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    Nick Drake - "Place to Be"

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    Only the brave or shameless attempt to cover Nick Drake. With all due humility and warning given, please take a listen and let me know what you think of the performance and mix. I know it can't compare, but it's the first time I've attempted to record a song of his and would like to get some other ears on it. Thanks!

    "Place to Be"

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    Well played and sung.

    I'm vaguely familiar with this Drake singer. I can't picture or hear his tone right now...but yours sounds ok. Maybe a little mid orientated. Maybe that's how you wanted it. I guess you certainly don't want vibrant twangy guitar for a mellow tune like that.
    I really...really...REALLY have no idea what I'm talking about...AT ALL.

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    What album is the original on?
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    i think you've done very well on this!

    not everyone (almost no one actualy) can do drake but apparently you can. (and this comes from a huge drake fan ...)

    being brave and shameless pays off
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    Thanks, Monkey Allen and faderbug. I don't know that I pulled off the vocals (Nick's voice is so dreamy and warm, not to mention he sings in odd rhythms that are so often asynchronous to the guitar rhythm), but thanks for the kind words!

    TelePaul: It's from the great, great Pink Moon album.

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    I'll be very honest about this. NOBODY covers drake's stuff, because iot's so hard to make it sound even remotely decent. You've done it. Hat's off to you.

    The mix could use a little work, but the playing and singing are both outstanding. I know that Drake sound you are going for, but it seems like you might benefit dropping te EQ, mainly on the guitar, around 100hz-600hz. I know that's a pretty broad range, and I don't know what kind of EQ you have available on this, but if you could get it dialed in a little lower in those areas I think it would improve the clarity of te track, but retain that dark Drake mood. Again, thank you for this recording. - Matt

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    89gtsleeper - Thanks for the advice, that's exactly what I'm looking for. While my monitors are great for reference, I don't have a whole ton of experience mixing so it's a skill I working to cultivate. And thanks for the kind words about the performance, though I know it doesn't compare to the original.
    Last edited by zen_arcade; 07-04-2007 at 10:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TelePaul View Post
    What album is the original on?
    pink moon



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    Sounds good to me.

    As far as the mix, I think the levels are good between the guitar and vocals.

    Sounds like you picked up too much 'body' or resonance from the guitar, which makes it sound kind of unclear. Sounds like it was miked no more than a foot back (probably closer) pointed near the neckjoint/body of the guitar, but I could be wrong.

    It also sounds like the vocals/guitar were recorded separately, not sure if they were or not. If they were, and you have some control between the guitar/vocals, I might even try a stereo widener effect on the guitar. There's a free VST plugin called mda Stereo that you can download here:

    http://www.kvraudio.com/get/797.html

    I find myself recommending that plugin a lot. It's an idea anyway...

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    Cool song, i like the vocals, but the guitar seems muddy on the bottom. There is some resonating going on that could just be mic placement issues.
    Keep at it!!

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