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    Hey All,

    My first post to the clinic ... Have a listen, tell me what you think. I could use some suggestions on the mix.

    It's done with acoustic and electric mandolins, the Crystal2 synth, the Edirol VSC, and Cakewalk Home Studio 2002.

    http://www.nowhereradio.com/chrishale/singles

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    ...ok, fixed the URL - try it again

    (thanks Waldo)

    http://www.nowhereradio.com/chrishale/singles

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    Cool stuff going on here. Good stereo field use... Sounds to me like the ideas are there and just need to be pulled together a little tighter. The mix works and I like the ideas a lot. Needs development to take it to the next level.

    Look forward to more

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    Anybody else got a moment to check out a new guy's tune before the thread disappears?


    (Sorry, I just saw it was about to go to page 2 and thought he could use some more ears! )

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    hoss, my big fat greek wedding, very cool music. I like the mandos. What kind of electric mando you sporting there? we need more of this.

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    opps, forgot, I'm in South Boston, Va. and welcome to the BBs.

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    Thumbs up

    Not bad at all. The synth parts are well thought out. The mandolin is cool but feels a little stiff. Pretty cool stuff.

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    Thumbs up

    The quiro (that's how it's called right?) is rather upfront in the mix. But I kinda like that. Good stuff, needs to be tightened up a little like my main man SLuiCe says...

    Is that a mandolin with an envelope filter? Cool!

    One other thing (and I do hope I'm not crossing a line here, but I'm brought up with - and played - this kinda music so I'm picky about these things):

    The melody could use a little more eastern ornamentation...you know, add some swoops and trills. If you don't know what I'm talking about, here's a sample (http://www.home.zonnet.nl/trojkacontact/Example.mp3). Not exactly the melody you're playing, I know. I'm sorry for screwing that one up, but it's only to give you an example right?

    Please don't think of me of a smartass, I just want to help you remember?
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    Thanks for all of the feedback guys. I appreciate the recommendation SluiCe.

    dbt Ė youíre just down the road, relatively speaking. The electric mandolin is a Fender FM-60E 5 string. Kind of like a little stratÖ pretty inexpensive. I used the North Pole filter (a VST plugin) to get the envelope filter effect. Applied after recording the track.

    track rat - I agree that the rhythm mandolin is a little stiff. Itís just a looped 4 bar section. A little mechanical at times.

    pedullist Ė Iím glad to hear your comments on the style. This piece is by no means traditional middle-easternÖ inspired, I guess, by this style. I have a hard time placing songs in a particular genre. You could probably call it jewish/klezmer too. The lines get fuzzy. Iíll be sure to check out your link. Itís always nice to hear music thatís true to tradition Ė not watered down or altered. Iíll listen to that guiro again too.

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    Forget to mention: it's really nice to hear some real mandolins! Way to go, Noodlehoss!
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