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This song came together pretty fast.

All the guitars tones are from my Fractal AX8, except delay and reverb, which are the StudioOne plugins. The drums are Steven Slate Drums 4.

This track hasn’t been mastered yet...no overall compression or limiting.

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I’ve been dabbling in StudioOne for nearly 10 years. For several years, I mainly used it as a means to record ideas that I planned on finishing if I ever got a band together. Over the past couple years I decided to make a push to finish these songs. I always struggled to get passable vocal recorings. I bought an SM7B last year, and it’s solved all my problems. I plan on finishing several original songs, along with some covers this year.
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by Black_Haus on Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:08 pm
Very Nice!

Really good song. Nice job on all the guitar parts and the vocals. I think the whole thing could be just a bit louder but it sounds really good. I really like the vocal tone at 3:37.

Thanks for sharing

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by sirmonkey on Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:21 pm
Great song! From the composition, playing, singing, & mixing. Enjoyable to listen to, and sounds very professional. I would suggest bringing the vocals up front somewhat more (at 3:37 they balance with the mix, when the instruments are quieter). When the instrumentation is louder, the vocals aren't "buried", but they sound great and could come up a bit, in my opinion.
Glad you decided to finish this. Keep it up!

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by miked7 on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:47 am
Sounds fantastic!! IMHO, with a song of this caliber, if you're going to put it on YouTube, you'll get a LOT more traction out of "thematic" video. Do you have it up on any digital outlets yet? Great song, seriously awesome job on everything! Thanks for sharing!

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by Bones43x on Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:36 pm
Thanks, guys! I toiled with the vocal level in several different mixdowns. Everyone has a different preference. Some might say the guitars need to be louder, and I feel like I split the difference in that regard. But I know I’ve listened to it so many times it’s hard for me to be objective. :D

miked7 wroteSounds fantastic!! IMHO, with a song of this caliber, if you're going to put it on YouTube, you'll get a LOT more traction out of "thematic" video. Do you have it up on any digital outlets yet? Great song, seriously awesome job on everything! Thanks for sharing!


Thanks! By “thematic” do you mean some more cinematic or something with a story? I basically threw this video together just to get the song out for now. I figured it would be better than putting it with some still photos. I don’t really have the means to do much more, right now. My iPhone 8 is the only camera I have. Also, my computer is great for music, but garbage for video. This video was a nightmare to edit and sync the audio and video.

I’m going to release it digitally very soon...I think I’ve decided on Amuse for distribution.
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by miked7 on Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:22 pm
Well, first off, and please don't take this wrong - you did a top notch job on the video - but for me, unless you're Thom Yorke or someone like that, I'm not really interested watching a dude laying down tracks in his basement. But I'm also not real big on videos either so I may be an outlier in that regard too. I typically just pull up a song then minimize the window so I'm not distracted by the video.

And honestly, I'm not even sure what I meant by "thematic". Perhaps and lyric video over pictures to extend the shipwreck metaphor? Dunno. Sorry, that's really not very helpful.

As far as the vocal level, the only place I noticed anything in that regard was starting around 3:40 or so. The vocal seems a bit quiet. When you start doing the answer-back thing with the guitar solo, it could definitely come up IMHO. Especially since it's such a great vocal performance and you've got nothing whatsoever to hide. I really would like to hear the vocal trading off with the guitar solo. Right now, the guitar seems louder. BTW, great playing and guitar tones too!

This song is really well written, performed and arranged. You did an excellent job with the drum programming too. I didn't really even notice them because everything else is so spot on. But, if I purposefully stop and listen to them, they start sounding "mechanical" after a while. I think one thing that would really put this track over the top, is to get a real drummer to lay down some real drums!

Again, nice job! You kicked some serious @ss! Love this! :punk:

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by Blades on Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:19 pm
I really like it.

Not a lot to criticize here. I think the guitars sounds REALLY good.

I think the video is fine. My wife actually encouraged me to do a similar thing with the last cover tune I did. I said "no". Not sure if you did these at actual time of tracking or if these are just takes that might or might not have been the end result, but look convincing enough, nonetheless. You are missing the drums though ;)

If I had any constructive criticism to offer on this it would be that the vocal might have a little too much reverb, which is what I think makes it feel like it is a little low in the mix. A little more level and a little less reverb would probably sit better here, in my opinion.

You should be proud of getting this all together and as tight and well played/sung as it is.

Good job.

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by jpsbuk on Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:07 pm
Very nice work .. well produced too.

I have to agree with Miked on the video but as he says that can be a bit of a personal taste thing.

Thanks for sharing

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