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16 Apr

Another Contest- Flattery And Lies

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Mixnotes is a blog I like to follow, with a YouTube channel for reviews and how-to kinds of things. Occasionally, they run a mixing contest. They supply a group of pre-recorded tracks and offer prizes like new plugins and training materials.

I can tell you how hard it is to record myself all the time. I have to deal with my own inadequacies. And mistakes. Many, many mistakes. A contest like this is a lot of fun for me. A change in perspective and a chance to challenge my skills.

This contest featured a song by a singer songwriter named Caitlin Eadie. I enjoy her unique voice, she sounds a little like Blossom Dearie (also Blossom). That girlish voice is backed by an emotional maturity that gives real strength to her songwriting. It was a pleasure to work on this song.

My organizing idea on this song was to have the beginning closed off and have the song open up as it progressed. I started with the stereo field restricted at abut 50%. I opened it up a little at the chorus (70%), back down for the second verse, and didn’t open up fully until the bridge. I left the full stereo field under the outro to reinforce the resolution of the song.

I think this approach may be too subtle. It’s hard to hear changes in the stereo field. It may have been more effective in surround sound, because i  there I could make the difference obvious. While I love the spot where it opens up, the effect doesn’t really speak unless you are wearing headphones. Even there, it is hard to notice until you get to the bridge.

The only really fancy thing I added was the echo at the end. I liked the concept, but found the actuality distracting. I patched the delay through the reverb instead of the main output. This makes the echo an ethereal whisper, off in the distance- which is what I was going for. Ethereal whisper.

I am happy with my mix. I don’t plan on winning any prizes. My system is old enough now that the new plugins won’t load. I’d love some training materials, though. More new projects to mix.

I am adding a new “Mixing” category to my site. Songs like this one- I didn’t write, arrange, play any instrument or even record any tracks. I just realized the mix. It’s the perfect label for the technical work I did and do.

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