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Attempting Chango/Sturgis Styled Mix Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 7th August 2014
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Attempting Chango/Sturgis Styled Mix

Quick backstory. I'm a big fan of the work done at Chango/Sturgis, it's the Genre I grew up on through my teenage years and now early adult years. Now getting in to tracking and mixing for starters I thought as I know their sounds inside out I'd try to atleast get close to them before turning off in to my own desired sounds as most people would suggest.

I've gone ahead and actually purchased a couple items from Chango's Big Cartel simply cause my skill level wasn't up to par to make things myself or have any of the free impulses/pod farm presets around the internet work. I needed something to learn from, and has been working out so far!

Here's what I'm aiming for at the moment. MMF was done at Chango (for those who don't know).

And this is what I have so far.

For those who like details here's what I'm working with (providing links too for those who are also coming here to learn. I like helping. ^_^)

-LTD 401-FM (Dual Tracked)
-Chango's PODFarm 'Mr Steal Yo Tone' (closest sound to MMF if not the exact same)
-EQ to make room for the Bass High/Low and Kick High/Low. Did zero change of the sound on the guitars in mix and solo'd, but let those instruments though nicely.
-Waves C6, crunch down to thresholds around 45, then gained back up to match input. Hoping to assist in getting that 'punch' sound.
-Waves CLA-3A Stereo, added a bit of transients.

-LTD 401-FM
-Chango's Rock Leads Podfarm Preset

-Zombass 4
-Chango's InsaneBass podfarm preset
-EQ to let Kick through. Didn't affect bass in solo or mix.

-Chango Processed MMF Drum Kit (exact same used in the song). Room mics mixed in.
-Nothing else, as it's processed already, but willing to go in and change stuff up if needed.

-NI FM8 Bells
-EQ on Top End.

-NI Session Strings Pro
-EQ raised Violins Top End, raised Chell's High-Mid.
-Sends to Reverb Buss, Valhallah Vintage on Rich Chamber preset and then mixed in.

-Waves TR Meter
-The Glue
-Waves L1 Limiter (make it a bit louder while mixing)
Kenny Gioia at Groove 3 suggested mixing in to compressors (for this kind of music atleast), so I thought I'd give it a shot and it's sounding pretty good.

That about wraps it up. I feel so far the mix is missing that Guitar "punch", even brightness possibly that tracks like MMF have. Also I'm not sure how to "tighten up" the track like you'd here from other bands in this genre. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot!
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