April 18, 2018 - User Showcase Song - In a Mountain Town
The inspiration for this song came mainly from Estes Park, CO, the doorway to Rocky Mountain National Park.
It's an eclectic little town. Quirky, like its sister towns on the front range. An easy place to fall in love with. After a few days hiking in the park, it's nice to go into town, hit a restaurant or microbrewery, and just people-watch while you maybe shop and grab an ice cream cone, and catch Brad Fitch (Cowboy Brad) down at Bond park playing for a crowd of people on blankets and lawn chairs. The autumn storm referred to here is the big flood of 2013. Not the first time that's happened and it won't be the last.
Fellow BIAB forum member Bob Buford heard an early version of the song (actually my third go at the song in 5 years) and encouraged me to get Band in a Box to help fill out my "studio" and gave me some pointers on mixing. So this is my first original that I'm "finished" with since I got BIAB. My 4th "go" at the song and I have to say ... I'm liking it a lot better now. I guess I never feel like I'm "done" with a song ... but ... great advice, Bob, glad I got it.
I use Reaper to mix and add FX. On this track, I actually like my own rhythm guitar style and "western" solo. All of the vocals are me. BIAB info:
_ELECROK 4/4 ev8 120 Uplifting Rock2
but just used these instruments:
Bass: 388:Bass, Electric Metal Ev 120 [Dow Tomlin]
Drums: ReaDrums=RockHardModernEv8^2-ClsdHt, OpHt [Wayne Killius]
I used reverb on pretty much everything to fatten it up, including on the BIAB tracks. Yes, I use some gentle ReaTune on my vocals. (I'm still getting used to the idea of me singing as a primary musical expression. I only sang to accompany my guitar before. It's a weird paradigm shift for me.) Also used Acon digital multiplier to thicken especially the background vocals, and threw Xcomp compressor over the master track (Mastering 3 band smile setting). And the Clap Machine from 99 Sounds as a midi clap track. I toned that down to mostly get lost in the mix, only sticking out in the quiet parts.
Posted on April 18, 2018 08:30 AM
Entries from April 2018:
- Apr 2 - Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows® - Installing from an External Hard Drive (Option 3) Tutorial
- Apr 2 - User Showcase Song - (Leave the Bed) Untried
- Apr 3 - PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 - Enhancements!
- Apr 3 - The RealTracks Picker Window in Band-in-a-Box®
- Apr 3 - User Showcase Song - Titles
- Apr 4 - User Showcase Song - Calculator Nerd
- Apr 5 - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 German Edition for Windows® is Here!
- Apr 5 - YouTube Find - "Honey!... there's a band in our house!!"
- Apr 5 - User Showcase Song - A Life To Live
- Apr 6 - User Showcase Song - Mirage
- Apr 6 - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 French Edition for Windows® is Here!
- Apr 9 - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Italian Edition for Windows® is Here!
- Apr 9 - User Showcase Song - It's Only Just a Dream
- Apr 10 - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Swedish Edition for Windows® is Here!
- Apr 10 - User Showcase Song - Desert Crossing
- Apr 11 - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Danish Edition for Windows® is Here!
- Apr 11 - User Showcase Song - First Light
- Apr 12 - Amazing Band-in-a-Box User Comments!
- Apr 12 - User Showcase Song - The Blue Line
- Apr 13 - User Showcase Song - Greater Days
- Apr 17 - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Build 516 Update Available!
- Apr 17 - PG Music Inc. Newsletter - Stay In-the-Loop!
- Apr 17 - User Showcase Song - While You Were Sleeping
- Apr 18 - Video: Exporting Audio Files in Band-in-a-Box® 2018
- Apr 18 - User Showcase Song - In a Mountain Town
- Apr 19 - #TBT - Band-in-a-Box® 2006 for Windows Ear Training Fun!
- Apr 19 - User Showcase Song - Mistakes
- Apr 20 - User Tip - Slowing Down and Looping Audio in Band-in-a-Box®
- Apr 20 - User Showcase Song - Zero of Sound
- Apr 23 - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Portuguese Edition for Windows® is Here!
- Apr 23 - User Showcase Song - The Day You Went Away
- Apr 24 - #TipTuesday - Finding Your Video RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box®
- Apr 24 - User Showcase Song - Rugged Cowboy
- Apr 25 - RealPAK 14: Jazz for Band-in-a-Box® 2018!
- Apr 25 - User Showcase Song - Dreaming
- Apr 26 - #TBT Band-in-a-Box® Version 11 for Mac!
- Apr 26 - User Showcase Song - All Good Things
- Apr 27 - User Showcase Song - Five Little Towns
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