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Kevin Walsh

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  1. I believe you're on to something here. Very much dig the song and especially the instrumental break. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.
  2. Thank you, David! Wow, thanks Lynn! Thanks Bob, that's high praise from the King of Hooks! lol, thanks Nigel, that's a boatload of synths. I know orchestral guys use a lot of instances but that kind of work is beyond me. I'm more of a little ditty kind of a guy. Thank you! Thank you for listening! There is a single acoustic guitar track, a single bass track, a lead vocal track and maybe three harmony tracks. There's reverb in there (Re-Matrix solo, the pro-channel version) and I use Izotope 9 to master. I also slapped in an Izotope imaging plug in to help fill in the holes. I used some pretty agressive settings on the imager. Thanks, Jesse. It's rather liberating. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
  3. Thank you for listening and providing feedback, Gary! I apologize for taking so long to respond, my Dad's been in the hospital for several weeks and it seems that my time is no longer my own. Melodyne is incredibly useful for creating harmonies and I often use it in the writing process, but usually once I have them I set them aside and record the harmonies the old fashioned way. It sounds a lot better to my ear that way.
  4. Kevin Walsh

    Mondo Lynn

    +1 on the Loggins & Messina comment. Beautifully detailed and well crafted mix with lots of space, not to mention a boatload of great performances. Quite a beautiful song!
  5. Really clean mix, wow! Nice vocals and good song, a pop style that takes me back! Guitars are great and the harmonies are killer.
  6. Thank you! I'm grateful you took the time to listen and comment.
  7. Your mixes are sounding pretty good these days. I always look forward to a new one from you and this one is great!
  8. Thanks for the listen, Mark. It's a real challenge to get a lean mix to sound reasonably full and present. I tried a bazillion things with this one.
  9. Thanks, Steve! I do try. I have a hard drive just full of crap I wouldn't let my dog hear. I figure if I just keep writing them, I'm statistically likely to produce a few good ones before the heat-death of the universe.
  10. Kevin Walsh

    THROWN AWAY

    Really good song with heartfelt lyrics, a quality mix and great performances, I can see why you keep this one around. Those keys are a perfect background for the laid back vocals. I also think it's pretty cool that you didn't put a chorus in there. Oh, and did I mention the great mix? Yeah, I guess I did. I enjoyed this one quite a lot.
  11. Thanks for taking the time to listen! Your comments did a world of good for this apprentice songwriter to read, Steve!
  12. Great mix, loved the drums! This reminds me of the fevered dream days of my youth in the 70's - a very good thing!
  13. Thanks, Wookie, I appreciate the loan of your ears and your Adams. Beats my ancient KRK Rokit 5's
  14. Tom, thanks for giving it a listen and thanks for your comments. Yes, that's exactly what I mean. I'm currently experimenting with a several songs that try to communicate as much as possible with as little as possible. This is one of them, as are my previous two, "Little Cloud" and "Eyes to the Ground" (also on that reverb nation page.) I'm trying to learn how to write songs that work for me with all my limitations as a musician and this is part of the process I've come up with.
  15. Kevin Walsh

    Cool Water

    Great song, vocals and lyrics. Melody is catchy and interesting from beginning to end and the chord changes are wonderful, reminds me of Steely Dan. Love the use of synths and drums to drive things along and the musical interlude is sweet. I wish I could mix songs with half the clarity you have achieved here.
  16. Really like this and especially dig the guitar sounds. Pristine mix! I didn't find it to be melancholy at all. I would call the feeling cautiously assertive.
  17. Kevin Walsh

    Hold Me Down

    Here's another of my attempts at deconstructing my songwriting style, comments, criticisms and feedback of any kind are welcome!
  18. If I understand what you are asking, you can do this now. This tutorial starts with applying tempo to a project that wasn't recorded to a click, but then it also covers changing an existing tempo for the whole project.
  19. I'm holding out for that 3950X or perhaps the 24 core Threadripper, both due out on 11/19. I don't need that kind of power for a DAW, but for work it will be a huge productivity boost. It won't suck for DAW work either.
  20. You might consider checking out some YouTube courses on how to use and care for and clean your soldering equipment. If you have stuff built up on the soldering tip you are not caring for it properly and it will not do the job it was designed to do to an adequate extent. If you look at the picture below you will see the soldering iron that I have been using for the past four years. I have built three tube amplifiers and a FET microphone with that tip. At a minimum, use the sponge when you solder and quickly wipe the soldering iron tip on the wet sponge after each application of solder to a component. So during the course of a work session you will be wiping that tip many many many times . Make sure the tip is tinned and that it is nice and shiny after each wipe and it will last a very long time and do a great job for you. Finally if you're going to be doing any kind of work like this it pays to spend a little extra money to get a variable temperature soldering station. The one I have below is a Weller wesd51. It didn't cost much more than $100 and it's a fantastic tool that will allow you to do consistently high-quality work for a long time. Good luck! Edit: I learned to solder at a weeks-long soldering school when I was in the US Navy. That school taught soldering techniques that met NASA-specifications for workmanship and was probably the most intense training I've ever had. Those specs cover every conceivable soldering scenario as you might well imagine. Check out https://hackaday.com/2016/11/03/specifications-you-should-read-the-nasa-workmanship-standards/ for an entertaining read on this subject as well as an extremely useful link to the specs themselves. Now, I'm not saying you need to use NASA standards to make XLR cables, but the standards are very practical and easy to understand, and after a little practice, using those techniques makes things much easier and faster and your work will stand the test of time. Besides, to paraphrase the Hackaday site, it doesn’t hurt the ego to build something trivial to the same standards as a spaceship.
  21. Thanks Paul I appreciate you listening! I'm going to call this one done I think. I want to thank everyone who has provided feedback I quite literally couldn't have done this without you.
  22. Kevin Walsh

    Chromaphonia

    Wow, what a lush sound. Really nice mix, and a clever arrangement. Beautiful!
  23. Yeah, man, gotta have Jan and Dean doing harmonies! Aside from that, others have given you the essentials. Brings back memories!
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