I’ve read dik’s post (http://thewombforums.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=92
) and it made me deeply thinking about what to tell you about your mixes...
The point from where I’m looking at this is : What would I like to know about my mix that could actually help me to improve it ? Is it my personal approach / creativity in terms of using effects, sample replacement, reverse using of parts of the song, decision for this or that plugin or whatever I did to it ? Dik was pointing out the fact, that he likes his mix best. Why is that ? I believe that all of us do like our own mixes best regarding the creative treatment we did to it – it’s the way we would like to hear it, a representation of the imagination that’s in our heads while listening to the raw tracks.
Mixing is art. Sounds a bit pathetic, but I really feel like we’re watching at finally appr. 200 pictures which were made by different artists who all had heard about the sad story of the deer and wanted to capture that in their paintings. None of the paintings will match to another. Every painter will focus on different things. I think one has to respect every painter’s approach. And I guess, if I would be one of them, I would like my picture best – it’s the way I see my vision best presented on the canvas.
I’ve made a decision: I won’t tell you what I think about your representation, it’s the way you see it, that’s totally ok and I’m fine with that.
What would I like to hear ? For me the most important part is : How is my mix translating on a different system. Is there something in it, that is annoying you – where you have the feeling “...I guess this was not a creative decision, this could have happened due to bad monitoring situation or bad room treatment or whatever.” And I would like to hear on which kind of system you’re listening to it, e.g. cans, car stereo, pc-speakers, mid-size hifi-system, full-blown hifi-system, nearfields, soffit mounted main monitors....
I guess most here don’t have the ideal monitoring-situation...at least I don’t have it. There are and I guess will be posts where participants are talking about the sonic impression of the mix and pointing equal things out, which some found somewhat annoying and others found to sound really great.
The thought behind all of this the following:
I’m thinking about posting my comments to your mixes in a kind of form, which includes
- Audio System at which I’ve listened to your mixes
- Stick outs
If some more would like to do it in that manner, there’ll may be the possibility after discussing or even while it is still going on to copy/paste the comments to a text-file on your pc, maybe format the comments in whatever way you prefer and having a list and a comparison about how the mixes translate on different kind of systems to get an overview of issues that might need correction. Maybe this is a way beneath the in-deep going featured mixes threads for anyone to improve their own mixes.
This is just a suggestion. It could be that all the things I wrote above are totally crap.
I would like to know what you think about the idea, may it be that you have suggestions or may it be that you’re thinking this is never gonna work.
And maybe you would like to post what's your opinion on that topic. From your pov, what would you like to be commented ?