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You can find the multitrack files for this project in the 'Mixing Secrets' Free Multitrack Download Library.

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Here's some more project info you might find useful:
  • About The Raw Multitracks: This project is not only a bit mental, but also an absolute whopper -- a total of 97 tracks! As such it's not one for the faint-hearted, even though the sounds are mostly pretty good.
    • The drum tracks comprise four kicks, three snares, six hi-hats, mixed percussion, live drum loop, four timpani, some cymbal rolls, and an orchestral bass drum.
    • There are four tracks of synth bass, along with 17 other synth parts and a MIDI clavinet.
    • The orchestral backing is based around edited phrase samples, with the support of some MIDI lines, and features two full-orchestra phrase samples; two string-section phrase samples reinforced by seven MIDI string-ensemble tracks; flute flutter-tongue and cello tremolo performance effects; and a low brass ensemble.
    • There's one live acoustic guitar part.
    • 27 tracks are given over to special-effect one-shots and ambient atmospheres.
    • The first verse vocal has a pair of double tracks, the second has a single double-track, and the third is solo. The chorus vocals are made up of five tracks, from three different singers.
  • Challenges You're Likely To Face:
    • Although the production's arrangement is already pretty well-honed, it's nonetheless very easy to lose focus in any mixing project with so many tracks, so you need to take a very disciplined approach to session planning/layout.
    • It can be difficult to find room in the mix for so many different sounds, especially when you also need to achieve enormous drum/bass sounds and still maintain some intelligibility for the lyrics.
    • Combining fairly aggressive electronic sounds with a widescreen orchestral backing takes some doing, and it's also not easy to create a convincing impression of a real orchestral ensemble from a series of samples.
    • There are many sources of low frequencies on this multitrack, and although this is great in terms of giving the production proper hip-hop welly, you do nonetheless have to be very careful that the low end doesn't get completely out of control!
  • Some Mixing Tips:
    • Try to keep your mind firmly focused on what's important -- it's easy to get distracted by all the little bleeps and blurps and forget about the importance of the basic groove or the vocal transmission.
    • Try to bring the most important tracks into your mix early, otherwise there's a real danger of running out of mix processing power before you get to them!
    • Don't be afraid to high-pass filter some of these tracks very severely to avoid low-end clutter.
    • Use your automation to pick out the most interesting parts of each of the synth and special-effects tracks, and to prevent less interesting textural padding from obscuring important foreground parts.

If you have any other general questions about this multitrack, just reply to this post and I'll see what I can do.