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    First Mix Attempts

    I mentioned some of this in my Introduction post but I'm a longtime fan of various types of house and techno and I finally decided to get some equipment last month and started mixing at home. In the last few years I've really gotten back into the music and although Spotify has helped me find tracks I like it was driving me nuts that the songs were typically not mixed and I was having a hard time finding continuous mixes that I enjoyed. So, I figured I'd try making them myself. For me the priority has been track selection since my technical skills are a work in progress and I really just wanted to be able to enjoy the songs in a continuous mix, though every now and again I try to get a little fancy (not too fancy, though, since I'm constantly terrified of screwing it up and having to start everything over). I'm not entirely sure what genre all these songs are or how new/old they are but I think it's primarily deep house with a bit of techno/progressive here and there and most of the tracks are probably not too fresh. I'm still building my vinyl collection and plan to start recording with those soon, but all the mixes below are live mixes using Serato and control vinyl. Of note, there are definitely some issues with the volume levels when certain tracks mix in and it wasn't until recently that I discovered that Serato might have had something to do with it (the program seems to adjust volume on some tracks), so yeah, there are definitely times where a track comes it way too strong or less often not loud enough. I don't think there are any outright trainwrecks but things do get dicey at times, for sure. If anyone takes the time to listen to any of there I'd appreciate any feedback. Am I missing anything vital? Any advice would be welcome.

    https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakf...it-vinyl-mixes--basically my favorite songs at the moment. Melodic stuff.

    https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakf...it-vinyl-mixes--my most recent mix w/ a decidedly moody vibe.

    https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakf...it-vinyl-mixes--mostly older progressive house that I really loved back in the day.

    https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakf...it-vinyl-mixes--more of a house/tech mix for an old friend.

    https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakf...it-vinyl-mixes--my first mix. A bit rushed but I had just discovered how to record and use practice mode in Serato and I basically just threw together some tracks I'd just bought and went from there (hence why there are three remixes of the same song).

    Oh, and please forgive the weird names and pics--just a joke for a friend.

    Edit: Also posted them at house-mixes, which seems like a nice site for posting and finding music: (https://www.house-mixes.com/profile/TotallyBreakfast)
    Last edited by Heliotropic27; 08-18-2020 at 02:54 PM.
    Original music and some live vinyl mixes: https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakfast

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    Last edited by Heliotropic27; 08-27-2020 at 12:19 PM.
    Original music and some live vinyl mixes: https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakfast

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    And another one!

    https://www.house-mixes.com/profile/...-leftovers-mix

    I know no one is probably listening to these but I'll keep posting them.
    Original music and some live vinyl mixes: https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakfast

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    And likely one last submission for a while. My son is obsessed with Moana right now and I've been wanting to do more of a deep tech/minimal mix so I figured I might as well combine those two things. I've also been messing around more with Serato and this one was mixed live but entirely with the software (no control vinyl this time). Definitely wasn't as much fun but certainly less stressful:

    https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakfast/deathbed-mix
    Original music and some live vinyl mixes: https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakfast

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    Yeah keep posting.

    I had a quick listen to a bit and the songs are really nice. Sounded very "spotify"

    As for the mixing, from what I heard, its all ok. Nothing terrible. The levels, EQ and phrasing could do some work. But it all blended together nicely enough.
    I'm sure you probably know to drop the bass on the incoming track, then switch the bass down on the outgoing track while blending the incoming track up.
    Its just practice. Remember there are no fixed rules for mixing, so don't overthink it. Even the pros are not "perfect" - cos it perfection doesn't exist.
    bored, curious, deaf or just bad taste in music?
    finally a mix by me
    and what's this, another shoddy mix...another dull mix

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    Thanks for the feedback. Adjusting the levels is something I need to work on, for sure. I adjust bass more than anything but often I'm so focused on keeping the beats matched that I'm too nervous to start messing with anything else. I'l probably post more stuff some day but I've run through all the tracks I own digitally so now I'm just going to dig in and start mixing all the actual vinyl I've been accumulating. Should be fun and I'll hopefully start developing my technique a bit.

    And yeah, the vast majority of the tracks I've mixed so far have come from Spotify, haha. Over the years I've kept a playlist of songs I'd like to try mixing and it's a big part of why I decided to start learning in the first place. One of the fun things about getting into the hobby has been digging around discogs and beatport and finding stuff I've never heard.

    Also, just tried to listen to your mix but it is "not available in my country"
    Original music and some live vinyl mixes: https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakfast

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    One thing I forgot to mention is that if you have level issues, you can smooth it all out a bit in something like Audacity (free recording program).
    Normalizing the mix will set the highest level of the mix to the highest level, and raise the lowest levels by the same amount.

    Compressing will smooth out the loud and quiet bits.
    Of course this will alter the sound and a lot of purists are against this. It can make every track sound LOUD AS HELL in the mix, even the quiet parts.
    But a lot of DJs do it, and compressors are usually used in big live systems.
    It may be useful to experiment with a bit of mild compression on a mix to see the result. For example where critical listening is not the objective, like when doing a mix for a car stereo, having a heavily compressed mix may be desirable.

    There are some fancy and expensive compressor VSTs used by all the pros that give very interesting results.
    bored, curious, deaf or just bad taste in music?
    finally a mix by me
    and what's this, another shoddy mix...another dull mix

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    Thanks for the info. I've actually got Audacity installed on my PC but I haven't really messed with it much. I've always been more of a hardware person when it comes to music and production so I'm still figuring out how to navigate all the different software.
    Original music and some live vinyl mixes: https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakfast

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    Well I wasn't planning on making any new mixes for a while but it's been terribly hot here lately and I'm on the West Coast and am enveloped in wild fire smoke so I'm stuck inside in what feels like a mix of the apocalypse and hell itself. Plus Halloween is right around the corner so I figured I'd make a mix that combines some elements of how I'm feeling.

    https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakf...-halloween-mix
    Original music and some live vinyl mixes: https://soundcloud.com/totallybreakfast

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