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#569116 - 12/07/19 03:42 AM [User Showcase] Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix)
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mkg50 (Mike G) Offline
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It's Christmas so I hope you don't mind if I share a new version/mix of my song, Home for Christmas, which I put up last year.

https://soundcloud.com/user-952388172/home-for-christmas-2019

I recently bought EzyMix2 and I've used that program on this new version of my song, which I have also rearranged a bit.
Most of the new instruments are from Kontakt.
There is also a RealTrack guitar: RT542:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Dreamy Ev 085 and RealDrums: NashvillePop16^4-Hihat,Snare.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the new version and mix.
I have now been sharing my music on the forum for one year and I have learnt a lot. Thanks to everyone who has helped along the way.
Merry Christmas to everyone on the forum - the friendliest place on the internet.
Cheers,
Mike
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#569294 - 12/08/19 02:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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Hi Mike,

I don't remember this one, so thanks for the repost.

What are you using for that lead line, is that a Kontakt instrument?

This is really well done, nice arrangement and production, mix sounds good too. Only thing I didn't like was that abrupt fade out, but that's an easy fix.

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#569299 - 12/08/19 03:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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Love the overall feel of the piece. The harp and keys are particularly good. Plenty of variation and enough going on the keep me interested right to the end.
At the risk of nit-picking, my one disappointment is the lead violin/viola. The transitions from note to note sound a bit jerky and they do not flow as seamlessly as one would expect from such an instrument. I don't use Kontakt so I'm unfamiliar with options available there.
With sound-samplers by East-West (soundsonline.com) or Reason such clunkiness is usually overcome by advancing the "release" knob several points. Sometimes adjustments to "decay" or "attack" are necessary also.

Keep up the good work!



Edited by Ghostgum (12/08/19 03:25 AM)

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#569338 - 12/08/19 10:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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Thanks for bringing back this Christmas song ...
Perhaps other Showcase songwriters should do the same...
With their old Christmas songs...
I know I wouldn't mind hearing them again


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#569371 - 12/08/19 01:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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Sounds good, Mike. A nice build.

I agree with Dave about the quick fade.

Merry Christmas!

fj

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#569427 - 12/08/19 08:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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Very nice, I especially liked the first part of it.
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#569660 - 12/10/19 03:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Hi Mike,

I don't remember this one, so thanks for the repost.

What are you using for that lead line, is that a Kontakt instrument?

This is really well done, nice arrangement and production, mix sounds good too. Only thing I didn't like was that abrupt fade out, but that's an easy fix.




Thanks for listening Dave.
The lead line in the verses is from Kontakt strings, while the middle 8 features a Kontakt oboe.
I appreciate your comment re the mix as I really admire your production work.
Merry Christmas,
Mike
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#569679 - 12/10/19 07:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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Nice work on this one Gary smile It flows really well, and makes for a nice catchy Christmas tune. The variations keep it engaging to listen to, and the mix is concise and professional.

Thanks for sharing!
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#569759 - 12/10/19 03:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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Nice hearing this again....

Nothing wrong with bringing a good one back.

Merry Christmas!

J&B
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#569864 - 12/11/19 04:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: Ghostgum]
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Originally Posted By: Ghostgum
Love the overall feel of the piece. The harp and keys are particularly good. Plenty of variation and enough going on the keep me interested right to the end.
At the risk of nit-picking, my one disappointment is the lead violin/viola. The transitions from note to note sound a bit jerky and they do not flow as seamlessly as one would expect from such an instrument. I don't use Kontakt so I'm unfamiliar with options available there.
With sound-samplers by East-West (soundsonline.com) or Reason such clunkiness is usually overcome by advancing the "release" knob several points. Sometimes adjustments to "decay" or "attack" are necessary also.

Keep up the good work!


Thanks mate. I certainly appreciate your detailed comments. I'll look into your release/attack observations regarding the strings.
Merry Christmas,
Mike
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https://soundcloud.com/user-952388172

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#569929 - 12/11/19 10:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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I don't remember this so this was a first listen.... nice work on this.
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#570075 - 12/12/19 03:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: Jim]
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mkg50 (Mike G) Offline
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Originally Posted By: Jim
Thanks for bringing back this Christmas song ...
Perhaps other Showcase songwriters should do the same...
With their old Christmas songs...
I know I wouldn't mind hearing them again

Thanks for listening Jim.
There's just something magical about Christmas songs. Even new ones bring on an attack of nostalgia for me.
Merry Christmas,
Mike
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https://soundcloud.com/user-952388172

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#570213 - 12/12/19 06:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Sounds good, Mike. A nice build.

I agree with Dave about the quick fade.

Merry Christmas!

fj

Thanks Floyd. As always, your interest and comments are appreciated.
Cheers,
Mike
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#570225 - 12/12/19 08:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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Hi Mike,

This is really pleasant and easy-on-ears listening.

I enjoyed where the music took me as I sat in my chair, eyes closed and just let images unfold in my mind. I can tell that you've paid a lot of attention to detail in writing and arranging this work. It really was worth the effort!

I love the graphic on Soundcloud! It's good to remind people that Christmas is not snow and reindeer for everyone!

All the best,
Noel
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#570395 - 12/13/19 07:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
Very nice, I especially liked the first part of it.

Thanks for having a listen TuneMonger. I'm glad you enjoyed my Christmas offering.
Cheers,
Mike
Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Nice work on this one Gary smile It flows really well, and makes for a nice catchy Christmas tune. The variations keep it engaging to listen to, and the mix is concise and professional.

Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Deryk,
It's always nice to hear from PG Music people, considering how much music you are required to listen to.
Merry Christmas to all PG Music staff.
Mike
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https://soundcloud.com/user-952388172

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#570545 - 12/14/19 02:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Nice hearing this again....

Nothing wrong with bringing a good one back.

Merry Christmas!

J&B

Thanks guys. And thanks for listening to my songs this year.
Merry Christmas.
Mike
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#570675 - 12/15/19 02:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: Guitarhacker]
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mkg50 (Mike G) Offline
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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
I don't remember this so this was a first listen.... nice work on this.

Thanks for taking the time to listen Herb. Much appreciated.
Merry Christmas,
Mike
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#570681 - 12/15/19 02:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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Very pretty intro. Lovely backtrack. Really nice choice of instruments. Well done

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#571071 - 12/18/19 03:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hi Mike,

This is really pleasant and easy-on-ears listening.

I enjoyed where the music took me as I sat in my chair, eyes closed and just let images unfold in my mind. I can tell that you've paid a lot of attention to detail in writing and arranging this work. It really was worth the effort!

I love the graphic on Soundcloud! It's good to remind people that Christmas is not snow and reindeer for everyone!

All the best,
Noel

Thanks Noel for your kind words and for having a real, eyes-closed listen.
I'm very grateful for your comments and encouragement during the year.
Merry Christmas mate,
Mike
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#571209 - 12/18/19 03:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Home for Christmas 2019 (A Yuletide remix) [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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Very pretty!! Very Xmasy!! Nice mix! This would be great score music for a Xmas film! Beautifully done!! Take care. Greg

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