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Just my Mix :) (One of my first mixes) - M.Klatt - 11-03-2015 04:50 AM

Hi everyone... this is one of the few mixes I've done so far (only this one and the previous ones in this webpage).
Since I'm a newbie, I've only used Cubase default presets in this song. Default comp, default maximizer, etc.
I think I've only used some stereo spaciality plugins from the Waves bundle.
Anyway, hope you like the mix and any comment is welcome Smile


RE: Just my Mix :) (New at this) - foar5 - 29-03-2015 12:42 AM

Very very cool mix my friend Smile, the only thing I would change is the snare can get a bit distracting with how up front it is, especially during the verses. Other than that, the mix sounded great to me. You made those background vocals really feel like it was outside the speakers, nice job


RE: Just my Mix :) (New at this) - M.Klatt - 29-03-2015 09:10 PM

(29-03-2015 12:42 AM)foar5 Wrote:  Very very cool mix my friend Smile, the only thing I would change is the snare can get a bit distracting with how up front it is, especially during the verses. Other than that, the mix sounded great to me. You made those background vocals really feel like it was outside the speakers, nice job

Yeah, I think the drum set being together tricked me there haha. I'm glad you enjoyed it Smile Im really new at mixing stuff so thank you for the feedback. It really helps Smile


RE: Just my Mix :) (One of my first mixes) - Mike Senior - 30-03-2015 07:50 AM

Good job -- this is probably one of the most convincing versions of this song I've heard so far. It's clearly not the vision I originally had for the song, but I like your alternative take on it a lot, so that's really no criticism. Where I emphasised the graininess of everything and pushed the strings in the choruses, you've given everything a really warm, glossy sound which is very flattering (to my vocals in particular) and makes everything sound very professional and more mainstream than the preview mix's more trip-hop inspired vibe. Like this a lot.

My only criticisms within that context are fairly small. Perhaps the vocals become a little overbearing where the octave doubling enters during the choruses -- at least it seems to change its balance too much, so whether you turn up the vocals in the other sections or turn down the combined dual-lead-vocal in the choruses is up to you. The only other real complaint I have is with the viola solo. You've distorted it, as I did (which I have no problem with, of course), but tonally it currently feels like a refugee from my mix, rather than an inhabitant of yours -- it's small and a bit scratchy-sounding, where everything else I'd heard up to that point made me expect it'd have more body and warmth to it. It's also low in the mix, and from my perspective as the artist I'd certainly have requested it be more prominent in the balance from a musical perspective had I commissioned the mix myself, because I see that middle section very much as a duet between the bass and the viola.

Otherwise, though, as I said I love most of what you've done here. This is what I love about this forum -- it's so easy to presume that the vision you come up with for any given mix is the only viable solution, but a mix like this is a great reminder that there's so often more than one valid interpretation. Thanks for posting!


RE: Just my Mix :) (One of my first mixes) - M.Klatt - 30-03-2015 01:21 PM

(30-03-2015 07:50 AM)Mike Senior Wrote:  Good job -- this is probably one of the most convincing versions of this song I've heard so far. It's clearly not the vision I originally had for the song, but I like your alternative take on it a lot, so that's really no criticism. Where I emphasised the graininess of everything and pushed the strings in the choruses, you've given everything a really warm, glossy sound which is very flattering (to my vocals in particular) and makes everything sound very professional and more mainstream than the preview mix's more trip-hop inspired vibe. Like this a lot.

My only criticisms within that context are fairly small. Perhaps the vocals become a little overbearing where the octave doubling enters during the choruses -- at least it seems to change its balance too much, so whether you turn up the vocals in the other sections or turn down the combined dual-lead-vocal in the choruses is up to you. The only other real complaint I have is with the viola solo. You've distorted it, as I did (which I have no problem with, of course), but tonally it currently feels like a refugee from my mix, rather than an inhabitant of yours -- it's small and a bit scratchy-sounding, where everything else I'd heard up to that point made me expect it'd have more body and warmth to it. It's also low in the mix, and from my perspective as the artist I'd certainly have requested it be more prominent in the balance from a musical perspective had I commissioned the mix myself, because I see that middle section very much as a duet between the bass and the viola.

Otherwise, though, as I said I love most of what you've done here. This is what I love about this forum -- it's so easy to presume that the vision you come up with for any given mix is the only viable solution, but a mix like this is a great reminder that there's so often more than one valid interpretation. Thanks for posting!

Hi there! First of all, thank you for taking the time to reply.
I Really hadn't noticed what you said about the octave doubling. I'd have to review that part.
Now, about the viola, I totally agree. It's one of those things you notice after you exported the file, and in this case I was too lazy to change it haha. I needed the Viola to take the protagonism in that part, and a lil more gain would have done it.
I also agree that the distortion in my mix contest looks a bit flat. It's like the lack of presence in the viola is also present in the raw/distorted balance.
If I had to deliver this mix professionally I'd really put hands to work on that viola.
Anyhow, thank you for all your compliments and for the constructive criticism Smile