Today is the re-release of More Than Life's 'Love Let Me Go', a very important record in many peoples eyes, which I had the pleasure of re-mixing! To celebrate the release I wanted to write a little about the process of re-mixing. Approaching a re-mix of an already established record is different to just doing a mix from scratch, as there are already expectations of how the record should sound. I approached this project with one main goal in mind – to keep the original vibe as much as possible, but enhance elements of the mix.
There were many processes to get to the final mix but one of the main elements I wanted to talk about were drums. Originally recorded in a very dry room and having no room mics in the original files, I wanted to add some space to the kit without it sounding too much like a fake reverb after the fact. I achieved this a few different ways. Firstly I made some room mic samples by mic'ing up a similar sounding snare in the big live room at The Ranch and recording multiple velocity hits. I then made a slate trigger instrument and blended the multi-mic room sounds into the original kit. This added some real room ambience to the drums, which creates a more natural sound than just a reverb plugin.
To add a little more width to the stereo image, I then added a touch of reverb which I sent some of the close mics and the room samples too. With this reverb I used logic's sample delay, to delay the left and right channels slightly differently. This makes it feel much wider, as your ears are hearing one side slightly before the other.
You can check out a full stream of the newly re-mixed album here and can order it over at Holy Roar Records now. If you've got any questions or queries about anything in the mixing process or you want to enquire about having your record mixed by myself, you can email me over at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to help!