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MIX CHALLENGE - MC37 October 2017 - Winners announced

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MIX CHALLENGE - MC37 October 2017 - Winners announced

Post by Mister Fox » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:19 am

Hello and welcome to the Mix Challenge 37 - October 2017


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.



With this month's Mix Challenge, we're slowing things down a bit with a Singer-Songwriter / Ballad production. Once more a Kompoz.com collaboration - this time by by MikeJM (Lyrics), XanderMyers (Bass), Buttercup (Background Vocals) and formfisch (everything else, client!). The song is called "What tomorrow brings".



Please take note of the following
  • IMPORTANT: It is now mandatory to provide WAV files (FLAC bar minimum on low internet bandwidth), files need to be accessible/downloadable, try to work within suitable work levels, document your edits (as simple or as detailed as you like)
    IMPORTANT: please use the following naming convention from now on: MC000_-_ArtistName_-_TrackName_-_ContestanttName.wav/mp3 and MC000_-_ArtistName_-_TrackName_-_ContestanttName_R2.wav/mp3 for Mix Round 2. The order of the tags might change in upcoming challenges - though this is up for debate

Also please take note of the following
  • We're desperately looking for new source material for future Mix Challenges. Please follow our official campaign. No new tracks mean no more challenges! Please reach out!
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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 (and follow-up posts)
Results of the Mix Challenge 37: Winners announced

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Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC37 October 2017 - Submissions until 21-10-2017 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post by Mister Fox » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:20 am

CURRENT CHALLENGE - GENERAL INFORMATION

Time Frame: Sunday, 01st October 2017 to Saturday, 21st October 2017 (21 days)

Challenge submission will end on 21-10-2017, 11:59pm CEST/GMT+1 (Germany) - until further notice.

Want to find out if you're still within the deadline, please consult the following options:
The Global Countdown on it's dedicated page or the countdown on the home page. You can also consult the World Clock at the top of the forum or alternatively the following tool - in this case please select "Berlin (Germany)" as location 1, and your location as location 2: Time and Date - World Clock Meeting Planner. We do post reminders via our Twitter account and Facebook page.



Song Provider: formfish
Song Name and Length: What tomorrow brings, 4:49min
Song Information: 154 bpm / Signature: 6/8, Key of Fm
File Format: WAV, 44kHz, 24bit

GENRE: Singer-Songwriter / Ballad


Preview of the Song:
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On KOMPOZ : https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaborat ... ile/780606



A word from the song provider:
formfish (fese) wrote:Hi all,

This is a ballad in 6/8, which is kind of my thing :)

My idea is a big spacious sound without being artificial, a lush but natural sound, so rather no effect orgies.


All electric guitars were recorded with a Stratocaster directly into the audio interface and were reamped with Scuffham S-Gear (Wayfarer for the distorted tracks and and The Duke for the clean).


Looking forward to listening to your mixes!

formfisch aka Felix

A few words by the Mix Challenge staff:
Staff (Mister Fox) wrote:For those that don't know what the S-Gear Amps in question are based upon, the following might be of help:

- The Wayfarer = said to be hybrid of Mesa Boogie Mk I and Mk IIC
- The Duke = said to be a Dumble ODS (non HRM mod)

There are both DI and Amped tracks present with this production.


Effect wise, I'd use a warm reverb to "gel" things together. Real rooms, like it was the case in studios back in the 50ies to 70ies, might also do wonders for this production.

The female vocals might need some cleanup. Else, compression on the main vocals can be your friend to create a larger than life, yet lush and natural sound.

Careful panning and panning automation might add some movement to the production as well, which only adds to the "spaciousness".

Personally, I see many possibilities with this ballad. Let yourself inspire by the given production, add your own twist to it. Just don't overdo it.

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 (if present in this production)
  • No rearrangement or pitch shifting of the song structure, with the exception of the following add-on rules
  • PRODUCTION RELATED: currently no add-on rules
  • summing bus processing is allowed, as long as the dynamic range (average signal strength to maximum signal strength) doesn't suffer - use of this method is artistically!
  • try to not(!) pre-master the track (please no overuse of mix bus treatment, no loudness adjustments / limiting)

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Source Files:

Main Mix Package - Mirror on the Mix Challenge Homepage (299,93 MB, LZMA compressed)


The provided files were packed as ZIP with LZMA compression.
File size extracted: 852,62 MB, packed 299,93 MB (ZIP, LZMA)
In order to extract the files, we can recommend these programs:

Macintosh:
The Unarchiver - get it here

Windows:
7zip - Installation / Portable


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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

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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.


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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.com


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Ghostwave Audio (Vincent Bastiat) 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/


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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/


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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/


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Sound / Graphic Designer, 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/


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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


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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 End of 2017)
License will not turn into NFR
More info on Two Notes: http://www.two-notes.com/en/



THANKS FOR THE LICENSE DONATIONS!
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.

Please spread the word of the challenge on social media.
For example with our dedicated Twitter Account or Facebook Page

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Good luck to all participants.
And most importantly, have fun!

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Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC37 October 2017 - Submissions until 21-10-2017 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post by Wizzo » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:26 am

Amazing Song and Production as well ..

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Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC37 October 2017 - Submissions until 21-10-2017 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post by RotterN » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:15 am

Hi everyone, this is my first Mix Challenge entry so I hope you like it. All constructive comments are very welcome.

Great stems provided and a nice change from the stuff I normally mix (Punk, Rock, Ska, anti-folk & Metal).

Preview (MP3):
WAV:

PC: Lenovo Thinkpad Edge, Windows 7, 8gb
DAW: Cubase 7
Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Gen1
Monitors: KRK Rokit R5 Gen 2
Plug Ins:
Cubase Stock:
Studio EQ
Vintage Compressor
Tube Compressor
Limiter (not on master buss)
Roomworks SE Reverb
Multiscope

Others:
Softube Saturation Knob
CM Side Widener
TSAR-1 Reverb
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Last edited by RotterN on Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:23 am, edited 6 times in total.

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Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC37 October 2017 - Submissions until 21-10-2017 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post by Mister Fox » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:31 am

Welcome to the community!

If you add a screenshot, make that via a post edit later, please.

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Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC37 October 2017 - Submissions until 21-10-2017 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post by RotterN » Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:03 am

Will do.

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Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC37 October 2017 - Submissions until 21-10-2017 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post by Mister Fox » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:13 am

Since you're using Windows 7, try Windows Key, then search for Snipping Tool. That's the OS built in screenshot tool. :tu:

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Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC37 October 2017 - Submissions until 21-10-2017 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post by Mister Fox » Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:58 am

A friendly reminder:
Including today, 14 days left to submit your mix

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Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC37 October 2017 - Submissions until 21-10-2017 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post by fese » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:42 am

Wizzo wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:26 am
Amazing Song and Production as well ..
Thanks, man!
RotterN wrote: Great stems provided and a nice change from the stuff I normally mix (Punk, Rock, Ska, anti-folk & Metal).
haha, slightly different, I guess :) I couldn't mix your styles at gunpoint...

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Re: MIX CHALLENGE - MC37 October 2017 - Submissions until 21-10-2017 11:59pm GMT+1/CEST

Post by fese » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:46 am

@CompyFox:
Mister Fox wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:20 am

A word from the song provider:
Adam Firegate wrote:Hi all,
I am not that guy, who is "Adam Firegate"?? :shrug: :hihi:



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Admin edit - mistake fixed - thanks for the info

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