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Make me wanna die (The Pretty Reckless)

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Hello there !

I've been very busy lately and not especially able to train or lurk the forum, sadly.

To make a long story short, my brother stumbled upon this band and kept listening to this song for half of july. Now that he is on holliday, I had the urge to listen to this again, and... Well, it's been a long time, so I grabbed my mic and tried it. Obviously I haven't worked a lot on this song. Same old things, probably, and with the recurrent rythm problems at some points that will be fixed when I can work this song better :)

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'cover' : http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14571174/make%20me%20wanna%20die.mp3

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Your link to the original wasn't working for me so I linked one, myself.

I liked your version, too, Ronron. You have such a neat tone in your voice. I found your pitch was good, too. Including that one jump up high that sounded like spanned 5 notes. Really good, if this was your first time singing this song, regardless of how many times you listened to it. Your self-admitted problems would probably be ironed out as you really got into this song. Professional singers are known to spend weeks and months fitting a song into their voice. So, for you to do this well on the first run is a testament to your abilities.

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ronron - it sounds good. That's a great song. I was wondering how your monitoring was when you recorded because it sounded a little restrained at times - possibly due to your monitoring. Without compression your voice can "leap" out, so you try to restrain it. If you put compression and some sort of delay or reverb (in the headphone mix) you may be more condifident and sing with more conviction.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Update : http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14571174/Make%20me%20wanna%20die%20-%20compressed%20-%20the%20Pretty%20Reckless%20cover.mp3 !

My head sounds crap, but I was so very pissed off today, so I had that tendancy to sing too loud >_<

Also my brain froze and I forgot a half phrase, so I did it again and mixed it in. Still some slight timing problems.

I also clicked on compression on audacity, then yes. Don't really know if it really did something useful though.

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I usually have dry vocals in the headphone mix - not even any EQ, and I make sure that the vocal channel is low. I hear just enough to know that I am singing. That seems to help me with vocal compression issues while recording. Although, it's fun to get the rock star mix blasting through the headphones too!

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Hey, 8. Audacity is a freeware recording software and does not allow real-time mixing changes. Not to mention, the latency is long enough in time to sire another generation of singers. So, if I sing against a backtrack, I can't use the record with playback because it will throw me off. I have to sing with one headphone off and then mix the track, post recording. That is done by clicking on the track and choosing an effect, which effects that entire track.

Same problem if I record "live," with my voice and guitar simultaneously. The volume match is better but the effects are still "one size fits all." Another problem with audacity is that sometimes a separate track recorded will not have the same timing. I then have to change tempo + .01 % to bring it back to where it belongs.

Ronron is using Audacity software and probably doesn't have an actual singing mic, just a desktop or whatever he can plug into his laptop.

I can just about guarantee the first time any one gets to hear him on a real mic, you just about won't recognize him.

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Hey, 8. Audacity is a freeware recording software and does not allow real-time mixing changes. Not to mention, the latency is long enough in time to sire another generation of singers. So, if I sing against a backtrack, I can't use the record with playback because it will throw me off. I have to sing with one headphone off and then mix the track, post recording. That is done by clicking on the track and choosing an effect, which effects that entire track.

Same problem if I record "live," with my voice and guitar simultaneously. The volume match is better but the effects are still "one size fits all." Another problem with audacity is that sometimes a separate track recorded will not have the same timing. I then have to change tempo + .01 % to bring it back to where it belongs.

Ronron is using Audacity software and probably doesn't have an actual singing mic, just a desktop or whatever he can plug into his laptop.

I can just about guarantee the first time any one gets to hear him on a real mic, you just about won't recognize him.

Get a shareware version of Cakewalk. I believe it gives you 4 tracks - which is plenty for a guitar / voice song. I have Cakewalk Sonar 8 producer edition and love it.

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I just read the specs on the Cakewalk Sonar 8. 30G recommended on the HD. I have a 40G that is partitioned against a bad sector (my computer was built by a friend in 2005 with spare parts laying around.) I have that year's version of Windows XP. And it's possible my processor speed is not up to snuff.

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I have 0 latency. I use the Presonus Audiobox as an interface, which is also 0 latency. You can get the old version for around $99.00 - comes with recording software also. ProTools has one as well. Might be the cheaper way to go.

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Yeah, I don't have that kind of disposable cash laying around. But trust me, I know that equipment and processing make the difference. I started out with what Ronron had, or less.

I envy the occasional band that pops in with a professionally mixed and produced song with video, and everything. Acting like they are beginners when they've really been singing for ages. I mean, not just the professional grade mics and interfaces, but pro software, like protools, etc.

Me, I started on a 1/4 inch tape reel-to-reel with 5 inch reels and the cheapest mic there ever was in 1974. I was singing to the Yardbirds and the Beatles.

I thought I was stepping up in the world when, in 1989, I bought used a Tascam 4-track recording machine that used cassettes (which are four track tapes.) I was in heaven, then. I could play guitar on one track, sing on another, solo and guitar fill on another, and beat my one set of bongos on another. That was high-tech for me, back then. And then, "mix" it down by jacking into my house stereo, which would accept phono plug input.

Other than that, I would just pick up a guitar and sing anywhere they wouldn't run me out of. Clubs, karoake, campfires, parties. Nothing paid, nothing big, no contests or talent shows. Just an aging hippie electrician who doesn't know when to quit.

I need to make friends with someone who has a decent recording studio and can handle a high, light tenor.

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