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#460309 - 03/04/18 03:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Robertkc]
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A good job on the mix. I like the song a lot and enjoyed my listen.
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#460634 - 03/05/18 10:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: animarorecords]
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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
good job. I really like the choice of RT's.



I appreciate that -thanks for the listen and comments.

Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, Robert

Your originality was demonstrated very well in this song.
Unexpected chords that sometimes come out and change of rhythm.
Calm and beautiful melody.
All of them are the characteristics of your songs.
Your vocals fit very well with them and they are very comfortable.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi


Shigeki,
Thank you, I`m especially glad you liked the melody... as usual it started with something borrowed I let percolate `til it sounds original!

Robert

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#460642 - 03/05/18 10:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Robertkc]
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Robert,

I also really enjoyed the dream-like, ethereal quality that this creation had. It was like you transported me to another time and place for three and a half minutes.

It sounds like you're getting the hang of Reaper. I've been using it for a number of years and I really like it.

All the best,
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#460872 - 03/06/18 11:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Robertkc]
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Floyd said, “A nice dream-like lyric (and melody). The guitar/cello/vocal treatment is perfect for it.”

We couldn’t agree more. The cello and that perfect acoustic are ideal for the melody and the timbre of your vocal.

Tom mentioned the interesting chords and the cinematic feel. It is very visual.

Looks and sounds like your new DAW is going to work out well.

Well done!

J&B

PS When we moved from GarageBand to Logic Pro I was initially was overwhelmed by the learning curve. After finally focusing on the 10% of the capabilities I would actually use it went well.
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#460919 - 03/06/18 04:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: tommyad]
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Originally Posted By: tommyad
Robert, I like the way the abstract poetic lyrics fit the music. It is a dreamlike feel and cinematic. Interesting chord choices help make this a great listen, Tom



Tom has a great ear for the mix and "character" of songs, as do a few other talented folks on this forum. I rarely find reason to disagree with them and I fully agree with Tom's assessment of this song. I've always enjoy the pop-folk sound - tends to mix great verse writing with subdued yet emphatic music backing. you excelled at both on this one. It's always a pleasure to listen to you music - this is a great example why. Best to you.

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#460931 - 03/06/18 06:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: jannesan]
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Originally Posted By: RnAM
Hi Robert,

Great work once again and that signature vocal is beautiful as always, but really shines here.
We also love the cello.

Rob and Anne-Marie


Rob & Anne-Marie,
Thank you for that. I`m trying to reduce the amount of processing on my vocals so I`m glad you liked them here.

Robert
Originally Posted By: jannesan
Very nice to hear your use of the _LONEBOY style now that I'm putting out my song based on it smile I really like the wholeness here, the vocals, poetic lyrics and sparse arrangement all blending together to form a nice folk song, a man and his guitar in a romantic landscape.

Janne


Thanks Janne.
Its a very good style (Lawrence also used it to fine effect on a ballad recently)- I`m happy you enjoyed the romantic feel of the song.

Robert

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#461053 - 03/07/18 07:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
A good job on the mix. I like the song a lot and enjoyed my listen.


Charlie,
Thanks for the listen and postive comments.

Robert

Originally Posted By: Noel96
Robert,

I also really enjoyed the dream-like, ethereal quality that this creation had. It was like you transported me to another time and place for three and a half minutes.

It sounds like you're getting the hang of Reaper. I've been using it for a number of years and I really like it.

All the best,
Noel



Noel,
Thank you! I`m glad the dream-like feeling came through.
The video instruction content with Reaper is proving most useful... baby steps, but fun so far.

Robert

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#461211 - 03/08/18 05:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Robertkc]
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Sounds great Robert! Lovely tune with a great production. Really like the chord changes in this one! Torrey
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#461371 - 03/09/18 03:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Floyd said, “A nice dream-like lyric (and melody). The guitar/cello/vocal treatment is perfect for it.”

We couldn’t agree more. The cello and that perfect acoustic are ideal for the melody and the timbre of your vocal.

Tom mentioned the interesting chords and the cinematic feel. It is very visual.

Looks and sounds like your new DAW is going to work out well.

Well done!

J&B

PS When we moved from GarageBand to Logic Pro I was initially was overwhelmed by the learning curve. After finally focusing on the 10% of the capabilities I would actually use it went well.


J&B,

That`s very kind, thank you!
I doubt I`ll have the patience to get much beyond the duffer level with any DAW and am in awe of those on this forum (like you!) who turn out professional level mixes. Still its nice to be able to go back to some of my earlier songs and leave them better than I found them.

Robert

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#461446 - 03/10/18 07:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Robertkc]
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Robert,

Gorgeous lyrics and great vocals.

I love the mix but the final sound seems a bit hot and is not like what I have heard in your previous mixes.

There is an effect on the vocals and guitar that is making them sound a little bit metallic and the final seems over compressed. I have never heard this in your productions before.

Maybe you are getting used to a new DAW and working out the kinks?

Also, the cello panned all the way to the left side, it could maybe come a little more center. Those are just a few nits but I really, really, love the song. Again, great lyrics.
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#461487 - 03/10/18 12:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Originally Posted By: tommyad
Robert, I like the way the abstract poetic lyrics fit the music. It is a dreamlike feel and cinematic. Interesting chord choices help make this a great listen, Tom



Tom has a great ear for the mix and "character" of songs, as do a few other talented folks on this forum. I rarely find reason to disagree with them and I fully agree with Tom's assessment of this song. I've always enjoy the pop-folk sound - tends to mix great verse writing with subdued yet emphatic music backing. you excelled at both on this one. It's always a pleasure to listen to you music - this is a great example why. Best to you.

Alan


Thanks very much for the endorsement Al- all the best to you!

Robert
Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Sounds great Robert! Lovely tune with a great production. Really like the chord changes in this one! Torrey



Torrey,

Thank you for the listen and kind comments.

Robert

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#461492 - 03/10/18 12:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Robertkc]
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Robert,

This is really excellent - shades of Nick Drake... I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Bob
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#461494 - 03/10/18 12:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Robert,

Gorgeous lyrics and great vocals.

I love the mix but the final sound seems a bit hot and is not like what I have heard in your previous mixes.

There is an effect on the vocals and guitar that is making them sound a little bit metallic and the final seems over compressed. I have never heard this in your productions before.

Maybe you are getting used to a new DAW and working out the kinks?

Also, the cello panned all the way to the left side, it could maybe come a little more center. Those are just a few nits but I really, really, love the song. Again, great lyrics.


David,
Your comments are very welcome- they gave me the chance to go back and have another listen. With the space of a week or so to clear my mixing head, I think I can hear what you`re talking about in the vocals & overall level of compression...
so with the beauty of using a DAW that doesn`t crash and is quick to work with, I`ve now changed the order of the vocal effects ( Nectar2,Breath Control,Vocal Rider) and it seems to me a bit better. I also removed an Alloy guitar effect ( very little change there to my ears - it is an RT recorded with very crisp picking & lots of string squeaks) & reduced the cello pan from 60% to 40%.
The mastering originally was done with the higher compression of the Greg Calbi presets - now there`s a much lighter setting.
Have another listen if you get time, and thanks again for sharing your impressions.

Robert

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#461499 - 03/10/18 01:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Robertkc]
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Robert,

The difference between night and day. You must have sound cloud pro if you can swap out tracks like that. Do you find pro worth the money?

Whatever you did this time I would use as a baseline.

The moment you said Greg Calibri preset I knew what it was. I don't go anywhere NEAR those Calibri presets unless I want a blue brick. I HATE them.

But this sounds great.

Use the Robert K-Genie presets from here on out.

smile
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#461513 - 03/10/18 03:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: David Snyder]
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David,
Yes, I`ve been paying ( $50 a year- seems like a good deal to me )for SoundCloud Pro from about 3 months after I began posting songs and realised I`d be remixing every song again and again as I learnt the ropes.So far SoundCloud is the only platform I use so like to keep it uncluttered.
Your comment about the Greg Calibri presets made me smile-I thought they were way too compressed as well on first listen... then I started to second guess why my mixes were about 10dbs quieter than many of the songs from the forum and threw this one in there.
Its good to know the revision goes in the right direction - many thanks for letting me know!

Robert

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#461639 - 03/11/18 02:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Robertkc]
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I really like your use of guitar vocal cello. Great write and execution.

much enjoyed

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#461695 - 03/11/18 05:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Robertkc]
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Pretty song!! That cello part is just beautiful!! You are such a wonderful poet Robert...always creative and unique lyrical images! Really nice job on this one!! Take care. Greg

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#461858 - 03/12/18 07:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Robert,

This is really excellent - shades of Nick Drake... I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Bob


Bob,

You know you`ll go straight to my soft spot mentioning one of my absolute favourite songwriters. Thank you!

Robert
Originally Posted By: gruverider
I really like your use of guitar vocal cello. Great write and execution.

much enjoyed



That`s appreciated... actually your recent song introduced me to this style, so thanks for that too!

Robert

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Pretty song!! That cello part is just beautiful!! You are such a wonderful poet Robert...always creative and unique lyrical images! Really nice job on this one!! Take care. Greg


Greg,
Many thanks for your listen and very kind comments. I`m glad to see you back with a new song!

Robert

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#461911 - 03/13/18 07:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Robertkc]
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There's just so much to like about this composition.

Lyrically, it is sensational; but the quality extends to the musical excellence that becomes the subject of the entire song.

Very enjoyable.
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#461927 - 03/13/18 09:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Medicine [Re: Robertkc]
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enoyed this one Robert, has just the right elements, love that violin break.

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