Thanks for the kind words, fellas. Downtempo mixes are always a hard sell (especially as workout soundtracks!), so I appreciate the plays.
|Originally posted by Paradox Lost |
What specific post production edits did you make? Odds are I won't be doing them for my own mixes, as I don't fancy myself the producer type who knows (or is really interested) in tinkering for hours over a piece of audio, but it will at least give me a better idea of what I can accomplish through mixing alone.
Also, was the tempo mostly the same throughout? I think I spotted some deceleration, but I can't say for sure. I ask because I want to get a sense of what kind of range you can mix in without compromising the consistency of the mix, especially one that only spans an hour so. I've improvised a few unrecorded downtempo mixes in the past, and operating in a larger tempo band certainly seems doable, as there are so many places in which to hide the tempo changes.
It was nothing particularly technically difficult, because I'm no more of a producer than you.
Your second question goes straight to the crux of the issue. I originally wanted to do this as a continuous beatmatched mix with a rhythmic thread going right through it, but I quickly realised it was going to be impossible. There's just too much variation in tempo in this kind of music, and the tunes are so slow that the pitch changes end up being massive. Even with pitch lock activated, tunes quickly end up sounding ridiculous.
What I did in the end was mix it in three separate segments at different tempos and then stitch them together in a DAW using ambient interludes. So it starts at something like 103bpm, goes down in the middle and then back up for the closing section. Otherwise there's a variation of something like 29bpm across the course of the set, which would be taxing enough to bridge in any 80 minute mix.
Another problem was that some of these tunes come from albums where they segue without pause into the next track which is at a completely different tempo, so I had to re-pitch the second track, mix it separately and then join them back together in the DAW. It's stuff like that's just not worth trying to do live. Finally, the vocal samples were chopped out of the original tune and spruced up with some reverb in Audacity, then layered in the DAW where I thought they sounded best.
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