Originally posted by RGIII
Put as many guitar and vocal layers on as you can, without it sounding ridiculous.
You need at LEAST two vocal layers and at LEAST two guitar layers, I would say more like five or six.
The hi-hat sounds just a bit unpleasant in the high end. You might want to mellow it out just a tad. Of course, this is just a matter of opinion
The good news is, aside from that, it sounds pretty rad! It's just a little too dry. Reverb will help too.
Of course, if you were going for a less-produced, more live and natural sound, then you nailed it. Kudos. I was just looking at this piece in the context of mainstream production techniques.
3 songs and a jam:
Here's something I thought I would never upload! I'm on drums and my friend is playing the guitar and singing. A few things you should know first before watching:
This was 10 years ago. I have gotten much better at drumming since.
Also, the set was CRAP. 1 crash cymbal (I need at least 2), 1 bass pedal which was hard to play with - (the response sucked, plus I am way more comfortable with and can do more with a double bass pedal), and crappy heads. The drum kit was bought for $100 (used) - it was so cheap (used).
Now the songs: The first was I thought was a jam so I went along with it. It was the first time I heard what turned out to be one of his songs about his friend who died tragically only a few months before. I'm surprised I caught onto that song the way I did. I was able to predict where he was going because I know him so well. That's the first song. It was for his friend Devon (aka Mad Max) - RIP. That song (we call it "Devon's Song") is amazing, and I wish he would let me record it for him and make it sound nice, but he's very moody and obstinant. He has a lot of mental issues, so working with him in the first place is challenging.
The second song is/was called "Limit", and I only played it once before this video was filmed. Great song in my opinion, but I messed up at the first chorus, not to mention how sloppy I was because of the kit.
The third song was my friend's attempt to cover "My Sacrifice" by Creed, and my pathetic attempt at following it. It was a new song, so both of us didn't really know it too well.
After that, fast forward a bit because he's tuning and I forgot to edit that out.
After the tuning we just started jamming. I was heavier (I had to have been about 210 there. Now I weigh 185) at the time and not used to playing drums, so I was falling behind a lot towards the end. You can see it in my face - I was getting tired and was sweating like a pig. I felt like a fat man running the marathon!
Enjoy! The first two are great songs, and I wish we could re-do them, but my friend says he doesn't remember how to play the first song and even if he did, he wouldn't because it's touchy (Devon meant a lot to him). The second song Limit still exists and we were just playing it a few months ago.
We've all gotten much better in the 10 years since this was filmed. And my friend is a great singer, but he was having an off day when this was shot. If you can get past the crummy quality of everything and just hear the songs for what they are, I'm sure you will agree that they are awesome.
Once again - I am completely aware of how sloppy I am on drums. Like I said, this was ten years ago and the drum kit was AWFUL to play.
Originally posted by U4ea82
reply to post by impaired
It's really good! You should consider putting it on I-tunes for download. I would definitely buy it. Let me know if you do, please and thank you.
Originally posted by RGIII
reply to post by impaired
It sounds good but it's definitely a bit dry. I didn't hear you mention reverb...
It might even be that the mix is TOO clean... maybe a synth pad or a shaker?
Of course, it's all subjective!edit on 5-8-2012 by RGIII because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by headb
Whoa! Firstly, your voice is da bomb!
And the "one man band" sounds real nice and grungy,
Perhaps we could do something about the lyrics though. Same thing happened to me when I made songs. We're the same you see, one man band and all...
I always failed to see how my lyrics wouldn't fit the beat, as if it were out of touch and feel. Then when I hear the song again after a few years, i finally get to understand what my critics talk about. Usually, we tend to use heavy words because we like to express our intellect. BUT MOST PEOPLE WILL NOT LIKE THAT.Sadly, it;s like making a power point presentation to a board of directors, you gotta be concise, straight to the point, and simple. u know d saying "keep it simple stupid".
The lyrics should slide right it fit and snug. I guess we have writers or rappers here who could help. I know I can't coz we got the same prob. Nonetheless, I feel above top greatness potential for this song, How about an ATS anthem dude?
Originally posted by shockedonlooker
I loved your music! It's a more similar style to what my sons in their twenties listen to, but I listen to literally anything and always discover hidden gems. You are very talented. As a musician myself, I can imagine the kind of work you put into this. You seem very detail oriented
Loved the chording, the way you blended different voice tracks, timing was pristine. Had no problem with the lyrics and could totally appreciate the mood, emotions conveyed, and it was UNDERSTANDABLE both in your enunciation and lyrical composition.
I surely hope you can get some attention to your obvious passion for music. I don't know anyone in the business, but am smart enough to know that networking on Facebook and Twitter can really expose your work to people who are in a position to promote your work. I have a creative type biz and only use those services for that purpose. Hooking up with like minded musicians and others can present an opportunity from time to time but it's easy to be swallowed up in that aspect. It's a lot like fishing and can take valuable time away from your craft.
Are you looking at mostly a studio career if this took off for you? Movie soundtracks? Writing for other bands? Just curious. Even if this is something you only do for yourself, it's very valuable so keep it going. I was raised basically playing in a symphonic orchestra and it's been many years but still play piano and have tickled the idea of writing or teaching but even if I never do, music is a life force for me. Could not live without it.
I'll be sharing this with many for sure and subscribing to your channel on YT. Very well done and a big, fat, juicy star and flag with a sincere thanks for sharing your work.
P.S. I'd love to hear you mix with symphonic sounds!edit on 8/4/2012 by shockedonlooker because: saw your channel link above, thanks!