My final remix can be heard below, and is live on the Fixt Remix website under my artist page or on the contest page. I was able to finish just ahead of schedule thanks to some new techniques and tools. I will be creating a few videos on my process which involved editing and initial mixing in Ableton Live on my Apple Macbook Pro laptop and Shure studio headphones before switching to my 27″ Apple iMac and Yamaha HS50M studio monitors for final mixing and mastering.
Unlike my other trashed remixes, I exclusively used Native Instruments Maschine to create my beat and undelying melody. The beauty of Maschine is you can create all your beat variations (four-on-the-floor, prechorus, chorus, verses, etc.), apply effects and such (eq, compression, etc.) and export each loop easily by simply holding down the mouse and dragging/dropping each loop into Ableton Live. Easy as pie. The only kicker (no pun intended) is I will need to create one “sidechain” audio channel containing a clean four-on-the-floor kick that matches the kick timing in my cluttered Maschine channel. This way, I can use a clean, uncluttered kick for all my sidechaining and ducking needs. More on all this later.
With my mastered wave file in hand, I drop the wave file in Apple iTunes, convert the wave file to a 320 kbps mp3 file, and I drop the mp3 file it into Mixed in Key to confirm my remix as a whole is still in the original key of A Minor (code 8A, more on this later.) I then open the mp3 file in Traktor Scratch Pro 2, lock the bpm at 128 which Traktor detected properly, set a few cue points and loops, and I then attempt to create a quick mashup with another genre related tune in key A Minor (8A) to ensure everything sounds good and is “DJ ready,” so to speak. This time around I got lucky and everything fell into place nicely. Of course, this was only possible due to trial-and-error experience, some preparation, and creating my edits while keeping the DJ in mind throughout the entire process. More on all this later as well.
So if you get a chance, go check out my remix, along with the 53 or so remixes and feel free to vote. I actually have a few favorites that I will be voting on soon. Although I will give my own remix a 5/5 star rating (duh), I am certainly man enough to rate other remixes 5/5 stars as well and comment appropriately. Although I have no desire to win the fabulous cash and prizes, I do enjoy the whole process of setting a goal and eventually whipping out a piece of
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UPDATE 3/27/12: I will remixing my remix in Pro Tools 10 to fix some quality issues. Stay tuned!