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Description : Here is my contribution to the mixing and mastering competition hosted by ShortBusMusic. Spent quite a bit of time on this one, and it was mainly a morning activity for me - the song seemed to suit that feeling. Quite a bit of detail work went into the mix. Tried to keep much of the dynamics intact. Hope I have kept to the guidelines in an acceptable way. Here's the link to the competition thread... https://www.looperman.com/forum/thread/182336/mixing-and-mastering-competition
And a link to the original track... https://www.looperman.com/tracks/detail/159547
Thanks ShortBus for putting this together!

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  1. mystirP
    mystirP on Wed 10th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    By the by Spiv, all I do is stitch loops together. I play no instruments. Wouldn't know a bow string from a guitar string...LOL..Great stuff second time around even..

    Mr. P

    Reply by Spivkurl

    You should definitely try to learn an instrument. Doesn't really matter which one, just something available that makes a sound you like. It can change everything about how you hear and make music. Thanks for the comments friend!

  2. mystirP
    mystirP on Wed 10th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    Spiv. Fellow Looperpeep. I don't know where to begin, nor would I know how to end what I start so I'll jump in the middle and say this.

    Great Track! I had to listen to this a second time. I know nothing of musical notes, beats, or even how to read muzik. I just know how sounds sound and what they sound when blended with another sound. Example. I don't know how my car works, I just get in after checking the oil, gas and air in the tires and enjoy the ride. This is what I did. For you piece here, I enjoyed the ride and had to do it again.

    Mr. P

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you again for your kind comments! This was a fun mixing project for sure, and it made me happy that it was recognized. My process with this one was pretty intuitive, but still detailed, and it seemed to work out. I know what you mean... I don't know how my legs work, I just stand up and start walking!

  3. Apieceoftofu
    Apieceoftofu on Sat 1st Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    Everything is sounding excellent on my system. Great work.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you very much for the support! It's always good to hear from you!

  4. theHumps
    theHumps on Tue 28th Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    Sorry for the late comments Spiv but I do want to congratulate you on a stellar mix and a victory, you and Orlando deserved it! What can I say that hasn't already been said, it's excellent.

    Way to go!


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey friend, thank you!! I have been in the middle of some serious projects lately, so haven't been able to keep up with replies. I appreciate all the hard work you put into this competition! Have some new outlooks on composition after working with your excellent stems. Thank you again!

  5. promenade2239
    promenade2239 on Sun 26th Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    many thanks for your reply! Yes, of course it would be better to simply pick up guitar and correct that part. I am not too much into the autotuning and pitch correcting as well - it may ruin the natural sound and the 'original' message for the most part.
    But overall it could be 'listenable' and even consonant in here without correcting notes - it's quite subiective from person to person. It blends in the huge reverb anyway so it is just a detail.
    Thanks again for your thoughts - it's always appreciated!

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks for the reply again friend. Like I said, I completely ignored the chords of the guitar when working on this... I find it pretty natural for a musician (especially one as experienced as ShortBus) to play in a way that hints at or suggests a different key than that which is integral to the song. It is very common in many styles of music from classical and avant garde to blues and jazz. Your mention of the reverb is interesting to me, as aside from the percussion, I found the stems to be a bit on the dry side which is nice and helpful when mixing. Not saying that there wasn't any reverb on the guitars originally, but I almost got the impression that it was natural reverb captured in the recordings. It can be really tough to avoid that when recording an acoustic guitar. Thanks for the good discussion!

  6. midisparks
    midisparks on Sat 25th Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    Pat - I am inspired by your work. Somebody mentioned "endless space in the sound field" that you are able to achieve. I have noticed this before - especially your control of the bass frequencies. This is for sure an area of mixing where the great stand out from the good. Congratulations on your recognition with this piece. Very much deserved. I look forward to working more with you. All the best. Dan

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Your comment made me really happy! I have been working really hard lately to deepen my understanding of frequencies and their relation to human hearing, and I think low frequencies are really important in that reaction. You can feel them as well as hear them, even at low volumes. Your words are very complimentary, so I thank you!

  7. Cyberliam
    Cyberliam on Sat 25th Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    Hi Spiv!
    I can hear a hard work in the track! Nicely done! Amazing piece of art! Respect!

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you very much! I can't take credit for the composition or anything, as that was all ShortBus. Has a lot of fun mixing and mastering this though, and I think it has changed the way I work now. I appreciate the feedback!

  8. promenade2239
    promenade2239 on Sat 25th Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    yeah! I mean the D major over a D minor from from 2:01. Can you see a difference?
    Basically Im writing this only to bump up my track at the top of a list. Hope you dont mind. It's all about that! Alex

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey, atleast you didn't just say "cool track" and leave it at that, so don't worry! As far as the key change goes, I completely ignored it when mixing and mastering this. I don't really feel like it is a mixing engineers place to question the composition of someone's song, more to focus on the strengths of each track and help them work together to form a polished piece. There's nothing wrong with a key change within a song any way. I think that this idea is what is missing from a lot of popular mixes these days, as evidenced by the overuse of pitch correction software. It takes much effort to use those when there is a key change, and most people don't even bother. They just put the track through a sieve which removes the captured moment of the recording and performance. I too have been guilty of this at times, but I'm training myself to accept my mistakes/intentions as well as those of others. If the composer or performer didn't like how a recording turned out, they should retake it. If it doesn't fit the key of the music, then it should be easy enough to transpose. Thank you for your comments!

  9. promenade2239
    promenade2239 on Fri 24th Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    nice work/great track! don't see the difference between D and d? It's all floating, isn't it?
    This track is great because it is as it is!

    Congratulations, Alex

  10. kykex
    kykex on Wed 22nd Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Amazing song! hearing this i realize how much i have to learn XD

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey, thanks! That's a very nice thing to say! Just give it time and effort, and you will learn all that you need, I appreciate the listen and comment!

  11. StaticNomad
    StaticNomad on Sun 19th Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    Greetings yet again, Spiv. I guess I’m mostly back to offer congratulations on winning the competition. I have now seen you in your different T-shirts (that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it?) on your blog, though I’d say you were a little more prominent in the shots than the T-shirts.

    One thing I’ve been impressed with is how the good mixes really brought out how good a piece of music the original actually is, providing it’s mixed well. I didn’t really think much of the original, though I completely understand that was the point as the errors were intentionally left in. So, overall, quite a skilfully constructed piece and competition.

    Seems to have really caught on, with so many people giving it a go. I really couldn’t be bothered to check any more out after about 7 or 8. They started to all sound way too similar.

    I’m still mildly tempted to do a perversely different mix of this sometime and I must also do that with your Nitr8 classic (eg banj metal). But I’m always so busy knocking out my own little pop tunes. *

    Anyway, congrats again and maybe the most impressive thing you’d done with this mix is get stuff to be so loud and powerful. Interesting as it’s basically an emotive chillout groove piece so not some piece of aggressive dubsteppery or grindcore or whatever.

    *Here’s my latest funky 303 one https://www.looperman.com/tracks/detail/160997

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks for coming back with congratulations my friend! Yeah I just did some quick selfies (doncha just hate that word) in the shirts, wasn't really trying for a showcase of the shirts or anything. I appreciate that you say I made the tracks loud and powerful. I guess the key was in thinking ahead to the mastering stage while mixing, to avoid fader creep and stuff... you know thinking "it might sound a bit on the quiet side now, but once it's mastered it will be potent." I actually was pretty conservative when it came to increasing gain in this one, just because of the style of song it was. I really appreciate your communication here, so thank you! Will be by to check out that piece you mentioned in a moment.

  12. ZEE
    ZEE on Sun 12th Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    Hi there,

    I like this track. I love experimenting with your samples and have tried to use them in the past for some of my tracks, but they are not as good as what you are producing.

    When will this particular track become available to download?

    Great job on this project. Well done


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hello, and thank you for your feedback. Honestly, I probably won't allow downloads on this one, as it's not my composition just a mix and master competition winner. Your comment about my loops answers itself though, loops are not as good as fully realized stems or channels or tracks or whatever. Loops are just ideas or tones to build off of. That's all I make them for... if I want to release full tracks for people to work with I do a remix thing or whatever. Thank you again for the feedback!

  13. crucethus
    crucethus on Sat 11th Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    If this doesn't win the contest it's fixed...lol, just kidding. great mix, dynamics are awesome. Listening on old Bose 2.2 speakers with a Kenwood 40watt receiver and the bass just cuts through and sounds amazing.
    You can take a bow my friend

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey cruce, thanks friend! I'm happy to be amongst the two winners with this one, as I put a bunch of time into it. Helped me show myself that my right ear wasn't permanently damage by holding a cell phone set to speaker to my ear... man that hurt. Sounds like a cool little listening setup you've got there! I do love Bose. Thank you again for your very kind comment!

  14. failingtimes
    failingtimes on Sat 11th Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    What a brilliant piece of work. FT

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you very much for your listen and comment! It's appreciated!

  15. FreeRadical
    FreeRadical on Thu 9th Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    Hey spiv. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I've not been online much lateley. This is sounding really nice, not what i'm used to from you. There's some awesome pads and great atmospheres going on here and now here comes the bass. For some reason it reminds me a little of Leftfields "melt" well it did until the guitar came in and now it's taken on a whole new twist. This is very good indeed and so different from what i've ever heard you do before.
    Definitely a fav. The production is spot on, the arrangement is superb and the ideas are brilliant.
    I'm really enjoying listening to this and i definitely want to hear it again.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey FR, thank you for the visit! Apologies for the long wait on the reply. I definitely can't take credit for the ideas, or in truth the arrangement, as ShortBus had all of that taken care of for us. His playing and sound design was excellent, and every part was complimentary. I'm happy that you enjoyed this one, and you might just like the version which Mark Ratcliffe performed on as well. Thanks again!

  16. WongKiShoo
    WongKiShoo on Thu 2nd Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    Well well!

    I gotta say I'm pleasantly surprised Spiv :)

    Of the mixes I've listened to so far I think this is definitely in the top 3. My only criticism would be that the kick drum gets a bit lost beneath that heavy bass line.. but otherwise everything else is near on perfect to my ears - especially love the width and clarity you achieved on the strings at the end. Great job!


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey WKS, thanks much for the comment! Sorry about the late reply as well. I'm happy that you enjoyed listening. I guess as far as the kick goes, the drums/percussion were all in one stem, so I was very limited in adjusting the volume of individual drums. Also, it didn't seem like a type of song that needed a big heavy kick. I think the balance is slightly better in the new version with MWRatridge's vocal and guitar work. Thanks again for the kind reveiw!

  17. Mosaic
    Mosaic on Wed 1st Oct 2014 - 5 years ago


    Friend this is a absolutely stunning track, brilliant clarity of the mix, this is playing very nice through my lap top speakers...Brilliant matey...MASSIVE fav...One of the Best track heard on site...Peace n MUCH Respect...Mosaic...

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey Mos, thank you for stopping in, and I'm sorry about the late reply. You make me feel proud of the mixing on this one, I appreciate it! MWRatridge just did vocals and lead guitar for this one, and I posted the finished mix today. Turned out good, and pushed this song to a new level. Thanks again for your support!

  18. srbrown7
    srbrown7 on Wed 1st Oct 2014 - 5 years ago

    Great track...has a floating feel to it but anchored by the bass & beat. Nice use of guitars too. Mixing is superb, great space, good frequency separations, no mud. Also the tack in nicely spaced with interludes. Congrats!

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks much for your kind review! I can't take much credit for this one, as ShortBus did all the composing and recording. He's done something special with this song! I really appreciate the positive feedback!

  19. Abilify
    Abilify on Tue 30th Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    aww I'm sorry...I made misspellings.
    But i'm very tired now, maybe that's an excuse.

    Uhm...sorry, and good night!...again.

  20. Abilify
    Abilify on Tue 30th Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    HAh! Spiv :D
    Yeah, it's me again, Timmy, the unknown.
    I just wanted to thank you for this tracj because now I can sleep c:
    This sounds beautiful and it's I can relax when I hear it.
    This is still qiet an unusual track.
    I love unusual tracks.
    I actually hate mainstream, hah)
    well, that's something wich we both do c:
    Showing others that unusual does not mean worse.
    Thanks and good night :D!

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks Timmy for your kind comment! Yeah, ShortBus did a great job composing this track, and it was a pleasure to mix and master it. High quality stems always make a mix more fun to work on. To be amongst the winners made it all worthwhile, plus this gave me something constructive to do when I wake up at five or six AM. Happy that it could help you sleep! I appreciate it man!

  21. RenzWilde
    RenzWilde on Sun 28th Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    I hesitated in listening and reviewing this track cause I know its part of the Mixing competition. I listened to the original but not the others. Not yet anyways.

    But I had to give yours a listen cause I know your talents and wanted to hear them on display. And of course they come through loud and clear. The original track (minus the purposeful mistakes) is excellent on its own. So some good material to work with. Love what Im hearing. Atmospheric, cinematic and just enjoyable. Funny, one thing that stuck out was the snare. So crisp and it pops out.

    Excellent work Pat! I fav'd :)

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you RW for your comment, I'm sorry it's taken so long to reply. I had a lot of fun doing this mix/master, and I'm so happy to be one of the winners! I agree that the original is very good, and the stems were very nice quality, which made the whole thing easier and more enjoyable. You know that cinematic is not my favorite or my specialty, so it's good to get a positive reaction to this. Other's were complaining about the lack of dry stems, especially the percussion... really I didn't feel like any of it was overly effected to begin with. I did try to tame the reverb on the main percussion a bit though. Gates can do wonderful things when manipulating the feel of a percussion line, and I use them almost too much. Glad that it sounds good though. Thanks again!

  22. Snow1983
    Snow1983 on Sat 27th Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    Nice song and ambiance. Really enjoy the feel of this one. Keep up the good work.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you much for the comment! I can't take much credit, as ShortBus composed and performed an excellent piece for us to work with. Had a lot of fun, and a good challenge, mixing and mastering this one. I appreciate the support!

  23. DesignedImpression
    DesignedImpression on Fri 26th Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    You did a good job with bass on this project, like the fact the way you editing the levels allows the user to gain control over the high and lows in a sync'd way with my setup. Solid bass here as well as clarity. Thought you did rather well with the ending piece. comes together with a finale when listening to the tracks levels throughout. Nice masters. Thanks for sharing, Peace.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey, thank you friend! It was nice to read your feedback on this one. I felt like the bass stem was one of the highest quality of the bunch, and lent itself to almost any sort of mixing style, so I tried to enhance that part. Also, I was trying to enable a building of potency towards the end of the track, and I think it worked okay. I probably won't be updating this one, as I've been working myself to the bone lately patching painting and setting up a new bedroom in the extension, as well as a collab track which hasn't gotten nearly enough of my time. Looking forwarf to listening to your new version!

  24. benjizo
    benjizo on Tue 23rd Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    I think mixing and Mastering is one of the most important element in music making,and one that is mostly overlooked.Its even hard for me to mix and master i must admit.But i gotta say this one was well mixed,there is an element of simplicity to it that make the sound real crispy,Its not overcrowded,everything stands out good.I wouldn't recommend any changes.You did a great job as always.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you much benjizo! It means a lot to me when spoken by a real talent such as yourself! It helps that the composition was nicely and creatively done by ShortBus. I just tried to bring out the best of each stem and help them compliment eachother. The most time was spent on getting the timing right, and I know I could've done a bit more of that, but I think it sounds pretty good this way. Didn't want to ruin what he created. Thanks again for the comment!

  25. MWRatridge
    MWRatridge on Sun 21st Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

  26. MWRatridge
    MWRatridge on Sun 21st Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    I am very impressed with this. Fav'd. I would like to add some vocals and lead riffs to this if you are into that.?
    Email me the mp3 if so with bpm. rat
    This is the best I have heard from you…good luck.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey friend, sorry for replying so late to this. Hope that you ended up getting the mp3 I sent. I forgot to mention the tempo, which is 80 BPM. It's nice to have been amongst the winners of the competition! I'd like to hear what you do with this!

  27. Ensam
    Ensam on Sun 21st Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    WOW.....you nailed it Spiv. I'd love to know what you did with the bass coz you controlled it in a way I was going for but couldn't achieve.

    Excelent mix


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey friend, sorry for the late reply! I'm happy that you enjoyed listening to this one, as it was a fun challenge to mix and master. I guess as far as the bass goes, the biggest contributors to the control were; convert the channel to mono (I did this just by using monophonic plugins), and cut the unused frequencies with parametric EQ (viewing a spectrum analysis, and killing the sub and very high frequencies). Beyond that, I didn't do much to the bass. Also, it helps to accentuate different frequencies in the bass and low drum channels, as they often fight for headroom. Once I spent that much time mixing properly, the master was pretty easy. Thank you very much for the comment!

  28. Christk
    Christk on Sun 21st Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    My dear buddy good morning!
    Do you know how to write something, you need to hear many times your pieces!
    I am interested in the quality of music and here I hear something qualitative. Almost, I think I heard all the relevant pieces. All was well, the efforts of all was good and I liked them all, another less and other more.
    But here, I see a different approach to the same issue, with more details that make this difference so I like it more than the rest.
    We knew it!
    Thanks my friend for this!
    With appreciation
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    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you friend for the kind review! I can't take any credit for the writing of this piece, as the composition is all ShortBusMusic's work for the song which we were to mix and master. I'm very happy that you enjoyed listening!

  29. InverSound
    InverSound on Sun 21st Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    thats good mixing, i can see this as an ending credits piece. or maybe like some sort of journey that the character has to go thfoufgh, like climbing a mountain or riding a horse, something moving

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks buddy for the supportive comment! Makes me happy that you like what you heard and that it suggested an important part of a film. Appreciate it!

  30. Merchaholic
    Merchaholic on Sun 21st Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    I listened to the RAW copy and this, you did a really good job on it. I like how you can hear that fluttering sound more sharp going speaker to speaker. Bass sounding good too. I hope you win it.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks much for your supportive comment! Having been chosen as one of two winners, I suppose your hope has been realized! Happy that you enjoyed listening! Appreciate it!

  31. ClashContrast
    ClashContrast on Sat 20th Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    Really lovely cinematic. Nice textures, and great composition!

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you kindly! I'm not too in to cinematic usually, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to mix and master this song, as I think it has a lot of good elements. I've watched plenty of movies, so I have an idea of what works good in cinematic, though I don't really like the classification of cinematic as a genre. I think any style of song can be useful in a film, especially if mixed properly. I can't take credit for the composition, that was all ShortBusMusic. Thanks much for stopping by!

  32. promenade2239
    promenade2239 on Sat 20th Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    hi again, somehow I need to add something as I was progressing working on the SBM samples of the PV song.
    Maybe it is only I do not like some 'cinematic'-style sounds...
    Yes, definitely do no like them at all... haha!
    Hope that brings some clarity to my last comment.
    Sorry for any confusion and all the best to you,

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hello again! Yes, I too am not the biggest fan of most cinematic music. When watching movies, I often will watch ones which have an unusual style of soundtrack. I like to be able to listen to the movie without watching and still enjoy it. Don't worry about confusion, I thrive on it!

  33. StaticNomad
    StaticNomad on Fri 19th Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    Yo, Spiv.

    I've listened to a few mixes of this track and this may well the best. Maybe that's also related to it being the most recent I've heard. Everything sounds wonderful to me. Powerful and loud but everything crisp and clear.

    Really shows what a lovely piece of music this is.

    3:22 little drum break stood out for me as being particularly cool.

    My one "complaint" is that every mix I've heard seems to have a very similar approach. I totally understand as it's about trying to do the best job with the material in hand. But I guess I was hoping someone like you would do something radically different. I guess that's what I would have tried. But maybe it wouldn't have worked and I would have found myself trying and failing to do something different for the sake of it whereas the more obvious thing is probably the best thing here.

    Hope that makes sense.

    I really can't fault this mix. And you know I always try!

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you SN for the great comment! I know that you know what you like, so I appreciate when I can put something up that sounds good to you. I suppose that I've been in a very minimal mood lately, so I focused on bringing out what was special about each stem. Of course, this meant a lot of specific EQ work, as well as some very detailed timing adjustments. I didn't want to make it "my own" so much as just giving my all to make a killer ShortBus song sound as good as I could. Some of the other entries did take a different approach in the effect use, but listening to them it always seemed to really stand out, like it wasn't part of the song. I tried not to approach it as a "remix." Thank you very much for your feedback and continued support!

  34. ShortBusMusic
    ShortBusMusic on Fri 19th Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    Somehow, I knew when I hit the play button this was going to be something quite special, and as always Pat, you did not disappoint. There are many of us who aspire to do great things with the mixing and mastering side of things, and then there are a few like you and Malu who set the standard for the rest of us to follow.

    There is just so much space on this one....it seems like the stereo field is endless. I also like the way you were able to bring the bass forward and still allow the rest of the instruments to breathe.

    You truly are a master at sound design. Epic effort my friend. Thank you for working on this and for contributing such a great track. I hope all is well.


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Bear, you are too kind! I'm just so pleased that the effort I put into this did not go unnoticed! I've rarely done this kind of detail work on full length audio files, and I guess it was worth it. I also was using a few new effects in my chains that I hadn't really tried before, and this helped me get to know what they were good for. To be in a class anywhere near Mahloo is just so cool to me, as he obviously knows what he's doing, so thank you for that! Even with the subtle mistakes, your stems were some of the best audio I have worked with when mixing someone else's song, so that helped a lot. Working with your song really helped bring me back to the mono compatibility school of thought, and that is helping me with my own work. I am loving the plugins which have a mono version included, because when I drop those on a track, it's instantly summed to mono and not just centered. Thank you so much for the comment, running the competition, and the T-shirt!

  35. joecramer
    joecramer on Wed 17th Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    Hey SpivKurl, what cool sounds you produced, wow.

    This is the best master i heard so far.
    (Ok, maybe just same good them my own :))

    Very good work with the sounds of the samples and its all so nice wide in a way and this guitars and ......
    like i sayed - best master for my opinion.

    wait for my next last version. the final final master mix.

    stay tuned

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you Joe for the kind comment! I had fun listening to your progression in the mixing and mastering of this song as well. I've been trying to focus on doing the best that I can based on the time I allow myself, and then leaving things just as is, hence no updates to the mix after uploading. I guess in this case that was good enough. Also been working on getting good wide mixes that are mono compatible, and listening to music in the mornings on mono headphones. I modified the headphones I use in the studio with a switch that can easily change from stereo to mono as well. I try to keep in mind that a lot of people still listen in mono on phones and portable speakers etc, so it's good to keep in mind. You also did some great work, and I appreciate you giving good feedback! Thanks again!

  36. Orlando51
    Orlando51 on Wed 17th Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    Hell yeah, man....I enjoyed your mix very much. It's crisp and clean, instruments well defined within good dynamics...
    I really enjoy listening to different approaches on the challenge....

    Compliments on this one_____Orlando

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hello fellow winner, hope you are well! Thank you for your kind comment, and I am sorry for taking so long to respond. Had a little less free time lately, but I'm trying to get caught up slowly. I'm really happy that this mix got a good reaction, especially since I tried hard and took quite a while. This really was mix 13-B, so the 13th saved mix project, and the second render of that specific mix. The mastering was quite a bit easier since I took my time mixing well, so only took two renders. I'm learning the benefits of mixing at low volume whether in headphones or monitors, it keeps me listening closely and gives my ears a little break too. Very happy to be recognized along side you and your mix, as I look up to you as an artist. Thank you!

  37. promenade2239
    promenade2239 on Wed 17th Sep 2014 - 5 years ago

    hi, your song seems to sound quite different than the 'original' ShortBMusic-version I've listened the other day... I think its because the bassline from 2:01 is simply too loud in here. Also the low 'cinematic' effect (1:13) generates some a bit strange frequences (for me). But still a very nice attempt to put all this samples together into a song - my observations are still very subiective...hope they are useful somehow.
    Maybe I'll change my mind and try to 'mix' this competition song.
    Thanks for your version and greetings,

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey buddy, thank you for your comment! I very much intended the bass to sound the way it does, and to be at that level. The mixes I had heard so far were lacking in treatment to the bass, and I felt that it was an important part. Also a very high quality stem too, so it lent itself to shaping. I probably took the whole mixing stage a bit too far, but while saying that I know that some others have done way heavier effects than this. I really appreciate the feedback!

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Description : HEY, hey guys...IM BACK! and it feels amazing. I took a month or so off to work thru some shit, and in that time i bring you this. Personally my best work so far imo. I may add lyrics to it eventually, but not sure yet. The original has a longer beginning for that reason. Thanks to chanho17 for uploading great piano loops for use. let me know what you think!

Description : Guys, This track made for a short movie.
I hope you enjoy it if you do then please leave me a comment.

Description : First off, I am a huge fan of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit." After watching all of the movies (including the final chapter of the Hobbit", I was motivated to write something that I thought might work with their journey home.

Samplitude has a couple of great new VST's, one called "World Flutes" and the other "Celtic Harp" and I used both of them in this song. I created every last note on this one. Guitars were all Fenders, soft synths besides the Samplitude items mentioned previously were created in the SynthMaster series by KVR, and the strings were created with Samplitude's "String Ensemble."

Not sure about the mix (my hearing is shot), so most of the mixing is done by sight instead of listening. If you hear something way out of whack, let me know. If you are interested in taking this one further, let me know and I'll post a link to the stems. Thanks to the Hobbit for the inspiration and to you for listening.

EDIT: I've had some requests for the individual instrument stems so here is the link to all of those files. The tempo is 80bpm. Feel free to do whatever you want with this one.


EDIT: I've had over 200 downloads of the stems, so if you have done anything with them it would be cool to hear it (thanks for the interest).

Tags : | Cinematic | 3.66 MB | FL Studio

Description : Hey everyone, here is a quick cinematic track I created. This one was not made with any particular project in mind. But, I definitely may use in the future. If you have any criticism at all or would like to use this in one your projects be sure to leave a comment below. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Description : Been awhile hasn't it?
2016 has been quite the nasty little cunt, honestly didnt know if i would make it. A Cinematic Spoken Word about how I deal with things, and why i still go on..

Description : Ok...here it is! Another colab with maestro Tumbleweed! Ed provided the unfinished, basic track...I composed and recorded the long intro using different synths and then added piano (well to the fore) and some brass arrangements along the rest of the track (no violin this time...hehe) and then did the final mixing to wrap it up as it is presented now. I hope you will enjoy it and we both appreciate your listening time and your valuable comments:) Otherwise all thanks to Ed!

Tags : | Cinematic | 8.30 MB

Description : This track contains only free loops from several Looperman artists. Enjoy!

Applied loops (fully or partially):

CENTRIST: 0079105-0057561 (Leaving a Legacy - Main Strings Build), 0079105-0057560 (Leaving a Legacy - Main Strings),0079105-0057559 (Leaving a Legacy - Final Strings),
XXSNIPERXX: 0798480-0081769 (TRAP PACK No2 Hat Loop), 0798480-0083534 (TRAP PACK No4 Bass),
DRMISTERSIR: 0208341-0073663 (offpoint), 0208341-0073326 (stay bizy trunk thumper),
THEOFFICIALFROSTBITE: 0797099-0065711 (That Generic Trap String), 0797099-0065712 (That Generic Trap Trombone),
EBCOTT3: 0626891-0069594 (Dark Piano and Synth Trap Loop), 0626891-0079497 (Deadly Drums),
SHORTBUSMUSIC: 0500098-0072481 (Tokyo Lights Polophony),
LOOPFREAK: 0531700-0073756 (Stuck in the Dirty South - Tubular Bells),
SEANKH: 0677589-0069246 (synth while you work),
KRISTIJANN: 0711069-0071946 (LOOK AT ME),
BDENNEY: 0805869-0068329 (Wild For The Night INTRO DRUMS),
STREETSBEATZ: 0959110-0062623 (Ratchet Gutta - Ride),
NEURO: 0674084-0075917 (Fingers Crossed),
KRITEX: 0823832-0076627 (Normal Trap Beat),
YGPRODUCTONS: 0754277-0081190 (Im Back Clap),
STEVEJAZ: 1118799-0069952 (Jazz loop in F),
SINTHETICRECORDS: 0403648-0051082 (Sinthetic - Sub Bass),
3RDNIPPLEMUSIC: 0609523-0068579 (nv flpluck ethereal 90),
ULTRAMEADOW: 0242823-0014943 (Electro Dirty Loop),
TECHSEEKER: 1107241-0073336 (5 Seconds Only - Delayed Percussion Fill),
NEEZLE: 0689209-0077281 (Squeaky Trap Lead),
BLAZINS: 0321894-0028473 (Low Blow),
BUG: 0067564-0001416 (Minimal),
ANDULAH: 0267062-0074744 (Celt Islam Future Bass),
DOZYDEVIL: 0668753-0057186 (Class Wobble Loop),
DUBTEK: 0831304-0060241 (Dubstep Skittish Bass loop),
DANKE: 0671112-0082860 (Ghosty drum),
REFL3XDUBSTEP: 1045829-0068786 (braken-to-the-stars-melody-synth) - deleted user?

Description : Guy’s this is sound track I have created for a friend who is a documentary film maker.
The film is about the distraction of Earth neutral beauty and creating concrete jungles in its place. It was really sad to see so I came up with this track.
Majority of it done with minor keys to reflect the sadness I hope you all like it.

Tags : | Cinematic | 1.92 MB

Description : 100 seconds recital pianO for thinking to deaf people ...
excuse me for quality ..in fact thi is an old trial of mine and written by Final 2004 ! .
dedicated to all deaf humans whom can't hear this .

Tags : | Cinematic | 4.53 MB

Description : Initially composed intro for Malos Nolwàfantasy saga. But also used by Apinax Dvd-Collections backround music.

Description : A little something I put together for Halloween. It is mostly comprised of fx (chains, footsteps, creaking doors, screams) along with drones from Samplitude's Cinematic Soundscapes vst. Vox are a free spoken word poem tweaked a bit. Feel free to use it for any of your video projects, just send me a link and give credit where credit is due.

Tags : | Cinematic | 7.38 MB | Pro Tools

Description : Guy, this track is for a video called Lucid Dream collections as part of a project called Music for Art.
I do hope you enjoy it if you do and like it then please leave me a comment.
The Link is for the Art Trailer please have a look.

Tags : | Cinematic | 10.25 MB

Description : I had no particular intention doing this, but then it just came on me out of nowhere....How to make an antithesis Halloween work!? Prior to that there were no plans to make a track for the occasion, furthermore I've never been really interested in such a thing. It always seemed a bit silly to me if not outright childish. But then I remembered the Interview with The Vampire and Bram Stoker's Dracula. My gosh, there was some peculiar romanticism in there and I probably don't have to tell you twice that this must be a bait for Orlando, as is a cup of fresh young blood for a vampire...:) Furthermore I like people who are different, so I just have to like vampires who a different as well...hehe...so it should be dawning on you by now that this won't be your standard Halloween tune...haven't I mentioned "antithesis"? So...no growling zombies, midnight cemetery bells, creaking doors or any of your favourite horror sounds, although it's still a little bit darker in tone...hell yeah, vampires are still vampires...haha...but this one is mainly about a vampire desperately in love with a young lady, craving for her as a madman...I won't tell whether she's also a vampire or not, cause you might figure it out listening to the track...^^ Otherwise it was about time for me to come up with a new solo work, since I've been almost exclusively doing collabs in those past few months (which I love ofcourse)...afteral you can always ask Ed...:)^^____Happy Halloween folks!:)

Tags : | Cinematic | 5.10 MB

Description : a 277 second cinematic about human wars...
I know its a lot for a 17 years old boy to think about this type of things, but its me, and it cant be changed...
lemme tell you about story of the music...
first it starts from WorldWar2, one of the most sadly years for human. then after the war, you can see people are happy, kids are playing, but after some years, you can see the world is getting ready for the WorldWar3 and then you can hear the rest of the story in music...

Description : Its HALLOWEEN!!! So we made a waltz, kinda...

Enjoy and let me know what you think about it!
Every instrument is performed and recorded live. Piano, double bass, drums, strings.

Instruments Used:
-"Fender Rhodes Stage" electric piano (MADE IN USA 1973)
-"LIRA" upright piano (MADE IN USSR in 1973)
-"KAY" upright bass (MADE IN GERMANY somwhere in 1950th)
-TAMA Imperial Star + Pearl OMAR HAKIM snare + Various Ziljian cymbals.

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