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#396875 - 02/19/17 10:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
"This road is the journey that I’ve been given
So I keep on walking from day to day
Where I’m going, I don’t know
And though I’m in destiny’s hands
On this road, I plan to travel as far as I can"

Wow! That is lovely and wonderfully produced. Janice is neck and neck with you
on positivity and me (Bud)? Well, lord knows, I try!

Everything -- absolutely everything - about your production sounds superb on our
monitors. The soundstage is lovely and the vocal sits so nicely. And that midi super
track just nails it (we really like those tracks - so much flexibility in the sound).

You certainly picked a great song for your first post this year.

J&B

Kudos!!

J&B

Hey J&B.

Thanks for passing by. It's always good to read/see you.

It took a while to get this song up and running and then mixing left me scratching my head a number of times. Still, trial-and-error seemed to eventually make a bit of headway.

Appreciate the comments.

Regards,
Noel
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#396882 - 02/19/17 11:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
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Hi Noel!

What a great song! Philosophical introspection with a beat!

This is so strong. The lyric is captivating and draws the listener right into the song. We think the percussions were just perfect ... and totally unexpected. You outdid yourself, my friend. Our ears are still smiling.

Wishing you the very best,

Alan & Di
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#396954 - 02/20/17 11:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Marty Sorensen]
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Originally Posted By: Marty Sorensen
I very much enjoyed your lyrics.

Thanks for dropping in, Marty. I appreciate the visit.

Regards,
Noel
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#396960 - 02/20/17 12:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: bluage]
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Originally Posted By: bluage
Dear "Noel96"...

"This Road" was interesting to listen to. The opening bars of solo piano made it sound as though it would be a wistful ballad. But then, the addition of the medium-tempo "bossa nova" percussion and rhythm was rather startling, and gave the song a novel sound. In another way, it had the effect of somehow enlarging the emotional "space" around the song after that plaintive opening, as though I had been listening to it standing in front of a door that you opened suddenly so I could hear the fullness of it rolling out on a breeze. The subtle, measured dramatic build delivered me to an ending/beginning that summoned a strongly visual impression/image of the road stretching out before you.

I agree with the other respondents about the uplifting lyrics, too. No head-hanging in this song! There was obvious inspiration and passion in your singing voice. It would fit nicely as an anthem played before the commencement of an Olympics event.

Another excellent example of the BIAB school of songwriting!

LOREN (a.k.a. "bluage")

Hi Loren,

Thank you for taking the time to comment so thoroughly. I sincerely appreciate the smile you brought my way when I read through it.

In all honesty, BIAB has spoilt me. Writing songs with Dr Gannon's software is just so easy. Every time I use the program, I'm amazed at how straightforward it is to come up with a really professional sound. BIAB has DEFINITELY unleashed my inner-songwriter smile

All the best and thanks again,
Noel
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#397023 - 02/21/17 04:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: ROG]
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Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Noel,

A beautiful song, beautifully performed.

Super arrangement and an excellent piano sound.

Your lyrics as always, are clever and thought provoking and you sing them as though you mean every word.

An excellent start to the year.

ROG.

ROG,

Thanks for the feedback. Mixing always challenges me and I'm grateful for all the help I can get! I'm glad you you had the opportunity to have a listen. Appreciate the visit!


Originally Posted By: 44kfl
The road of life, great write, love the mix and piano
nice performance, enjoyed

Kenny

Kenny,

That's for stopping by and having a listen.

All the best,
Noel
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#397089 - 02/21/17 11:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: fiddler2007]
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Originally Posted By: fiddler2007
nice one chief ...

Thanks, Fiddler.
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#397239 - 02/22/17 11:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Noel,

This sounds great! I love this! A really excellent vocal, great lyrics, magnificent production. Great job!!

Hi David,

Thank you. I appreciate your taking the time. This is the first song in which I've fully explored what a MIDI Supertrack makes possible. The individual control over a note, what's played and how it's played, that MIDI allows is excellent. I'll definitely be developing my understanding further in this arena.

All the best,
Noel
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#397300 - 02/23/17 03:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Andy A - USA]
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Originally Posted By: Andy A - USA
What a wonderful mix! My god....

Hi again, Andy.

Thanks for popping in again! I'm glad the mix works for you. I've listened to it so many times now, I think my ears a numb.

Originally Posted By: MarioD
I'm late to the party and everything that I wanted to say has already been said but I couldn't have said it any better than Janice & Bud said:

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
..........

Everything -- absolutely everything - about your production sounds superb on our
monitors. The soundstage is lovely and the vocal sits so nicely. And that midi super
track just nails it (we really like those tracks - so much flexibility in the sound).

You certainly picked a great song for your first post this year.

J&B

Kudos!!

J&B


This is a keeper

Hi Mario,

It's always great to see you.

When I was putting this together, I thought of you a few times because I know that you're very enthusiastic about MIDI.

This was my first real excursion into the 'nuts and bolts' side of MIDI. I learnt a lot putting this one together. I now have a glimmer as to why you applaud MIDI so much. It's capabilities are amazing.

Thanks again,
Noel
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#397553 - 02/24/17 05:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Noel, this sounds really good. Nice pianos. The piano has a mellow acoustic sound that to me is exactly what I like to hear in a piano.

Your vocal sounds good. I thought I was hearing tuning artifacts throughout the vocal track.

Nice job on the composition and writing of the melody and lyrics.

Yep... I enjoyed it.... in fact, it's on the second time through. Thumbs up! Well done.

Hi Herb,

Thanks for taking time to have a listen. Appreciate it. Thanks for the comments, too. It's always good to know how others hear a song.

In relation to the piano, I decided to mix two different synths because I was trying to get a rounded mellow sound (PG Music HiQ piano) with a hint of brightness (Dimension Pro upright piano).

Also, with the vocals I didn't tune too many notes and those that were a bit off were around the vicinity. I suspect what might be happening is due to a combination of settings I had in Nectar 2. While working on 'This Road', I watched a Youtube clip on using Nectar's parallel compression and FX settings. I thought I'd try those settings. (I ended up using a small amount of Chorus as the FX.) Just in case it's of interest, the images below show those settings.

Regards,
Noel



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This Road - FX (next 2).JPG

This Road - parallel compressor (nectar2).jpg


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#397554 - 02/24/17 05:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: 90 dB]
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Originally Posted By: 90 dB
"Sometimes my legs get weary
And it hurts with every step I take
Sometimes I fall or stumble
But I keep walking, ‘cause that’s the only way"

A terrific start to a "journey" song, Noel. A good write - with your usual positive message...

Well sung and nicely produced. The piano-only start sounds great. The build is nice. The shaker was a clever idea for verse 2. Nice use of BIAB throughout.

Really enjoyed the listen.

floyd





What he said!



Regards,


Bob

Thanks Bob. It's always good to see you. I appreciate your support.

All the best,
Noel
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#397584 - 02/25/17 12:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
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Hi, Noel !:))


forgive me for being so
late for commenting but
I´ve just been too occupied
among other things with
travels abroad !

I am glad I did not miss
out on this beautiful tune.
you know that I love your
tunes and this is no exception !

Keep walking that road, Noel !!!

Cheers
Dani

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#397732 - 02/25/17 05:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Callie - PG Music
I love your vocals... such a nice voice to listen too - and so much power!

This is today's Hot Forum Topic.

smile

Thanks Callie. I appreciate the support that you and PG Music so generously give. Everything I write is only possible because of BIAB. Seriously!


Originally Posted By: RichMac
Hi Noel. A delightful song and beautifully done. Cheers.

Hi Richard,

Thanks for taking the time. It's great to see you back in the forum. You've been missed.

I'm looking forward to hearing more of your work.

All the best,
Noel
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#397740 - 02/25/17 06:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Sundance
I was honored to get a sneak preview of this beautifully written and arranged song. A +1 to all the well deserved accolades Noel.

Hi Josie,

I really appreciated your input and thanks for listening again. It's always good to have you visit.

All the best,
Noel
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#397838 - 02/26/17 11:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: animarorecords]
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Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, Noel

Very beautiful and very positive song!
Conga and Shaker are so effective.
The deceptive cadence before ending you often use is so nice as usual.
As Robert said, this is your best vocal performance.
And as Janice & Bud said, you certainly picked a great song for your first post this year.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

Hi Shigeki Adachi,

It's good to see you. Thank you for passing through and having a listen. I appreciate your thoughts and support.

All the best,
Noel
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#397839 - 02/26/17 11:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: F.M.M.]
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Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
hi noel96 love this peace awesome nice work with biab thanks eric

Thanks for having a listen, Eric. Appreciate it.

Regards,
Noel
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#397998 - 02/27/17 07:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Noel!

What a great song! Philosophical introspection with a beat!

This is so strong. The lyric is captivating and draws the listener right into the song. We think the percussions were just perfect ... and totally unexpected. You outdid yourself, my friend. Our ears are still smiling.

Wishing you the very best,

Alan & Di

Hi Di and Alan,

Thank you for taking the time. It's always great to see you both in the forum. I have to say that I like the concept of "Philosophical introspection with a beat!". That made me smile. Maybe one day I'll work out how to to do that on a regular basis! In the meantime, I'll just keep on going where BIAB takes me.

Take care and may everything good come your way,
Noel
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#397999 - 02/27/17 08:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: dani48]
Noel96 Offline
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Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Noel !:))


forgive me for being so
late for commenting but
I´ve just been too occupied
among other things with
travels abroad !

I am glad I did not miss
out on this beautiful tune.
you know that I love your
tunes and this is no exception !

Keep walking that road, Noel !!!

Cheers
Dani


Hey Dani,

Every time I see your name pop up in a thread of mine, I smile. It's always good to see you. Thank you for dropping by, listening and commenting. I appreciate it. From the sounds of things, you and Li are having a terrific time up there in the northern hemisphere!

Wishing you all the best.
Noel
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#398965 - 03/05/17 04:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
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Noel, your song sounds wonderful, especially this chorus. Thanks, Torrey
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#398985 - 03/05/17 09:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
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Hi Noel! I have been in and out of the forum (mostly out) since the middle of December, due to some health issues. I almost missed this wonderful song of yours. I'm so glad I noticed it today. This is probably my favorite of yours so far. I really like the piano. As you know, I am a big user of the Realtracks with BIAB. But piano is one instrument I will go to midi for pretty often. There are some great, realistic piano samples out there. And as you pointed out, you can carve out space for the bass (which you did nicely on this one).

As has been stated frequently on this thread, this was a good way to start the year. You have set the bar pretty high for you to build on for this year. Looking forward to see how high you will go. You are certainly capable.

Steve
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#399618 - 03/09/17 01:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
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Really beautifully done Noel!! A great write, nice arrangement and a wonderful vocal. You've started the year off right!! Keep it up! Take care. Greg

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