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What if the mix sucks?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Jon Atack, Nov 8, 2001.

  1. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Member

    OK, every now and then you run across a know-it-all artist or producer who won't let you mix.

    You know the kind...they have a 'total vision' for their chef d'oeuvre and that means a +12dB shelf at 50Hz is just the thing for their JV1080 Fender Rhodes patch, plus a +12dB boost at 50Hz on the kick, the bass and the vocal, because that's what they did on their VS box at home and it was PHAT.

    So, the mix sucks, but the artist is happy with it. What do you do now?

    Do you ask not to be credited...

    or do you use a ghost-name, a pseudo...

    or do you leave your name on it?

    Jon
     
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Just cough loudly when the bad edits come up!

    :)
     
  3. Henchman

    Henchman Active Member

    Originally posted by Jon Atack:


    So, the mix sucks, but the artist is happy with it. What do you do now?

    Do you ask not to be credited...

    or do you use a ghost-name, a pseudo...

    or do you leave your name on it?

    Jon


    well, ya know, one thing I've come to realise. Bad mixes and bad albums are like really bad movies. Hardly anybody will ever know they exist.

    You know the number of crappy stuff I've worked on, that was beyond my control? And you've never heard any of them. And, god forbidding, you never will. That's life. All you can do is make the best of it, and hope the next project is better.

    I remember way back assisting on a Rap project that I thought would never end. The band ended up spending Half a million dollars. And this was 10 yaers ago. The album never even got released. In fact, I remember assisting on a number of projects like that. All with the same ending. No wonder lables are crying that they're losing money.
     
  4. MadMoose

    MadMoose Active Member

    Originally posted by Henchman:

    I remember way back assisting on a Rap project that I thought would never end. The band ended up spending Half a million dollars. And this was 10 yaers ago. The album never even got released. In fact, I remember assisting on a number of projects like that. All with the same ending. No wonder lables are crying that they're losing money.


    How does that happen? I remember assisting on a roots rock project with endless remix after remix to make the first note of the guitar solo louder. By the time I left that studio there were over 120 reels of 1/2" at 15ips and they were still going and retracking things then doing 20 mixes of the song again. Doesn't anyone from the label actually ask why it's taking so damn long?

    Honestly you could always ask to given credit under a stage name. Like Slash or something. I use Floopie.
     
  5. CFS

    CFS Guest

    well, ya know, one thing I've come to realise. Bad mixes and bad albums are like really bad movies. Hardly anybody will ever know they exist


    I totally do nto agree I swear to god all of my worst work is what I end up seeing everywhere. One of my worst works got on heavy rotation on MTV. I think also I get called as a mix guy most often and I hate the tracking job and since a label usually asks me to do this I hate the way the thing sounds and then cause its on a label and they cared enough to remix they then promote the record.
     
  6. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    A pseudo.... hmmmmm. I would've never thought of this. In the future, if you ever see a Simpson's character in the mix credits of a sucky mix, you know I was involved in it. D'oh!
     
  7. gie

    gie Guest

    I know what you're talking about... :(
    And then you also have bands knowing everything better because "that's how I do it at home at Cool Edit"

    Check out:
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  8. Jonhedin

    Jonhedin Active Member

    Dont let your name be a synonyme to bad mixes!
     

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