Well here I am again with another remix/remaster project I’m looking for feedback on. So this time, I did some rearranging and then remixed and remastered a couple of pieces I did for some of @Mikael’s contests here on the forum; a cover of John William’s Jurassic Park main theme (with my own original bits added) and a Star Trek tribute piece.
Basically, I redid some of the dynamic markings and orchestration choices in the actual score itself, but the big changes are in the mixing process. My personal favorite style is that Hollywood Golden Age film score music, of which John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith can be considered part of, and so I’m always looking to make my pieces of this style sound like they were performed/recorded in the studios that some of these great classic films were.
Spitfire’s Abbey Road One sample library was made for just such a sound, but it’s not a complete library as far as instruments and articulation—but the sound is absolutely classic. So, to give my other libraries and my notation software samples a similar sound, I’ve tried to recreate that sound using a number of Waves, Abbey Road plugins in my mixing. In particular, Abbey Road Plates for reverb, and the J37 tape emulator.
So basically I run the finished audio through the reverb, then EQ the reverb with a hi/low pass of 300Hz and 4KHz. that is then run through the J37 (I won’t explain the settings on that) add a tiny bit of comp if needed, then that goes to the master through Ozone 9 where I roll back the low mids, ~250Hz by -.5 to -1db and finally, add a limiter at -.10. I think the result is actually quite good. Not perfect but it seemes to have brought out some instruments that got hidden in the original mix and the J37 just added the right amount of saturation to give the whole mix that classic warm, full sound. There might be better settings to get this sound, but what do you think?