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    $3500 mix vs. my mix.

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    I thought I'd put this out there to get some thoughts.
    Some background;
    The beds were tracked to 2" Australian made Optro 16 track. Vocals are straight into Pro Tools HD, guitar solo is the Guitar Rig plugin.
    I hired an ARIA (Aussie equivalent to the Grammys) winning engineer to mix the new album, and he convinced me that he could master it a lot better than most of the top name mastering engineers in Australia.
    At the start of the year I had enough of trying to convince myself that it sounded any good, and decided to remix the whole thing myself.

    So below are two links to the same song, one is his mix, and one is mine. To make it interesting I'm not going to tell you which is which. Please tell me which one, to your ears, sounds better.
    All comments are truly welcome as I value the opinions of a lot of people on these boards.

    Enjoy!!

    Exhibit A
    Exhibit B

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    So you did 1 of the mixes and the Grammy guy mixed and mastered the other?

    Mastering can be personal preference when it comes to the pros of the game. Its not like 2 top pro mastering engineers will master your track the same, they will be different. Since mastering is a technical art form.

    Ok, A sounds too much in the low end a tad. Its the kick drum. The guitar lead lacks upfront in your faceness. You could use some mid range boost to bring it in front. I like the vox panning. Nice stuff.

    B, Has an annoying intro thing going on. Might work if its not soo long and annoying. Initially I prefer the overall tone of this, although the kick would be niceer somewhere inbetween the two mixes. The back vox panning sticks out a bit too much, mabe panning to far or volume or EQ or a mix of all of these.

    Id take a wild guess and say that the pro mix is A and yours is B.
    I prefer B although if the vocals sounded like A and the kick was something inbetween A and B you would have a pretty dang nice mix.

    Eck

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    Forogot to say, the panning in B is a little off, thats one of the reasons I think that the pro mixing engineers mix is A as Id expect hed know how to balance the sides pretty well by now.

    Good stuff. Nice tune, kinda Freddy Mercury vox.

    Eck

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    i'm really not a fan of the intro to B, but I think I prefer the vox better in B, except when the panning is so obvious that they don't sit for some reason. Drums I prefer in B. In A i thought the low-end was muddy too.

    In B, the guitar solo sits well though, and it is generally a pleasant mix so........

    Pro is B i think, A is yours

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    Im no expert but id say A= PRO,B=YOU !
    But i do think the lead sounded way cooler in B.

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    A kicks alot harder.... B is there any drums or bass???? lol

    I would almost say that A sounds like it's too pumped up and possibly the low end might cause some probs on different systems...that would be my only concern...

    I do not like mix B...it's weak and the intro sucks and is way too long.... and the panning is annoying and takes away from the tune.....it a distraction...

    FWIW
    [URL=http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=249696]http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=249696[/URL]

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    A = Pro

    B = You

    Really easy to tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwillz24
    A = Pro

    B = You

    Really easy to tell.

    My thoughts as well.

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    Thanks people. Your thoughts are certainly helping.

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    okay im not good with guessing games, but I actually kinda HOPE yours is B because I can't stand the way the first one is mixed as far as the bass goes. The second one is not only tight and punchy enough, you can actually hear what is going on in it with ALL the instruments. the firs tone seems a little buried in itself. I appreciate that type of intro on B as well, however I think overall it would be better shorter, like half that but with the same sweep, but thats my personal tastes deal. I really like the original sound here, aswell.

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