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REAPER CONTEST - OCTOBER 2017
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MIXING: 8-21 October
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Hey guys, the boss here Sorry for the little delay but uni is giving me time issues managing this contest lately
Anyway! This month the song is called A Place For Us by Carlos Gonzalez. This song is very challenging because it has a lot of tracks and vocals stacked on each other. It might be a bit tricky if you've never mixed a song with a fairly high track count, so I suggest you taking your time and gain stage all the media items properly to avoid mid-sessions crisis

That's all for now! For any questions, you can write here on the forum, send me an email (go on the website), send me a message on Facebook or even join the brand new Reaper Contest community on Facebook!

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Old 10-08-2017, 05:23 AM   #2
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yeah! nice song!!!
let´s work!
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Hey All.

Having fun with this song... wasn't sure about it at first...


Can anybody suggest reference track bands for this genre?


Don't give away your secret sauce But I don't have much knowledge in recent pop sounds. I'm leaning to 2010ish pop.

Well.. any ways.

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I'm not very familiar with the genre either I'll just look up on youtube
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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Just a quick note. When you are ready to submit your entry, PLEASE, send a me a single zip file renamed YOUR-NAME (e.g. FERGLER.zip), not all the separate files. Thanks

If everyone sent me separate files instead of a zip, it would be a huge mess. It already happened a few times that I got multiple submissions on a very short amount of time and I had to find out who uploaded what for like 10 or more files.
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Dave,

Having issues uploading my submission zip file on the website SEND page - keeps throwing an error ("Ops")...
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Having issues uploading my submission zip file on the website SEND page - keeps throwing an error ("Ops")...
Weird, I've received many zip files over the months. Have you tried using another browser?
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Using Chrome... I'll try IE :-)
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Dave,

Still getting submission error on two different PCs and browsers...
I've uploaded quite happily a few times before

This is what happens:

https://stash.reaper.fm/31886/Reaper...nd%20error.gif

Any ideas?

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Still getting submission error on two different PCs and browsers...
I've uploaded quite happily a few times before

This is what happens:

https://stash.reaper.fm/31886/Reaper...nd%20error.gif

Any ideas?

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oh ok it's in the website itself the problem... let me try to log in and see what's happening

Btw I really don't know why certain things are in Italian, I made sure that everything was set to English
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ok now it works
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ok now it works
Cheers. I'll try again
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sent mine!
dave could you confirm?
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sent mine!
dave could you confirm?
yes!
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Submitting now...

I found this month's mix needed less work than last month's. Better recordings (esp. the drums) mostly, I think. I suspect that the 'raw' tracks had already had some dynamics processing on them as well - I only added a few compressors here and there (and nothing extreme) to get a good balance, to my ears at least :-)

I also used the 'Pink Noise' technique to set up an initial volume balance which worked quite well (only took 25 mins for 60 odd tracks) *except* for the vocal tracks (particularly the main vocal) which were far too quiet
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I just discovered this and would like to participate. Am I correct that the download should just be a folder full of .flac's (with no .rpp)? So we are to create our own Reaper project, to which we import the flac's, for submission? I just want to make sure I'm not missing something, heh.
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I just discovered this and would like to participate. Am I correct that the download should just be a folder full of .flac's (with no .rpp)? So we are to create our own Reaper project, to which we import the flac's, for submission? I just want to make sure I'm not missing something, heh.
Yes download the multitracks from the mixing page and import those files in a new reaper project make sure to read the requirements in the mixing page as well!
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Dave,

Did you get my upload OK (uncleswede)? I think my internet may have crapped out part way through...

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Did you get my upload OK (uncleswede)? I think my internet may have crapped out part way through...

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Actually, no worries. I'll just send it again :-)
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Until now I received submissions from:

Romratt
Martinmadero
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5 days and then we move to the voting phase man time flies...
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Hey hey hey, I'm back, hey hey hey...

Yeah, just enough time to make a quick try at this.
Songs sounds pretty good.
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Dave

I sent you a zip of my first attempt at this sort of thing, let me know if you got it.
Sorry I named the zip file something other than my name, didn't see that until after I'd sent it.
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I sent you a zip of my first attempt at this sort of thing, let me know if you got it.
Sorry I named the zip file something other than my name, didn't see that until after I'd sent it.
yep, got it man thanks!
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Not gonna have time for this one after all.

Maybe next month.
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I'm still editing the background vocals xd
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Hey guys! Just a quick update... All the submissions will be online by tomorrow afternoon/night. The final mixing deadline is tomorrow at 17:00 PM CEST time (Central European Summer Time). If I receive files after the deadline I won't even download them

See you tomorrow lads!
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I see someone else talking in Italian. Bene!
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Hey guys you can now vote!
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Listened and voted :-)
And I have some mix comments prepared for once the results have been published.
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Listened and voted :-)
And I have some mix comments prepared for once the results have been published.
yeah!
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We might have already 2 users battling for the 1st spot
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I have had Reaper for almost a year now. But I didn't know about this. I spend so much time mixing my band it would be fun to mix something else!
This would help getting to know Reaper plugs. How do I find the next mix song? I am really excited about this!
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Submitting now...

I found this month's mix needed less work than last month's. Better recordings (esp. the drums) mostly, I think. I suspect that the 'raw' tracks had already had some dynamics processing on them as well - I only added a few compressors here and there (and nothing extreme) to get a good balance, to my ears at least :-)

I also used the 'Pink Noise' technique to set up an initial volume balance which worked quite well (only took 25 mins for 60 odd tracks) *except* for the vocal tracks (particularly the main vocal) which were far too quiet
I have used Pink to balance Left and Right on the mains. But I have a feeling you are talking something else. Could you share what you are doing?
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I have used Pink to balance Left and Right on the mains. But I have a feeling you are talking something else. Could you share what you are doing?
Likely running pinknoise at some predefined RMS level, then muting all tracks and bringing them in one-by-one until you can just barely hear it against the pink noise background, remute, move to the next track, rinse/repeat. It's not bad, has it's advantages for the very first basic balance - I don't use it much but have from time to time.

TBH, one can probably achieve a very similar result by setting the initial balance at an excruciatingly low SPL since misbalances pretty much always show up there too.
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I have had Reaper for almost a year now. But I didn't know about this. I spend so much time mixing my band it would be fun to mix something else!
This would help getting to know Reaper plugs. How do I find the next mix song? I am really excited about this!
The winner picks song multitracks from the cambridge-mt.com site
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I have used Pink to balance Left and Right on the mains. But I have a feeling you are talking something else. Could you share what you are doing?
https://www.soundonsound.com/techniq...oise-reference
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Does the winning project get posted so that others can use it as a study tool?
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Does the winning project get posted so that others can use it as a study tool?
Dave has designed the contest so that all the projects can be downloaded and run on a standard reaper install, using native plugins and, occasionally, impulse files for reverb, etc. If you've not participated in the contest you'd need to download the source FLAC files too :-)
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