I mixed and posted this in 2012 but wanted to share this again! Wishing all my friends and family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, there is so much to be thankful for. The many blessings in our lives that can be so easily looked over as we go about our busy schedules. This Christmas I’m so appreciative for friends, family and above all the Miracle of Salvation. God’s gift to all the world, Jesus Christ.
Simply could not think of a better song to mix than “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and was fortunate enough to finish this Mix in time to enjoy it for Christmas!
Thank you to Kevin Ward for the tracks, I hope you like the mix.
A little information about the mix. The tracks were supplied in a Pro Tools Session and of really nice quality, the BGV harmonies came bounced to a stereo track and sounded wonderfully done. My thoughts while listening to the Mix initially, faders up, was to keep the energy in this Contemporary version of a favorite Christmas Classic “Go Tell It On The Mountain”.
Sometimes mixing is like polishing a beautiful classic car.
Drums: Kevin Ward
Percussion: Joseph Piccione
Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Organ and Piano: Brent Cartwright
It was a wonderful opportunity to work with Lori to track and mix “Journey Home”, started a year ago, and recently finished with a Steel Guitar part played by Zane King. I had the final mix mastered by Sage Mastering in Nashville and the results are pleasing on all accounts, the project was a success.
As a mix engineer I learned through this process the importance of mixing what was tracked, embracing the song and not trying to create something new with the tracks. Every song has a direction that it truly dictates, the job I faced was not wrecking the original vision of this beautiful song.
The icing on the cake, the last instrument to be recorded was overdubbed by Zane King in Nashville at his home studio, a true professional in every sense of the word and a pleasure to work with. Last, and now that the Mix was complete was to get some feedback from a trusted mix engineer and producer that I have come to appreciate and respect, Stone Walters. Stone listened to the final mix before mastering and gave honest feedback based on the engineering that I was responsible for. His feedback was valuable to me and in a sense caused me to look at aspects of my mix that I had grown fond of but needed changing for the benefit of the song and artist performance.
I made the recommended changes and Lori approved the final mix for mastering, this is Journey Home.
Great session to mix made available by Atlantis Bound, 44 tracks if my memory serves me properly. Tons of Guitars and Killer Drums, Lead Vocals are totally on the mark. This band rocks, they have load of energy and deliver up a killer rockin’ tune here. If you like Paramore, Atlantis Bound will bring listening pleasure. The Band made the tracks available through the Cambridge Download library for mixers to mix and post. These tracks are for educational purposes, this is not the original release.
The Band is made up of Analise Rios – Lead Vocals, Michael A.J. Freyre – Guitar, Isaiah Mendez- Guitar/Backing Vocals, James Fabio- Bass, EJ Rios- Drums/Piano. Their hometown is Bronx, NY – Go New York!
Check out their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/AtlantisBound
I have known about Harrison Mixbus for a while now, even tested a couple of years ago. Recently I decided to install it and give it a good looking at. Shortly after downloading and installing Mixbus I was up and running, viewed a few tutorials on Harrison’s YouTube Page and BAM I was Mixing. It was clear right away that Mixbus has a great sound all of it’s own, like their Analog Consoles, Harrison put all of the analog goodness into it’s answer to the digital arena.
The first day mixing with Mixbus I was able to finish a mix in a few hours with 4 plugins that took me twice as long using over 40 plugins. It was a great test to see if the things that I read were true, they are. Mixbus gives you Eq with High pass filer, Trim, three types of dynamics Leveler, Compression and limiter on every channel. The channels can all be routed to one of eight available buses which include Eq, Tape Saturation with saturation meter and Compression. The Master Fader gives you a K-14 Meter, Tape Saturation with Meter and Eq there is also a Phase coherency meter.
I will do a more in depth review of the software when I’m able to really spend more hours mixing and editing in the DAW. Mixbus is a serious contender for everything on the market. When it comes to sound of the DAW, nothing compares.
I found these really cool tracks to mix over at The Cambridge Music Technology website, “Shore” by Motor Tapes is an upbeat and slightly addictive song. That’s a good thing when you have to mix a lot of tracks for hours on end! I downloaded the tracks, 43 in total and got to work on the mix. After getting the session laid out, tracks in my preferred order, color coded and labeled it was time to set up busses, get all tracks routed and start a good static mix. As soon as the faders started going up I knew it was going to be fun mixing these tracks. The Hook is great.
It took a good while getting everything aligned and Phase coherent. When all the tracks played in properly aligned phase the mix just started to fall together.
We just added the Dangerous D-Box to our Studio! The imaging is incredible, my first mix through the D-Box proved to be nothing shy of amazing. Immediately I noticed a “sense of space”, very definable and clean while mixing through the D-Box’s circuitry. Reverb and Delay suddenly clearer, more articulate and less cluttered. The “center” of the mix is now Punchy, Tight and Rock Solid. When pushing faders in the DAW it has been customary for tracks to suddenly get too hot and start to show clipping, the D-Box absorbs a good bit of the fader while adding clean cool signal to the mix.
The monitoring section is so sweet and clean, it’s Mastering quality and it really sounds great. Two headphone pre-amps and a talk back all on top of 8 channels of Summing makes the D-Box a “no brainer”. Instead of the fancy plug in bundle check out the Dangerous D-Box, it will change the way you mix. And your sound! ;)