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    Thumbs up Let's see what you do with this original rock song, 10 tracks

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    Hey everyone. I've been enjoying mixing the things you all had up and thought I'd throw something out there. Open to any slicing/dicing/arrangement/effects/etc that you are feeling. I've included where I landed on the mix as well, because it seems to be standard practice. I'd be interested in any commentary you feel would help me to learn.

    Thanks!

    Zip file :

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8u...ew?usp=sharing

    My mix:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8u...ew?usp=sharing

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    updated. now more ass kickin. laughter and suggestions welcome.
    Last edited by dyermaker8; 10-12-2015 at 11:35.
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    Laughter? I think not. I heard the first one you put up as well. I appreciate the effort. Drums are a little to crisp for my taste, but I love what you did with the guitar and the synth in this version.

    The last one was too delay-ey on the vox... and this one doesn't have that effect as much. It's a nice mix. I just wish that the mando had been recorded better to get a little more taste of that in there, but I understand that limitation. Thank you!

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    Your welcome,. glad you liked!
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    Took a quick go at this. Nuttin' special. Also, please excuse the reversed guitar track at the end; I just forgot to take that out!
    Last edited by Zaubereixmc1; 10-30-2015 at 17:07. Reason: Link wasn't good

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    vacancySign.mp3

    Awesome song man!

    I wanted so bad to put some huge reverb on the snare but I held back because it is not 1985 anymore. . .

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    Vacancy

    The beginning is a little off,tell me what you think.
    Last edited by Mike Caliri; 11-12-2015 at 15:43.

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    Sounds like there is a rhythm guitar part that is bleeding into the first few measures of the mandolin track, but there's no rhythm guitar track in the package... am I missing something? Would be nice to play with that if there was a rhythm guitar track available.

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    Here's my first attempt...

    This is my first submission in mix-this. I've not listened to any of the other mixes of this song to avoid coloring my path. I don't think I'm done with it yet, but here's a stab.

    VacancySign-JohanTuxMix.mp3


    Edit: After listening to the other tracks, it seems that I emphasized the mandolin more than most.

    And thought I'd describe what I mixed - keep in mind that I'm pretty clueless when it comes to this (but trying to improve):
    Mixed in Reaper 4 on a 2006 Mac Pro - I don't have studio monitors so I used a pair of Logitech speakers tuned as neutral as I can get em.

    Bass:
    Panned Center, mixed at -7dB
    Cockos ReaEQ 100Hz +5dB, 300Hz -.8dB, 1kHz -5dB, 5.7kHz -6.5dB
    Cockos ReaXcomp, compressed the low end up to 100 Hz
    Routed to an FX track and used it to mix in a mild flange effect increasing throughout the track to about 50% wet at the end.

    Drums:
    Put all the drums in a parent folder mixed at -7.3dB
    All Panned Center except OH's which I panned hard left and right.
    Kick: (-8dB)
    bass boost and a lowpass rolling off everything over 120Hz
    Toms: (Low tom -4dB, mid tom -2db)
    kept dry
    Snare: (-3dB)
    Apple AUDynamics processor to gate out @ < -10db. to remove some of the bleedover from the kick
    Compressed it hard
    Ran through a highpass filter rolling off below 380Hz
    Stereo Widening
    RealEQ to boost at 400Hz, deep cut at 1kHz, mild boost over 6Khz
    Overheads: (both mixed at 0dB)
    long tail reverb with a 50% wet mix.

    Lead Guitar:
    Generally mixed at -4.5dB but boosted up to +1dB during some periods.
    quarter note delay, usually buried in the mix, but at 50% wet at times (namely beginning and end)

    Synth:
    Generally mixed at -3 dB but boosted in places like the lead guitar. Dry as tracked.

    Vocal:
    split into 2 tracks, panned soft L&R
    Vocal 2 delayed 10ms for a slight widening effect
    Vocal 1 Compression only and mixed at -.5db
    Vocal 2 Compressed and reverb with a medium tail

    Mandolin
    split into 3 tracks.
    Tracks 1 and 2 panned hard L&R
    Track 3 panned soft Right and only heard during the first 4 measures
    Track 1: highpass to roll off everything under 800Hz
    Track 2: High Shelf filter to roll off at around 15kHz
    Track 3: EQ to cut everything under 1kHz and boost everything over that mixed at +5db

    This was to give a bit of lo-fi rhythm guitar effect to the intro

    Mixed it down to a stereo 24bit 44.1kHz stereo track for "mastering" - as much as someone with NO training can master his own mix.
    Mastered on a Windows 7 laptop with Reaper. I switched to Windows because I couldn't find a tape saturation simulator for free for a Mac.
    Compressed, and tape saturation for the master.

    Comments and critiques are very welcome.
    Last edited by johantux; 11-21-2015 at 16:10.

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