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Original Acoustic Song -- Tracked and mixed in six hours. Condenser Microphones
Old 4th September 2011
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Original Acoustic Song -- Tracked and mixed in six hours.

We're pretty proud of what came about today. We got together to work on one song, but we decided we were a bit burnt out with it and decided to track another song my friend had been writing. Below is a URL to the audio file -- it's one of the many tracks we're going to include in our first album that we'll be putting up for sale within the next 2-3 months hopefully.

http://www.mrosenblatt.net/ss/song-for-a-friend.mp3

Any input is much appreciated.
Old 4th September 2011
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Sounds good to me Matt. Good vox and arrangement
Cheers
Phil
Old 4th September 2011
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I like it!

I would EQ the toms a bit. Think the floor tom would glue better if you made it dark and without tonal reference. Make it sound like a deep boom - remove all unnecessary tonal information from the toms. I think it would help the song. I don't want to think about the drum tuning while I'm listening to the song.

Hope you understand what I mean -
Old 4th September 2011
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+1 to ggr's tom suggestion.

I think the guitars sound great up until about the little interlude. The left guitar is a little too load for my taste, and might be hitting the comp a little to hard.


I love your voice. You sing with a lot of emotion.

Hope this helps
Old 5th September 2011
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+1 to ggr's tom suggestion.

I think the guitars sound great up until about the little interlude. The left guitar is a little too load for my taste, and might be hitting the comp a little to hard.


I love your voice. You sing with a lot of emotion.

Hope this helps
It's not my voice, it's my friend Mikes. I ran him through an LA610, but I barely had any compression on at all. I'll take another listen -- we have a distortion plugin active on one of the AUX busses, so maybe that's what you're hearing. There are times where it feels a bit too strong, but it does help out. It sounds a million times different flat.

What surprises me is that I used NO EQ at all.
Old 5th September 2011
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Nice spacious recording, Dylan'esque, good show!
Old 6th September 2011
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Vocals and guitars sound great. Actually, on the opening chord I thought the acoustic guitar was a bit too bright, but it's not, it's fine.

The intro goes on WAY too long. I started to think it was an instrumental. I like the big boomy toms, they sound very cool, but I agree with the poster above, I'm not sure I really need the different tones. If you're going to do that, then make more of it, make it a feature, don't just do it the once. But I'd stick to just the one tom.

The kick and snare sound a bit inconsequential, like the drummer couldn't decide whether to commit to wholly drumming on the song. The kick drum sounds a bit too tight, could actually be a bit flabbier. Snare could really do with some reverb. I might actually dispense with the kick altogether and just use that tom and a snare.

I can imagine some simple tambourine shakes working very well in there. Make it sound quite ritualistic/folky using that big ol' tom: booom/shing/booom/shing.

there's a really unfortunate bit where it sounds like the singer's singing about "taking ****s in tiny spaces". not a pleasant image! Im assuming that's a mishearing... Spot-on vocal take though. What's the mic?
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there's a really unfortunate bit where it sounds like the singer's singing about "taking ****s in tiny spaces". not a pleasant image! Im assuming that's a mishearing... Spot-on vocal take though. What's the mic?
You heard the line properly -- Mike wrote the song about a good friend he lost to a drug overdose.

The mic is an MXL Genesis V1 going through an LA610.
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