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  1. This is bringing back memories! I think maybe the instruments in the lower-mid frequencies (particularly those drums, (Timpani? (I'm not very educated in classical music))), could do with bringing down a bit as they seem to be overpowering the rest of the mix, making things sound a bit cluttered at times.
  2. It is very easy to get carried away with compression. To avoid this, I try to make a habit of controlling threshold and ratio as diametrically opposed parameters. If the threshold is low, this will increase the amount of compression applied, this is then countered with easing off the ratio. Of course it also depends a lot on the nature of the sound it's being applied to. A vocal track tends to sound more pleasing (in my opinion) with low threshold and low ratio, where the compression rides the sound pretty much all the time, maintaining some the loudness variations of the vocalist, keepi
  3. Heavy compression can certainly give interesting musical results. I guess my point is that ideally it's use would be from an artistic decision rather than any kind of necessity.
  4. You might like to check out this handy freeware program for editing individual audio files, useful if you want to make accurate edits to a sound to then bring back into your DAW. http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/ As for a standard program, I'm pretty sure there is none. It really depends on personal taste and budget. It can help a lot to invest in your gear but there's no doubt some really special work can be made on the most basic of tech. Keep doing what you're doing, developing your skills with what you have available but also do your research into the capabilities of other t
  5. As others have pointed out, the mediums and listening environment are important factors in this. I'll just add that mp3 itself, even at highest bit rates have a significant impact on the experience, particularly on more complex sounds (bells, cymbals... etc). Reducing the dynamic range helps a lot to address this but from an artistic point of very is a major limitation. As data storage and transfer technology develops, it is inevitable/(hopeful?) that lossless formats will take over. Saying this, mastering techniques are always going to be important but hopefully in time it will become mor
  6. One thing that might help a lot is adding varying amounts of distortion/overdrive to a sound. Small amounts to bring some warmth and higher amounts to make things more raw and bring out harmonic content. A small amount of distortion added to an overly pure/clean "midi sounding" sound can go a long way.
  7. Ah my bad. Good job, Alex Smith. Very well deserved!
  8. I have no problem an extension. Would be good to widen the competition.
  9. To my tastes I think the drums work well in contrast with the mellowness. In fact I'd be tempted to add a little distortion to the kick to dirty it up a little. Also I reckon the bass would sound even better in the lower octave.
  10. Pulled a sickie from work yesterday so ended up doing my first OCR compo entry, for PRC. Thanks a lot for the help with this.
  11. Pulled a sickie from work today and ended up finishing the track way ahead of schedule
  12. Not one but two remixes at the same time... :-S

  13. There's some really interesting moments in this and the atmosphere is awesomely oppressive. I agree with the comments of others that the bass is too boomy in places, really needs tightening up, and the distortion is a bit too much at times and could do with offsetting with cleaner sounds, perhaps with some higher frequency content to widen the spectral exploration.
  14. A phrase from Captain Beefheart's amazing album, "Trout Mask Replica".
  15. Made a start on my first remix! :D

  16. Awesome, thanks for the heads up. I might have a go at the PRC comp.
  17. Hey cheers for the reply and welcome. Sorry I've taken so long to check the thread. I'll take a listen for sure, possibly this evening after work.
  18. Thanks a lot! I'll keep an eye open for the next MnP. Yeah 2 weeks seems fine. Maybe once I get into the swing of it the more advanced comps will be more doable. I'm a relatively experienced producer, just haven't been active for a while and I'm getting the hang of new software and hardware at the same time. I noticed the calender doesn't seem to have anything going at the moment. Is there a break for summer or something?
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