'Coming Back for You' HarBal & new tricks. Comments?

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Mans reach exceeds his grasp
Member Since: Oct 23, 2007

So I finally gave into the hype. I bought HarBal and gave it a first round on a song I recorded today on a whim called "Coming Back for You." Given it's a rough recording without an ending, it really made a huge difference, and I feel I've reached a new pinnacle in my recording voyage with this song.

I tried a few new techniques with this song; I mixed the song based on the guitar level, which I usually turn up, but decided to keep centrifugal this time around. The accompaniment vocals and instruments were layed down lower than it comes out through most systems I've played it on, but sounds good to me so I feel I should work with the curve I'm on in that respect. Any pointers, advice, and/or criticism is always welcome.

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Czar of Cheese
Since: Jun 09, 2004

Jul 07, 2008 06:03 pm

Hey Keith,

This sounds great! I just did a little A/B comparison between this song and the other song in your profile. This one blows the other one away! Your vocal is right up front and everything feels very balanced in terms of the mix and the overall loudness. The acoustic guitar sounds a little bit thin compared to everything else, but I know that's something you're working on as stated in another thread.

Great job...keep it up!


Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jul 07, 2008 10:32 pm

HOLY **** that is fantasic!

And ya, I would say you've reached a new pinnacle alright. Right to the top.

I'm such a sucker for the piano and string thing. But I have to say you are using it so well now. The whole piece is together nicely. A couple tweaks and an ending and your home with this one.

Why is it though that all your tunes have a tendency to strike a huge chord in my gut? I think its the way you are orchestrating and arranging them. A very familiar sound to them.

I'll be giving it another listen with fresher ears tomorrow as I just spent the last 3 1/2 hours mixing, but it still sounds killer to me.

Very well written as well.

Veni, MIDI, Vici
Since: Jul 02, 2008

Jul 07, 2008 11:06 pm

Awesome! The song has a characteristic that I would call "haunting". Noize2u said it differently: "a huge chord in my gut". I realize your style is not the same, but it reminds me of Jackson Browne in his best days. He could "haunt" me too. A few touches here and there and you the man.

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Jul 09, 2008 12:51 pm

Go Harbal!! Go Keith!!!

Sounds awesome man, not much else to say, finish it up and remember us when your on tour :)

Mans reach exceeds his grasp
Since: Oct 23, 2007

Jul 14, 2008 12:15 am

Thanks for the awesome feedback guys! I havn't had any time to finish it since I posted it, hopefully I can bang it out this week.

And CPT, if I ever go on tour, I'll send you that UA Pre you've always wanted, free of charge.

I'm by far no elephant!

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