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Hi, Diane. Cheers! Wonderful moods and versatility on your recent tunes, "Soul Emancipation," "Twilight Waltz," Cleaning the Garage," and "You Are Power."
Two of my songs, "Sunny Sunday" and "Raindrop Soul," finally met up with you in the Review section! You have an excellent and sensitve sense of composition. I'll be sure to go back and listen closely to the flute and percussion. Another suggestion, "...and perhaps a little tighter on the ending where the drums could end exactly at at :46 for a crisper finish," now you're talking! Yours are helpful and constructive suggestions. Thank you much for listening and giving me your thoughts.
The terrific vocal is Liliia Kysil from Kyiv, Ukraine. She's on FiveRR and she's a very friendly, polite, and talented vocalist. Now, to balance her vocals on "Raindrop Soul" with the instrumentation. I have a Waves plug-in called Vocal Rider that automatically makes adjustments that can be modified, so I'll give that a try as I'd like to keep her enunciations of words as much as I can. I really have to be careful with reverb or
Warren Hein and Jeana Potthoff really had a lot to do with the arrangements and I took their advice. Jeana played the beautiful piano track. Warren has more ideas he has given me.
It's nice and enjoyable to have you on Broadjam, Diane!
Well, I forgot to finish the reverb sentence and BJ provides no way to edit. Anyway, I have to be careful with reverb and delays, or it further muddies the enunciation if the vocalist doesn't enunciate every word clearly. (Here I am thinking of clearly worded enunciation long after Manifred Mann botched "Blinded by the Light" and it was still a #1 Billboard hit.) But you are correct about providing distance for the singer and that's the challenge. I could probably apply more reverb and less volume to the repeated lines after the guitar solo. Such a fine line. I tend to be conservative with effects.
I enjoyed your Raindrop song - I was thinking about the vocals - her voice is really pretty! Have you tried doubling the vocal track (if you have that as a separate track) and then pushing the doubled track into the mix a bit? That way you still get a pretty robust waveform, and you can still have room to push it back a little with little to no loss of clarity.. Just a thot. I just finished re-mixing and mastering a 20 year old track that my daughter is singing, "Xmas Kind of Love" it was such a bad recording - I had zero skills at the time but her voice sounds so pretty - I did the doubling thing and it really helped save quite a bit of listenability (is that a word??) I ripped the vocals out with a feature on Cubase 12 called layeration or something, otherwise I'd be trying to fiddle with the whole mixdown - had no tools like that way back when! Well anyway big thanks to you for your very generous comments, I know what you mean about editing comments here, ah it's all good - we just try our best eh?
Cheers and happy more music-making!
I have often put two tracks of the same vocal on a mix. I like doing that better than using a doubler plug-in. Vocalists often record at about -15 to -20db. Yours is a really good solution. I have one track for the lead vocal and other tracks for harmonies. But I think I'll try making a copy as you mentioned and giving it a higher reverb. Your ending idea sounds really good! Cheers! John
Wonderful compositions! Great work, will follow for more!
Well truly thank you Jon, I am happy you enjoyed my music :)
Thanks much Diane for the kind words for Cookie Cutter Blonde the backing track from the jovial vocal punk track...I must have been jovial when ID-ing it as classical contemporary. Huh?
Thanks again and cheers to you!