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Well I finally have a new song posted and I'd really appreciate some feedback on the mix. This one is almost a country tune, but in an Eagles, Neil Young sort of way so I'm keeping it in Rock. :)

It's only available here right now under my profile/music, I'm still tweaking things.

Song title is Heart of Blue.

www.homerecordingconnecti...usic&id=707

Dan

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Czar of Cheese
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Since: Jun 09, 2004


Jul 10, 2004 02:12 pm

Dan,

Well-done! Right off the bat it struck me as very professional! (I'm very much partial to this particular genre: Eagles, Neil Young, etc.) The song itself is great...lyrics and melody are right for each other. Your recording skills are clearly quite extensive...this sounds like something I'd hear on the radio or on an album!

What is that organ-ish, accordion-ish, harmonica-ish instrument in the background? I like what it's doing, but an actual Neil Young-esque harmonica would really sonud great in its place!


All in all, a great (and very professional) sounding song!

Jim

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Since: Jul 02, 2003


Jul 10, 2004 02:49 pm

Thanks Jim. :) That organish sound was/is supposed to be a harmonica, done with my keyboard <G> I went so far as to buy a harmonica, but quickly decided, It's gonna take me a while before I can put down a track with it. LOL

I appreciate your time listening and glad you liked the tune. :)

Dan


sloppy dice, drinks twice
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Since: Aug 05, 2003


Jul 20, 2004 09:21 am

Nice job, olddog! That's a nice clean sound, and a well-written song you've got there. I like the retro feel the whole thing has. I like the keyboard solo, but I think it would be a little better with harmonica. I hope you go with your original plan, once you've gotten familiar with the harmonica!

Nothing doesnt give me gas
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Since: May 25, 2004


Jul 20, 2004 01:28 pm

Old dog,
Great mix, I liked the balance of everything, its really nice really nice mixing. I liked the progressions also. I liked the instrument that sounds like an accordian? Its really cool, it sounds like an older organ or something.

Overall, there aint too much to gripe at!!!

I give it a 9.01!!!!!!!!

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Since: Jul 02, 2003


Jul 20, 2004 02:20 pm

Thanks Tincan! I'm still practicing on the harmonica and I definitley want to get a real one in there. :) I'm getting the chord part down sort of but man is it hard to do single notes LOL.

While I got ya here, would you be interested in doing some hand drums on another new song I just finished? I did some on my DD55, but I know you could do a much better job of it and with the real thing.

Here's a link to the current version if you want to see if your intested. :)

Stream:
www.soundclick.com/util/s...362700&q=Hi

Download:
www.soundclick.com/util/D....cfm?ID=1362700

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Since: Jul 02, 2003


Jul 20, 2004 02:24 pm

Thanks much guitwizz. I think I'm gonna keep the keyboard part in as well but probably a bit lower in the mix once I learn to play the harmonica. :) I feel like my mixes are getting better and it's good to hear that others think so as well. :)

Thanks again!

Dan

sloppy dice, drinks twice
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Jul 20, 2004 02:52 pm

olddog, I'm listening to your new project now, and I think it's the best thing I've heard from you yet! I'd love to help. I won't be able to touch it until the weekend, though. I'm looking forward to this. Thanks for asking, I'm flattered.

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Jul 20, 2004 07:13 pm

Great! I've been wanting to get you on one of my songs for awhile now, I really like the way you play. The hand drums on this song was really an accident I just started messing with them on the DD-55 and liked what it did for the song, so I left them in there.

Weekend is fine, whenever you have time, no pressure. :) I'll get you a mix together without the hand drums I did and get you a link to it. I know it's gonna sound great.

Dan


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Jul 21, 2004 01:33 am

This sounds really good olddog. The only thing I would say is that the vocals sound slighly overbearing in the mix. I'm not sure what could be done to make it better (in my opinion), but I'm thinking maybe cutting some of the low eq. Other than that, I really like this.

Just out of curiousity, what does <G> mean?

Nothing doesnt give me gas
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Jul 21, 2004 02:25 am

grin

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Jul 21, 2004 02:27 am

Thanks coolo! <g> = grin <G> big grin. :)

It's quite possible the vocals are bit over bearing cause I've had comments that previous songs the vocals weren't loud enough, so I might have overdone it a bit. I appreciate the input it really helps me dial in the mixes. :)

Dan

sloppy dice, drinks twice
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Jul 24, 2004 03:39 pm

Hey olddog, I'll be taking a shot at the drum track today, in an hour or so - any chance you could post that link? If not, it's ok, I'll just play over what you have and just block it out mentally. It won't show in the drum track I'll be recording anyhow.

Thanks!

sloppy dice, drinks twice
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Jul 24, 2004 08:02 pm

ok, I worked with what I had, and it's a little different. It's not done yet and it's VERY rough.

Here it is:
paganwisdomcd.getmehosted...xdown_rough.mp3

If possible, I could really use a copy of the song with a metronome lead in - it starts abruptly and that throws me off some. I have kind of a different idea I'm going for with the drums... using brushes for part of the sound. The other drum part is kind of throwing me off though because of the timing. Once you post the version without the handdrums, that'll give me a lot to go on.

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Jul 24, 2004 08:39 pm

Sorry about that TC! here's the link

ftp://ftp.smokinhq.com/somebody-no-drums.mp3

I took out all the drums except for the click track.

Dan

sloppy dice, drinks twice
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Jul 24, 2004 09:46 pm

I can do some cool stuff with this. Thanks for that new version, it is exactly what I need. So... you just want handdrums then, no kit sounds from your beatbox? No sweat. I have some great ideas for this... I may not be able to revisit it for several days, though, I have limited "drumming windows" with a toddler in the house.

Do you like the brush sound in that take? (keeping in mind it won't be as prominent in the final version, of course.) I've been itching to use my brushes on something cool... I love the sound of it on the handdrums...

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Jul 24, 2004 10:25 pm

I'm gonna wait till I hear what you've got before I decide on whether to leave the standard kit drums in. the brushes sound cool. :)

Take as long as you need there's no hurry, other than I'm itchin' to see what you come up with <G>. What you had is sounding pretty cool :) When your all done if you can get me the wav's or compressed if your on dial up then I can get everything mixed and ozone'd. :)

Thanks much!

Dan

sloppy dice, drinks twice
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Jul 25, 2004 05:49 pm

I managed to finagle another hour of playing time - it's not finished, but it's what I'm going for in terms of the beat.

paganwisdomcd.getmehosted...xdown_rough.mp3

I have to clean up some of the timing problems, yet. I like it, though. What do you think?

Hello!
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Since: Jan 12, 2004


Jul 25, 2004 06:11 pm

This is a very gid song!

Sounds almost like it would fit on a Beatles album from 65-66 - maybe Revolver or Rubber Soul. Its good and I never say ANYONE's stuff should go on a sacred Beatles album.

It would fit on one of those albums tho I thinks. It's also kinda Neil Young as you say - its a darn good song.

The drums are a little thin but the cymbals come thru quite gid. A nice melody and overall, aye, a very good pleasing song on ma lugs aka ears.

Keep it up man.

Now am off to check Tincan's hand drums!

Coco

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Jul 25, 2004 06:56 pm

I really like the sound and basic beat you've got going on the drums TC! A few fills here and there would be good, and I'm thinking the drums should probably get busier during solo at the end? I really like what you've got so far, it's going to give the song some much need bottom and a strong beat.

Dan

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Jul 25, 2004 07:02 pm

Hey thanks Coco! I'm about as big a Beatles fan as you can find, so that's a real complement. :) I think I've done more Beatles covers than I've written songs lol. I've always loved doing there songs.

Thanks for listening! :)

Dan

Hello!
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Jul 25, 2004 07:25 pm

No problemo...it sounds Beatles influenced and to me, and that is cool. The Beatles to me were/are/always will be the greatest band ever. John Lennon is in fact my all time hero so I am like yerself - huge Beatles fan.

Maybe none of them were ASTOUNDING musicians technically (having said that - none of em were slouches - tho Ringo's drums were "OK") but NOBODY will ever better their songwriting skills and harmonies. Neither will anybody ever be so original in ANY studio!!

Cutting up tapes/chuckin em together/playin it backwards - all Beatles inventions...

Aye - the Beatles are the greatest.

Anyways..good job on yer song and keep it up.

Coco.

sloppy dice, drinks twice
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Jul 25, 2004 07:25 pm

Fixed most timing issues.

(link not available - it's a minor take anyhow, see below for current)

I'll add some fills per your suggestions. I'll get back to you on that... :)

sloppy dice, drinks twice
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Jul 27, 2004 09:49 am

Latest take here:

paganwisdomcd.getmehosted...ver_mixdown.mp3

Getting closer. I hear a (drum) timing problem in the first verse yet to fix, and then I'll add some fills. I'm thinking of bongo fills w/o brushes, good old fashioned slaps n' such. Will keep you updated.

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Jul 27, 2004 02:19 pm

Sounding good TC! Bongo's should fit the bill perfectly. The brushes sound very cool. :)

Dan

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