Remix Contest: ‘Love’ by Les Amazones d’Afrique


West African musical collective Les Amazones d’Afrique invite you to remix their recent single ‘Love’, taken from the new album Amazones Power.

Participants are invited to submit their work as part of a remix contest hosted by Real World Records in association with Universal Audio, who have provided a package of prizes for the best tracks. The winning tracks will be chosen by a panel which includes producers Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers, Snow Patrol), Che Pope (Kanye West, Lauryn Hill) and the engineers of Peter Gabriel’s world-renowned Real World Studios.

The brief

Just as producer Liam Farrell did with the original session recordings, we encourage you to take the song to new and unexpected places. The mix pack includes stems from the initial recording session in Paris, elements of Doctor L’s production, as well as a new Malian funk guitar part by Sountoucoumba “Salif” Koné, a member of Les Amazones d’Afrique’s live band. The only rule to follow with this contest is to be daring in your approach to the track. Whilst there is plenty of heritage in the music of Les Amazones d’Afrique, the band have always sought to steer their music into fresh new territories, blending pan-African styles and collaborative harmonies with gritty, contemporary pop influences. We hope to see this same attitude reflected in the remixes we receive.

The Prizes

“We are delighted to offer prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in this contest. Prizes have been generously provided by Universal Audio, and they will be: Universal Audio Apollo x8 (1st), Apollo x4 (2nd), Apollo Twin X QUAD (3rd), along with a copy of Les Amazones d’Afrique’s album on double coloured vinyl and a selection of Real World and Universal Audio merchandise for each finalist”. In addition, the winning remix will be considered for release as a digital single by Real World Records.

HOW TO ENTER

Please read carefully the terms and conditions and End User Licence Agreement below. You will be asked to agree to these in the process of entering the contest and receiving the remix stems.

https://mailchi.mp/realworld/remixed

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Frequency Cheat Sheet

Some crucial EQ  bands and what they sound like

50-60 Hz

  • Thump in a kick drum
  • Boom in a bassline
  • Essential in dub, dubstep and reggae !
  • Too much and you’ll have flapping speakers and a flabby mix
  • Too little, and the mix will never have enough weight or depth

100-200 Hz

  • This EQ band adds punch in a snare
  • Gives richness or “bloom” to almost anything
  • Too much makes things boomy or woolly
  • Too little sounds thin and cold

200-500 Hz

  • Crucial for warmth and weight in guitars, piano and vocals
  • Too much makes things sound muddy or congested
  • Too little makes them thin and weak

500-1000 Hz

  • One of the trickiest areas
  • Gives body and tone to many instruments
  • Too much sounds hollow, nasal or honky
  • Too little sounds thin and harsh

2 kHz

  • Gives edge and bite to guitars and vocals
  • Adds aggression and clarity
  • Too much is painful!
  • Too little will sound soft or muted

5-10 kHz

  • Adds clarity, open-ness and life
  • Important for the top end of drums, especially snare
  • Too much sounds gritty or scratchy
  • Too little will lack presence and energy

16 kHz

  • Can add air, space or sparkle
  • Almost too high to hear
  • Too much will sound artificial, hyped or fizzy
  • Too little will sound dull and stifled
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New sound palette added to the CNXL STUDIO.

Now available for our mixing and mastering service the sound of the historic EMI/Abbey Road sound from the late 60s realised by Chandler Limited®’s hardware and reimagined for a modern studio context.

Units used on modern classic records by Beyoncé, The White Stripes, and Lady Gaga

A powerful and musical modern channel strip with the unique vintage sound of Chandler Limited®, the Zener-Bender combines the crisp and colorful character of the Curve Bender Mastering Equalizer with the big, punchy Zener Limiter to bring class, history, and most crucially of all, a phenomenal sonic impact

Tracing the heritage of the Chandler Limited® Zener-Bender is like discovering an imperial family tree. Its roots are in EMI consoles, used at Abbey Road from the 60s onwards to record some of the most seminal albums of all time, by the likes of Pink Floyd and The Beatles. And right up to the present day Curve Bender and Zener Limiter are being used in both hardware and plug-in form by top producers and engineers across records by world-leading artists such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, The White Stripes, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, and more. The influence of the Chandler sound cannot be overstated. It shapes the world it rules. 

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Bass ReAmping

I often received poorly recorded bass-guitar to mix. More and more people are simply recording their bass via DI Box, or straight into a sound card.

Today like we used to do in the past we can reAmp the bass into virtual amps to obtain a good sounding bass guitar and the result is phenomenal.

There are lots and lots of amp simulation plugins out there, but the one that I keep going back to is the emulation of the Eden WT-800 Bass Amp, done by one of my favourite company Softube.
If you haven’t tried it yet, get an account at Softube and download a free 20 days trial and fell in love as I did. For me, this is truly the best sounding emulation plugin of a bass amp. This plugin is also licenced to Universal Audio and available as UAD Plugin.

Developed by Softube, the Eden WT800 Bass Amplifier plug-in is fully endorsed and authenticated by Eden and is an exacting emulation of this industry-standard bass amp.

Eden WT-800 Bass Amp pro favourite

Innumerable pro players, including Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike Gordon of Phish, have come to treat this amp as essential. It’s great for the grungey dirty vintage sounds, of course, but for the heft and clarity required by modern hip-hop, R&B, pop, metal, and jazz, there aren’t many that can compete.

That modern hi-fi richness comes in part from the extraordinary quality of the amp itself, but also partly from the additional features in the side-panel: the classic microphones, expertly placed, the easy bi-amping, and the intuitive mixer.

KNOWLEDGE
Re-amping is a process often used in multitrack recording in which a recorded signal is routed back out of the editing environment and run through external processing using effects units and then into a guitar amplifier and a guitar speaker cabinet or a reverb chamber.

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Manolo Remiddi Showreel

Manolo Remiddi Showreel

This is my showreel of mixture between indie, pop and soul bands. High profile artists and other genre can be checked on Spotify, including: Peter Gabriel, Robbie Craig,  Romina Johnson, Porcelain Raft, Jocelyn Brown, Dino Lanni, Barbara Tucker, Angie Brown, Kym Mazelle, Taka Boom, Brian Allen and more

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My Favourite Tape Machine (plugin)

There are lot’s of quality virtualisation of Tape Machine, but no all sounds the same and no all of them have the character I’m looking for.

Tape Machines can be used for recording, mixing and mastering. The aim is to add the warmth signature of analogue sound to the digitally recorded and mixed sound.

What tape machine does to the sound is really complex, but can be mainly seen as saturation, compression and harmonics enhancer.

In my mix and mastering, I use two tape machines. For minimum colourisation, I use Tape from Softube. This plugin often goes on every channel or at least on every bus channel. I used it as everything is recorded on tape. This plugin is light on the CPU and does a good job.

But my real favourite Tape Machine in the virtual world is the simulation of the Ampex 350 – Reel to Reel Tape Machine. This machine records on 1/4″ Tape. Ampex 350 is a two-speed audio recorder. Its ideal use is on Bass, Drums, Synths, Vocal but I love how it sounds on the program material.

Waves makes a phenomenal plugin version of this Tape Machine, the KRAMER MASTER TAPE. It was developed in association with producer/engineer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones).

With adjustable tape speed, bias, Flux, wow & flutter, and modelled noise, the Kramer Master Tape provides comprehensive control over the contours of your sound.

The two parameters that make the difference here are the Input and Reproduce, and the Flux.

Input and Reproduce
When recording to tape, two monitoring modes are available. Input monitoring lets you hear the signal as it reaches the recording head, including tube and mic-pre saturation.
Repro monitoring lets you hear the output of the repro head just like normal tape playback, meaning that tape speed, bias, Flux, wow & flutter, and noise, in addition to the tube and mic-pre saturation, all affect the monitored output.

Flux
Flux is the term used for the level of magnetic radiation emitted from the recording head on to the tape, commonly referred to as operating level. Measured in nano Webers per
Meter – nWb/m, flux is essentially a gain factor reflecting a higher level passed onto the recording head. While older tapes are designed to handle lower flux levels, modern tapes could withstand much higher Flux before distorting, resulting in relatively lower noise.

No one can best explain how to use this plugin than Michael White. Check his tutorial:

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Waves is offering this plugin at 40% off with this coupon CREATIVE40 $29.99 instead of $249

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Free Oscilloscope (VST) for Mac and Windows

Sometimes is also good to see the audio signal and the best tools for this job are the Oscilloscopes and the Spectrum Analyser. I ofter use this in conjunction with my modular synth. This helps me understand what is happening to the sound while processing the sound.

The most important tool is the Oscilloscope. I use the plugin produced by Socalabs. it’s free for both Mac and Windows computers and works perfectly. Download it for free here. Socalabs has also a free Spectrum analyser. If your DAW doesn’t have one get this one too.

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Take the time to improve your music production skills and knowledge while in quarantine

For the safety of others and for the respect of who is helping those in need we are asked to stay at home. We as creative people we should take this as an opportunity to increase our production, to experiment with things we didn’t have time to do before and of course to improve our skill and knowledge.

We can take advantage of online courses that some are free for a period of time. For example, check this list of courses on music production on Udemy (30 days money-back guarantee) or get one month for free on Lynda. YouTube is full of tutorials.

Probably the best mixing course online is the one provided by Michael White https://www.mixingwithmike.com/

Here a Free course on the Fundamentals of Mixing. High quality content definitely a great place to start learning Mixing Techniques.


Stay productive, stay positive, be creative and stay connected.

If you want to learn mixing techniques, get in touch! Manolo Remiddi is offering one to one online lessons on the art of mixing.
Contact Manolo via email – manolo@cnxl.studio

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Manolo Remiddi Discography

MANOLO REMIDDI DISCOGRAPHY

ARTISTSERVICEPRODUCT
Peter GabrielMixing and MasteringSingle / Remix
The NoisettesRecording, mixing and mastering, ProductionEP / Single
Porcelain RaftMixing and MasteringEp/Single/Album
Mark KingMixing and MasteringSingle
Barbara TuckerRecording, mixing and masteringSingle
Jocelyn BrownRecording, mixing and masteringSingle
Taka BoomRecording, mixing and masteringSingle
Jill ScottMixing and MasteringSingle
Maxi PriestMixingSingle
Robbie CraigRecording, mixing / Co-ProductionSingles/ Album
Romina JohnsonRecording, mixing and masteringSingles/ Album
Sunny Day Sets FireRecording, mixing and mastering / Co-ProductionSingles/ Album
HardageRecording, mixing and masteringSingles/ Album
Z-StarRecording, mixing and masteringSingles/ Album
Gary GoRecording, mixing and mastering / Co-ProductionEP / Single
Michael FrantiRecording, mixing and masteringSingle
Camera SonoraRecording, mixing and masteringEP
GaudiRecording, mixing and masteringSingle / Sound track
Kym MazelleRecordingSingle
Delta GoodremMixing and MasteringRemix
Brian AllenMixing and MasteringRemix
Bacci Bros ProductionRecording, mixing and mastering / Co-ProductionSingle / Remix
Showroom DummiesRecording, mixing and mastering / Co-ProductionEP / Single
The Prairie CartelMixing and MasteringSingles
Pull Tiger TailMixing and MasteringEP/Single
Dead DiscoRecording, mixing and mastering / Co-ProductionSingle / Remix
Shit DiscoMixingSingles
Mark MondesirRecordingSessions for Album
Linley MartheRecordingSessions for Album
Dino LanniMixing and MasteringSingles

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