"Joy" created with Ardour

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GMaq
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Hi,

This is an original tune finished with ArdourVST 2.8.6 in AV Linux using the -rt Kernel.

Critiques, Comments, Suggestions and Workflow Questions welcomed, Thanks for taking time to listen.

http://www.bandshed.net/music/Joy Remix.mp3

jan
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Wow! I really like it a lot! This is absolutely going to my playlist. Very nice vintage sound. How did you record the drums? I like the sound.

mixit
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Well, i'm interesting in knowing what guitar, what pedal (if any) and what amplifier, you were using? - It's rare to hear an electrick guitar these days that does'nt sound like an electronic alarm clock - really like your guitar sound. BTW - great tune and well balanced instruments. Rock on, man!

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Thanks for having a listen guys,

@Jan,

Long process for drums so long answer I'm afraid. Drums are Hydrogen powered and the kit is comprised of samples I took of my own kit with a large diaphragm condenser mic. This kit is the Hydrogen kit included with AV Linux in the "Extra Goodies" folder. Although I do play drums as a second instrument after several attempts of locking to tracks prerecorded with a click I decided to keep it tight by programming with my own samples. I'm glad I did because it was my first in depth use of Hydrogen and I absolutely loved it!

@mixit

You have good ears! The guitars were all done with a Fender Tele running through a 15Watt Fender Pro Junior tube amp. No pedals were used...the more you turn it up the better the tube overdrive... it has 2 knobs, volume and tone. A great little recording amp!

mixit
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Thanks GMaq, I'm having trouble getting a decent sound from my strat on a Randall transistor amp, now I know what to go for.

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Hey Brother we have the same Joy!!!!!!!

A little strong in the 60Hrz range also let the reverb tail fade out longer. Or end it on the beat flat.

JOOOOOOYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JOY!

Keep um coming Glenn.

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Hey Philip!

Actually my regular mixdown monitors have a blown woofer so I did a quickie mixdown with computer speakers, It's really bizarre (but expected) how a mix can sound awesome on one system and totally suck on another, thus the need for flat response reference monitors I guess...

Anyone got recommendations for near field monitors? I'm going fix my old large monitors with the blown woofer but these new bi-amped near field monitors look kind of handy as well...I've been looking pretty close at a pair of M-Audio Studiophile BX5a's but I'm open to suggestions around or under $400.00 USD.

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I would go for the Samson Rubicons before I went with M-Audio myself. Of course if you can track down a pair of second hand Event TR8s for that price I would say go for it above both if you can.

Seablade

PS The sounding great on one system and poor on another is why mastering exists;)

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Hey Glen.

The song sounds great.

When I listened I was using Headphones. "Sony Professional MDR-7506" . On those it sound real punchy in a good way. An ever so slight pull down on the low frequencies could clear things up a bit. Please do not misinterpret my last statement. The instruments are very distinct and clear. I know you already know this but we should always listen to our mixes in the car on a lappy your ipod computer speakers. Test anywhere you can.

I am using the M-Audio Studiophile BX8a's and they translate pretty well to other media outputs.

I have heard good things about the "BX5a's" but can't comment on them specifaclly myself.

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amazing work on the mix, and superb theme, its wonderful.
how did you recorded the fender pro junior? is it possible to know the microphone?
thanks GMaq!

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@philip

I agree... that fuzz bass takes up a lot of real estate in the mix and is difficult to place.

@seablade

Thanks for the recs I'll check out the Samsons and maybe look on Ebay as well.

@ losfurcis,

Thanks!

I used a plain old Shure SM57 about 6 inches from the cabinet and I usually put the mic on a right angle to the speaker cone.