Reference tracks - what are you using?

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  1. whosblong

    whosblong New Member

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    Just curious what everyone is using for reference tracks when mixing and mastering their stuff? I tend to use a recently released track along with another track or two which are older ones (1-2 years ago) to get a range of where I fall in terms of loudness and definition. Currently using Wilkinson-Overdose, DC Breaks-Halo, and Camo & Crooked-Cross the Line. Any other suggestions?
     
  2. Elzerk

    Elzerk 00111100 00110011

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    Give a listen for all of your tracks in progress, best mixdown comes from patience and a lot of project time, every time give a listen with fresh ears. I find it best to compare tunes by their spectrogram image, always tells you where you have too loud components in track.
     
  3. bulletstorm

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    I always use Black Sun Empire - Extraction
     
  4. marcelkennard

    marcelkennard Storms comin in Annie

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    Don't worry too much about the loudness when you're mixing - the mastering will sort that out- just listen for the clarity of all the sounds i guess- I like to use Noisia for my referencing alot but it depends on the tune your making- you want whatever is similar to it but still really well produced of course
     
  5. `Matt

    `Matt Member

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    Something simular to the style im trying to make. Normally it ends up with me using nosisa/scamp tunes
     
  6. lostnthesound

    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    I'll reference to a track that I find has the certain "mix" I'm trying to achieve, so it varies really. I find that my go-tos are typically Loadstar, Tantrum Desire and Matix/Futile.

    Cheers.
     
  7. RUSSLA

    RUSSLA DNBF Monarch

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    Basher / Sub Focus .. Collectively they have covered every type of sound on their albums
     
  8. Mr Fletch

    Mr Fletch aka KRONIX

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    I reference all my tunes against "Cotten Eye Joe"!
     
  9. whosblong

    whosblong New Member

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    Cool, thanks for the feedback fellas.
     
  10. EvezDroppin

    EvezDroppin how to change name,......

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    hm, so u guys drag in the file into ur daw and analyse the spectrum? never done this
     
  11. logikz

    logikz I Am Not The King Staff Member

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    use digitals 'hard ears', thatll sort you right out.
     
  12. Salvus

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    All about scatman john I hear.

    EDIT: This may be a really stupid question, but is it common to use a 3D spectral analyser? Does such an animal exist? Like to check where things are sitting in the mix...
    I know I know, use your ears... ;P but just out of interest.
     
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  13. neddez

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    edit: found one

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  14. Salvus

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    That looks pretty fucking mega
     
  15. lostnthesound

    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    Yup. It can really reveal some interesting things such as where certain peaks are emphasized, especially when it comes to the kick and snare.
     
  16. brokenspud

    brokenspud New Member

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    Logic ChanEQ analyser, t-racks meter (have a cool "perceived loudness meter") and the buit-in multimeter of logic again. I use refer to producers like xilent, noisia, phace and so on but only when it comes to "master" my tracks (tbh i'm not into mastering at all...), because you know... they all have a solid pro mastering behind and they will sound phat, sometimes i use the meters to analyse the shape of the spectrum at certain point of a song (ex. a drop) and i try to reverse-engineer the EQ, but it's not a clean job, and i think it's not the best way to achieve a good EQ, just a kind of cheat i suppose :D
     
  17. equilibrium

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    Blame on my own drum and bass edit
     
  18. DaftFader

    DaftFader The Bass Too Dark

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    Until I get a pure square box coming out of that thing I'll not be happy with my drum and bass "slam" factor.

    :2thumbs::dutty::2thumbs:

    ---------- Post added at 04:42 ---------- Previous post was at 04:38 ----------

    I've never used a ref. track before, always go by ear (and memory) ... might try it out as I've heard it's the way to go. I don't like the feeling that my track isn't "mine" though.
     

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