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Bread's "Sweet Surrender"
Old 23rd September 2007
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Bread's "Sweet Surrender"

I have been listening to Bread's "Sweet Surrender" periodically for a few months now, trying to grasp the "sound" of this mix. (referring to the "re-mastered version" on CD).

I have been using it as a "cross reference" for some mixes I am working on, and whenever I switch back to listening to my own mixes, my heart just sinks

I can't help noticing how "flat"(or rather, upside down smiley curve) the mix's spectrum is, and yet somehow the mix still "works" on all kinds of systems I have listened to. (Bluesky, Genelec, consumer hi-fi, boombox types...).

The mid range is so obviously forward, but always warm and never in the irritating way, and the bass and treble is not in anyway compromised.

I know that era's mixes were done with lower bandwidth consumer playback systems in mind, but how is it that the kick and bass still sound "just right" 30+ years later? (hope it's not the re-mastering tweaks)

Could this be the effect of mixing on the (in)famous Auratones? Or hi-pass at 80-90Hz?

Any one has any tips on how to get closer to this kind of "eq curve" (besides buying a pair of Avantone Mixcubes )? I am using the Bluesky Mediadesk now, turning off the subwoofer doesn't help...

Last edited by Saudade; 23rd September 2007 at 04:57 AM.. Reason: spelling....duh
Old 23rd September 2007
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Originally Posted by Saudade View Post
the kick and bass still sound "just right"
I suspect the analog 2in they used had something to do with it
Old 23rd September 2007
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Hahaha.... I think it might have something to do with the songwriting and of course David Gates.
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