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XMAS-Contest 2020/2021

Mix by MikeyRR


Uploaded: 5 months ago | UK

Mixed using Presonus Studio One and stock plugins. I've not mixed in over 18 years, a good friend suggested I enter the competition as a way to motivate me into getting back into it.

I had fun playing with saturation and the sidechain of compressors. I was aiming for a retro 70s vibe on the drums, I may have gone a bit too grungy, but I'm happy with the overall result.

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Participant: MikeyRR

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

You can still optimize your mix in terms of depth and volume ratios. 

The vocals are very far in the back of the mix. The lead vocals, however, should rather be in the front. Adjust the reverb and increase the level of the vocals.

For the instruments, you can think more carefully about what functions they have in the mix. Supporting instruments should be placed more to the back than leading instruments. 

The bass drum has a very weak fundamental tone range. This takes away the power it needs in the mix. The bass drum also sounds a bit soft and should have more "bite". 

The snare, on the other hand, seems a bit too bright and resonant. Also make sure that you don't set the compression on the drums too hard. The sound should always stay natural. 

Try to set a more open sound for the guitars. They take on an important role in this song and should not sound too dull.

In the screenshot below you can compare the frequency response of your mix (white line) with our mix (orange line) in the analyser. The lower curve shows the average energy over time, while the upper curve shows peaks. The volume of both mixes needs to be adjusted. In order to match the level of both mixes, you should lower the level of our mix by 2,9 dB. This refers both to an optical adjustment in the analyser and to an adjustment of the track level. This adjustment is a fundamental requirement for an objective A/B comparison.

In the screenshot of the analyser you can see a quiet bass area in your mix. The reason for this is the weak bass drum. You can also provide a little more openness in the high mids.

Overall, you can still tweak a few aspects in your mix. The drums should provide a solid rhythmic base. Pay also attention to a meaningful and natural depth. Also, create a clear hierarchy in the mix by tweaking the ratios a bit. :)

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