/4, Key of B minor (Bm)
File Format: WAV, 44kHz, 32bit

GENRE: Folk Ballad (Folk Murder Ballad)

Preview of the Song:
Preview via the Mix Challenge homepage

A word from the song provider:
slacker wrote:It started life as my attempt to write an English folk murder ballad.

If you're not sure what I mean by a murder ballad, you could do worse than check out Bellowhead's "Greenwoodside" or for an Americanversion, the Violent Femmes "Country Death Song".

However, I'm not necessarily looking for a folk styled mix and I'd like to see where you can take things.

Two things I'm after specifically: I think the vocals need to be prominent as the lyrics are important. While the girl singing at the end is meant to be the ghost of the dead girl.

In terms of my preferences, I generally prefer a well balanced mix with some warmth to it.

I've a penchant for Toms at the moment so it would be good for those to cut through and I'd like a solid low end to the mix. I've not been averse to a bit of EDM in my time. I also think that it's quite a dark song, so I don't think the mix should be too twee.

I've tried to give you everything as clean as possible, which I hope helps. There are also some additional parts from the Rough Mix that you can use or ignore as you see fit.

Other than that, it's over to you.

I look forward to hearing what you do with it!



A few words by the Mix Challenge staff:
Staff (Compyfox) wrote:Anyone remember that 90ies Levi's commercial with the in-your face rock track? Yeah, that was "Stiltskin" with "Inside", and this track clearly stabs at it sound wise. Mixed with some elements from one of Britain's most famous export "America" (if anyone of you can remember their Soundtrack to "The Last Unicorn"). This might give you a nice idea of where the sound could go.

Though personally I'd also port this more into the mid 70ies. Meaning, lots of character EQ, vintage consoles, tape machines, etc. Whatever compliments the track best in your opinion.

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:
  • 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 (present in this production)
  • No rearrangement of the song structure, with the exception of the following add-on rules
  • ADD-ON RULE: none
  • try to not(!) pre-master the track (please no overuse of mix bus treatment)


Source Files:

Main Mix Package - Mirror on the Mix Challenge Homepage (473,97 MB, LZMA compressed)

The provided files were packed as ZIP with LZMA compression.
File size extracted: 1654,04 MB, packed 473,97 MB (ZIP, LZMA)
In order to extract the files, we can recommend these programs:

The Unarchiver - get it here

7zip - Installation / Portable


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


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.

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

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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

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/

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


Good luck to all participants.
And most importantly, have fun!
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38 posts since 18 Mar, 2003 from bristol, england

Post Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:12 pm

Hi everyone,

I've never been very good at finishing tracks, let alone sharing them, so I'm interested in what you think of this track and looking forward to hearing what you can do with it...

Oh, and if I can get my act together, I'll be posting a link to some more music, in case you're interested.

If you have any questions, I'll be keeping an eye on this thread and will be happy to help.




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14539 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:21 am

Welcome aboard, and thank you for providing this production for this month
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458 posts since 10 Apr, 2011

Post Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:04 am

Good song. I am messing a bit with my plug-ins rig these days, I hope I will be able to mix it in time!


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619 posts since 5 Mar, 2011 from Austria

Post Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:57 am

Hi all,

Thank you Slacker for providing this song. It was realy fun to mix. I tried to follow all your hints and made it as natural as possible. So no raely obvious audible FX, a lot of subtle satturation and the voice in foreground. Only the girl got a clear FX to make it different and a bit more otherwordly.

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

31 posts since 7 Feb, 2005 from Sofia, Bulgaria

Post Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:21 pm

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

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61 posts since 10 Jul, 2010 from United States

Post Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:47 pm

What a cool song! I just went with my gut on this one and gave it a lot of depth (it's a pretty deep song). I hope you like it.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0O6oz ... sp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0O6oz ... sp=sharing
Dave McIsaac


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14539 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:11 am

A friendly reminder:
Including today, 7 days left to mix
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2525 posts since 15 Jan, 2013 from L'Écosse

Post Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:38 am

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

Post Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:56 am

Hey, guys.

That was... creepy? :lol:

Nice tune, Slacker. I really dig the arrangement so I tried to feature every instrument in the different sections of the song. Hope you like it!

https://soundcloud.com/smartmix/slacker ... thiagoam88

WAV: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_g4B ... zJPaDJnRlU
MP3: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_g4B ... HpoNW5QZ3c

Good luck, everyone!

236 posts since 8 Jun, 2016

Post Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:56 pm

Hi Here's my attempt.

hope u enjoy:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/03a1ojc8w26am ... x.mp3?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/h3c50qbvc57o9 ... x.wav?dl=0

Good luck to all.

edit: adjusted level 11.16.


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14539 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:30 am

A friendly reminder:
we're in the last 72hours (3days) of this Mix Challenge
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14539 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:56 am

Folks, we're in the last 48hours (2 days) of the challenge.
So far we have 6 entries, now would be the best time to do some final checks and submit your edit.

*footnote - no mix from me this month, even though I REALLY wanted to participate... too much work BTS*
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34 posts since 7 Sep, 2014 from Allen, TX

Post Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:48 pm

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