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October 30, 2023 User Showcase Song - There You Go

I recently returned home from a 5 month RV trip to the Northeast. As always I managed to cross paths with some unusual and interesting folks. This year I met a man who was traveling by himself half the year as he has for the last ten years. His wife refused to travel anymore so he went by himself. She divorced him and after two years moved back into his house where for the last 8 years they continue to live for half the year as roommates. He now is in the process of selling the house, so where they go now is the question. I found it all very confusing and after he told me this strange story he said "Well there you go". It rolled around in the back of the song truck until I got home and then it fell out. This is the end result. Thanks for listening.

There You Go @
There You Go - SoundCloud

RealTracks 700:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesPush Ev 085 Held
RealTracks 362:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 085
RealTracks 840:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopBalladClean Ev 085 (B:strum)
RealTracks 629:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopAmericanDirty Ev 120 Simple, DI
RealTracks 362:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 085 Held
RealTracks 840:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopBalladClean Ev 085 (B:strum) Held
RealTracks 629:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopAmericanDirty Ev 120 Simple, DI, Held
Royalty Free Loops
Recorded in Logic Pro X
Plug Ins : Nectar 3, Neutron 4, Ozone 10, Tonal Balance, Waves, L3-LL Multi Limiter, Logic Pro Metering, Scuffam Amps S-Gear, Waves Vocal Rider

Electric guitars, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Vocals, Tom Adams


Posted at 11:42 AM

October 27, 2023 User Showcase Song - In the mists of the future

Dans les brumes de l'avenir (In the mists of the future)

In the mists of the future - YouTube

In the mists of the future - SoundCloud

A ride in Bossa Nova Latin rock style.
I added a percussion track, Mixed in Cubase.
Style : _TWIRL.STY (Twirl Relaxing Bossa)

RealTracks dans ce style Style: ~~921:Basse, Acoustique, Bossa Bin 110
RealTracks dans ce style Style: ~~1216:Vibra, Rythmee Bossa Bin 140
RealTracks dans ce style Style: ~~923:Guitare, Electrique, Rythmee Bossa Free Comp Bin 110
RealDrums [dans me morceau: BossaRockPerc^1-Congas,Perc
RealDrums [dans ce Style:BossaTerryClarke^3-a:Brushes , b:Sticks

Posted at 09:37 AM

October 26, 2023 User Showcase Song - Poughkeepsie Rain

Earlier this year I posted a song called "Halfway Through Poughkeepsie".

There was also an unposted companion song - this is called Poughkeepsie Rain.

BIAB Tracks:
2475: Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
2195: Piano, ElectricVintage, Rhythm Ev 085
3059: Guitar, Acoustic, RhythmMuted16ths Ev 085
RealDrums: CongasShakerEv16
Ozone: Vinyl & Analog Treatment

Posted at 09:55 AM

October 25, 2023 User Showcase Song - We Were There

Here's some Texas two-step gospel...I've had several versions of this mix but here's where I've if you do...thanks for listening...Dan

We Were There

Title: We Were There
Key=Bb , Tempo 126, Length (m:s)=3:59
RealTracks in style: ~539:Bass, Electric, Pop Sw 120
RealTracks in song: ~1296:Fiddle, Background WesternSwing Sw 165
RealTracks in song: ~1296:Fiddle, Background WesternSwing Sw 165
RealTracks in song: ~~1134:Pedal Steel, Rhythm WesternSwing Sw 165
RealTracks in song: 1871:Fiddle, Soloist WesternSwingAndy Sw 165
RealDrums in style:NashvilleSwing8^1-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

I added: vocals and piano

Posted at 12:00 PM

October 24, 2023 User Showcase Song - Grey Wolf

This was a fun song to work on involving a 3-way collab.

Grey Wolf

86 BPM
Mixed in Studio One

Drums 1: RealDrums in style:70s Soul w Cascara Perc [Multi]
Drums 2: RealDrums in Song: BluesBBEven8^01-HiHat,Ride
Piano: RealTracks in style: 1577:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm Soul60sSync Ev 110
Strings: RealTracks in song: 2952:Strings, Rhythm JazzBalladPads Sw 060

Randy: Lead Guitar (Telecaster)

John: Rhythm Guitars

Me: Bass Guitar

Posted at 11:24 AM

October 23, 2023 User Showcase Song - I Knew What It's Like

Seems as I age I care so little for so much and so much for so little, This song is about all the things I didn't do, all the accomplishments I didn't achieve. Yet all the friends I've had and all the love I've known overshadows any regret.

I Knew What It's Like on Soundcloud
I Knew What It's Like on YouTube

Key=Am , Tempo 115, Length (m:s)=3:20
4 bar intro, 88 bar chorus, from bar 5 to bar 92. Repeat x1 chorus
Style is _HEIFER.STY (Shaky Ev-8 Harmonica Blues)

RealTracks in style: ~674:Organ, B3, Background Blues Roadhouse Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 580:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Blues Roadhouse Ev 120
RealTracks in style: ~496:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm StoneZ Honky 1 Ev 120
RealDrums in Song: AmericanaSlow8thsFred
RealTracks in song: 1278:Synth Pad, PopUplift Ev 120
RealDrums in Song: AfucheShakerEv8[single]
RealDrums in style:CowbellEv[single]^1-a,b:Quarters
I took out the harmonica and put in a synth pad, and the cowbell is the only remaining drum in the style. Dave Bell (Blue Attitude) played his signature amazing tasty guitar. I played bass.

Posted at 01:28 PM

October 20, 2023 User Showcase Song - Loving You

Loving You ~ Chay Tana aka =wAo= band

"Loving You" is a simple romantic instrumental, the YT video only containing 3 rotating camera angle renders of my 2018 "Fairy Romance" CGI scene.

"Loving You" instrumental © 2023 Chay Tana

Acoustic rhythm guitar: Dreamy Pop Quintet Jason Roller
Bass guitar ditto Tobin Frank
Electric rhythm guitar Country Rocks Guitar Solo, Pop Ba Darin Fovorite
Piano Solo Acoustic Piano Ballad John Jarvis
Organ Country Rocks Guitar Solo, Pop Ba Gene Rabbai
Drums Dreamy Pop Quintet Brian Fullen
Guitar solo Dongle Indie Rock Soloist Brent Mason
Viola & Violin Viola & Violin Ballad Avery Bright
Strings Scandinavian 1 - World Styles 2 Non-human

120 bars; 4/4 F; tempo 110; Time 4:32

Posted at 11:57 AM

October 19, 2023 User Showcase Song - Halloween?

Well... swampy anyway.
And a little spooky?...

A co-write with Robert Randall Burke (90dB).

Blood On The River

RealTracks in song: 1162:Bass, Acoustic, CelticReel Ev16 110
RealTracks in song: ~593:Fiddle, Rhythm Bluegrass Doc Ev 100
RealTracks in song: 1164:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm CelticReel Ev16 110
RealTracks in style: 382:Guitar, Slide, Background Blues Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 590:Banjo, Bluegrass Doc Ev 100 (Rhythm - Simple)
RealDrums in style: NashvillePop16^4-a:SideStick, HiHat , b:Snare, Hihat

Posted at 10:10 AM

October 18, 2023 User Tip: How to add drum fills without changing any other tracks

MarioD has shared some great advice when it comes to adding drum fills without changing any other tracks in your song:

There have been a number of questions asking how to add drum fills without changing any other tracks in a song. This is especially important if one is holding a chord for a few measures and wants to add a drum fill prior to the next chord. The following is how to accomplish that:

1-get the instruments/tracks to play like you want but don't worry about the drums for now.
2-generate the song.
3-freeze all tracks
4-unfreeze the drum track
5-add your fills where you want them
6-generated the song again - note this will only generate the drum track and not the frozen tracks
7- when you get the drums like you want them freeze the track

Have your own program tip to share? Post it on our Tips & Tricks forum!

Posted at 08:34 AM

October 18, 2023 User Showcase Song - Seven Years (with Synthesizer V’s Kevin on vocals)

Just a couple of weeks ago I bought Synthesizer V from Dreamtronics along with voices Kevin and Natalie. It's pretty exciting because this purchase will now allow me to finish off a few songs I've got sitting in my ‘waiting to be processed’ folder.

♫ Seven Years (lyrics are on Soundcloud)

“Seven Years” was written over the course of two to three months as I travelled to and fro from work a couple of years ago. This vocal synth is incredible. “Seven Years” is my first effort with it and quite honestly, I’m amazed at what it can do.

I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to comment in any way on any aspect of the production or song. I'm still very much a novice when it comes to using vocal synths.

Base Style: _FLYHIGH Demo - Fly High Ethereal Country Ballad
Bass: RT 366 Bass, Electric, Country Ev 065
Piano: RT 1542 Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopBelieve Ev16 06
Guitar: RT 3344 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm HazyBallad ev16 070
Guitar Solo: RT 3196 Guitar, Electric, Soloist PopBalladBrent Ev 065
Drums: RealDrums NashvilleEven16^2-SideStck,Hhat
Vocals: Kevin and Synthesizer V

Vocals: Nectar 3 (VST3)
Bass: processed with Renaissance Bass (VST3)
Piano: processed with Chris Lord-Alge Unplugged (VST3)
Guitar: processed with Chris Lord-Alge Guitars (VST3)
Mastering: Ozone 10

Posted at 08:32 AM

October 17, 2023 User Showcase Song - A Shower of Stars

Another tale of lost love featuring _REMEX+ multistyle. Lots and LOTS of guitars and a lot of fun to use the multistyles to build the arrangement. Let me know what you think!

A Shower of Stars

Title: A Shower of Stars

Key=E , Tempo 75, Length (m:s)=3:29

Style is _REMEX+.STY (Remex Modern Ctry 16ths Multi)

RealTracks in style: 4020:Bass, Electric, ModernCountry16ths Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 4027:Guitar, Electric, BackgroundSoloist ModCountryGrittyBrent Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 4021:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModCountryBalladPower1 Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 4022:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModCountryBalladPower2 Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 4023:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModCountryBalladPower8thsMute Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 4024:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModCountryBalladHeldPlus Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 4025:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModCountryGrittyArp Ev16 075
RealDrums in style:ModCountry16ths^03-a:Open hat, Sync-kick , b:Ride, Sync-kick

RealTracks dry except the drums are processed with Studio One's S1 Drumgroup FX chain
Vocals processed with Waves Butch Vig Vocals for EQ and compression and Waves CLA Epic for delay and reverb. No delay/reverb on vocal hamony track.

Mixed in Studio One
Mastered in Lurrsen Mastering Console(!)


Posted at 08:52 AM

October 16, 2023 User Showcase Song - All the Love, a bit funky

I made a funky song, because I was inspired by the BiaB style (see 'Technical stuff').

The song is called All the Love,

Also I added trumpets, Normally I'm not fond of trumpets, but the song yelled for them, so I did it.
There are 2 versions of the song. In the key of Am and Em. And I couldn't choose which version I preferred.
Had a discussion with Marty about that (that man advises almost everyone on the forum). He liked Am a bit more, but that was before the trumpets.
Because they didn't sound that good in Am, the Em-version won

The lyrics are on SoundCloud
I hope you enjoy it, but in any case let me know your opinion,

Technical stuff
Style is _DODGE.STY (Dodge Funky Blues)

RealTracks in style: 4235:Bass, Electric, BluesFunkyAB Ev 120
RealTracks in style: ~674:Organ, B3, Background Blues Roadhouse Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 4229:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm SoulFunk70s Ev 100
RealTracks in song: 3991:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm RumbaBluesKevin Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 698:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ElecRockDirty Ev 120 (A:muted)
RealTracks in song: 3986:Guitar, Electric, Soloist RumbaBluesPat 120
RealDrums in style:FunkHalfNotePulse: a: Snare, Kick b: Busy Kick, Snare

In Logic Pro I used Trumpet loops and cut and pasted them a bit to fit into the mix

Posted at 11:02 AM

October 13, 2023 User Showcase Song - Tell Me What You Like

Okay, so here’s the thing . . . I’m having somewhat of an existential crisis, wondering why I invest the time to do this recording thing. As you all know, it’s not easy and it’s time intensive, and I just find I’m increasingly disappointed with the outcomes of my recordings from a production perspective . . . to the point I need to change my approach or just stop messing with it.

So here’s try number one—and a bit of a different genre for me . . . dunno . . . pop/funk?

Tell Me What You Like

Anyway, I’m just going to let this fly despite knowing there are flaws here. I’ve skipped doing some of the tedious things I do to clean a recording up. There are no BGVs. The lead guitar is far from perfect (but I’m not going to agonize over a dozen or so regenerated RTs). I haven’t layered in backing instruments. I haven’t de-essed the vocal; and I haven’t listened to this thing dozens upon dozens of times in a lame attempt to achieve some level of mixing perfection.

The band:
RealTracks 2609: Bass, Electric, ClassicFunkRootFiveAlex
RealTracks 4004: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ModPopFunkySingle
RealTracks 4166: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm RockNewWave80sHeldArpChorus
RealTracks 4185: Guitar, Electric, Soloist BluesFunkyJohnny
RealDrums: AltRockSlowSteady8ths^4

Posted at 11:55 AM

October 12, 2023 User Showcase Song - Little White Flowers

A little bit of folk music.

Little White Flowers

Leon - Lyric and vocal
Janice - Backing vocals
I played guitar

Thanks to Bud for mix advice and recording Janice.

The Band
RealTracks in style: 3121:Bass, Acoustic,
RealTracks in song: 1757:Accordion, Rhythm Pop8ths Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2916:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryFolk8thsBrent Ev 085
RealDrums in Song: PopRock8ths^06-CLHtSdSt,RideSnr
RealDrums in style:CajonFolkSlow8ths: a: Cajon b: Cajon, Shaker
RealTracks in song: 1543:Synth Pad, PopBelieve Ev16 06
Kontakt acoustic guitar

Posted at 10:13 AM

October 11, 2023 User Showcase Song - Fragile Man

Here's a tune by my songwriting partner and I.

Fragile Man

We didn't sing any real vocal (yet) but used Synthesizer-V (Kevin) to generate the lead vocal, and processed it to sound like it does. Will be better with a human vocal, but this is not half-bad for a quick demo, all done by computer!

It uses _DANGLES.STY Dangles Relaxed 70s Soul


Posted at 02:21 PM

October 10, 2023 User Showcase Song - When I Met You

This one is unique for me, in both rhythm and rhyme, in a modern POP genre.

When I Met You

Mostly all BIAB with just added a bit of Hi Strings
Lead Vocals SynthV: Natalie
Backing Vocals: SynthV: Natalie, Solaria

****** Song Summary *************
Title: And Then I met you
File:I met yougrooveF#.SGU
Key=Ab , Tempo 100, Length (m:s)=4:04
2 bar intro, 96 bar chorus, from bar 3 to bar 98. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Volume Changes,
Style is _BLUEYED.STY (Blue-Eyed Simple Retro Soul Pop)

RealTracks in song: 1398:Bass, Electric, Soul70sA-B Ev16 100
RealTracks in style: 1408:Piano, SynthLayer, Rhythm Soul70sHeld Ev16 100
RealTracks in style: 1403:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Soul70sWarmHeld Ev16 100
RealTracks in song: 1943:Synth, Rhythm, EuroDance Strings Ev 120
Loop in Song: HipHop\Old School - pearls_90_drumloop4_c ev16.wav
RealDrums in Song:RetroPop^03-a:Bass, SharpeSnare , b:Bass, LoudSnare

Posted at 10:33 AM

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