• Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Hey, short update: I just uploaded a re-mastering of the song. It is still far from perfect, but it sounds way more like i intended it to sound:

    (of course, this version runs outside the competition!)

    • Hey, it’s sounding better, I also went direct to your SoundCloud to listen there. I’ll leave you a note there too. I still feel while the arrangement is top drawer there is something not punching its full weight. It has such great potential. Can you re-upload the full fat wav file to SoundCloud? The mp3 is only for the email submission.

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Those are the kind of problems you never imagine that they could be problems at all. But now, i’m aware, and the next competition will come, for sure.

    Thanks again for all your replies and feedback.

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for the tipp, i looked into it and will give it a trial.

    I just found a way to access all my output devices through my DAW, so maybe i will upload a re-remix (out of competition, of course). But it astonishes me to realise how different monitor/headphones (which sound similar enough) on one hand, and my regular speakers on the other hand…[Read more]

    • I don’t own pro monitors/speakers (maybe one day) however from personal experience I’d start with a decent set of headphones (my Beyerdynamics 80 ohm DT770s are certainly not perfect, but I’m happy with them) and use the Sonarworks plugin that I mentioned. Most things that I’ve mixed using that combination sound slightly different, but perfectly…[Read more]

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for your reply.

    The mp3 itself seems okay, i bounced at 320k just like it was stated in the contest requirements.

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, i am somewhat clueless on what i did wrong. I listened to the upload through my studio monitors again, and it sounds way better. Or, let’s say, it sounds more like i intended it to sound.

    But through my regular boxes (and apparently your’s too) it sounds terribly low-end heavy. I have no idea how i should…[Read more]

    • There’s a plugin that I use by Sonarworks called Reference 4—now called ID Reference, I think—that applies a flattening curve to the frequencies of a large number of popular headphones so that when it’s applied to your master bus you can hear it in a neutral, ‘uncoloured’ way. It’s remarkable to realise how much colouration your headphones app…[Read more]

      • Thanks for the tipp, i looked into it and will give it a trial.

        I just found a way to access all my output devices through my DAW, so maybe i will upload a re-remix (out of competition, of course). But it astonishes me to realise how different monitor/headphones (which sound similar enough) on one hand, and my regular speakers on the other hand…[Read more]

        • I don’t own pro monitors/speakers (maybe one day) however from personal experience I’d start with a decent set of headphones (my Beyerdynamics 80 ohm DT770s are certainly not perfect, but I’m happy with them) and use the Sonarworks plugin that I mentioned. Most things that I’ve mixed using that combination sound slightly different, but perfectly…[Read more]

    • I agree with many others here. I had similar issues when I started but found the Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin a great help on the mix buss and calibrated to your headphones. But you must remember of you do that to bypass before rendering down. I then have CD-RW’s which I burn the wav version too as an audio CD which I then play over in the car, on…[Read more]

      • Those are the kind of problems you never imagine that they could be problems at all. But now, i’m aware, and the next competition will come, for sure.

        Thanks again for all your replies and feedback.

  • Hello everyone!
    My contribution to the remix contest:

    The mix probably is rather underwelming but i’m curious to know what you think about the arrangement.

    • Hiya: I like the arrangement very much, it’s inventive and smacks of musicality, but I think, judging by your own comment, the mix is unfinished. I can just tell given more time this would be awesome. You’ve made some really interesting comments on mine and other mixes so you know where it’s at. If you go back to it I’d love to hear the finished…[Read more]

      • Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, i am somewhat clueless on what i did wrong. I listened to the upload through my studio monitors again, and it sounds way better. Or, let’s say, it sounds more like i intended it to sound.

        But through my regular boxes (and apparently your’s too) it sounds terribly low-end heavy. I have no idea how i should…[Read more]

        • There’s a plugin that I use by Sonarworks called Reference 4—now called ID Reference, I think—that applies a flattening curve to the frequencies of a large number of popular headphones so that when it’s applied to your master bus you can hear it in a neutral, ‘uncoloured’ way. It’s remarkable to realise how much colouration your headphones app…[Read more]

          • Thanks for the tipp, i looked into it and will give it a trial.

            I just found a way to access all my output devices through my DAW, so maybe i will upload a re-remix (out of competition, of course). But it astonishes me to realise how different monitor/headphones (which sound similar enough) on one hand, and my regular speakers on the other hand…[Read more]

            • I don’t own pro monitors/speakers (maybe one day) however from personal experience I’d start with a decent set of headphones (my Beyerdynamics 80 ohm DT770s are certainly not perfect, but I’m happy with them) and use the Sonarworks plugin that I mentioned. Most things that I’ve mixed using that combination sound slightly different, but perfectly…[Read more]

        • I agree with many others here. I had similar issues when I started but found the Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin a great help on the mix buss and calibrated to your headphones. But you must remember of you do that to bypass before rendering down. I then have CD-RW’s which I burn the wav version too as an audio CD which I then play over in the car, on…[Read more]

          • Those are the kind of problems you never imagine that they could be problems at all. But now, i’m aware, and the next competition will come, for sure.

            Thanks again for all your replies and feedback.

      • Hey, short update: I just uploaded a re-mastering of the song. It is still far from perfect, but it sounds way more like i intended it to sound:

        (of course, this version runs outside the competition!)

        • Hey, it’s sounding better, I also went direct to your SoundCloud to listen there. I’ll leave you a note there too. I still feel while the arrangement is top drawer there is something not punching its full weight. It has such great potential. Can you re-upload the full fat wav file to SoundCloud? The mp3 is only for the email submission.

    • This is FANTASTIC!🖤🔥

    • Piano (keys), acoustic guitar, electric bass, drums, electric funk guitar with jazz chords and a funky disco beat—what’s not to like? I agree with Ian’s comments above, though—I’d like to hear your final mix. This sounded quite lo-res and artifacty. Was it exported in mp3 at 64 kbps or some other lower bit rate? All the best! :o)

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I feel like i also lack the experience to give a (more) qualified solution, but what i try when two tracks clash in the same frequency space is to pan one to the center and the other to the outer stereo spaces. I do that by doubling the “outer” track, reducing the width and panning the original left and the copy right. So the listener has the main…[Read more]

    • Something clicked then you mention them clash. I think I thought they were so different was the issue. You’re spot on. Great advice. Thank you!

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    This hits the 80’s vibe so perfectly. Absolutely amazing work!

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Alphaville going Clo, I like it 😉

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    That second voice adds so much additional depth to the song, i like that very much.
    However, i noted some “clashing” between the melody and the kick drum which I found distracting sometimes, especially in the chorus.

    • @Lupino: Interesting you found that, maybe I’ve been too immersed in the woods to see the trees, but I am sure you’re right. So pleased you liked the vocal treatment. Really appreciate your comments.

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I love the “jazzy vibes”. One thing that doesn’t fit soo well in my oppinion is that Clo sings straight eights but you use triplet eigths in everything else. Don’t get me wrong, i like polyrythm like the next guy, but in this case, it clashes sometimes.

    • You’ve a keen ear, Lupino—you weren’t counting, however, on the fact that I love polyrhythms even ‘more’ than the next guy…;oP . You’re absolutely right, though! Whilst I built the instruments around the vocals using a swing rhythm, I ran out of time to try and manipulate the stem tracks to conform to a swing groove. Perhaps I’ll have more tim…[Read more]

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I love this version.

    The only thing i noticed tho is that Clo’s “second voice” is a bit too far in the back for my taste. But apart from that, this version is brilliant.

    • Thank you Lupino. This was something I really struggled with actually. When I pushed her vocal up it tended to overtake my vocal. Her voice is so much stronger than mine. I think that’s probably what makes it sound a bit off when its quiet. Thanks for the feedback. I’d love to know an approach to tackling this kind of issue. It’s something that…[Read more]

      • I feel like i also lack the experience to give a (more) qualified solution, but what i try when two tracks clash in the same frequency space is to pan one to the center and the other to the outer stereo spaces. I do that by doubling the “outer” track, reducing the width and panning the original left and the copy right. So the listener has the main…[Read more]

        • Something clicked then you mention them clash. I think I thought they were so different was the issue. You’re spot on. Great advice. Thank you!

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’d agree on Russel’s comment; the parts of the song don’t seem to fit too well together. It is more like a collage of different songs rather than a consistent piece. If that was intentional, however, then go for it.

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I like that version. Quite a different vibe. And the bass sound awesome.

  • Lupino posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Somehow, I like that shift in prosody of the first verse

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