I think it would be cool for members to post up some basic stems from their own originals…if they are cocky enough to put it out there like that lol.
Seriously though it would sort of take things to a bit deeper level for everyone involved because 1) the member gets to hear their song mixed in different ways and maybe they are a great writer but a so so mixer and they dont realize how decent their songs are since they have never heard them mixed well lol and 2) those working on mixing have the original writer/recorder person available to ask them questions etc
Might take a year or two but it could expand out to put this site out there a bit more…just like everyone knows about the Cambridge site etc
I could see a section on the website for “Multi-track Resources” with subgroups under it for FREE, Paid, and Member Tracks… Oh, and then maybe a “Mixes” which could be where mixes from each of the categories. Of course, it is only helpful if others give feedback. I can see the “Andrews” on this site getting overwhelmed with requests for their very valuable feedback though too.
On the other hand, maybe this site should focus more on what its name implies, members’ own recordings, which is more in line with JJ’s suggetion above. (?) Dunno, I’m just enjoying hanging out here and picking up tips from some really really knowledgeable and generous guys!
This is a great idea. Being able to truly hear something from start to finish would be great. There could also be suggestions on how to improve the stems if there are big problems with them, either through editing or re-tracking, or whatever was needed to get started on
Not sure where being “cocky” comes into it if you’ve taken the time to prepare a set of multi-tracks for others to mix. I only ever did it for the benefit of others.
Anyway, I wrote this rock number back in 2014 with a good buddy who wrote all the lyrics/vocals with the aim of putting it on an album I was working on at the time, but could never get it to sound like the track I had pictured in my minds-eye. So consequently it never made the album.
Looking back at my mixing 4 years ago it’s a wonder any of the tracks made the final cut (mix-wise) , but I guess it shows there’s been some slight improvement over the years.
I put these multi-tracks together last year for the purpose of sharing them with some friends as a little mixing project, but it never really went anywhere.
It’s all recorded at home so there’s nothing pristine about the recordings but if you’re willing to get your hands dirty, it wouldn’t be hard to make it sound better than the original. There’s only 20 odd tracks to deal with anyway so pretty manageable as far as projects go.
This is the original 2014 mix
thats just going by my observations and perceptions of musicians in general. It takes a lot of self confidence to put yourself out there. Most aint got it.
for instance, how many members on this site? now, how many post music? 5%? 10%? maybe the same 20 of us over and over?
or take a site like Nail the Mix. So thats a PAY site where supposedly serious musicians PAY for the privilege of mixing pro tracks and then they have a months mix contest with some pretty decent prizes, plus bragging rights of course. Last month they passed 4000 members…yet they got only around 315 submitted mixes.
Haha! Until I figured it out, I always somehow read it as Cambridge M.I.T., as in the Boston university!
I’ve been eying that book too. I have Zen and the Art of Mixing, mostly because the it’s namesake was/is one of my favorite books. But I’m thinking these days things get outdated so quickly it almost makes more sense to read a Blog rather than an actual book!
I actually had the opposite thought. That the basic mixing “secrets” have not changed in years, and that I’d rather learn from someone who’s got enough credentials to get a (very highly regarded) book published than popular internet teachers. They all seem to recommend this book anyway.
And I like books. They’re great to reference, and there’s something I find more trustworthy and long-lasting about them. They feel more real to me. Maybe they remind me of school and I’m just more comfortable taking books seriously. I don’t know, but I’m glad I bought it. Got it for about $20 used on Amazon.