[LAU] New Music

Bill Allen bill at k2bea.org
Fri Jul 3 10:10:23 EDT 2009

On Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 6:40 AM, James Stone <jamesmstone at gmail.com> wrote:

> Bill Allen wrote:
> > On Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 10:08 PM, Bill Allen <bill at k2bea.org
> > <mailto:bill at k2bea.org>> wrote:
> >
> >     Here are a couple of new songs that I've done recently with Ardour,
> >     Hydrogen, ZynAddSubFX, AMS, and some ladspa plugins. They are pretty
> >     different from each other so if you don't like the first try the
> >     other :)
> >
> >     http://www.k2bea.org/Home/The_Tree_of_Life.ogg
> Great playing - sounds filtered in a way tho - too much mid scoop on the
> eq? Sounds like I'm separated from the snare/bass drums too much - they
> need more presence IMHO. I don't really like the choice of bass sound -
> a more traditional bass guitar or double bass would fit better I think.
> Overall very nice piece though. Sax sounds great! By the way, I have no
> clue about recording so take what I say with a shed load of salt!

That's a good idea. I actually did the bass track riding on an Amtrak train
between New York and Boston one Friday night using the laptop keyboard
through Alsa Modular Synth. I kind of like it, but maybe I'll try a a new
track using my fretless bass. It just wasn't convenient on the train :)

> >     http://www.k2bea.org/Home/Reflections-Apples-low.ogg
> Wow drums are so much better! They are still sounding a little too
> filtered in some way tho - cymbals too sibilant, snare missing
> resonance. Vocals could do with more top end and a lot less low end -
> sounding a little muddy to my ears. Guitars sound quite synthy and could
> maybe do with a touch of compression????? or mid? Mix again sounds like
> it's missing the middle freqs and the bass up to around 300Hz is too
> loud - too much different information going on from conflicting sources
> there.

Interesting about the guitars. They are actually the least processed of the
bunch. Just guitar->amp->mic. I put a little reverb on (Caps Plate), but
that's it.

> Again.. same get-out clause applies to my (probably wildly wrong)
> statements!
> Oh - and what are you monitoring on? I just noticed it sounds much
> better on my terrible computer speakers than on my (more decent)
> headphones. I guess your monitors might be a bit mid-emphasising?

Hmm... I fear that's probably my ears. I actually mix with both a small set
of monitors (old Boston Acoustics A40) and headphones. It's possible they
both emphasize mid, but I think it's more likely that my ears are just off.
I'll work on that.

Thanks for the great feedback.

> 2 fantastic songs tho!
> James
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