Remix, mashup, cover. What is the difference between versions of songs and how to search for them on iPhone

Streaming services, even with their limitations, provide us with a lot of music. An additional convenience is the presence of built-in track recognition in iOS in the form of a Shazam button in the Control Center or a similar solution in Yandex.Music. However, it is not always possible to find the right one: the point is not even the lack of new music, but the fact that there is a track that is different from what you heard somewhere. In fact, you should always pay attention to the name – you may have come across a cover version or a remix. We explain what is a cover versionhow the radio version of the track differs from others and why the remix is ​​sometimes considered the original.

We tell you what versions of songs are and how they differ

What is radio edit

When an artist releases an EP (mini-album) or just a new song, there are often two versions of the track on the release – Original Mix and Radio Edit. Generally release is not an album, although services often display them that way. In the original version, the track can sometimes last for 5-6 minutes, especially if it’s electronic or something from EDM. Although now such versions of songs have become much shorter – 3-4 minutes.

What is radio edit.  The release sometimes includes remixes by the artist himself and other musicians, but this is not always the case.  A photo.

The release sometimes includes remixes by the artist himself and other musicians, but this is not always the case.

  • Original MixMain Mix or Main Edit is exactly what the musician wrote: a track without cuts, so this version has more transitions and sounds much smoother.
  • Radio Edit or sometimes Radio Mix – a short version of the track for the streaming format or radio stations: it is shorter because it lasts 2-3 minutes. All in order not to stretch the airtime and quickly attract the listener.

Often, radio stations themselves make radio versions of songs, cutting them down to 2 minutes and changing excerpts in places. Sometimes the radio version is referred to as Radio Mix, Short Edit or Video Edit – this is the same. In addition to them, Acapella, Clean Edit, Club Mix, Instrumental or Dub Mix also get into the release. Let’s figure out what that means.

  • Acapella – Version exclusively with vocals without music. In most cases, it is added to the release to create remixes by other musicians, since it is useless for the listener without a “plus”.
  • Clean Edit or Clean Mix – “clean” version, without profanity.
  • Instrumental and Dub Mix – in fact, the same thing: this is a track without words or with rare interspersed vocals, for example, at the beginning of the chorus. Some people listen to a song without words for years, and then they are very surprised when they find out that it turns out to have words in it!
  • Club Mix – in most cases the same as the Original Mix. The musicians specifically make it more driving for parties – they remove the vocals, if any.

Please note that the track with the signature Cut is not a radio version! Most likely this excerpt from the radio show, live performance or mix. Now you know why the same song sounds differentBut that’s not all.

What is a remix

Sometimes you may stumble upon remix pack: it can be an entire album, conditionally divided into two CDs, or just a collection of versions from other artists. If it consists of two parts, then in the first one the tracks can be original, in the second – only remixes from other artists. Often the remix becomes more popular than the original version of the trackand many listeners mistakenly believe that their library had that version from the artist.

What is a remix.  Remix packs sometimes have more tracks than the original album.  A photo.

Remix packs sometimes have more tracks than the original album

For example, the famous track from Sunlounger — Lost, released in 2008: the radio stations did not write that this is a remix, so many considered it to be the original, although the original version is completely different! Sometimes Remix of the song radically changes the genre of the composition: for example, there was rap, and it became house, trance, or in general – rock.

The trouble with streaming services is that in most cases they only publish original versions of songs, although the remix is ​​much more fun and interesting. It happens that Remix is ​​called Bootleg – this is an unofficial version of the song from another artist, which was not included in any collections, as it was released without the consent of the copyright holder. They have to be searched separately on the Internet. Also, some artists mark the track not as a remix, but as Edit, for example, the Dutch DJ Tiesto.

The remix is song structure change, but in rare cases, versions of tracks appear as remixes in which one or more performers appear. Such versions are usually labeled as Official Remixand appears in the title Feat. – a joint version of the track by several musicians. Numb/Encore by Linkin Park and Jay-Z – in fact, a remix, but it is not designated as such. And here is the Official Remix for the track «Thunder» от Imagine Dragons & K.Flay.

What is a mashup

Sometimes users search remix songbut do not find: they can be signed as Bootleg or Mash Up. Mash Up is a composition obtained by mixing several songs. A striking example is mashup on the song “Say it right” by Nelly Furtado, which added the vocals of the singer Mika from the song “Relax, Take it easy”. It turned out very melodic, not worse than the original! on the radio and mashups rarely appear on music services: The exception is the mashup of the tracks “World Hold On” and “Hot Stuff” by Bob Sinclar and Craig David, respectively.

Surely when listening to you came across the version of the album or compilation in Megamix format: These are several tracks by the same or different artists that are smoothly mixed into one audio track. The convenience is that you do not need to listen to the track in its entirety, since in megamix tracks are superimposed on each other. For example, a megamix of the tracks of the legendary Haddaway.

There is only one verse and one chorus, after which another song begins. On Radio Record there is a Megamix show, where DJs mix several songs at the same time – sometimes it turns out very well! We can say that mashup and megamix are similar concepts.

Why do you need a cover of a song

Sometimes it is impossible to find the original song in the streaming service: you turn it on, and there the music is different, and the voice. Know it is cover songs. Often covers are made for famous hitsbut they sing them in their own way, even changing the music, but for this the performer must have a cool voice (or be able to work in music programs).

It turns out not bad: for example, the famous group “Fruits” or the YouTube blogger Nechaev, who re-records this or that song with its performer. A cover of Duran Duran’s “Come Undone” immediately comes to mind. от My Darkest Days – it turned out to be powerful rock instead of the pop original!

And finally, you must have met Live versions of songs. This is the original, performed live and recorded on audio. You can understand this by the surround sound, the noise of the audience at the concert and other instruments. Live versions of the songs are not mastered in any way, so you can hear the musicians shouting or missing words – this is normal. U2 has whole albumrecorded live!

So, when searching for a certain song, be sure to pay attention to the title: perhaps you do not need the original, but a remix or even a cover version. And if the track is not in the database, perhaps it is a mashup or a bootleg that needs to be searched on the Internet and downloaded separately. hardest search remix, since not all of them get into the official collections, so you have to listen to a lot of versions to find “the one”. But in most cases they are freely available – for example, on PromoDJso downloading them will not be piracy.

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