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  1. RexRed

    I Wanna Be Free

    A new mix and mastering has replaced the file above. Well this song is, I think, officially done (for now) hehe. I added the tambourine, It took me forever to find the right one, I finally settled on one from my Emulator X library, I like how the the tambourine distracts from my voice just enough to add some variety to the song. The tambourine also distracts from the monotony of the drums. I also added the drum rolls and a cymbal crashes. The tom rolls are from a NI Abbey Road 80s drum kit and the cymbal sample is from Dimension Pro room kit drums. This song has been really tough getting right. It probably still has a lot of issues but this is the best I think I can do on it for now. I kept turning things down and turning things down until the headroom was so large that I was blasting the gain in the master section. It is not a good feeling when that happens. I think I will end my editing here and give it some time to simmer. Thanks for the help everyone, it was REALLY vital in getting this song done. ... and Deering, wise words, the suggestions were all so good I had to follow through on them. Also, when I release a song on Reverbnation it is usually not done and I am at the time certain of that but I release it because it is done enough that I don't mind sharing it and getting feedback. After many changes and reuploads then I will put it on an album for release to IMusicianDigital (my preferred label) Best to you all! Sincerely RR
  2. RexRed

    I Wanna Be Free

    I just uploaded and replaced it with yet another version I think I just fixed mouthklicks, (thanks) they would nave haunted me if not fixed. I had a lot of volume fluctuations that I fixed also. It is getting there... There are no drum rolls at all yet, I have been saving them for last and a tambourine here and there would be exactly what this genre calls for also. I will add some and a mellow cymbal crash here and there too. I wish I had the female singers this song needs. I was aiming for something a little Jackson Brownish. I will upload something with the drum rolls and tambourine soon. There are still a few vocal tweaks left also. Thanks again Kloon! RR
  3. RexRed

    I Wanna Be Free

    Thanks AMiller for the really nice sentiments! I have replaced the song up above top of page with the new version. Kloon and Grem, you were both spot on! I moved the guitar to the center and fixed the dry vocals at the front of the song. I have added about 6 more hours work on this song. Resung a few lines and struggled with the harmonies to get them more present. Sometimes what seems good on the drawing board simply doesn't work in practice and other methods become necessary. I may have more work on this it was mixed in earbuds but it still needs me to listen and set the vocals and other stuff on the big speakers (I usually do that last). Let me know your thoughts, even the smallest suggestion are a big help to me, thanks! RR
  4. When I record in an existing Melodyne Studio/Cakewalk track I lose "all" of my project effects, they simply do not work anymore. They still appear in the bins but they do not sound, I have pushed the "e" key to mute and turn them back on and that does not remedy it. The only thing that remedies it is to close the project and reopen it. This is when I record a take above a Melodyne take in the same track. This just started happening. Anyone know a work-a-round? I record a new take section above a Melodyne take then I comp and delete out a piece of the old Melodyne take so the new take can play instead all is fine until I apply Melodyne to the new section of the take. There is no overlap on both takes, old and new, but the moment I apply Melodyne to the new take the effects go out.
  5. My first DAW was Cakewalk for DOS This song, "Solo" 48hkz 24bit heavily utilizes Melodyne Studio, it has sidechaining on the vocals using Cakewalk's PC4K S-Type Bus Compressor to cut a vocal impression out of the mix. Instrument Plugins: NI Session Guitarist Electric Sunburst, NI Scarbee Jay-Bass, Dimension Pro (pad name: "As Quiet As Possible"), NI Abbey Road 80s Drummer, NI Vintage Organs (patch, "Green Onions"), Guitar Lead: Orange Tree Samples Evolution Rock Standard Plugin (user made preset), NI Symphony Series String Ensemble, Effects plugins: Kazrog - True Iron, Fab Filter Pro-L2, Heavy use of the CBB ProChannel, Overloud - Breverb 2, Overloud - ReMatrix possibly utilizing PerfectSpace impulse waves and 2 Overloud impulse packs, Nomad Factory Blue Tube DL3D, Waves Vocal Rider, Izotope Ozone 9 Imager. Mixed on an Intel I9 12 core 24 thread processor w/Nvidia 1080TI graphics card, 16GB ram 3000mhz (overclocked), RexRed is currently #3 on Reverbnation's global charts for singer songwriter and is placing at #33 globally on the charts in all genres All of the over 200 songs of RexRed on Reverbnation are made in Cakewalk. http://rexred.com RexRed- Flock of Angels (gay romance) channel on YouTube receives an average of 2 million views a month, the original songs in the videos there were all made in Cakewalk. 😊. The song, "Solo" is completely original and all rights are owned by RexRed. All of the tracks have been frozen but they can be unfrozen to reveal the inner settings, just keep a copy of the project if it becomes corrupted by accidental edits/saves. One of the guitar tracks is comprised of wave files created in an earlier version of the project so they cannot be unfrozen. I can create a new project and I could include them in the project muted if you wish. The genre of this project is, "psychedelic rock ballad" I would say, if this song is chosen as a candidate I will make the project available in a onedrive link. As for the REmatrix impulses from PrefectSpace, a generic reverb could be assigned to these tracks if there are any problems, I can provide the impulses but they are all in the wave folder of PerfectSpace and the name of the impulse packs I have from Overloud are JPVerbs and Dusty Racks Volume 1. I have over 200 songs on Reverbnation, choose another song or several if you like.
  6. RexRed

    I Wanna Be Free

    Still a work in progress, any tips are welcome. Happy 2020 Cakewalk peeps!
  7. RexRed

    Solo

    Thanks Martsave, I appreciate the compliment on my style. I have once again just uploaded a new version of this song and replaced the one that was there. My reverb was too muddy so I went from reverb to a slapback parallel delay with only a tiny bit of reverb. This removed a lot of mud and allowed me to fine tune the mix more precisely. I am not sure if it is done yet but it is getting there. I think I know how to use something like, reverb, and then I get a mix where nothing works and suddenly I am back to YouTube looking at tutorial videos on reverb as if I am a beginner again. Each song can come with unique needs that keep us on our toes.
  8. RexRed

    Solo

    Was up 'til 6am revamping this song. Organ got turned up and drums got changed and turned up . I made the guitar solo trippy Still some more work needed.
  9. RexRed

    Warm Heart

    It's POLKA TIME Cakewalk peeps!!!!
  10. RexRed

    Solo

    Thank Max and Kloon for the the compliments! Nice tips Kloon, I will work on getting the drums and organ louder. I will post a note here when the song has been replaced with a better version. Best Regards RexRed
  11. RexRed

    Solo

    Here is my new song awesome Cakewalk peeps! Comments and critiques are welcome. Right now it is a muddy mess (hehe). I just finished getting most of the elements in the song. Now I have to figure out what needs to be turned up, down or traded for better elements. I will work on it and replace this version with a more well thought out version as I refine the song. Please feel free to give as much commentary as you wish. Enjoy! RexRed
  12. RexRed

    This Love

    https://1drv.ms/u/s!AiGFGjATwo6uoMZrgQKA-1r8Gl4fMw?e=9h68Ey Here is a link to a Cakewalk Bundle file for This Love I think you can send the finished file (.wav 24 bit 48 khz preferable) to this folder also. Put your name in the file name. Message me if you have any problems. Thanks! Anyone welcome to give it a remix! (I have removed all effects.) RR
  13. RexRed

    This Love

    [I just uploaded/replaced a new version of the song.] 12/19/2019 Changes in this version I used more convolution waves for the drums (which I am still not happy with but they are "improved") Also new convolution waves on the vocals and a few other instruments. I think the vocal have somehow become more present and fit into the song better. Many of the tracks had phase problems so I fixed them so they do not dip below the correlation trace line much. This incorrect imaging was giving the song an overall unfocused texture. I lowered the guitar substantially in several places, having it blast throughout the whole song got very irritating. I fixed the vocals in a ton of places where they were having timing issues and volume issues. I noticed I sound a little like the lead singer in the band The Kinks... haha (a little) I may revisit this song again and work some more on the drums, not sure I fixed them enough yet.. Thanks for the listens Cakewalk peeps!!! Oh, and I loaded all of the convolution impulse waves from "Perfect Space" into REmatrix, they work really nice! Gave me a ton of other great spaces to experiment with.
  14. RexRed

    This Love

    I am starting to figure out maybe what is going on here. It seems that many engineers put drum tracks through convolution reverbs to create impulse spaces for them to live in. These spaces give the drums a certain character, transparency and depth so they fit into the mix better. This is probably what is setting off alarms wit your ears. Sometimes less is not better. Words like "flat" seem to describe the drums well and even my vocal seems to be missing something of a space. I am going to work on this. A week ago I bought REematrix the full version and I am still trying to learn how to use it. I am going to try some of these spaces and see if i can contour the elements in this song a bit better so to stop setting off alarms. The elements of this song need more processing and maybe the overall song will finally come into focus. Thanks for the help I will let you know when a new version has replaced this version.
  15. RexRed

    This Love

    If I provide the stems for this song with no effects would some of you be interested in making a mix? You can also add more to the song, whatever suits your fancy. If even one of you would like to try, I cannot guarantee you I will use it, but it could potentially be used for my upcoming release of a new album that is pretty much done. My songs do not sell that well at all so I cannot promise any revenue and I may still want to remaster your version if that is possible. I can put the stems in a one drive folder if you would like to give them a whirl. Thanks for the suggestions, they are all good!!! I could actually put this in a .bun but I am sure most of you will not have the exact array of VSTs I have used in this song.
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