Final Week Matchup 3: ns_moose vs. a minhas productions

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Jasnoor98

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Below are the mixes for matchup 3 of our last week in the mixing ladder! Both DJs were assigned the song Dheean by Diljit, linked below.

Each mixer's submissions are also listed below anonymously.

DJ 1:

DJ 2:


You can vote by commenting below with your choice of which DJ (1 or 2) mixed the song more effectively. Feedback is also welcome.

Voting closes on Saturday, October 6th at 11:59 pm EST. Remember that voting is only open to those with 10 or more BTF posts. Your vote will not be counted if you do not have at least 10 posts.
 
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Klasikhz

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Hey guys, both tracks have their pros/cons and I think I'm learning towards the creative potential of DJ 1 here.

Here is some feedback:

DJ 1:
0:00 - The instrumental from the beginning feels a bit forced and doesn't have that feel that I would want. My suggestion is to replace the instrumental with something else completely.
0:55 - The Ludacris vocal from "Ultimate Satisfaction" definitely has potential and I love how the beat hits after "Boom Boom Boom Boom".
0:22 - Ludacris' flow is offbeat here.
0:28 - Even though I don't enjoy the chords on this track, the bass and 808's are real nice. See if you can either replicate it or find a different song that matches the percussion.
0:44 - Love the additional hit and I think you can keep this once you work on the main instrumental segment.

DJ 2:
0:00 - Piano intro works nicely here. Commands attention on the segment. However, volume levels are very low so balance those here.
0:06 - Let the dhol hit and just get your snare & hi-hats in.
0:19 - When sarangi starts, bring your drums in.
0:31 - Love how you remove the piano here and let Diljit be the focus.
0:31 - The Punjabi vibe feels a bit empty in the track with his vocals. Add your own custom dholki to adda nice layer of percussion.
0:39 - The 808 switch here is random and unnecessary, remove this.
0:49 - I like the flanger effect here.
0:50 - Add another dhol layer so the punch is stronger.
1:07 - Diljit finishes his vocal but your hip hop track needs another 4 beats. Extend his vocals or add an echo and start it properly after 4 more counts.
1:08 - Sarangi loop is very well done here.
1:14 - The audio skips here, fix this.
1:16 - You can really play with your sarangi loop from earlier but hiding your drums and making them hit here instead.

Feel free to contact me for some more specific stuff. Good luck on the rest of the ladder challenges!

Iqwak Bhurji
Klasikhz
 

Basim

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DJ 1 - great use of the rapper vocals - "808 bagging.." but I wish you would have added a deeper hitting 808 bass drop after the "boom boom" part (to complement the sample) and the an engine sound to complement the "vroom vroom" part (again, to complement to sample). I liked the added bass from 0:28 to 0:44ish - thank you for not drowning out Diljit's vocals. I liked the slow-down after 0:44, but would have been so great to create a smooth transition to a faster tempo of the song, which would have probably led to a slightly longer mix, but would have made a killer ending. Your outro was rather abrupt, I wish there was just a few more beats to end it smoothly.

DJ 2 - I liked your build up, but it seems you overly compressed the original song. Why? lol. I liked the instruments that you threw in before the lyrics hit at 0:32, but I felt at times it got to be a bit much and confusing as a listener (they need to blended together better). Thank you as well for not drowning out Diljit's vocals! I liked the deeper bass tone thrown in around 0:40 to 0:42, but felt if you put it in at 0:38, it would have been stronger rather than delay it. I really like the effect used at 0:49 and it was great to hear the piano being brought back in until 1:03. I didn't like the loops/skipping (was that intentional?) between 1:08 - 1:15. The effect at 1:17 was cool, but felt like your outro could have used a bit more polishing.

My vote: DJ 1

~ Basim :)
 
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kman58

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DJ 1 lacked some depth of tone in places in the mix with misplaced bass-to-track pairings, but overall ended way better than the one DJ2 made. DJ 2 could’ve benefited from even mixing across the board, including giving enough prominence to the leading song in that part of the concept. General leveling/compression will help with your mix quality as well. I completely see the potential in both mixes, especially with regards to the beats in the back. However my vote is for DJ 1.
 
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