posted on Nov, 18 2005 @ 02:00 AM
Thanks once again dg, mrwupy, and Imperium! So glad you are enjoying it! And Imperium, there were only two people involved, BH and myself, but thanks
for the compliments.
As with any new musical creation for me, ats member feedback makes it all worthwhile! And just some notes for those that weren't aware:
BH uploaded a solo vocal of the tune, where she said it was done at 80 bpm. Lol, I don't know where stuff was off, but it took me a while just to be
able to figure out the exact right tempo in Cubase (multitracking software). I ended up achieving sync lock to it at 123.101 beats per minute, across
a 12/8 time signature. Yes, that is thousandths of a beat per minute.
From there once I got lock, then it was on to figuring out the chords, which went pretty easy, for it's a standard blues progression. After that,
figuring out how to time the ending just right. Then on to cutting tracks. The rhythm guitar went down first, followed by bass. Then I put in the
piano rhythm parts and worked on those for a while. Then I thought about putting down the drums, but I held off because I didn't have the solos
You see, to be able to complement an organ or guitar solo on the drums just right, I gotta first know what they are going to play! So essentially, I
finished all the tracks first, including the organ and guitar solos, and then tackled the ever elusive and difficult drum part last. Since drums is my
main instrument (been playing over 20 years), I always like to have all the other parts available to me when I practice the drum part, so I can
accentuate the other parts with a reference to them on the drums.
After the tracks were cut and I was somewhat satisfied, then it was on to mixing. And I tried a lot of things with BH's vocal, but I wasn't happy
with any of them. Her voice is pure and pristine, and pretty much anything I tried just seemed to detract from it rather than add to it. So I settled
on a bit of de-essing, limiting, EQ, compression, delay, and reverb. I know it sounds like a lot, and it is, but they are all used in extremely small
amounts to leave her track mostly unaffected. I liked it just like it was originally, but it did need real small amounts of the things I mentioned.
But overall, I am pretty happy with it, and it is one of the best "rock blues" productions I have ever done out of my studio. Thanks again BH!
On another note, one thing I have come to notice is that collaborative efforts between people seem generally to yield better products than on one's
own, because of the additional angles involved and considered. And music is no exception.