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#328943 - 01/02/16 04:09 AM [User Showcase] GoodBye
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First song of 2016 from my songwriting partner Christiane Spruit and myself, quite a bit different than our last one.

The one is using:

Realdrums: NashvilleSwing8^1 initially, then switching to BluesRock128^4 during the guitar solo and the rest of the song

533:Bass,Electric,12/8
526:Guitar,Acoustic,Fingerpicking (I can play the part but I'm not geared up to record acoustic here)
2457:Strings,Rhythm,CelticAir.

Still tweaking the mix, guitar solo probably a bit too loud at the moment.

https://soundcloud.com/blue-attitude/good-bye-featuring-chris-spruit
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#328948 - 01/02/16 04:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: BlueAttitude]
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BlueAttitude, a really well put together song. Haunting with the strings, and the stops really give great unexpected punch.

I thought the solo was really well played. Plenty of drive.

Fantastic effort.
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#328949 - 01/02/16 04:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Nice song. I really like the chord progression and the rests. Christiane's vocals are spectacular.

Since you are still working on the mix, if I can offer some minor thoughts and suggestions from my listen of the song:

With such a simple arrangement of the opening guitar, I found 0.16 second solo to be a bit too long to hold my interest. You may want to bring the bass in sooner or introduce another instrument to build on the intro.

Likewise, I found 0.47 seconds too long to wait for Christiane's vocals to start with the simple arrangement of the intro music.

This is a good song at every level and Christiane's vocals are the king of the mix and I enjoyed the song a lot.
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#328955 - 01/02/16 05:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave and Chris...

A very enjoyable listen. The instrumentation is nice.

The vocal is excellent (though in a couple of spots I thought it could come up just a hair - 1 dB, perhaps - I lost a few words here and there - even with a couple of listens...). Excellent emotion in the singing...

Very nice guitar work. Very lyrical... Since there is a discussion of amos vs. sims in a different forum section... are you using an amp sim? (I thought the level was just right).

Well done.

floyd

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#328960 - 01/02/16 05:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: floyd jane]
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Thanks for the comments everyone smile

Floyd, thanks, I'll go back and check that vocal.

To answer your question, I'm recording through a PodXT, been using that for years now. Obsolete device, they don't make them anymore, but I love it.
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#328962 - 01/02/16 05:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi ...

We've listened a couple of times ... time very well spent!

Beautiful song with a great minor chord progression. Christiane's vocal is stunning.

The lead guitar solo might be just a tad loud, but not a lot. We do agree that the intro is a bit long for just the acoustic guitar. Other than that, can't think of a thing we'd change. Excellent song and delivery!

Alan & Di
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#328967 - 01/02/16 05:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Thanks Alan and Charlie for pointing out the intro with just the acoustic might be too long. I think you might be right.

Easy fix! Working on a new mix now, will post in an hour or so.
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#328977 - 01/02/16 06:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: BlueAttitude]
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I guess I am different but I like everything that you did with this song. I am a movie buff and I love movie soundtracks and that's where my mind went as I was listening. Powerful and very moving!
Sonny

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#328992 - 01/02/16 07:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Dave,

enjoyable listen.

Guenter
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#329011 - 01/02/16 10:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Great feel and emotion in this one!! Vocal is sweet and the RTs are used very well. Mix is excellent. Great job all around! Take care. Greg

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#329140 - 01/03/16 02:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: BlueAttitude]
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I uploaded a new mix yesterday afternoon, made the intro a couple of bars shorter and added some volume envelopes on the vocal to bring up some of the soft parts.

Thanks for the comments all, I appreciate the feedback!
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#329396 - 01/04/16 01:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave, This is the good stuff! Great guitar and great vocals Christiane. Love dem blues. Sure hope there is more to come. Glad you found your way here. Mix sounds good also. Nicely done! Tom

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#329461 - 01/04/16 06:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: tommyad]
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Originally Posted By: tommyad
Dave, This is the good stuff! Great guitar and great vocals Christiane. Love dem blues. Sure hope there is more to come. Glad you found your way here. Mix sounds good also. Nicely done! Tom


Thanks very much, Tom! I've done six with Christiane so far, hopefully many more to come. The production side of things is something I love doing, but not something I would consider myself to be a natural at, always something to learn. And after hearing your last song .... wow! I realize I still have a way to go smile

Thanks again for the listen and comments smile
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#329503 - 01/04/16 11:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Really enjoyed that - nice guitar playing - great vocals.

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#329564 - 01/05/16 07:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: GoodBye [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Loads of things to love here.

- the exquisite vocal
- the guitar picking and tone
- the RT choice
- the arrangement and mix

All is very nicely done and put together.
Cool the way you varied the drums.

Enjoyed it!

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