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  1. @bjornpdx I know and I agree - you can clearly hear where it has been overcooked. I wish I didn't need to use Melodyne but it's a necessity. I have to practice my vocals more and and get better and using the FX so they are less noticeable. Appreciate the feedback. Andy
  2. Nigel, I tend to use RX8 for vocal processing but since I did this I have purchased an upgraded version of Melodyne - which I believe has a few additional tools and tricks to deal with sibilance but I haven't tried those on this yet. To be brutally honest, I need to put the time in and start again with the raw vocal and if it isn't good enough just bite the bullet and re-record it. With vocal comping tools I don't even need to do it in one take any more, so there really is no excuse. Thanks for your ears and your time. Andy
  3. Cheers Jim, I thought the bass sounded about right on the mix (I was using SoundIDReference on cans though) - I'll see if that shouldn't come up a touch. Thank you for the kind comments, I hear that 'gliss' too and anything odd-sounding in the vocal is almost certainly a combination of three things: Poor vocal technique Over-dosing of effects Over-cooked use of Melodyne Certainly not intentional, so if it sounded good it's more luck than judgement. 😉 I have a couple of others I have plans for - one is crying out for a female lead vocalist, unfortunately I don't have access to one; apart from Mrs AndyB01 and although she has many fine qualities and talents - singing isn't one of them. Appreciate the time and crits, as always Andy
  4. Very nice David - suits the video short - I was getting just a touch of distortion at the top end on my old Sony MD7506 cans - but that might be down to YouTube compression and codecs. I'm sure it must degrade the audio signal. I like the way your chord changes take me to unexpected places and the way you play with tempo and timing. It messes with my head but in a good way. 🙂 Andy
  5. Cheers folks, the 'piano' Jack is actually three different samples: an EZkeys upright ballad piano, a Bosendorfer 225 B sample from Synthogy Ivory (including a lush pad) and an old DimPro sample of some DX Tines - which I still love the sound of. 'Wistful nostalgia' is exactly what I was going for David 😂 - I may have cropped the fade out a little too early (good spot thanks - I'll check). Kurt, I had stronger drums in the original and grew to really dislike them; so I went for a really light stick on the pre-chorus and chorus only. I might try more weight towards the end as you suggest. Really appreciate the feedback and your time as always gents. Andy
  6. Hi All I haven't posted anything in a while, I've been revisiting some old stuff and this is a re-work of one I posted on the old Sonar forums about four years ago; but it didn't get much traction at the time. I've taken off the original drum track, which was far too heavy and added a bass track; but the vocal is unchanged. It's heavy on verb and delay for a reason - this was a very challenging vocal (for me anyway) and I didn't fancy re-cutting it; there is some sibilance and I must attend to that at some point. The piano track is built from EZkeys, with a few subtle tweaks and embellishments but the lyrics are all my work. I guess it's about two people entering the sunset of their lives. I'm in the process of porting my stuff from SoundCloud to Bandlab (too many ads and too much spam in SC). This is one of the songs I have completed so far. Anyway, enough of my rambling, see what you think; nits and crits welcome as always. https://www.bandlab.com/revisions/10d7d068-62cb-eb11-a7ad-0050f280467f Andy
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    Jerry what an unusual technique (well to me anyway) and a fascinating result. You're right in that whilst the words are not perfectly formed, the acoustics and reverb in places where choirs perform often have that effect. Impressive stuff. Thanks for sharing, Andy
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    Dorian Crush

    Lovely guitar tone David and some really nice jazz progressions, love that early high harmonic (around 00:38) - it rang like a bell. I'm with everyone else on the percussion, less is more I think. Great job. Andy
  9. I suspect it will mean the end of the road for my old Gen 1 Focusrite 2i4, it causes enough blue screens as it is in Windows 10. Still, it's been a good workhorse and it doesn't owe me anything. Andy
  10. Terrific guitar tone and I thought the mix on the sung vocal suited the song perfectly. Really well executed - the whole package - great work. Andy
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    Steve you certainly nailed those lush harmonies - stellar work there. Keep it up and - if you're doing requests - how about Till There Was You which is one of my favourites? I know it's a cover they did of an old show tune but I still love their take on it. Andy
  12. So many layers to this track and stellar performances from the vox, sax, bass and guitars - all absolutely stand out. Great mix too - sounded good on my old Sony MDR-7506 cans. Andy
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    Cheers Tom, been a pretty busy of late so no time for music - I have so much half-baked stuff and stems of ideas - probably only ten percent of it is worth progressing but I'm an eternal optimist. 😉 I'd also to to remaster a lot of my old stuff - I listened to some of it recently and - ouch. Andy
  14. Yep nobody gets their hands on my laptop either - the only thing mine seriously dislikes is disconnecting the audio interface while the laptop is on. It's an old Gen 1 Focusrite 2i4 and if I disconnect it 'hot' the laptop immediately blue screens. But that's just a quirk of my setup and not a general problem with laptops AFAIK. As for disconnecting from I/O and my monitor - not a problem. Whatever you decide, hope it goes well. Andy
  15. Hi I went through this recently as my laptop needed a complete rebuild from the ground up. I used it as the opportunity to do some major housekeeping, delete all my old 32 bit plugins, dump a lot of accumulated crap and sort out my VST folders. I was a SPlat owner but I chose not to reinstall it - I just installed CbB instead and I find it better to be honest, there was very little in SPlat I miss apart from Dim Pro (however I had the executables for this so was able to reinstall it successfully). For backups I did the following: Acronis full disk backup so I could access everything off the old build. Full data backup to Cloud as a belt and braces. I didn't try to preserve my settings because I hadn't customised much and as above - my DAW and VST config was a mess. Plus something was continually blue screening my system (never worked out what) so I didn't want to restore anything that reintroduced that problem. Probably not the perspective you were after but I hope it helps. Andy
  16. I have a 2i4 - it's an ancient Gen 1, unbreakable and works like a charm. It just doesn't like USB3.0 ports much (but that's very much a Gen 1 issue). Great advice from John V, as always. Andy
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    Ooh very Einaudi in style and much as I loved "Tin Foil Hat" (and I really did love it), you're on top form with this. It's so very difficult to play consistently at this tempo and make it sound so effortless. Simply divine. Andy
  18. Takes a while to download it all but that is quite the collection for just forty quid. I had a few vintage string sounds (Toontrack String Machine and Mellotoon) but yep this is definitely worth it imho. Thanks for the heads up Andy
  19. Agreed, great addition. Thanks for setting up. Andy
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    Bayou Bill

    I demand a 'Devil Went Down To Georgia' style fiddle solo. 🎻🎻 😂😂 Just my 2c. I love it! Andy
  21. I have a Nvidia card - 1050Ti I think - not noticed it causing me particularly significant problems but YMMV. My Lifecam is relatively new and seems to be producing good enough resolution for my needs (may be not be production standards but it'll do for me). Yes, Mike's videos are incredible, I can't begin to imagine how much work goes into them. Andy
  22. John I downloaded OBS, very impressive for a freebie! I managed to get it set up with an old Lifecam I had kicking around and got it to work on a quick test shoot. Awful quality, but I was trying to prove everything worked not win an Oscar. 😂 I can fix all the quality issues later. Hoping to have lots of fun with this so thanks again for a great tip. Lots to learn. Andy
  23. Thanks John, I will check some of those out
  24. Apologies if this is in the wrong forum (hopefully a Mod will move it if required). I'm interested to know what folks use to make tutorials. So, filming and recording a narrative whilst capturing the sound via an audio interface either from a MIDI instrument or guitar. Just looking for tips on effective software/ workflow. Cheers Andy
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