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Here's a performance video of a song I wrote poking fun at myself
for looking up an old lover online and feeling a twinge of angst.

Thanks to Bloc, Peter F., and Deej56 for their earlier kind comments.
I appreciate your time and your comments. Thank you for watching/listening.

Josie




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Hey Josie,

Great song, vocal and video. Love the horn section - it really swings!

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Great song, Josie, and I love the band you have assembled. I like the performance video also.

Mix sounds good, but I think the vocal could be a little more upfront for my tastes.

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Hello Josie,

You made a very nice video and a good blues song.
Your vocals are beautiful and the band sounds good.
But I agree with Dave about the volume of your vocals.

Nice day,
Hans

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Hey Josie,

This sounds great! Love it.

I think the vocal volume is fine, however, I do have some insights I have learned the hard way and am still fiddling with. It because it is HARD to mix rock and roll.

What I have started doing is a final "2 track" mix with the pre-mastered or master mix of the instruments (sometimes, but not always, including the stereo vocal mix as well.)

Then with that final 2 track, I will bump up the vocal stem until it hangs over top of the bed exactly how I want it to, using the fader and recording mix movements as usual.

Because of the very nature of rock with loud competing instruments it is hard to get the vocals to sit right in all of the tracks and all of the loudness. Really hard.

I learned this trick when I starting ripping stems with RX9 to study classic mixes.

I was surprised to hear how loud the drums and bass were, in almost all cases, and that the other instruments were not nearly as loud in reality as I had thought. They only "sound loud" because the piercing quality of their frequencies makes them cut through.

BUT, the thing you could always count on to be at the top of the mix is--you guessed it, the vocal stem.

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Well, this is a great song, and I love the mix myself. Maybe what I said will help on another day in some other way.

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Super song Josie

A strong vocal with song great lyrics

The mix was OK but like others I think the vocal could be a bit louder

I really liked your backing band


Two thumbs up

PS - super video


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Thank you Bob!

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Thank you Dave!

I side chained the instrument mix into the vocal mix and used Waves vocal rider on smooth ride setting. I also a/b'd the resulting level with a Bonnie R. reference track. Then listened outside the door. So I thought I covered my bases. Every mix is different and I could have used a more intense rider setting. I appreciate you mentioning the vocal level. Translating on different systems is the goal after all. So thanks again.

And glad you liked the video

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Originally Posted By: Birchwood
Hello Josie,

You made a very nice video and a good blues song.
Your vocals are beautiful and the band sounds good.
But I agree with Dave about the volume of your vocals.

Nice day,
Hans


Thank you Hans! So glad you liked it. I'll see what the overall consensus is on the volume before I redo this again grin

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Thank you David! I'm glad you like it and you don't think the vocal is too low. (See reply to Dave above.)

What a cool response outlining your method. So informative and interesting. Thank you for sharing.

Darn it I meant to put the quote of your post. Grrr, typing on cell...sorry

Josie

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Hi, Josie !


Dan Juan alias Romeo calling !

Ok jokes aside , your tune is just
wonderful ! One of your absolute
best it is, at least in my opinion !!!
Loved it really much, and I miss our small duets !!!

Cheers
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Very cool song Josie. Really liked the way you did the video. Really creative. Kind of reminded me of a Garth Brooks song. Think of past relationships.

I really liked the band. Really cool mix. Vocal was excellent. Well done


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Cool song!
A fun listen and the video effects are very creative!

About you vocals:
My 2 cents is......
It's not a volume thing, I think the vocals need a little EQ to brighten them up, maybe cut below 250HZ and boost a bit around 5k and again around 12k
I'm thinking that would make the vocal pop a bit wink

I enjoyed that.

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Nicely rocking groove, good instrumentation (the horns work really well) and positively emotional performance. Maybe the vocals could be little louder, because I missed some lines of lyrics.

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Originally Posted By: MarioD
Super song Josie

A strong vocal with song great lyrics

The mix was OK but like others I think the vocal could be a bit louder

I really liked your backing band


Two thumbs up

PS - super video


Thank you very much Mario!

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Hi, Josie !


Dan Juan alias Romeo calling !

Ok jokes aside , your tune is just
wonderful ! One of your absolute
best it is, at least in my opinion !!!
Loved it really much, and I miss our small duets !!!

Cheers
Dani


Hey Dani! Thank you very much! You know my dear Don Juan, I just happen to be working on a new song that I believe some Dani harmonies might be perfect icing. I'm a bit swamped here but I will be in touch eventually - patience...it'll be fun.

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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Very cool song Josie. Really liked the way you did the video. Really creative. Kind of reminded me of a Garth Brooks song. Think of past relationships.

I really liked the band. Really cool mix. Vocal was excellent. Well done


I appreciate that very much Scott! Thank you.

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This really swings! And I love the picture frame effect in the video, a creative approach :-)

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Nice write - fun song!

I liked the vocals and the band... and the drum fill at the end made me laugh out loud! laugh

But like some others, I had trouble making out the lyrics.

Good to see you in the video as well!


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Nice song Josie,

Clever visual presentation.

I agree with others that the vocal could benefit from some brightening. Some EQ could work. Have you considered iZotope Nectar?


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