Originally posted by e-cue Mick is a master of reverb. He's a great mixer, but reverb is where he has awed me in the past. The Mariah Carey stuff he did was/is landmark in my book. However, am I the only person (here) that noticed the change in his sound when he got his Oxford? He also starting going down this path where his high end was hyped, but not open, and in some cases aliased. I remember pinpointing records that I wasn't impressed with that he did, and later found out he had gone to the Dark Side. Several years later, I was rating tracks on the last Blaque record, and FINALLY found some mixes he did that I was satified, no, expressed with that Mick did. Now a days I think Dexter Simmons is the/my 'new' Mick, even when he is on an Oxford. I still don't understand how he get's his verbs so ambient within such a tight mix. I also love the way his compression is non-audible, or at least doesn't sound like an effect which is expected a lot in these loudness wars.
Dexter right now is on top of his game.
He gets the best vocals sounds and drum sounds. Also his mixes have the best dynamics and amazingly he doesn't compress his 2 mix. He prefers to do it the old fashion way...automation(which i've actually been doing more of instead of compressing the entire mix).
In pop and RnB right now he is unrivaled.
I've liked everything he's done so far(Destiny's Child,Toni Braxton,Britney Spears, the list goes on and on).
Unlike Toni Maserati, Dexter's mixes pop out of the speakers and are full frequency wise.
Yeah I noticed the same thing about Mick and the Oxford.
When we he was mixing on the SSL with the AT&T Disq core, everything he churned out was basically Gold or Platinum.
The first mix he did on the Oxford was Ricky Martins record(She Bangs) and i hated the sound of that record(which might be a production thing too).
But i recently heard MJ"s "Thriller" which he remixed for surround.
Full,deep and well balanced.
The other thing about Mick is I think he gets type casted.
People associate his sound with David Foster,Dianne Warren and Walter A. And these are the producers that most employ his services. He's like the father of the modern pop ballad.
When I am working at a new studio, i always bring mixes fom the big three to test out the monitoring systems:Mick G, Dexter Simmons and Humberto Gatica.
I know if the speakers can pump out everything well, than I can mix there.