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    Your favorite reference mixes?

    I always find it interesting as to what people use as a reference mix when getting used to a mix/control room situation.

    I have a few staples, and it's odd because while I'm not necessarily a fan of their music (often times, I'm not), I am totally familiar with how the balance of each element sets up, how the bass feels, and how the overall mixes sound at relatively low/mid volume. (I don't like to mix at loud volumes at all).

    For example, this is one that I know exactly how it should sound at a regular listening volume... just how much bass I should "feel" in the studio furniture (not much), how the highs come across, left/right stereo field, etc. ... but not that big of fan of the song.



    Same goes for this one:



    And, of course: (this one I use to hear any phasing in monitors)

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    Oh! I had forgotten about Roger Troutman. He owned quite a nice facility in Dayton, OH. It was a full city block long, on both sides of a main drag.

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    Thanks Don, Roger Troutman and ZAPP were one of my favorite groups growing up. What a great time to listen to music.

    My favorites to reference
    1. Crooklyn Dodgers - Crooklyn love the bass line on that song
    2. Donald Fagan - Night Fly and Steely Dan love the clarity (I could never get that clarity)
    3. Eve - Satisfaction love everything about that song
    4. Word of Mouth ft. DJ Cheese King Kut I of the best Rap songs period and still sounds fresh today!

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    I have a whole bunch of them that I carry around with me on a USB key and also in my dropbox, so I can reference any room/system and start to get a feel for where I am and what I'm hearing. They serve different purposes, there's some missing from my current folder, but see attachment for some of my references. I also have Magic A/B plugin loaded in my mix template with my references all ready to go (see attachments)


    My number one ref is Gust of Wind by Mick Guzauski, uh I mean Pharrell What ever I'm mixing; rock, hiphop, EDM... it's gotta be knocking and make me feel like this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanButsu View Post
    My number one ref is Gust of Wind by Mick Guzauski,
    I agree with you, this track sounds full, clear, but warm and silky; in average, better than other tracks in the same album.
    I even bought from Puremix the video of Guzauski mixing this song, and I was quite pleased (but not so surprised) to see a very clean, straightforward and minimal, yet effective, mixing process. Nothing esoteric, just a very well arranged and recorded song, mixed with politeness and expertise.
    In recent times I've used it several times as a reference for pop music, together with Jamiroquai's Cloud 9:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVMtKQMAZqw
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    Thanks for the Jamiroquai tip. I will look into it. I also heavily reference Daft Punks RAM (again more of Mick's magic). But yes I agree, Mick's Gust of Wind session is wonderfully simple and highly effective. It really is a beautiful thing to mix songs that are well arrange and well produced, wish it happened more often than it does. Most of the time I have to "enhance" the production as it is weak, so I spend most of my time not actually mixing, but sound designing
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