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  • WykuWyku
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    It was curious during the winner announcement video that James said “I auditioned 42 mixes” which was kinda odd. But the longer I watched and especially the comments around the remixes and how “there were only 2” when there were clearly more than that, including better ones than what were chosen IMO (which doesn’t count for much obviously LOL), it really seems like these guys didn’t hear all the mixes–did they get paired down by others before they even got to them?

    AnitaPotterAnitaPotter
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    No one really knows but they could’ve just not said it like that at all. It was rude and disheartening to those that did do remixes of this track. And their response comments under that video to this criticism is also rude. I don’t care about my mix but I do care that others feel like they weren’t listened to or to be tossed under a blanket statement like that is completely unfair IMHO.

    Dave Johnson AudioDave Johnson Audio
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    I’m sure they have their assistants listen to the bulk of the mixes to weed out the bad mixes and get a smaller pool of the quality ones for the judges to listen too. I’m surprised if any of the judges would have to listen to 40+ mixes. I would think they would get 10-20 max to actually have to judge.

    WykuWyku
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    @AnitaPotter I agree that the way they described the situation was very dismissive and not at all based in reality of the work people put in. James commented in one of the YT comments that he indeed had 42 songs to go through, while Warren and Kristian each had 50. So, the entires did get paired down by someone(s) which I guess is fair given how busy they are, but it’s disingenuous to go on and on about how the remix entries were so limited and they had basically nothing to choose from (and in the end giving a song with a repeat delay on the vocals third place as a “remix”?). I was most disappointed in the fact that the winning mixes still had so many issues with them.

    AnitaPotterAnitaPotter
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    @Wyku I agree with you. 142 songs out of how many? I can’t remember the total but that doesn’t even seem like 1% of all the submissions. I’d heard a lot of remixes and to say there were only 2??? That hard to believe. So whomever was at the front of the gate listening obviously doesn’t know what a remix is at all. And to say that they would be judging all the entries themselves wasn’t truthful when they clearly did not. Quite a few people are unhappy with how this was presented and has been a great deterrent to them to participate in any more of these competitions.

    WykuWyku
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    @AnitaPotter I’m not sure exactly how many entries there were, but they were saying around 2000 so the 142 would be about 7 percent of the mixes…

    One other thing I would like to see happen for future contests is a simple acknowledgement that our tracks were received properly. I’ve seen a few mentions on that as well.

    DeNto DeNtDeNto DeNt
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    Quite a disaster this mixing contest. One of the winner mixes is unlistenable and has a massive low end problem. Gregory’s remix is ​​an absolute masterpiece and should definitely be in the top 3. Anyway, fuck it and keep rockin boys and girls! ✊

    Ajay PrakashAjay Prakash
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    @AnitaPotter “James commented in one of the YT comments that he indeed had 42 songs to go through, while Warren and Kristian each had 50” That whole thread started by @everlong11175 which includes that statement has now been deleted from YouTube by Kristian. What does that tell you? It won’t be long before this comment is removed! They’re shutting this conversation down.

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    Dave Johnson AudioDave Johnson Audio
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    Damn, that’s not cool at all and a bad look really. It’s one negative comment thread, just leave it.

    Ajay PrakashAjay Prakash
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    @Dave I think it’s pretty shit that all three judges didn’t listen to the mixes. I personally entered because I wanted James to hear my mix. I’ve never heard of a contest being run were the judges listen to a few entries each (and separately)… besides anything else it clearly puts some people at a disadvantage. That was evident with the remix category… seems like if Warren or Kristian got your mix you were ok but if you were in James’ bunch you were screwed. Kristian called them the “jury” which is a group of people deciding together… that’s not what happened. The plot thickens.

    piroomandy92piroomandy92
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    I like how they strictly mention not to use modern samples for the drums and yet everyone that won HAD to of used modern samples. Bullshit, I feel bad for all the people who actually read the rules and put a lot of heart into it. Especially since half of the people who won were European, this shit was rigged from the beginning. Half of the mixes sounded like these people didnt know what they were doing.

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    Dave Johnson AudioDave Johnson Audio
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    I think it’s unrealistic and unfair to expect the judges to listen to every mix in a contest with thousands of submissions. It’s pretty standard that assistants will listen to and narrow it down to something more manageable for them. After-all, these guys do have work they need to do as part of their normal day routines. It’s best not to get your hopes up with these type contests and just enter them for the soul purpose of getting better and adding to your mix portfolio. Just my opinion.

    Dave Johnson AudioDave Johnson Audio
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    It was suggested by Kristian to not use samples, but I don’t recall it being forbidden to use them in the rules, or that it would lessen your chances of winning. I mean for the remixes, it would kinda be expected that people would be using samples to augment, or replace altogether the drums. At the end of the day, the mixes are being judged on if they evoke an emotional response and get you excited. How you get to that end result doesn’t really come into play.

    Ajay PrakashAjay Prakash
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    @Dave It’s a legal requirement to say who will judge a contest… it can’t be done by assistants (that is not normal). If you say Ozzy and Mick Jagger are going to judge a contest they have to judge the whole contest (unless it states otherwise in the terms). At the end of the day the point I think you’re missing is, yes they are busy but contests are not done out of the kindness of peoples hearts, they are used as promotion and are regulated by the FTC as such. Everyone involved from the “judges” to the sponsors (and Malamor) gained significantly from this contest. All the contestants asked for was 1. The advertised judges listened to their mix and 2. That they would receive the prizes if they won.

    Dave Johnson AudioDave Johnson Audio
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    Where can you read the fine print for this contest that states that those three guys will be the only ones who judge all the mixes? I’m curious if they even bothered to cover their arses. I’m saying it’s normal for assistants (or similar) to go through the bulk of the entries because this was the case with other contests (not on Rate my Mix) that I’ve seen. I totally understand where you’re coming from though, but I myself don’t get too worked up about the shadiness that can surround mix contests.

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