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#532818 - 04/15/19 06:00 AM [User Showcase] ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix)
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I wrote this song in 2015 and posted the original version on Users Showcase in early 2016.

Since then, I've learnt a lot more about mixing and production. I now also have some better music finishing software than I had back in 2015. It was thinking about these tools and techniques that inspired me to revisit this song.

Here's where my journey took me...


♫♫ Can You Imagine?


Please feel free to comment on any aspect of the song and/or its presentation.

Regards,
Noel

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Tracks were generated using the Audiophile version of BIAB. To polish the production, I used...

  • Ozone 8 -- 'Greg Calbi Presets' on the overall final mix
  • Nectar 2 -- vocals
  • Waves Renaissance Bass VST -- bass guitar
  • MAutopan VST -- electric guitar
  • Waves CLA Guitars VST -- electric guitar
  • Waves CLA Uplugged VST -- cello
  • Waves CLA Drums VST -- drums
  • MIDI Choir -- Miroslav Philharmonik


The BIAB Ensemble
  • Bass Guitar 1759
  • Electric Guitar 1764
  • Acoustic Guitar 1596
  • Piano 1767
  • Cello 1856
  • Drums - RockBritDrivingEv16^1-SnCH,RdCym


Lyrics

Can you imagine a scene like this?
We're standing with one another, side by side
And singing together in harmony
With confidence, heart and a mountain of pride

Can you imagine a sound like this?
An ocean of people who sway and sing
In chorus together, friend with friend
Making the heavens reverberate and ring

It all begins with a single voice
One voice to lead the way
Sooner or later another joins in
Then it starts to grow
And hundreds join the show

Can you imagine the power and strength
If a world full of people were singing strong
Flooding the planet in the sounds of peace
And everyone singing the same song

[Instrumental]

It all begins with a single voice
One voice to lead the way
Sooner or later another joins in
Then it starts to grow
And millions join the show

Can you imagine the power and strength
If a world full of nations were singing strong
Flooding the planet in the sounds of peace
And everyone singing the same song
Everyone singing the same song

©2015 Noel Adams, words and music, all rights reserved
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#532823 - 04/15/19 06:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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Oddly, I heard/saw this on your Vimeo not too long ago. Loved it the first time I'd heard it. Love it now. I like the way the power builds with the introduction of the backing vocals in the same way that the lyric builds from one, to hundred, to millions, to all the nations. One day it will be true, I believe.
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#532829 - 04/15/19 07:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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What a tune! Love the progressions, and your vocals are stunning on top of this. It sounds really lush and professional. Some really captivating lyrics as well. It sounds really powerful to me and is nicely catchy too.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing smile
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#532835 - 04/15/19 08:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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Great song & production...
The lyrics are really thought out...
With a pleasant melody to emphasize those lyrics of peace & hope...
Your outstanding vocal & harmonies sound very professional...
Heck... The whole composition sounds very professional...
I believe you are correct...
You've learned "a lot more about mixing and production"...
It shows...
I really enjoyed listening to your remix.
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#532848 - 04/15/19 09:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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Everyone singing the same song

what a peaceful and hopeful message

excellent mix, I always love your vocals

harmonies shine!

Kenny

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#532878 - 04/15/19 12:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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Hey Noel,

This is awesome man! I love it.

Such a strong song and superb vocals. You outdid yourself on this one. More please!

smile

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#532909 - 04/15/19 06:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Tangmo]
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Originally Posted By: Tangmo
Oddly, I heard/saw this on your Vimeo not too long ago. Loved it the first time I'd heard it. Love it now. I like the way the power builds with the introduction of the backing vocals in the same way that the lyric builds from one, to hundred, to millions, to all the nations. One day it will be true, I believe.


Thanks for listening again, Tangmo. Thanks for visiting my Vimeo site, too. Much appreciated. I'm presently in the process of updating the Vimeo video so that all versions of the song align. (Glad you noticed that lyric development! At the time of writing, I wasn't sure that it would work so I threw a coin... heads won smile )

All the best,
Noel
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#532927 - 04/16/19 01:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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What a great job you did on the vocal here Noel! Overall sound on this track is awesome! Thanks, Torrey
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#532932 - 04/16/19 03:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

I remember this song - very uplifting and beautifully produced...

The remix is great. Gives it a very "Hi-Fi" sound.

Bob

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#532943 - 04/16/19 06:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

This mix is SUPERB!

The vocal is amazingly clear and present and sits PERFECTLY in the mix. Can't emphasize that enough. It is PERFECT. Pro-mix kind of vocal placement.

The bass is sublime. Punchy, present, commanding - without any muddiness at all. This is a bass sound I have been trying to achieve myself...

Drums and piano are clear, present...nice... The cello and background vocals right where they need to be.

...and, of course, a truly uplifting song to begin with.

Excellent.

fj

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#532949 - 04/16/19 07:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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Like John Lennon, we can imagine...and, we'll add, hope. It's so nice to hear such a positive write delivered with a fine vocal performance.

We loved this the first time around and the redo is stunning. What can one add to what floyd wrote?

As a bass player I'll join in with floyd's comment. I (Bud) have struggled for years trying to get both acoustic and electric bass to sit in the mix as he described. Neutron 2's masking feature and a couple of Waves plug-ins have helped but I'm not "there."

And that bass is just one aspect of a mix that simply sparkles in clarity. I so often, perhaps too much so, write of our love of open and airy mixes. A listen to this will better define what we are trying to say than a thousand words.

Superb!

J&B
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#532957 - 04/16/19 08:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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This song has a really easy-to-listen to vibe. The vocals are also quite lovely, and I really enjoyed the lyrics, especially loved "Can you imagine the power and strength if a world full of people were singing strong". A really lovely message.


Edited by Ember - PG Music (04/16/19 08:17 AM)
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#533082 - 04/17/19 03:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
What a tune! Love the progressions, and your vocals are stunning on top of this. It sounds really lush and professional. Some really captivating lyrics as well. It sounds really powerful to me and is nicely catchy too.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing smile


Hi Deryk,

Thank you for taking the time to have a listen. Really appreciate it. Thanks for the comments regarding the remix, too. Learning how to mix effectively has been a long slow road for me. I'm still traveling it but it seems to be a less bumpy road these days. It's good to know that I'm getting somewhere.

All the best,
Neol
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#533085 - 04/17/19 03:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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You've done a nice remix effort Noel. Your mixing has never been an issue for me though, I'm jealous to how easy you write top notch song after song. I always look forward to your latest posts and I've learned quite a bit from you over my time here on the forum. Enjoyed my listen. Good mix by the way...
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#533125 - 04/17/19 07:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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Really enjoyed this one Noel. Lovely lyrics and gorgeous arrangement

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#533135 - 04/17/19 08:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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The melody is majestic without being pompous. Excellent vocal. Beautiful piece!

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#533387 - 04/18/19 08:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Jim]
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Originally Posted By: Jim
Great song & production...
The lyrics are really thought out...
With a pleasant melody to emphasize those lyrics of peace & hope...
Your outstanding vocal & harmonies sound very professional...
Heck... The whole composition sounds very professional...
I believe you are correct...
You've learned "a lot more about mixing and production"...
It shows...
I really enjoyed listening to your remix.


Hey Jim.

Thank you for dropping by and having a listen. I appreciate your comments greatly. Learning to mix effectively has been quite a slow process for me. This forum has also been fantastic because I've heard some pretty amazing presentations over the years and all of them have shaped my understanding and have given me goals to achieve.

All the best,
Noel
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#533413 - 04/18/19 10:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: 44kfl]
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Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Everyone singing the same song

what a peaceful and hopeful message

excellent mix, I always love your vocals

harmonies shine!

Kenny


Thanks Kenny.

I appreciate that you had a chance to visit and listen.

All the best,
Noel
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#533423 - 04/19/19 01:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: Noel96]
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That's a really good remix Noel.
Polished without being buffed into anodized oblivion.
Nice arrangement and structure as well.
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#533537 - 04/19/19 05:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ Can You Imagine? (remix) [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Hey Noel,

This is awesome man! I love it.

Such a strong song and superb vocals. You outdid yourself on this one. More please!

smile


Hey David,

I always smile when I see that you've visited one of my threads. I really appreciate your comments and your listen. Thanks heaps.

All the best,
Noel
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