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Everything posted by markno999

  1. Kevin, Your mix is pretty good. I like the song , playing, production, etc... I think if you push the HiHats up bit and bring out the kick a bit more (more punch) you will have a winner. The guitars, vocals, stereo field, etc.. all sound good. Reminds me of some early Tom Petty. Regards
  2. Tim, Very cool song, you guys are great players and it looks like you have a lot of fun playing live. I like this more traditional metal style and your mix is terrific. Regards
  3. markno999

    End Game

    Wow, you have some great tracks in your archives. Really like this performance. Top notch work. Regards
  4. Daryl, As always, fantastic original song and production. This song's use of lyrical dissonance does an exceptional job of contrasting the subtle and unpredictable path of the person with the writer's perspective of who the person "was". Really clever production. Regards
  5. Sounds great, vocals are fantastic. +1 on the Hall and Oates comparison, definitely has that feel. Really well done. Regards
  6. markno999

    Si tu savais

    Rik, Thanks for the info, greatly appreciated. I ordered a Zoom so if my Ovation doesn't work out will just have to get a new acoustic that will work:) Regards
  7. markno999

    Si tu savais

    Rik, I have an old Ovation Legend Acoustic from around 1981 with an awful piezo pickup. It records terribly unless using a condenser mic. I wonder if it would sound good with the Zoom? Is your Ovation a similar vintage and how would you rate the sound from it going DI with the Zoom? Regards
  8. Great track, glad you pulled this one out of the vault.
  9. markno999

    Si tu savais

    Rik, The tone is amazing, had to have a look at the Zoom AC-2 after hearing this, looks pretty cool. I always dread acoustic guitar recording because it is a hassle with mics and I am getting old and lazy:) The Zoom seems pretty versatile,convenient and most importantly, realistic. Your improv is really good. I like how you started with the original them of Si tu savais and then did your own thing. Really fantastic sound and playing.... you have a real talent. Thanks for sharing. Regards
  10. Tom, Fantastic song and production, very creative. The only "critique" I can find (since you are looking for them) is that the horns seem pretty stiff and straight. I think they need to swing a bit more to get with the rest of the track, particularly in the beginning. I might also add a little muted trumpet riff in the very beginning just before the bass comes in to set the tone for what's coming. I was initially thinking, "this really needs some horns," and of course they came just a bit later. Couple places the drums could also swing a bit more... That said, had a few listens through and found it a very excellent listen. Love the latin vibe that comes in after the piano break. The piano is so good....really enjoy your playing. Regards
  11. markno999

    Valse a deux,

    Rik, You did a nice job with the Django style vibe over the backing track. Never get tired of hearing your playing and original songs. Fantastic work. Regards
  12. RSCain, You did a really good job on this track and that guitar does sound pretty awesome. You also put some Donald Fagan style in your vocal delivery which makes it even more believable. It is a taste thing, but I would pull the vocal reverb back just a hair, when people mix their own vocals they tend to push them back or stick a lot of reverb or delay on it. Your voice sounds really good so no reason to hide it:) Regards
  13. Very good composition. I would agree you acheived your goal and created a fitting tribute to your father, and, perhaps hit on a theme for that generation in the process. Really enjoyed the song and the orchestration. Regards
  14. Rik, Great to hear some new music from you and this track sounds fantastic. One of the things I really like about your playing is your timing and groove are always impeccable. Many guitarists struggle with timing. You hit all the right notes and keep it flowing smoothly all the time.. Great stuff and look forward to hearing more..... Regards
  15. Johnbee58 - Thanks John, appreciate that. John Maar - Thanks for listening. Bob - Hope your doing well and very glad to hear this song brought back good memories. My parents were NKK fans so was also lucky to hear this stuff growing up too. Have been thinking about picking up a turntable lately as I miss the groove noise (seriously). Glad to see you back at writing and recording, I know you took a break for awhile. Haven't been too active lately due to work but will check out your new stuff. Thanks Wookie, appreciate the mix review. Was worried about a few elements and may take a stab at fixing a few of them when time allows. Hope all is well in your world. Regards
  16. Great listen gents. The song and performances are outstanding and the mix sounds really good. Very cool chord progressions, vocal harmonies and the bridge is a nice twist as well. Very well done. Regards
  17. Thanks everyone for the listen and comments. I was thinking initially that the mix may be a bit too bass heavy but I guess it works. There is a lot going on in the track so I always worry about something like too much bottom end or lower mids stepping on everything else. Fortunately Eastwest Hollywood Strings is pretty good at fitting into mixes without a lot of tweaking as it is very well recorded. Used the new UAD Capitol Studio Chambers on the Lead Vocal, strings, guitar and a little bit of the bass. Just a fantastic plug. Also used Line 6 Helix Native on the guitars. Of course at the end of the day the vocals make or break the track so thanks to Bacco for delivering a powerful vocal performance. Regards
  18. Hello, finally made it to the new Bandlab Forum. Good to see a lot a familiar people here. Have been working on a cover of Mona Lisa for awhile and finally think it is close to complete so looking for critiques or suggestions. This version is loosely based on the Nat King Cole hit, however, does have some elements pop, country, etc... Bacco Music had posted an acoustic cover of this song on the old Cakewalk forum and I asked him to re-record the vocals for this backing track. He did a fantastic job on the vocals and contributed greatly to the overall direction of the backing track. Link below. Thx. https://www.soundclick.com/html5/v4/player.cfm?songID=13880243 Regards
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