Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
You need to be logged in to post
Options
Index
#612586 - 08/28/20 06:11 AM [User Showcase] You Were The Best
Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
musician17 Offline
Expert

Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
Just wanted to drop this here ... my latest effort - "fresh out of the oven", as it were. Hope you like it! I'll be back tonight to listen to all the songs I've missed from everyone else whilst I've been away, but hope it's ok to post this in the meantime! Thanks for listening and for any comments! :-)

https://soundcloud.com/jamesdelsono/you-were-the-best


YOU WERE THE BEST

When we met, first time, that Sunday morning,
That first time you softly looked at me,
I felt mine own eyes slowly filling up with tears
And, for some reason, I could no longer see.

***

I can't fall in love, baby
My soul's an empty nest
I can't fall in love, baby ...
My mind simply won't rest ...

For I can't love another
My heart won't take no guest
And I can't love no other
For you were simply the best.

*****

Sitting here, visiting old memories ...
It's been many years since I ever saw your face
It's been e'er so long since I looked in your eyes ...
Felt you close in a mutual tight embrace.

Women come and go ... with passing glances,
Smiling back, I let them go, each one ...
I am grateful for all the second chances ...
But my mind, my heart, my soul are done.

***

I can't fall in love, baby
My soul's an empty nest
I can't fall in love, baby ...
My mind simply won't rest ...

I can't love another
My heart won't take no guest;
I can't love no other
For you were simply the best.

*****

Many years have passed since we first met
Many years will pass 'till I see you once more
But, until the day does arrive,
I will always love you as before.

Stunning roses do remind me of you
Their perfume of your heavenly scent ...
Travelling ever, we will be, once more,
You, my lady ... and I, your gent.

***

I can't fall in love, baby
My soul's an empty nest;
I can't fall in love, baby ...
My mind simply won't rest ...

I can't love another
My heart won't take no guest;
I can't love no other
For you were simply the best.

****** Song Summary *************
Title: You Were The Best - 28 August 2020
File:You Were The Best - 28 August 2020.SGU
Key=Ab , Tempo 100, Length (m:s)=5:00
No intro. 121 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 121. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
Soloist track has 155 notes, Soloist harmony is < no harmony >(0)
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _POETRY.STY (Poetry British Psyc Soul w Oohs)

RealTracks in style: 1174:Bass, Electric, PopCalypso Ev 100
RealTracks in style: 1408:Piano, SynthLayer, Rhythm Soul70sHeld Ev16 100
RealTracks in style: 3442:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BritPsycFunky Ev16 100
RealTracks in style: 3027:Vocal Oohs, Background Pop3-part Ev 085
RealDrums [in style:FunkHalfNotePulse: a: Snare, Kickb: Busy Kick, Snare

*******************

Voice recorded and mixed in Audacity.
_________________________
My website

Top
#612612 - 08/28/20 08:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 12/29/10
Posts: 1273
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Tano Music Offline
Expert

Registered: 12/29/10
Posts: 1273
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Wow, that's an ambitious song! I'm really glad to hear you sing it, versus saying the words. My favorite part of this are some of the lyrics, "visiting old memories" and "stunning roses". I also liked your addition of the horns near the end to give it some "ummph" as it closed out. Good work!

Top
#612670 - 08/28/20 02:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
musician17 Offline
Expert

Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
Thanks Tano - appreciate your really nice and kind comments!
_________________________
My website

Top
#612727 - 08/28/20 08:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 4839
Loc: Originally Missouri ... Now Al...
Al-David Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 4839
Loc: Originally Missouri ... Now Al...
James ...

You once mentioned ... a year or so ago ... that you didn't like your singing voice. I beg to differ. I think you sound just fine. You have a distinctive and unique ... in a very good way ... voice that I enjoyed. One suggestion, FWIW ... a little bit of reverb on your vocal would add a bit more dimension to it.

Loved the lyric ... very beautifully crafted! You're an excellent writer/composer. Would really enjoy hearing more of you on vocal. That was a real nice listen!

Wishing you the very best. Be safe, my friend ...

Alan
_________________________
BIAB 2018 Ultra Plus-all StylePaks*Win10*8GB DDR4*I5-6th Gen*AT 2035 Mic*Peavey Nashville 112 Amp*Ibanez ART120 Electric/Washburn D200S Acoustic*Stromberg Monterey Jazz Guitar

Loops: https://aldavidmusic.wixsite.com/bestmusicloops


Top
#612769 - 08/29/20 05:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 8573
Loc: Florida
floyd jane Offline
Veteran

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 8573
Loc: Florida
James,

Very nice.

A good song. A good backing band.

It is really nice to hear you singing this. You should do that more often (like all the time). It's great to hear the melody (since it is not "spoken"). Nice.

This would seem to show that the "boom-i-ness" that happens comes from singing too close to the microphone (proximity affect), because it only happens in the verses - and really only on the lowest parts. When you sing the higher parts in the first chorus there is no boom-i-ness at all - sounds great. I really like it when you reach for that falsetto!!

One of your best. I like it.

fj

Top
#612840 - 08/29/20 04:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 5173
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
Scott C Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 5173
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
I loved this tune James. I agree with Floyd. Was very nice to hear you singing this tune. Very well done

Top
#612844 - 08/29/20 05:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 3572
Loc: Sacramento, California
dcuny Offline
Veteran

Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 3572
Loc: Sacramento, California
I agree with others - very nice. You've got a nice voice, and it's a good melody.

But the mix... not so nice. The vocal is too loud relative to the instruments. Instead of sitting "in" the mix, it sounds like you're singing along to karaoke tracks.

I'd suggest listening to some reference tracks (something I admit not doing myself) to hear how loud the vocal should be in comparison to the backing tracks. Additionally, you might want to add some reverb to your vocal so it fits in to the same space the instruments are recorded in.

All in all, a pleasant listen... but it would be much better with some work on the mix.

Good the hear you singing! laugh
_________________________
-- David Cuny
My virtual singer development blog

Vocal control, you say. Never heard of it. Is that some kind of ProTools thing?

Top
#612861 - 08/29/20 06:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 2811
Robertkc Offline
Veteran

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 2811
James,
There`s the voice we`ve known was there- especially when your falsetto is set free; please keep keep singing!
Its a catchy, warm love song- with a pleasant backing band and nice horns to close.
I agree with other listeners:the vocal levels and processing would be worth tweaking.
My tip would be to try a vocal rider initially to set a more consistent level in relation to your mix.
The takeaway though:This is very good!

Robert

Top
#612915 - 08/30/20 03:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
musician17 Offline
Expert

Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
Thank you so much, each and every one of you. It's really nice of everyone to listen and comment on my little efforts here.

The mixing: argh! haha. I really thought I got it ok this time - or, at least, better than other times, haha. But yes, what David C says rings true ... it sounds a little like karaoke singing - which means that I must work on the track again :-) Reverb is one of the things that I will try to add, for sure! I have to set aside some time, one day, to really experiment with things - it's the only way I'll learn. Thanks, therefore, for helping me out :-)

Again, bless you all for listening!
_________________________
My website

Top
#612917 - 08/30/20 03:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 2420
Loc: Stanwell Park NSW Australia
rayc Online   content
Veteran

Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 2420
Loc: Stanwell Park NSW Australia
James,
This is a VERY strong, confident, effective vocal performance.
The essing & plosives have been minimized and the voice is clear.
There is the proximity effect which could be fixed easily enough.
I'm REALLY impressed with your recording progress.
The arrangements, structures and melodies have always been solid and well done.
The difference in vocals performance/capture is fabulous.
_________________________
Cheers
rayc
"What's so funny about peace, love & understanding?" - N.Lowe
Pop on over to The Recording Rebels for positive, honest commentary, critiques and support. https://therecordingrebels.com

Top
#612928 - 08/30/20 05:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 1995
Loc: Finland
jannesan Offline
Expert

Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 1995
Loc: Finland
I really enjoyed hearing you sing, your soft voice has nice nuances and fits magically with the romantic lyrics and the soulful arrangement. Beautiful melody and interesting chord progression have nice variations even in the end. I can hear some John Lennon's Happy XMas in the chorus, but that just made it more interesting because of familiarity smile

Janne

Top
#612929 - 08/30/20 05:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
musician17 Offline
Expert

Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
Wow - thanks Ray. If I have progressed, it’s only because of people like you that pointed the way on what to do to improve my mixes. I’ve only followed your and others’ advice. THANKS!
_________________________
My website

Top
#613045 - 08/31/20 12:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
musician17 Offline
Expert

Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
Thanks Janne. Yes, that chorus sounds eerily pop-like, but I hope it works anyway! Thanks for such nice comments.
_________________________
My website

Top
#613091 - 08/31/20 11:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 459
jptjptjpt Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 459
Nice work. Good lyrics. Good melody. Good use of the band.
_________________________
My music can be heard at: http://thecracks.bandcamp.com/

Top
#613121 - 08/31/20 03:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 02/20/10
Posts: 917
Loc: Maryland
TuneMonger Offline
Expert

Registered: 02/20/10
Posts: 917
Loc: Maryland
Wow, am I surprised and pleased!! This is a very good song and the vocal is pretty good as well. If you were able to mix it into the track, it would be super! Again, I'm impressed! Way to go!! (Work on learning to mix vocals, it will be worth the time. I'm only just starting to learn myself.)
_________________________
Windows 10, Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450, 6 gig ram, Scarlett 6i6, M-Audio Keyboard, Sony Acid Music Studio 9, BIAB 2020 UltraPlus Pak

Top
#613124 - 08/31/20 03:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 14306
Loc: Hamlin NY
MarioD Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 14306
Loc: Hamlin NY
I agree about the mix and the vocal explosives.

But all in all this is one of your best songs. Keep singing all things will get easier (look who's talking grin). I really liked your lyrics. You have a PM.
_________________________
I don't always go the extra mile but when I do it is because I missed my exit!

64 bit Win 10 Pro, the latest BiaB and RB, Roland Octa-Capture audio interface, a ton of software and some hardware.

Top
#613173 - 08/31/20 09:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
musician17 Offline
Expert

Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
Thanks everyone! I'm going to continue to work on my mixing - I was even worse when I started, so I don't see why, with a little work, I may not get better! haha. Thanks for all your kind comments - and thanks Mario for the PM, I've just replied and will keep in touch on this for sure!
_________________________
My website

Top
#613575 - 09/03/20 01:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 9263
Loc: GA USA
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 9263
Loc: GA USA
"stunning roses..." That line is very memorable.

Your voice is fine. Keep it up!

Bring it down a touch and add some reverb. As mentioned that
will enable it to still be out front but blend into the overall mix.

And remember ... a mix is never finished -- just abandoned! smile

Enjoyed the spin!

J&B

Top
#613630 - 09/04/20 04:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 3218
Loc: Florida
tommyad Offline
Veteran

Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 3218
Loc: Florida
James, I really enjoyed the melody in this. It seems familiar yet brand new. Your singing is fine except for the mix. That’s easy to fix. Waves has a plug in called vocal rider that smooths out the volume level and is frequently on sale. Worth the 25 dollars. Tom

Top
#613689 - 09/04/20 11:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Were The Best [Re: musician17]
Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
musician17 Offline
Expert

Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 831
Loc: United Kingdom
Thanks Janice, Bud and Tom!

Janice, Bud: Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comments! It helps the confidence, and that's a major thing for me! I'm in the process of re-mixing the song, as per everyone's suggestions ... as soon as it's ready, I'll let everyone know! Thanks again!

Tom: thank you for your kind comments, too! Just had a look at the Waves plugin - it's priced at around $80 at the moment, it seems, which is a little out of my price range right now ("in one go", as it were), but it does look well worth saving for! Thanks for the suggestion :-)

Thanks everyone again, hope to let you know about the remix soon.

_________________________
My website

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >


PG Music News
Band-in-a-Box® Country Music Add-ons!

Happy International Country Music Day!!!

You might not think of Band-in-a-Box® as a country music making machine, but you'd be surprised... there are OVER 850 Country RealTracks available!

See (hear?) the Country songs created by Band-in-a-Box® users when you check out the Band-in-a-Box® Radio playlists Country/EZ Listening/Folk 1 and Country/EZ Listening/Folk 2.

Feeling inspired to create your own Country song in Band-in-a-Box®? Pop into the RealTracks Picker and create your own custom country band by filtering for "Country" or choose an existing Country style within the StylePicker Window by choosing a "Country" Filter String (from the drop down menu).

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 French for Mac is Here!

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 apporte plus de 50 nouvelles fonctionnalités ! Des améliorations ont été apportées aux RealTracks (RealTracks vocales au son plus doux, Epaississement des RealTracks, fonctions RealTracks "Trouver un Subs" et Multiriffs). La majorité des RealDrums dispose maintenant de RealCharts (avec une notation Drums précise). Le nouveau navigateur d'artistes RealTracks permet la recherche d'informations/bios/liens/listes sur artistes RealTracks. Le nouveau navigateur de fonctions permet à l'utilisateur nouveau ou "tête en l'air" de trouver et d'utiliser facilement la plupart des fonctionnalités/raccourcis/documents à partir d'une seule fenêtre. L'égalisation du tempo permet de changer un morceau rubato enregistré en un tempo fixe. L'étirement audio temps/pitch a été amélioré (Elastique inclus). Il y a des améliorations un peu partout dans le SongPicker, les Intros automatiques avec Basse/drums ou drums seuls, l'extension du nombre de titres avec + 3.400 titres nouveaux, MusicXML, la guitare avec vues "gaucher" et "élève", la fonction glisser-déposer, l'affichage multi-fenêtres de l'Assistant Accord Audio et bien plus encore !

ACHAT / MISE À JOUR, & TÉLÉCHARGEMENT MAINTENANT!

Get Inspired with the Band-in-a-Box® Title Generator!

There can be many triggers that could inspire you to write a song... but what if you're wanting to write a song, and are having trouble finding the inspiration you need?

Jump start your creativity using the Title Generator feature in Band-in-a-Box®.

I love this feature - it delivers some beautiful results!

To access this feature:

Mac: select Edit | Chords | Auto-Generate Song Title menu command (control+shift+S). The song title will appear in the Title window! Repeat the Auto-Generate Song Title command until the program comes up with a suitable title for your song. Band-in-a-Box® will keep generating new titles for as long as it takes to get the right one.

Windows: click on the "Generate Title" button within the main screen of the program and you can choose to "auto-generate" a song title which will appear right in the Title field of your song, or for a more varied selection choose to "generate multiple titles" and you'll be taken to the Title Generator window, which can generate a list of 50 song titles for you!

I've just done this, and won't bother list all 50 here - but the "top 10" I've chosen from my generated list are:
Eloquent Laugh
Statuesque Luck
Considering a Rainbow
Brief Fling, Acknowledged
Something for a Sandpiper
Happy Runaround
Cheatin' Skies
Then Came a Rose
The Mention of My Love
Eternal Raincheck

Give it a try!

The resource for this feature can also be edited, allowing you to customize the results.
(to do this, review the file TITL1.TXT within the BB Data folder.)

Band-in-a-Box® - Loops-with-Style PAK Video Tutorial

Wondering how to use the Loops-with-Style PAKs in your songs?

Check out our latest video, where we explain installing Loops-with-Style PAKs, locating the content within the proram, and how to use them in either in Band-in-a-Box® or in other DAWs - Watch the video...

Learn about the Styles included, applying the Loops, how the Loops will work with your song settings, using these Loops in other DAWs, and more!

Note: this video was made using the Windows version, however the steps are the same for Mac.

Share Your Love for Band-in-a-Box®!

Want everyone to know how much you enjoy Band-in-a-Box? Submit a Video Testimonial today, and when we share it on our website and YouTube channel, we'll send you a FREE Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK hard drive!

Check out some of the great Video Testimonials we've already received here.

For more information on this offer, click here.

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 German for Mac is Here!

Es gibt über 50 neue Funktionen in Band-in-a-Box® 2020! Es gibt Verbesserungen der RealTracks (weicher klingende Vokal RealTracks, RealTracks Verdickung, "Find-a-Sub" RealTracks und MultiRiffs). Die meisten RealDrums haben jetzt RealCharts (mit genauer Drum-Notation). Es gibt einen neuen RealTracks-Künstler-Browser, um Infos/Bios/Links/Listen von RealTracks zu allen Künstlern zu finden. Ein neuer Feature-Browser ermöglicht es dem neuen oder "vergesslichen" Benutzer, die meisten Features/Hotkeys/Dokumente von einem einzigen Fenster aus leicht zu finden und zu benutzen. Die Funktion Tempoausgleich ermöglicht es, einen aufgenommenen Rubato-Song in ein festes Tempo zu ändern. Verbesserte Audio-Zeit/Tonhöhen-Dehnung (Elastique) enthalten. Es gibt SongPicker-Verbesserungen, Auto-Intros für Bass/Drums oder nur Drums, 3.400 zusätzliche Titel, MusicXML-Verbesserungen, "Linkshänder"- und "Studentensicht"-Gitarre, Ziehen & Ablegen -Verbesserungen, Audio-Akkord-Wizard mit mehreren Fenstern und mehr!

KAUF/UPGRADE, & DOWNLOAD JETZT!

With Band-in-a-Box® Your Band is MASSIVE!

Open Band-in-a-Box®, and you're instantly gaining access to at least 300 different RealTracks played by real live musicians!

There's more than 140 Artists that contribute to the 2,900+ RealTracks available! Our RealTracks and RealDrums Artists are top studio musicians, and the RealTracks they play will add an amazing human element to your projects!

Now is a great time to have these musicians handy!

-----

Band-in-a-Box® Pro includes over 300 RealTracks in 100 bands! Windows | Mac
Band-in-a-Box® MegaPAK includes over 500 RealTracks in 300 bands! Windows | Mac
Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK includes over 2,900 RealTracks! Windows | Mac
Band-in-a-Box® UltraPAK+ includes over 2,900 RealTracks! Windows | Mac
Band-in-a-Box® Audiophile Edition includes the uncomplessed files for over 2,900 RealTracks! Windows | Mac

Learn more about using RealTracks in your Band-in-a-Box® projects: Windows | Mac

Forum Stats
32846 Members
68 Forums
66147 Topics
561656 Posts

Max Online: 2537 @ 01/19/20 07:09 AM
Newest Members
AveryT, Hans Franz 12, Marik, midisynth, uhv14437@cuoly.c

32845 Registered Users
Top Posters (30 Days)
eddie1261 172
VideoTrack 155
Janice & Bud 130
Planobilly 127
MarioD 126
Pipeline 122
Al-David 113
Matt Finley 111
Jim Fogle 104
floyd jane 101
Today's Birthdays
Lázaro Oliveira