Mixing Funk/Disco Tracks.
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    Default Mixing Funk/Disco Tracks.

    Hi all.



    Just need a few pointers on mixing Funk/Disco/Funky breaks type stuff (Think--D-Cup/Tahuna breaks/Jamarioquai/Kolombo/Neighbour etc)


    Whilst a few of tracks i have are nice to mix with, in that they have some intro's/Outro's/Mid sections of plain beats (the more housey stuff), some of them can be quite busy, especially with a bass guitar and that funky 'Wap' Sound right at the start and throughout the tune that can make the mixes quite clunky and messy when trying to blend them.


    Any tips?
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    Don't keep both highs at the same time and use a lot of filtering.


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    That's my office soundtrack sorted for the next hour or so!!
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    Be patient and don't rush transitions. Find a sweet spot and loop that sucker.

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    For older tracks, look into warping part of the track to make it less of a nightmare to mix over 8/16/32 bars.

    http://www.djtechtools.com/2011/02/1...-ableton-pt-1/

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    Quote Originally Posted by DISaS73R View Post
    Don't keep both highs at the same time and use a lot of filtering.
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    Cheers guys, i've tried the looping and filtering tricks and they work really well.
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    Also don't forget that the guys who originally had to mix these tracks in the 70s and 80s didn't have EQ, or loops or anything at all really. So sometimes they would just fade in and fade out on a track. Listen to some of Larry levan's or Jellybean's mixes and you'll notice that they will do this instead of beatmatching every single track. Sometimes you just can't mix 2 tracks together and that's OK. Not every mix has to be flawless to keep a party dancing

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    Quote Originally Posted by donstone View Post
    Also don't forget that the guys who originally had to mix these tracks in the 70s and 80s didn't have EQ, or loops or anything at all really. So sometimes they would just fade in and fade out on a track. Listen to some of Larry levan's or Jellybean's mixes and you'll notice that they will do this instead of beatmatching every single track. Sometimes you just can't mix 2 tracks together and that's OK. Not every mix has to be flawless to keep a party dancing
    Well put. Some tracks just don't work sometimes.

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    Also
    http://www.mixcloud.com/Olsgaard/
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