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ok - lately I've been recording stuff with many many many vocal tracks to smooth it out. Attached is one part of ONE track and I would appreciate any comments on how to improve it as to tone, etc. I am mainly interested in improving my voice to record my own stuff for demos/sketches, and as a personal challenge.

one chorus (first one of song), single vocal track:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19046930/sunisyou_chorusvocal_onetrack_jan_18_2011.mp3

the full mix, which has a bunch of vocal layers:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19046930/sunisyouwithbridge_jjan_5_2011.mp3

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ok - lately I've been recording stuff with many many many vocal tracks to smooth it out. Attached is one part of ONE track and I would appreciate any comments on how to improve it as to tone, etc. I am mainly interested in improving my voice to record my own stuff for demos/sketches, and as a personal challenge.

one chorus (first one of song), single vocal track:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19046930/sunisyou_chorusvocal_onetrack_jan_18_2011.mp3

the full mix, which has a bunch of vocal layers:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19046930/sunisyouwithbridge_jjan_5_2011.mp3

bb: well done! Your vocal is very well tuned, and the overlays are well done.

As to how to improve.... this is stylistically coherent already. The only thing I suggest you look at is the arrangement. The sections with unison overdubs can sometimes be simplified into just a singlle voice very effectively, i.e., right at the beginning. Then, when you break into harmoniy... then let the other voices (in the band) loose.

Also a bit of bass and very subtle drum kit would add interest as the song progresses. This is a _+very_ good start. I liked it a lot.

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I agree with Steven on the arrangement. Maybe straight channel, even through a Mesa Boogie, no effects and subtle eq. And drums, mostly with a brush and rim tap, save for a light beat on the 12 inch toms during the chorus.

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thanks for the comments, folks!

Yeah, I included the full mix because the single track - which is the "bare" thing I was throwing out there to get some feedback on - is rough, imo. It's amazing to me how much all those layers help to my ears.

btw - Hear you on the extra bass and drums. There's an upright being played on it, but I had it back in the mix. I am intimidated by percussion, but want to start trying to use some.

I also hear you on NOT using unison layers on the verses. I've heard that comment several times lately. The layers obscure character and emotion. That's where I want to go in general, but I want to also improve my voice enough not to cringe when I do that... so I'm trying to see if I can learn to make use of formants and whatever interesting else there is I can do.

thanks again - and any tips on what I should be trying in order to improve my particular voice are appreciated

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