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#231572 - 12/29/13 08:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: Yes I Do - Al Singing [Re: Al-David]
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Hi Josie...

Di and I sure do appreciate your kindness. I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much. Although by trade I am Country Guitar picker and do a lot of Lounge Jazz, my voice is more suited for Smooth Jazz and Classic Smooth R&B. I'm more of a crooner I guess. Thanks so much for your kind words! Wishing you a terrific 2014!

Al & Di
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#231574 - 12/29/13 09:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Yes I Do - Al Singing [Re: Al-David]
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Good Evening, Trevor...

So nice to "meet" you! And thank you so much for your encouraging words. As I told Josie, I guess I'm more a crooner and Smooth Jazz vocalist. I grew up playing Traditional Country music and really like it. That is my strongest guitar genre as well. But, I just don't have a good voice for Country or Rock. I will be posting a few of my vocals in which I sing Country and Rock and you will see why I stay away from it for the most part! Now, my wife, Di...she can sing any genre except Classical/Opera and Long Hair Rock. She just opens her mouth and this Divine sound fills the room. I have to work hard at singing.

As for my vocal instruments. We sing through an Audio Technical 2035 Condenser Mic. Now, and this surprises everyone, we do not sing through a mixing board or a PA. Rather, we sing through my guitar amp...seriously! It's a Peavey Nashville 112. The reason we do that is because we get so much more warmth and lift in our voices with the amp than we do in a mixing board. It has always been my thought that spring reverb is so much warmer and "wetter" than digital reverb. To our ears, digital reverb is dry and flat sounding. We tried several mixers and always go back to doing our vocals through my amp. Also, that particular model of amp is specifically design for pedal steel and has a broader frequency range than most amps and mixers and has crystal clear sound.

Also, we do not send the sound from the amp through a mixing board. We plug it straight into our laptop (and 8 year-old HP Pavilion ZV 6000 with I meg of RAM and a front bus speed of 333). The sound reproduction in that music chip is so much better than any other we have tried. Our studio is very simple. We record our vocals (or instrumentals) using BIAB for backing tracks. We save those tracks as an MP3 and use that MP3 of the BIAB backing tracks to sing to or play to. We save the vocal or instrumental as a separate MP#. I then mix the MP3 of the vocals or instrumental lead track with the BIAB MP3 backing tracks on Audacity. I fine tune (mix) the BIAB tracks to my satisfaction before saving them to MP3. I then record any harmonies/background voices the same as the lead vocals and mix the MP3's from them with the Lead vocal and BIAB backing tracks. That's how we do our recordings. It's really very simple and cheap.

I guess that's more than you asked about. Hope it didn't bore you too much! Wishing you a wonderful and prosperous 2014.

Al
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#231586 - 12/29/13 10:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Yes I Do - Al Singing [Re: Al-David]
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Al,

This is very smooth - very much a Lou Rawls kind of song. Nicely put together. The sax was set in there well. A little smooth R&B...

What else ya got up your sleeve?

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#231612 - 12/30/13 01:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Yes I Do - Al Singing [Re: Al-David]
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Hi Floyd!

Glad you liked this one. As I said, I'm more a picker than a singer. But I am delighted most of you feel the vocal on this is decent. What's next? I'm probably gonna post a Classic Rock tune next and then a guitar instrumental. But I'll space all that out as I don't want to hog the board.

Thanks again for the kindness! Di and I wish you and yours a fantastic 2014!

Al & Di
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#231706 - 12/30/13 12:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Yes I Do - Al Singing [Re: Al-David]
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I'm down with floyd re the Rawls feel and the way the sax sits in the mix. Seems like a thin line between burying a sax or having it dominate. It works well and the mix is great on my KRK's. Have a good new year.
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#231725 - 12/30/13 02:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: Yes I Do - Al Singing [Re: Al-David]
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Sounds great, BIAB really shines on this tune. Dig your chord progression.
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#231735 - 12/30/13 03:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Yes I Do - Al Singing [Re: Al-David]
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Janice & Bud,

Thank you so much for the listen and the kind comments. We sure do appreciate both!

Sometimes when I'm (Al) mixing I find myself torn between various mixes. It's not always easy to make the right choice. I guess I did okay on this one. I appreciate the vote of confidence.

We're going to be doing some listening tomorrow...you guys are on the itinerary...as is everyone else who has commented. And maybe a few we've not listened to before. Wishing you good things in 2014.

Al & Di
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#231736 - 12/30/13 03:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Yes I Do - Al Singing [Re: Al-David]
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Hi Frank...

So nice to "meet" you! We're delighted you decided to give us a listen. We will be reciprocating tomorrow. Hmmm...hope it's not illegal to reciprocate in public! And yes...BIAB always comes through for us. The chord progression just kind of fell in place.

Thanks for the vote of confidence...much appreciated. Wishing you a terrific 2014...

Al & Di


Edited by Al-David (12/30/13 03:56 PM)
Edit Reason: left out some info
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#264891 - 10/07/14 09:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Yes I Do - Al Singing [Re: Al-David]
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