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Barry Seymour

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  1. Ha. I boosted the kick because someone said the drums sound 'thin.' I'll revisit, thanks.
  2. Okay, I think this is the last one. I added a bit more variety to the drums, deepened the tone on the kit, I hope it blends in better now. (Plus this one is in "HD.") Speak now, or forever hold your pieces!
  3. I have some ideas on what that sound might be, gonna look into it. I often find this, that something sounds good on my headphones but not on a set of speakers. Crafting a mix that sounds good everywhere is like the Holy Grail. Thanks for the kind words.
  4. Damn, that's a seamless mix! Great tune, great sound.
  5. Sorry everyone, I was waiting on a drummer who didn't materialize. I dove in a bit and learned more about drum programming using the step sequencer. (Thanks, Creative Sauce!) I redid the drums, also did some more mixing, panning some tracks, adding compression and effects, tweaking the EQ. What do you think?
  6. Stop! I'm still a noob at Cakewalk! Always need feedback. And that video was 23 years ago... I've gone a bit downhill since then. 😄 Thanks for the kind words.
  7. Thanks. I totally agree about Dylan. Can't listen to him but love his songs. My goal is to get this good enough without AutoTune. I know I can do it, it'll just take some technical adjustments...
  8. Yeah, I think the original vibe is better. I just found it fascinating that I could even do this - just drop in a totally different beat. Alternate universes, etc. Thanks for the kind words. Yeah, I'm working on improving things. Not to be immodest, but I've always considered myself a good singer (see the link below), so to hear this stuff go so off pitch has been profoundly distressing to me. But as it turns out, this is a well-known phenomenon when recording vocals with headphones, a problem I seem to be particularly susceptible to. I'm watching some videos and other links and I'm beginning to get a handle on how to address my second take is already miles better than the first. Here's the aforementioned link - me in "Kiss Me, Kate" in 1997. I loves me a dirty song...
  9. Okay, I did this just on a lark. First, I sang it again. I've been reading up on pitch problems when singing in headphones. Long story short, I muted the bass and sang with one ear uncovered. It seems to have made a big difference in my pitch accuracy! Second: I fiddled with drums for a bit but was not coming up with anything. I am not a drummer. On a whim, I muted the existing drum track and dropped in a standard beat using MT Power DrumKit 2. That gave it a totally different feel. I'm not sure if I'm going to go down this road; it's just an experiment. But those of you who said the drums need work - is this a path I should go down? Let me know, and thanks in advance for any time, attention and expertise you may wish to share. A Trace Of Sadness In Her Eyes.2021.10.05.mp3
  10. Sad news; I DON'T HAVE A ROOM. I work at the dining room table. I have to load the MP3 on my home theater pc to check the pitch. Too cumbersome. I may hook up some cheap PC speakers on the fly to test pitch, or maybe bluetooth? I have work to do.
  11. Eeek. I'm not a drummer. But you make an excellent point. Thanks for the input, lemme see what I can do. Maybe I can find a drummer in my circle of friends...
  12. Thanks for the honest feedback. This is another one of those songs that sounds right in the headphones but not on the room speakers. It's a problem, not sure what to do about it - it's like the headphones are lying to me when I hear myself on pitch! Gonna work on it some more. Again, thanks.
  13. Here's a new one. I reworked an old song that I didn't like. New lyrics, added strings, did more advanced mixing than I knew how to do last time around. Suggestions welcome!
  14. I have pulled the trigger! Thanks, everyone, for the comments and encouragement.
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