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Released: May 27, 2016 | 12:11 AM
Category: Alternative
Application: Logic Pro/Studio
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 8.27 MB

Plays: 436
Downloads: 1
Weekly Plays: 4
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Friday

License: No derivative works allowed
This is a song that I'm considering for the album. I originally wrote it as a much faster piece, but found in this re-arrangement a more authentic capture of the emotions I was trying to get across.

Hopefully it's a start in the right direction and I welcome your critiques and comments to help me improve upon it.

Here's the music video too if you're interested...

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pete Artist

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Awesome stuff Andrew! If you're looking for critiques, the only thing I might try is to bring the vocals up just a hair. Not much at all but they seem to be at the same level or even ever so slightly under the back track, I'd like to see them up front just a bit more.

That said, could be my system, haven't listened with headphones yet.

Good stuff, album worthy for sure!

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1 year ago
andrewhand Artist

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@pete Hey man! Cool...Thank you for mentioning that. I'd wondered myself if they needed to come up a touch. Nice to see that Bawking bird!!! Hope you're well.
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1 year ago
becwil Moderator

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Oh YEAH! This is a goosebumps kind of song! Chilling in the ice cold way, yet has a powerfully heart wrenching impact. I love how the additional instruments come in on the end of each verse during the build of the song. Wonderful. The bpm is perfect. Lyrics are excellent.

I'm thinking the extra little repeat of "one to give you up" after the 3rd verse isn't necessary … unless you can make that more of a feature by repeating it more times with more emphasis.

Most assuredly bring the vocal up above everything else. One way I check vocal levels is to turn the monitor volume (not the DAW's output volume – the monitor's volume) way way down to barely audible and see where the vocal is in comparison to everything else. Usually, if there is a snare in the song then the vocal should be about at the same level as the snare, and both on top of everything else. Since this song doesn't have a snare, you still want the vocal on top of everything else, so you just have to balance all the instruments to achieve that. Really low volume checks can help sort out which instruments are overpowering other instruments, too.
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1 year ago
andrewhand Artist

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@becwil Awesome...thanks for the feedback. I've recently begun that low low level monitoring and will try to give this one a remix soon. When I did it last year I was doing so many remixes, I think I faked myself out on which levels were best.

Really appreciate it!
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1 year ago
Dyl Artist

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Drew, that's a marvelous song. Really love the treatment, dont change a thing (instrumentation) here. I agree with the vox level though. A tad. Un peu. The strings (middle part) are totally fine, you could "take them up" with your vocals for super-cool climax there...
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