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#651033 - 04/11/21 12:27 PM [User Showcase] MAGIC TOUCH
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Henry Clarke Offline
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I'm not really a Smooth Jazz guy (and it's very little of it in this forum), but I'm demoing styles in BIAB and came across this riff that I just couldn't resist flushing a song out for. It's the rhythm that really captured me. After looping the bars over and over the words "Magic Touch" just popped into my head. From there putting the rest of the song together was not too hard. I actually write better from the "Hook" down. I know everyone has there method but that one works best for me. Not sure if I'm going to remix and release it since this isn't really my genre but I'll see how it goes.

https://youtu.be/zaDIgV0YZvs

Style - _ELTANGO.STY (Electric Tango Jazz Funk)
Bass - Acoustic 917
Drums - Smooth Jazz Cool SW16
Piano - E Piano 906
Guitar 1 - Electric Rhythm 1073
Loop - House Techno Trance emotions 127
Realtracks added:
Sax - Tenor Soloist 1062
Organ - B3 689
Guitar 2 - Soul Guitar 1399
Guitar 3 - Rhythm Guitar 1403
Guitar 4 - Guitar Soloist 1237
Strings - Strings 2952

Equipment:
Band in a Box 2021
Shure PG-42 Microphone
Focusrite Scarlett SOLO USB Interface
Dell XPS w/20GB RAM
DAW: SONAR X3 Producer

Plugins:
Antares Autotune
Antares Vocal Harmonizer
iZotope Nectar2
PX-64 Percussion Strip
Breverb by Cakewalk

Lead Vocal FX Chain:
Nomad PEQ3B EQ
Nomad CP2S Compressor
Nomad Vintage Oilcan Echo TLE2S
Nomad Blueverb

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#651034 - 04/11/21 12:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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Derochette Offline
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Hi Henry,

Very well orchestrated composition. The mix is ​​impeccable. The whole is nice. Well done.

Kindly regard
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#651057 - 04/11/21 03:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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Soundchaser Offline
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Great groove. Excellent vocals and mix, and interesting chord progressions.
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#651079 - 04/11/21 04:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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Greg Johnson Offline
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Really pleasant song!!! The groove is infectious! I usually write R and B from the hook outward myself, so I like the idea! Everything here works very well from my perspective!! Take care. Greg

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#651111 - 04/11/21 10:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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dcuny Offline
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As Greg said, a very pleasant sound.

Sounds great on my headphones! But through my speakers the vocal seems distance and lost in reverb.

Solid work, I enjoyed several listens. smile
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#651168 - 04/12/21 08:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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Hi Henry this is excellent great mix everything fits great love the vocals and arrangement well done thanks for sharing Eric
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#651217 - 04/12/21 01:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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Rustyspoon# Offline
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Henry,
Very nice, airy tune! Excellent bed and vocals. Great barbed hook smile
Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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#651231 - 04/12/21 03:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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Easy to see how the rhythm section inspired the desire to write. Very romantic and slow-dancey. The progression is lovely and that "Magic Touch" title hooks really sweet. Arrangement and production are top notch. That includes the vocal melody and harmonies.

I'm not really a "listen-to-the-lyrics first" guy usually, but it's worth mentioning that I think your vocal here is soft-enough to not need as much further softening with the reverb. There wasn't much else of the lyric I could make out, so it all depends on how you want to "present".

Anyway, an impressive overall piece and I very much enjoyed moving around with it.


Edited by Tangmo (04/12/21 03:09 PM)
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#651414 - 04/14/21 12:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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Hey Henry . Great song and the mix is outstanding. Regards to you.
Rob4580

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#651472 - 04/14/21 09:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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Scott C Offline
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Excellent tune. Super vocal. Well done

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#651494 - 04/14/21 11:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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It doesn't matter if you write top to bottom, inside to the out, upside down and backwards..... this works.

Nice work. I can come up with easy listening jazz but I don't often pursue that genre because I don't write the words that work or sing it particularly well. You however, have done a good job on this.
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#651558 - 04/14/21 09:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Henry Clarke Offline
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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
It doesn't matter if you write top to bottom, inside to the out, upside down and backwards..... this works.

Nice work. I can come up with easy listening jazz but I don't often pursue that genre because I don't write the words that work or sing it particularly well. You however, have done a good job on this.


Hmmmmm ... Herb, Quoting you "it doesn't matter if you write top to bottom, inside out, upside down and backwards ..." I think there's a song in that line :-)

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#651743 - 04/15/21 06:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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One of the best musicians on the user forum IMHO and this did not disappoint. I did think the vocal could have been more prominent in the mix, but still very enjoyable. Excellent work!
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#653150 - 04/25/21 08:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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Henry Clarke Offline
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Thanks all for the kind words on Magic Touch. I really appreciate you guys taking the time to listen and comment.

Ok, I've done my Jazz song. Now on to old Skool 70's RnB and Reggae !! yay !!! :-)

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#654310 - 05/03/21 06:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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SMOOOOOOTH!
Just what I needed to chill me out tonight.

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#654347 - 05/04/21 01:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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Absolutely extraordinarily good.

This is hauntingly exceptional. Everything fits so perfectly.

Another quality production from you, Henry. Yes, extraordinarily good.
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#654355 - 05/04/21 05:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: MAGIC TOUCH [Re: Henry Clarke]
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Hi Henry,

All sounded great to me - well done.

Singing and BV's - perfect.

Backing - hypnotic drum and bass groove and lots of interest from keys, guitar and sax.

Best Regards
Nigel
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