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    Acoustic music with a few exceptions, music that is different from the norm. Weird mysterious conspiracy theories,alternate energy sources. Recording. Almost anything chocolate.

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  1. Chat Chat Chat Chat Chat

    Sorry I took so long to respond to this Mike. It seems the older we get the more complicated life is. I almost bought BIAB. I've come close. I haven't bashed the program, but I have voiced my reasons for not seeing a real need for it. This can turn into something like a Mac/PC debate. As I understand it, in order to really benefit from it you need to get the versions with the better audio files and all of the "styles"that suit your genre. I suspect it might make me lazy. Instead of actually playing the parts I would be throwing all of my time into making arrangements in BIAB. Looks like cheating to me lol. I know a guy over on the Cakewalk site who uses it for country demos. It is VERY convincing. I can see how it would work wonders to see all the chords for jazz music.Probably the fastest way to throw a musical recipe together. Have you looked at Forte? Forte plays well with Studio One since Presonus owns both.
  2. Sreyashi- Together

    Ken- Yes I think this is a classic example of over compensating. Swinging the pendulum too far the other way. I think I'm going to try to find the original drum track and see if I can remove some of that in midi, either that or jump off a bridge
  3. Sreyashi- Together

    *SIGH* I listened again and in reality I think the mix has gone backwards. The drums seem so far back to me now that you loose the feel of the complicated beat. This was after 2 hours of work, hence the sigh. I was able to get more separation and balance in the stereo image between tracks. At this point, this is the only positive I can see. Nelson- Somehow my toms and ride got onto the same channel. I'm still trying to figure out how that happened. I noticed this early on. I might need to go back to the beginning to get it all sorted out.Thank you. Pahchisme- Thanks for those affirmative words and vote of confidence. This mix is dogging me to death. It's mainly the drums. Good ideas too on using drum replacement. I might look into that option. Ken- Thank you. I liked the beat too. I think it has more the feel of percussion than a drum kit at times. Gives it a world feel, that is until I mucked it all up with the last mix. Jenn- I really appreciate your comments here. I agree Sreyashi is a bit loud. Initially I liked the lower volume drums too, but it started to grow on me in the wrong way. I can't follow the groove now at the beginning. This is what happens when I over analyze. I take things too far the other way. I'm going to try and find a balance here if that's possible. I could start with another drum track but I might not finish this until 2018. I like the unique drums but we need to hear the groove.
  4. Sreyashi- Together

    Thank you for honest opinions here. I left the old mix up so you could hear it and I put up the most recent mix. I did away with the sax since i thought it distracted from Steyashi's voice. I did a bunch of additional EQ carving to make space for things. I ran the drums into a drum bus and added some sub bass. This allowed for more space and more bass.I'll probably be blogging about what I did in more detail. I made use of the empty spaces and some trailing vocal parts to accentuate the drums, then I dropped the volume off a bit where she sings. I took the bite out of the toms which I think were in conflict with her voice in the mid ranges. I adjusted the bass so it doesn't sound as dated. I did a lot with the stereo image and putting elements not fitting stereo to mono and trying to keep everything in a place with respect to panning. I changed the reverb. did lots of other stuff. Too much to really detail here. See what you think. Hopefully this will be seen as an improvement.
  5. I'm thinking you might need a voice with some twang in it too. At least here in America the vox has that "good ole boy" sound to it. I'm not sure you would get that with tight lederhosen
  6. Chat Chat Chat Chat Chat

    You could probably print the tabs from your midi guitar sent to something like Forte. Just a thought.
  7. No worries Ray. I'm glad you found someone to help with it! They have country music in Germany? I'm kidding.
  8. Simplify me, Override me (Thank you Jesus)

    I second the Jack White comparison. Great stuff. What are you doing with this? Are you playing out with your stuff? You have the kind of energy it takes to go out there with a band and tear it up I think just a mastering on this would do it. I wouldn't change a thing, keep that rough rock vibe it has.
  9. I'll be with you - Mix ok?

    The mix here seems ok overall. It has a little mid range edge which I actually prefer. The reverb gives it a great feeling of expansiveness. The guitar parts or loops give this a hypnotic effect along with the beat. The kind of drone in the vocal, not specifically a drone, but the constant range it's in gives me the feeling of a constant. Somewhere around note F? F#maybe? I don't know, but it's that constant that gives it a mysterious feel. Good panning. I can hear small return or musical response parts here and there added, like soft synth runs after lyric statements.In some places it almost seems too empty between endings of statements. Nothing that sticks out too much. Too much and you loose that open feel it has. I like the change ups in the I'm guessing chorus.Gives it a nice break. I'm not sure I'm a fan of the bass intro. Just me. It isn't a negative, just something I question for some unknown reason. I'm trying to see what it needs and I can't really find anything major. Great work and classic Dek. You have a unique, relaxing and reflective sound. I know you've done things that are way different, but I could tell it was you two miles out The track has a feeling of quality and cleaness to it. If that makes any sense to you.
  10. Sreyashi- Together

    FWIW- Here is the original rough track on the thread I mentioned- Jenn- I like your idea about panning the backup vocals. I'm going to see about trying some things with that. Thank you for your honest listen and comments here Richard- I listened to the track you mentioned. I like that approach. I'm not sure how I would resolve that direction with the drum beats I have. I could probably load it, tempo match it and add a dance beat. This is something I hadn't considered. I'm thinking it might not gel with the present beat, but I could be wrong.Thank you!! Pahchisme- Thank you for listening! I'm glad you think the vocals sit well with the mix. This is something I'm constantly struggling with. Monostone- Yes, I told Sreyashi she should be using that gift somewhere.! Thank you for your further explanation. I did equate this tune to jazz even though the chords don't fit a jazz agenda. I didn't really intend it to be a dance tune. The beat was my starting point. I don't know. I just really warmed up to it right away. I agree that it surely doesn't fit as something to dance or move to. I see the mix in a more figurative sense. I'll try to explain. I wanted it to convey the inner turmoil of the lyric. I does give the feeling that something just isn't going well and ( so I thought) re enforces the emotional feelings. I'm agreeing with you on all the points you make. The drums still need some more work to reign them in. You did a great job of explaining it I think. The 1st impressions are the rhythm is off. And in one sense it is off in that it doesn't follow typical drum protocol. I see it as a drummer taking a lot of artistic freedom, but he's still a bit much Thank you! I don't think you would like this unless I removed the drum pattern and I don't think at this stage of the mix it is possible without a re write.All I can do is try to reign it in better. Hobosage- I had been playing with M/Sand higher freq. pass throughs. The only things that seemed to pass L/R in the 1500-5000 range was cymbals and vocals. I had not checked the lower ranges. Thanks for your perspective. I think I need to revisit my panning as related to lower frequencies. This shouldn't be a tough adjustment with a plug like Vitamin which is really good at this kind of thing. I haven't seriously carved this in EQ yet either.I plan to make some more space for parts. I thought I had it close, but maybe not.The over siblance is likely still a setting too hot in the JRR vocal plug in. If I remove it the vocal sounds more dead, so I need a happy medium. Thank you to all who commented or will comment. Just a FYI. I'm blogging about the progress of the mix. If anyone wants to see how it developed so far you can read it here. I referenced Song stuff as one of my resources. I figured it might be interesting to see how many details can go into something that only plays for 4 minutes. Maybe you all can relate Progress of a mix I hope you'll return for the later mix and thanks again! Daryl I see your commenting. Thaks man. I'll check it out! I appreciate the listen!
  11. Sreyashi- Together

    I submitted a track awhile back over on the collaboration thread. I can't seem to locate the thread now. I was glad a few responded and one of those was Sreyashi. The track was basically drums and some synth before we mixed it. Sreyashi added the lyrics and vocals to this one.I really like here singing voice on this. The mix has already been through several revisions and arrangements. I think this is the final arrangement. The mix still needs a few things done I think.I'm open to opinions and ideas. Maybe even a recommendation of what genre this should be. To me it seems closest to pop. Thanks to Sreyashi who has worked this far with me on it and for coping with my odd music
  12. This Weird Love - colab with Lynn Wilson

    Great Job you guys. Good to see Lynn still at it!
  13. Cell Phone Junkies!

    Wow. Certainly a very relevant song today. Almost everyone on the street is walking land looking at a cell lol. I love the retro sound this has. I think this is mainly the guitar and the vocal mix that makes it that way. I enjoy the uniqueness of your material. Always refreshing to listen to it.
  14. Life Is Very Short

    Great doubled vocal sound on this one. I liked it overall. Lots of energy!
  15. All In Vain

    Great singing. I love the way you have coupled the mood of the lyric and the music so well.