April 2020 – “There To Be Found”

ROUND 2 RANDOM DRAW WINNER!

GUITAR JEFF!  CONGRATS MAN!

YOU’VE WON 50 USD!!!

 

AND THE WINNER OF OUR INAUGURAL TOURNA-MIX CONTEST IS…

CCJAMZ!!!

WOW WHAT A MONTH!!!

 

ROUND 2 was crazy folks!!!  It went back and forth all month until finally ccJamz pulled ahead to claim first prize!!  Huge props to Scott Borecki for putting up an amazing fight….this was CLOSE! If you scroll to the bottom of this page you’ll see the official results posted.  ccJamz ended up with a total of 36 points (eight 1st place votes and six 2nd place votes) and Scott Borecki ended up with 34 points (six 1st place votes and eight 2nd place votes)….INSANE!!!

 

listen to ccJamz winning mix!

listen to Scott’s runner up mix!

 

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR PARTICIPATING….YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS NEXT MONTH AS WE HAVE NOT ONE, BUT TWO, TOURNAMENTS PLANNED….TIL THEN!  

ERIC

 

Hello and Welcome!

TOURNA-MIX is finally here, and I’m thrilled to have you as a competitor!  Thanks for being here!  Quickly, I’d like to ask each and every one of you to PLEASE reach out to me with any feedback you may have on the site.  As the designer, I understand exactly how TOURNA-MIX works……but you may not.  If you ever feel lost, or have any questions or suggestions, kindly reach out and help me make this website as user friendly as possible.  I will surely be making many changes to the site over the next few months and your insight is much appreciated.

I thought it would be fitting to feature one of my own original songs for the first contest – it’s called “There To Be Found”.  I wrote this song shortly after realizing that I COULD in fact learn how to mix and produce my own music.  For over a decade, I never thought this was possible.  It was a very exciting and liberating epiphany, and in just one sitting I banged out an entire song (love it when that happens!).  Of course, my intention wasn’t to write a song about learning the art of audio production – that would be lame; rather, I wrote what I think is an empowering song about overcoming adversity, and realizing that the answers we seek are in fact “there to be found”.  Quick shoutout to my good friend Andrew Johnston for helping me iron out some of the lyrics.

Flash forward five years (five intensive years of obsessive mixing) and I finally DID produce this song.  In a way it was sort of a test run….my first major stab at producing a song from home.  Could it be done?  Could I do it?  Well, I think I did!

Now truthfully, I didn’t really do this alone.  Far from it!  In fact, I hired a lot of online session players to play parts I couldn’t handle alone: drums, bass, keys…..even horns.  In the end, very little of this was actually recorded at my apartment; however, I was still able to organize everything on my own terms, all without leaving home 🙂  I learned a ton from the process, and feel proud of the results….but man, did I ever make a lot of mistakes along the way!

I’m very excited to hear how you all approach this tune.  It’s a bit of a beast!  I threw everything but the kitchen sink at it, and although I consider it a strong production overall, it won’t necessarily be an easy mix for you.  I struggled big time to get a mix I was happy with.  There are LOTS of instruments,  and you’ll have to be very crafty to make it all fit. My advice is to pay special attention the most important elements, otherwise you’ll get swamped by all the moving parts!

I’ve said enough.  I hope you all enjoy month #1 of TOURNA-MIX, and I look forward to growing together as mixers for years to come.  THANK YOU!

Eric Passmore

 

SONG INFO:

Bpm: 130

Sample Rate: 44.1

NOTE:  At the very end of the song, the drums cut off a little prematurely.  I never even noticed this until I was making these stems for you!  In solo you’ll hear it, but with the organ wailing away over top of things it sounds fine.

 

PERMISSION TO USE IN MY MIXING PORTFOLIO?:  

Yes!  You may absolutely use this song in your portfolio.  I only ask that you credit me as the songwriter, and indicate somewhere that your mix isn’t the official mix :-).

Example:  “There To Be Found” by Eric Passmore, unofficial mix by “insert your name”.

 

PRIZES:  

Grand Prize:  200USD (you can expect larger prizes in future months…remember this is a free beta testing month).  Cash will be paid via PayPal.

1st Round Winners:  As always, all competitors that make it out of round 1 win a free month of TOURNA-MIX! (See “Rules and Regulations”)

 

SCHEDULE:

April 1st – 14th:  Download stems and mix the song.  Submit by April 14th at 10pm (EST)…ONLY ONE SUBMISSION ALLOWED AND DON’T BE LATE!

April 15th – 21st: Voting Round 1.  Simply log in to your account and pick your top three favourite mixes.  Deadline for voting is April 21st at 10pm (EST)…if you fail to vote you will be eliminated!

April 22nd – 28th: Voting Round 2.  Simply log into your account and pick your top three favourite mixes.  Deadline for voting is April 28th at 10pm (EST).  Remember, by voting in Round 2 you will automatically be entered into a draw to win 50 USD!  Please vote!

April 29th – 3oth:  Results revealed!!  Good luck!

 

ROUND 1 VOTING RESULTS!!!

NOTE:  These stats reports will become automated as soon as possible.

Hey everyone!  Results are in!  Thank you all for participating in the contest so far.  If you don’t see your username listed below, it simply means you didn’t receive any votes this month (sharpen your weapons and come back swinging next month!).  I’ve included not only the total points for each member, but also the breakdown of how many points were earned via 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place votes; for example, Scott Borecki received 20 total points (wow!) which consists of 15 points from 1st place votes (five 1st place votes), 2 points from 2nd place votes (one 2nd place vote), and 3 points from 3rd place votes (three 3rd place votes)….CAPISH?  Here we go!

 

GROUP 1:

 

#1  Scott Borecki:  20 points (15/2/3)  WINNER!

pending….Scott is still in the contest!  Gotta keep it a secret for now 🙂

#2  morganstein:  12 points (9/2/1)

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#3  wmac:  8 points (0/6/2)

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#4  lucaspinarbasi:  7 points (0/6/1)

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#5  Tuomas:  4 points (3/0/1)  —  TIED FOR 5TH PLACE

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#5  Butterfly:  4 points (3/0/1)  —  TIED FOR 5TH PLACE

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#6  seanhupe:  4 points (0/4/0)

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#7  Andrew:  1 point (0/0/1)

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GROUP 2:

 

#1  ccJamz:  16 points (15/0/1)  WINNER!

pending….ccJamz is still in the contest!  Gotta keep it a secret for now 🙂

#2 Ralf Tyra:  13 points (9/4/0)

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#3  mange586:  9 points (3/4/2)

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#4  space ocelot:  7 points (3/2/2)

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#5  Delicious Food:  7 points (0/6/1)

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#6  guitarjeff:  3 points (0/2/1)

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#7  Bunglespice:  2 points (0/2/0)

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#8  CGRIOS:  2 points (0/0/2)

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#9  Blankenstein:  1 point (0/0/1)

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GOOD LUCK TO OUR FINALISTS!!!  ROUND 2 IS OPEN AND VOTES ARE ALREADY FLOODING IN.  THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC PARTICIPATION 🙂

ERIC

 

APRIL’S VIDEO TUTORIAL!!!

0 – 0:53: INTRO       0:54 – 1:38: HEAR MIX        1:39 – 10:41: DRUMS  

10:42 – 13:29: BASS      13:30 – 19:54: VOCALS    19:55 – 26:00 INSTRUMENTS

26:01 – 29:20: DRUM BUS/ VOX REVISITED     29:21- END: MIXBUS/OUTRO

 

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