Here is my attempt at a reference mix. I feel like I did a decent job of matching the original mix but I also feel like it could always be better (at some point I just had to stop messing with it and call it good). I really enjoyed listening to the components, especially the interesting bass line and guitar licks. When comparing the sounds I wished I could mute both tracks of the original mix with one button, as it's hard to remember volume differences that are over a second apart. A bit more fine control on jumping to specific points in the song would help speed the process too (not that I'm complaining as it is already a great tool).
I should also mention that when listening I didn't notice the need to pan any of the tracks. I see that other students are using panning so I probably missed something there. Here are my settings:
Reference Mix: sledgehammer/#1wgzi
After enjoying that bass line so much, I decided to make my creative mix more bass-and-drum focused, so I turned up the bass/drums/guitars and panned the bass a bit to the left and the guitars a bit to the right for a bit of left-to-right call/response. I also added a bit more piano because I felt it was originally difficult to hear that instrument.
Then I de-emphasized the Shak and reduced the vocals slightly, panning the background vocals slightly left and the lead vocals ever-so-slightly right, once again to emphasize the call-and-response effect.
Creative Mix: sledgehammer/#43k7i
To me, it sounds pretty nice this way, but I'm sure everyone will have their own favorites (which is what makes it creative). Thanks for the assignment!