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XMAS-Contest 2022/2023

Mix by Amadeusz


Uploaded: 1 year ago | Poland

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Participant: Amadeusz

Thank you for participating in the HOFA XMAS MIX CONTEST! We'd like to give you a short feedback to your contribution.

When listening to your mix, the first thing you notice is that it tends to be a bit thin and treble-heavy. Let's take a look at the individual elements:
The volume of the kick drum is at the upper limit, whereby almost only the attack is perceptible. Too much bass is missing to round off the mix at the bottom. There is also almost no connection to the bass.
The snare doesn't sound bad, but it seems to be compressed a bit too much, so it loses its tangibility and sounds a bit swallowed.
We like the bass, although it too seems a little too compressed. As a result, it loses some of its dynamics. It also suffers a bit from the loud Moog, which could also be thinned out a bit so as not to get in the way of the bass too much.
We like Dobro and Rhodes very much, there is nothing to complain about here. It is not always easy to find the right place and the right form for such elements, all the more we liked your mix in this respect!
The main voice, however, is a little too sharp. It is strongly compressed, so that breathers and sibilants are emphasised quite strongly. Although speech intelligibility is very important, naturalness should not be pushed too far into the background.
The choir in the chorus are a little quiet and could do with more volume for a better lift. The ad-libs at the end of the song, on the other hand, are a bit loud and compete too much with David's voice - the panning separates the two but distracts the focus too much. 

In the screenshot below, you can see the comparison of the frequencies of your mix (white curves) with our mix (orange curves) in the analyser. The lower curves represent the average energy over time, while the upper curves illustrate the peaks. The volumes of the two mixtures are equalised. To equalise the two mixes, you should lower the level of our mix by 2.5 dB. This refers both to a visual adjustment in the analyser and to an adjustment of the level of the track. This level adjustment is a basic requirement for an objective A/B comparison.
Well recognisable in the curves of the analyser are the weak basses and the overemphasised upper mids in the peaks, which defines the overall sound of the mix.

Pay a little more attention to the overall balance of your mix. It is helpful to listen to similar music again and again for comparison, also during mixing.
Be careful when compressing, here the signals can quickly lose their power or, as with the vocals, less desirable parts can be emphasised.

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Best regards from the HOFA team - enjoy your music!