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Mix by Daedalus

Length: 03:16

Uploaded: 3 months ago | United States

I was going for a very "classic rock" feel, but I couldn't resist putting an EDM type delay on the wah guitar. I thought it worked quite well. Let me know what you think!

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Participant: Daedalus

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

The spectral balance is somewhat unnatural in your mix. When using an equalizer, try to listen closely to the instruments - each signal has a characteristically relevant frequency range. You have processed the signals heavily which results in an unnatural and unbalanced sound. Try to keep these things in mind when using an EQ, in this case less is more ;)

Furthermore, in terms of the overall sound, you can hear that the low frequencies and especially the mids lack a lot of energy, while at the same time the high mids seem dominant and overemphasized which causes some kind of telephone-esque sound. Thus, the frequency response is quite "twisted". This can also be seen in the screenshot of the analyzer.

On the other hand, the distribution of the different elements in the stereo panorama is positive. You created a nice width by properly panning the instruments.

The screenshot below shows the comparison of frequency response. The orange curves show energy over frequency of our mix while the white curves show the frequency response of your version of this song. The upper curve is for peak levels and the lower curve shows the energy over time. Therefore, the lower curve is more meaningful for the comparison. You should lower the volume of our mix by 3,5 dB as the auditory AB-comparison is only valid on the same loudness level.

In the screenshot of the analyser you can see that your mix has been strongly processed. Watch out when using the EQ. Sometimes, you don’t have to adjust anything and you can focus on the volume rations and the rooms being used to come up with a proper sounding mix.

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