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#714856 - 04/28/22 11:36 AM [User Showcase] Better All The Time
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Better All The Time

Over the past two months I've had 2 surgeries and a harrowing trip to the ER (not surgery related). I'm totally exhausted. I've composed nothing new in quite a while. This is one I started back in November of last year. I did a little remixing and mastered it earlier this week. Just now got around to uploading it. I also replaced the Sax with a Guitar. Thanks in advance for any listens and comments.

What I particularly like about this song is the percussion. I'd never before used that Real Drum track, but I sure do like it! And when it mixes with the loop in the chorus, it really pleases my ears. As usual, I mixed the percussion tracks a wee bit louder than many folks do. Any thoughts about that - or anything else?

PS: I'm starting to feel a little better - thus the name of the previously unnamed composition.



File:Better All The Time.SGU

Key=G, Tempo 100, Length (m:s)=3:12

Style is _COMFY4.STY (Comfy Soft Soul Pop Sax Solo)

RealTracks in style: 1153:Bass, Electric, Reggae Ev16 100
RealTracks in song: 2817:Guitar, Electric, Soloist SmoothSoulFast16thsBrent Ev16 110
RealTracks in style: 1403:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Soul70sWarmHeld Ev16 100
RealTracks in style: 2679:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModernPop16thsLowZane Ev16 090
Loop in Song: Chillout\Chillout - dimensions_145_percussion_a_minor ev16.wav
RealTracks in song: 1265:Synth Pad, PopShiningSoft Ev 120
RealDrums in Song:SkaSlowClassicWesPerc^1-a:Sidestick, Kick24 , b:Sidestick, Quarterkick


Edited by Al-David (04/28/22 01:49 PM)
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#714915 - 04/28/22 07:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: Al-David]
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Yep, the rhythm section is ACE.
The combo of loop & RD works well.
It's an smooth, gentle UP groove.
This was lovely.
Hope you on the Up & Up.
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#714921 - 04/28/22 11:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: Al-David]
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Hi, Al !


I´ll start by wishing that
you´ll get better all the time !
Regarding this tune of yours
I just love it - I just love it !
It is so smooth and relaxed and
you´ve used those wonderful chords
that gives that superb aura to it !
May I say that IMO this is nothing
less than a masterpiece, so easy
on one´s ear it just can´t get any better !!!

Get well and take care !!

Cheers
Dani

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#714923 - 04/28/22 11:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: Al-David]
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Great arrangement of some really cool BiaB instruments and styles...great use of the Real Drums!
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#714930 - 04/29/22 02:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
Yep, the rhythm section is ACE.
The combo of loop & RD works well.
It's an smooth, gentle UP groove.
This was lovely.
Hope you on the Up & Up.



Thanks, Ray. Appreciate it!

Alan
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#714931 - 04/29/22 02:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: dani48]
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Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Al !


I´ll start by wishing that
you´ll get better all the time !
Regarding this tune of yours
I just love it - I just love it !
It is so smooth and relaxed and
you´ve used those wonderful chords
that gives that superb aura to it !
May I say that IMO this is nothing
less than a masterpiece, so easy
on one´s ear it just can´t get any better !!!

Get well and take care !!


Hi Dani ...

Well now, aren't you just the nicest guy! That is so very kind of you. I'm flattered! Thank you very much!

Alan

Cheers
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#714932 - 04/29/22 02:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: firesong]
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Originally Posted By: firesong
Great arrangement of some really cool BiaB instruments and styles...great use of the Real Drums!


Thanks so much for the very kind comments. Sure do appreciate them!

Alan
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#714945 - 04/29/22 05:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: Al-David]
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Alan,

I truly hope you are feeling better soon.

Excellent track and production. Great drum track and awesome use of the guitar.

Bob

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#714957 - 04/29/22 06:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: Al-David]
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Al, I'm hopefully presuming that the title matches yours and Di's feelings.

A really nice mix, and replacing the sax with the guitar has (in my mind) been a really positive direction. I think that guitar fits this style so much better (think Earl Klugh).

This is clean and neat, and masterfully balanced. Fantastic choice of instruments. You must be very pleased with your results.
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#714977 - 04/29/22 06:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: Al-David]
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I think of you, Al, and when I saw a song listed by you with this title I smiled in hope. Glad you getting better! I love listening to music like this. So smooth and so much fun to play. As always you did an outstanding on on he mix. Everything sings so well in its place. That smooth guitar is perfect. In my opinion, a sax would have been too harsh, although BiaB does have some Phil Woods tracks. I too prefer drums up close.
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#714989 - 04/29/22 07:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: rsdean]
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Alan,

I truly hope you are feeling better soon.

Excellent track and production. Great drum track and awesome use of the guitar.

Bob



Hi Bob ...

Thanks so much for those very kind comments! I'm delighted you enjoyed it.

Alan
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#714990 - 04/29/22 07:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: AudioTrack]
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Originally Posted By: AudioTrack
Al, I'm hopefully presuming that the title matches yours and Di's feelings.

A really nice mix, and replacing the sax with the guitar has (in my mind) been a really positive direction. I think that guitar fits this style so much better (think Earl Klugh).

This is clean and neat, and masterfully balanced. Fantastic choice of instruments. You must be very pleased with your results.



Hello Trevor ...

As always, you are much too kind with your comments. I truly appreciate such positive words from an accomplished musician and composer such as yourself.. The hardest part of instrument choice was finding the best guitar RT. I sampled 10 or 12 possibilities before settling on this one. Again, many thanks.

Alan
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#714991 - 04/29/22 08:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: BabuMusic]
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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
I think of you, Al, and when I saw a song listed by you with this title I smiled in hope. Glad you getting better! I love listening to music like this. So smooth and so much fun to play. As always you did an outstanding on on he mix. Everything sings so well in its place. That smooth guitar is perfect. In my opinion, a sax would have been too harsh, although BiaB does have some Phil Woods tracks. I too prefer drums up close.



Hey Marty ...

well, seeing you comment put a smile on my face! I'm getting better - slowly but progressively. And I agree, this style of music, and similar styles, are such easy-listening experiences. I just mentally glide along and enjoy the ride. Our feelings are similar on the sax vs guitar. And yeah, Phil Woods is pretty smooth! I've used his tracks on several occasions. Never disappointed.

Again, thank you so much. Best ...

Alan
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#715098 - 04/30/22 06:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: Al-David]
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Alan,

You are the BIAB instrumental MASTER!!

It is absolutely Stunning what you manage to do (and the way you do it)...

The mix is pro. The Listen is a Delight!

Best to You and Di!!

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#715115 - 04/30/22 09:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: floyd jane]
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Alan,

You are the BIAB instrumental MASTER!!

It is absolutely Stunning what you manage to do (and the way you do it)...

The mix is pro. The Listen is a Delight!

Best to You and Di!!

fj



Many thanks, Floyd. I'm not so sure about "Master", but I do enjoy working with these instrumentals. You know my antiquated process, so it does take a little while, but I don't mind. I truly appreciate all you said. Best to you & yours.

Alan
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#715139 - 04/30/22 02:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: Al-David]
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Smooth jazzy mood music... I really enjoyed the vibe.
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#715173 - 04/30/22 06:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: Al-David]
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Very, very nice. I too like that percussion. I'm envious, everything mixed perfectly.

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#715281 - 05/01/22 05:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: Al-David]
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Excellent guitar work Alan. The mix on this was excellent. Drums were so crisp. Really well done.

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#715470 - 05/03/22 08:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: bloc-head]
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Smooth jazzy mood music... I really enjoyed the vibe.



Thanks a bunch, B-H. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know!

Alan
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#715473 - 05/03/22 08:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Better All The Time [Re: Scott C]
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Excellent guitar work Alan. The mix on this was excellent. Drums were so crisp. Really well done.



Hi Scott ...

Many thanks for the kind words! But that wasn't me on guitar - it was a Brent Mason RT from BIAB. Appreciate the comments ...

Alan
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