one was done ITB and the other on 2' tape.
Is there one better than the other ? http://www.box.net/shared/915gf81ui192v50mj3va
Special thanks to Invader for his great acid lines and pre- production participation. Special thanks to Don for this mix and production fine tuning as well.
Thank you gentlemen for your very accurate and detailed feedbacks !
Very interesting -
as mentioned both studios are using different mastering approaches, will let you know which approach seemed to please more people (so far). I won't give mastering studio names if you don't mind as it's could be different for another song/another day...
They both sound pretty well clipped/crushed/overcompressed/mangled in the mix/mastering process so I don't see why it matters that one of them was bounced through tape. Both of them have a ringing in the high end and sound overcompressed. I'm just saying if it were my project, I wouldn't accept either. Though #2 was obviously clipped quite heavily before the master as well as in the master itself, it does have a little bigger sound, it's just painfully distorted.
Did you say one of the mixes was bounced to 2" tape? That's awfully huge for a stereo mix.
Thanks for all comments given so far, I think it's a fair feedback related to the over compression aspect (it's a cumulation at all steps of the process), we've lost dynamics tutt will see what we can do in the future.
master 2 is definitely better in my opinion as well ( see poll results ), yes it was a bit more expensive than 1 ( but hey it's an indie project so really low figures here -
Thanks a lot Storyville/rybluestar for your listening, it is another approach and the final version we decided to keep (mix was done on an Helios console and transferred to a studer multi-track reel to reel, add to that the tape mastering and it gives an analogue vibe to the whole), without being an expert on that it's the cumulative efx I guess. Of course the man behind the console is also important !
You can download for few days more the song (1 mix with 2 mastering versions which was the initial thread goal and the new mix approach mastered with mastering facility number 2).