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List of song for mix reference

Hi guys,

I'm trying to make a short list of songs to reference my mixes to.
1 or 2 songs for each styles of music.
I'm not searching for the most catchy or popular songs, I'm looking for the most sonicly accurate and/or those who sound good as a reference.

Please add your favorite reference songs

  1. Pop :
  2. Folk :
  3. Rock /Grunge :
  4. Country :
  5. Blues :
  6. Jazz :
  7. HardRock :
  8. Punk/Ska :
  9. Heavey and more intence ;) :
    Other styles are welcome, but those are the ones I record the most.


anonymous Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:17
wow... that's a toughie..

I'll take a shot at it though...

1. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye

2. My folk might be different than your folk - and even then it's a wide array... that could swing anywhere between traditional Irish to Bob Dylan. I mean, Peter Paul and Mary are considered "folk". So is Ritchie Havens.
If forced to choose, I'd say probably Dylan's Visions Of Johanna. But again, folk is a really wide genre.

3. Probably Nirvana or Pearl Jam... I've used Jeremy several times, along with various Alice In Chains tracks as mix references.

4. Country -New or Traditional? Are we talking George Jones "country", or Dixie Chicks? For traditional country, Patsy Cline's She's Got You. For newer, more modern, Mary Chapin Carpenter's He Thinks He'll Keep Her.

5. LOL.. again.. Delta? Chicago? Stevie Ray Vaughn? Okay, I'll pick one ... Allman Brothers... Whippin' Post.

6. Dave Brubeck, Take Five... Miles Davis, anything off of Kind Of Blue, or Vince Guraldi's Cast Your Fate.

7. Disturbed - Down With The Sickness

8. No experience, so no preference. Truthfully? It really all sounds the same to me. I've never tracked or mixed either.

9. I haven't really done anything more intense or harder than something like Godsmack or Disturbed - so, other than knowing that more intense stuff does indeed exist, I guess I wouldn't know.


I would also add Peter Gabriel's So album; Steely Dan's Aja', The Beatles Rubber Soul (mono)- Both Yes albums Big Generator and 90125, because I think they all sound so good, all the way around.

For dense creative production - Beatle's Sgt Pepper, PF's The Wall, Queen's Night At The Opera, Al Stewart's Year Of The Cat, Alan Parson's Tales Of Mystery And Imagination, Genesis' Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.

But, I don't think that those "conceptual" kind of albums really exist much these days... that's more of a retro thing.




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