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Old January 22nd, 2012, 05:19 PM
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Default Question For Tuba Solo and Any Other Remixers

Tuba and others,

I am in a competitive situation for a remix. The pay is quite good and I really want this one.

I've heard some of the other remixes from other remixers being solicited and I have a really good shot at taking this.

My mixdown however is sitting around -6dBFS.

On a competitive bid like this do you get the "remix" mastered?

I've talked to the Wombians about a competitive mix situation before and it really didn't make sense to have it mastered.

But what about a remix?

From the labels previous artists it looks like as soon as they get the remix its released online and it the artists brand and market development "stuff".

So should I opt for mastering before submitting my "Remix"?

Thanks in advance.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 07:43 PM
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Default Re: Question For Tuba Solo and Any Other Remixers

Run it through your L2 set to "KILL" and then submit BOTH the unkilled and killed versions and pray the people on the receiving end know what the hell is going on. Because often times they don't.

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I have to reply to your good question with another one: what kind of remix are we talking about?

Is it only intended for record release and airplay? Then yes, it is safer to have it mastered.

These days you can get a song mastered for very little money, and if you like your mix, you owe that to yourself.

Is it dancefloor-oriented? If so, you need to verify that when played VERY LOUD, your mix retains power, punch and clarity.

Most DJs wont play your track, as good as it may be otherwise, if it requires making too many EQ corrections on the spot... there is just no way around this.

Since the levels better match other remixes currently played in clubs... by all means, if you're not too confident in the overall EQ or loudness, get it mastered.

In this case though, you'd better find a mastering engineer who specializes in EDM, since it involves a particular handling of the treble and bass ranges. Dance-oriented mastering suites often use huge club-like sound systems besides the usual high-end amps & speakers.

The alternative being to put another remix of the same genre in your DAW and compare, using your ears AND a spectroscope.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks guys. Very helpful stuff!
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The alternative being to put another remix of the same genre in your DAW and compare, using your ears AND a spectroscope.
That's a really good idea. Thanks Tuba.

Hakimcallier: What you might want to do is purchase the last six months of Promo Only, whichever series closest matches the music you are working on. This will give you a defacto reference because what gets on Promo Only is a direct cross-section of what is going on in both radio and clubland.

Promo Only only sells to DJs, so you need to add "DJ" to your list of services.
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That's a really good idea. Thanks Tuba.

Hakimcallier: What you might want to do is purchase the last six months of Promo Only, whichever series closest matches the music you are working on. This will give you a defacto reference because what gets on Promo Only is a direct cross-section of what is going on in both radio and clubland.

Promo Only only sells to DJs, so you need to add "DJ" to your list of services.
Cool. Beatport regularly issues "100 best sellers"-type compilations, which can be very useful for that purpose also.
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