Author Archives: Olson Jeff

Take an old idea, and mix it with fresh ears (and an upcoming workshop!)

Found this on the hard drive:

First thought was – who made this, and why is it in my mixdown folder? Sure, I have lots of my own beats in there, but when I work with a client they get their own folder, and all their recordings / beats stay in THEIR folder.

I did a quick search, and sure enough, found the Cubase .cpr project file.  Hearing a few things I thought would improve the tune fast, I went to work on the mix.

 

You’ll hear the “Audiojungle” watermark on it, as it’s going in the library.  The point of this music for me is to work quickly, and stick to fairly quick techniques and tools.  I did have a bit of fun with the reverbs on this tune.  I believe I used mainly Native Instrument’s RC24 for that, but there may have been another verb (or 2)!  I also used a fair bit of sidechaining – 2 different compressor groups with slightly different settings, depending on how deep of a “pump” I needed for the particular sound(s).

 

 

If you’ve got old tunes on your hard drive – don’t be afraid to sit down and have a “listening session” with them.  You may find some gems that just take a little mixing / editing to bring up to your current production standards.

If you want to come out to the studio (and you live in / near Edmonton), check out our Edmonton mixing workshop  coming up! Of course, you can follow us on FB too for the latest.

 

Have Fun!

Jeff

 

 

 

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Remix Workshop – A head start on a Lily Allen Remix

And the subject (Victim) is….

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Lily Allen!  We’re going to have some fun mixing around with her vocal, chopping her instruments, etc.

I’ve already taken a look at some stems, which you’ll be able to find on the FB page, or any other quality shop that carries Remix Stems!!

I started messing around with some ideas.  I started off with some cool modular drum samples from Maschine’s Raw Voltage Library.  Did a little editing, mainly of a pitch envelope on a kick drum.

The chorus synths sound REALLY nice, so I did a couple things with the second half of the chorus part:

1.  I exported the last 8 bars of chorus synths (just to cover all the chords) into a tidy file from Cubase.  Then I dragged that onto a Maschine sound (pad), and chopped it into 32.  That gave me a 1 beat / pad, so 4 pads / chord.  The chord progression repeats, so I have the first 2 chords twice – in the first half and second half of the whole loop.  The last 2 bars stick to an Eb chord, which is sort of a “wildcard” – it doesn’t naturally appear in the F major key that the song is in.

2.  I took the same loop of the chorus synths, and dragged it into Reaktor’s Skanner ensemble.  If you haven’t checked out Skanner, Bluewater VST has a great video on Skanner.  In this instance, I basically found a preset that got me close.  Keep in mind, ALL the sound is being generated based on my chorus sample – so what I’m hearing (EVEN with a preset!) is a completely new sound!  I did a little tweaking, and as Skanner was refusing to activate for me (in spite of my correct serial number!) I simply exported the audio from the track.  Now I don’t have to worry about the MIDI notes from that part again, I have pure audio to work with.  I made sure I was happy with the notes, but for a sound like this, very textural, I don’t feel the need to manipulate notes.  I’d rather manipulate the sound, the texture.   I added some delay to it and moved on.

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Finally, I added some (very) low end from Massive, and then recorded some 8th note pulsed texture from the beloved, quirky Meeblip synthesizer.   I added the meeblip, chorus synths and some verb to a group so they could all be side-chained, and ran a feed off the kick to the SC comp for this.

Now things are pumping nicely, I like the funky patterns, and it’s definitely not what you’d first expect hearing her melody.  I’m not as excited about the intro / vs rhythm yet, and the chorus rhythm feels more laid back than I had thought I was aiming for.  I really like it though, so if I work on this more, I’ll perhaps keep it mellow / groovy.

 

We’re going to look at more ways to remix this LIVE at Phoneticsound Recording Studio.  Details will be on the Edmonton Electronic Music Producers page, and this will just be a local workshop.  If it goes well, we may build a way to do online workshops in the future too!

If you are in Edmonton, you can request to join the Edmonton Electronic Music Producers group on Facebook – it’s a private group, so don’t try if you’re not local.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, and join us on Facebook!

 

UPDATE:  REGISTRATION IS LIVE!!!

If you’re in Edmonton / area, just click here for the registration page:

Eventbrite - The Remix Guide: Starting a remix (Live Workshop!)

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Welcome to the Remix Guide!

I put together a quick video to highlight why The Remix Guide exists.  Also, I needed some good music to start / end videos on.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU LIKE THE INTRO TUNE!  

I wanted the video intro to encapsulate the remix philosophy in just a few seconds, so you’ll hear a funk theme as it gets twisted.  This was a blast to make, but there’s lots more to come.  In the meantime stay tuned – I have a remix coming out soon, for which I’ll put a link to on the Remix Guide.

What have you been working on lately?  Do comment, and leave a link to your last remix on Soundcloud if you like.

Remix On.

Jeff

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How to Start Remixing – Finding a great acapella!

How to Start Remixing – Finding a great acapella!

If you’re just getting started out, it’s best NOT to labour for hours just to finish your “first track”.  Look at it this way: your just starting the course, so it’s going to take some practise!  Be prepared to start many projects, and don’t be afraid to start remixing a new tune and trying some new techniques.

The more time you spend trying, testing, and experimenting, the faster your skills will improve.  Ahh, but I get ahead of myself…

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