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MixFest 2001 Song Vote

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Alright, now we have our submissions. Now it's time for us to pick a song for Mixerman's MixFest 2001.

For those coming in late, in a nutshell, anyone that wishes to participate will mix a song. Everyone will mix the same song. This is not a contest, but a Festival for the purposes of entertainment, education, and experimentation. Once the mixes are completed participants will then have the opportunity to listen to all the differnt mixes.

If you're planning on participating in Mixerman's MixFest 2001, then you should voice your opinion. Vote for the song you would want to mix out of the submissions. Don't worry about format, we'll make that work. First thing's first. We need a song.

Below are 5 choices. We will not be mixing midi drums. There were some great submissions with midi drums, but for this particular exercise I feel it's important to use real drums.

If you would like to participate, please listen to the songs and cast a vote as to which song you think would be best for this exercise.

I will give you all some time, but when times up, it's up. So don't procrastinate. We are all very busy, trust me on that, so set aside the time, and listen.



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Mixerman Tue, 08/28/2001 - 21:38
Here are the 5 choices for Mixerman's MixFest 2001. Which song should we mix?

1. “London Town”

2. "Blatchford"

3. "Here Again"

4. "UFO"

5. “She’s the Man”

I picked these 5 for a variety of reasons. First, I think they're all really good songs. There were some great songs with midi or electronic drums, but I scrapped them because of that. It's just not condusive to this exercise to have midi drums. Second, they had some interesting things going on in the productions.

I know what I think we should mix. What do you think?

Pick one, and post it here. If you don't post, you must not be participating. I'll give it some time. And if someone is on vacation, or on their death bed and they can provide a plane ticket stub, doctors note, or a casket order form, well then, I may be forced to make an exception.

Just pick one.


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Logan Wed, 08/29/2001 - 04:25
Hey I'd love to play but at present my connection is not up to downloading the tunes. I use an old 586 for internet purposes and each tune is about a 25-30 minute download then the box hasn't enough processing to play them so I have to zip the suckers onto floppies and move them to my audio machine, all in all at least a days work. I am in the process of changing my internet machine but it's at least a week 'til I'm ready, have we got that long?
Love to compare my humble system to some the stuff you big guys get to play with. So I'm in if I can have a week to get the new box up and running so I can listen to the tunes. take care Logan

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Mixerman Wed, 08/29/2001 - 08:08
It's OK if you can't place your vote. I was semi-kidding. I just want to get an idea of how many people are going to be participating in this Shindig.

I'm going to make an official announcement in the next couple of days, where people can sign up. In the meantime, if you can listen to the songs and put up a vote that would be fantastic.

I realize that for people with slow connections it's an arduous process. So if you can't put in a vote, don't sweat it.

I'm going to give it about a week (or more) anyway. There really is no hurry. We have much larger hurdles to overcome than listening to 5 songs. Transferring the selected song to all the different formats is a mammoth one. Putting all the mixes onto CD's and setting up a network to mail them out to everyone, that's another. And I can't and won't do all of this alone.

I'm going to need volunteers to make this happen. Don't volunteer now. I want to keep this process as unconfused as possible. Once we have a song, we will start setting up the network in which to make this happen. It doesn't happen if everyone involved doesn't pitch-in anyway they can.

Listen if you can, post a vote on the songs you think are most condusive to MixFest 2001.

To the people that have one of the 5 remaining songs up there. Please inform me what format they are recorded on, and exactly how many tracks there are.



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k.w.blackwell Wed, 08/29/2001 - 13:10
Originally posted by Mixerman:
It's OK if you can't place your vote. I was semi-kidding. I just want to get an idea of how many people are going to be participating in this Shindig.

You know I'm interested, as we discussed the idea of doing something like this even back before the "ultimate idea" thread, and even before you got this forum going. I can't review the mp3's without going to a *lot* of trouble, but I'll trust your judgement. Just choose one that won't drive us newbies crazy. I'm be eager to participate and learn as much as I can.

I do have one other concern, however. It should be glaringly obvious, but.... You haven't mentioned yet that the chosen song is going to need to be redistributed in raw multi-track format to all participants. So the submitter needs to have all the original tracks handy. Some bands might not like having the raw tracks so "exposed", though it's probably not a real issue, just something for the "submitters" to make sure about. The only reason I'm pointing out the obvious is that the copyright owners have to agree to this little explosion of "derivative works".

I think the most common denominator of distribution formats will be data CD-R's, with at least maximum-resolution WAV format files for the various tracks. (That would certainly suit me best.) Can anybody who plans to participate *not* handle that format? If someone is working all-analog, then I can't even guess what they'll need. But since the selected track has already been mixed once and made publically-listenable in that form, you might as well also include that original mix with all the raw tracks (unless there are too many to fit on a single data CD-R).

Notice that this same sort of thing is already happening on the "Mastering" forum, where participants will try their hand at mastering a stereo mix. The plan is to use both audio and data CD-R's in that case, where the all-analog guys will just use a decent CD player for the source signal. There, the participation is less than 14 or so people, but I imagine we'll have quite a few more here.

All the submitted mixes for this effort should be sent back out to everyone via a compilation copied to audio CD's so we can compare and critique each other's work. At 3:30, I suppose you can only fit 22 or so mixes on a CD. Think we'll exceed that? If we have to use multiple CD's either for the tracks or the final mixes, the shared cost will go up considerably. If we can keep each on one CD, then perhaps we can keep the cost well under $10 per participant. This is far better than having everyone post their results as mp3 files somewhere, which kind of defeats the purpose.

Oops, sorry, was I rambling? :-)

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Guest Wed, 08/29/2001 - 13:51
ok this sux....

Hehe, im seriously stuck between 2 tunes....I guess I'll listen to them a few more times and just pick one heh.

BTW, I can do transfers between, SDII files through AD8000's, Studer D827 Dash, A827 2inch and DA88. That is if help is needed with transfers.


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Guest Wed, 08/29/2001 - 14:07
depending on what the original is thinking SDII or WAV files transfered through some decent converters would be best, that way it can easily be ditributed via cd.

I think most can get a DAW into there room and transfer to whatever they want to work off of.

So im picking.....GOD DAMNIT!!! I make a decision and then bounce to the other one... now I know what my girlfriend means when she yells at me for not making up my mind heh.