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    Well God Damn!!! I haven't posted anything in a while, so here's my newest addition for public slamming. It's kind of an acoustic/rock/reggae-sorta thingy about getting the hell out of dodge and cruising the California/Baja California coast.


    URL: http://bob.birdsallinteractive.com/
    SONG: 01.roll_with_the_punches.mp3


    Here's my set up...

    Mic: Studio Projects C1
    Mic Pre: Audio Buddy
    Outboard Compressor: Behringer Ultra Dyne Pro
    Gutar(s): Big Baby Taylor, and Mexican Strat on solo
    Bass: Cheapest Squire
    Drums: Boss Dr. Rhythm 770
    Recorder: Roland VS-880EX (8 track)

    NOTES: I compressed VERY softly this time (I've been TOTALLY over compressing lately, so I figured I'd back off a lot). Also, I've noticed the voice is distorting in a few places...this I'm aware of.

    Let me know what you think.

    Thanks!
    Tait

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    Hey,

    This sounds GOOD! Nice and laid-back feel.
    Nothing jumps out for mix comments.
    Bass could use some definition.........I use a squire fender P bass and have quite a problem getting any definition. I am thinking of trying quality strings...........
    All in all I LIKED the song and mix as a whole.

    Dan

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    Hey HevyD47Ca! Thanks for listening! I'm glad you like the tune.

    Yeah, you're right, I'm not getting much definition out of the bass. I've kind of always wondered if it were my D/I that was the problem. I ran it straight into the compressor and into the recorder from there. When I plugged into the Audio Buddy, it sounded kind of distorted. I also turned the tone WAY down on the bass to give it a less distorted "growl" so to speak...and make it softer. Actually, now that I think about it, I've never put on new strings. That could probably help.

    Thanks!
    Tait

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    Exactly

    Always start with acoustic sound of any solid body instrument I say. Once you can stand the sound without amplification, then it's time to move on to the electronic end of things

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    Anyone else feel like commenting on this puppy?

    Also, I've wondered how much mastering would help this song (or any song for that matter) would it be obvious or a waste of money (assuming I got someone that know's what they're doing)? Anyone have any examples of pre-mastered tunes and post-mastered tunes?

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    Hey, this sounds great to me. I agree the bass could use some more presence. Cool vocal sound you got on this. Care to elaborate on the processing?

    The drums could use a little more happening. That rimshot click thing doesn't change in volume no matter what the song's doing, which is one of those giveaways that says "drum machine".

    Otherwise, this sounds real good. Nice stuff. And great vocal performance too.

    Chris

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    hey Groucho! Thanks for giving it a listen!

    Yeah, I'd love to get a J-Station or SanAmp thingy, but I'm WAY to broke right now. I think that would really help get me some more flexibility with the bass.

    The lead vocal was done simply by modifying an effect on the Roland VS-880EX. I believe it was basically a delay with a really quick single delay to one side (I guess they call that a slap-back or something) or like 20ms or so. That's about it I guess, besides just using the C1, the Audio Buddy and some really light compression (like 1:3 or 1:2).

    Yeah, I'm totally not a drummer, so I'm winging that drum machine with out trying to get too complicated. I usually do a track or two with some breaks here and there, and do some by hand live to give it a little more "flair", so to speak, but that's about as far as I go with it. I'd love to have a REAL drummer, but...um...well, I don't. So for now it's going to have to do.

    Thanks for responding!
    Tait

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    sounds good to me

    I think you could take it up a notch by kickin' in some snare and kick at some point a'la "Two Princes" by spin dr's

    ahh, I here can hear it now "crack"

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    i liked it man.....the percussion sounds pretty solid on the tune.....

    very well done

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    Yeah man, that was nice. Great sound - nice and mellow.
    You recorded that acoustic with the C1? Did you track with the compressor? That sounds pretty good too. Nice recording.
    Cary

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