Shine Away org, Yamaha PSRE403, SP1 mic, Cl1 interface, Mixcraft 5

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Shine Away org, Yamaha PSRE403, SP1 mic, Cl1 interface, Mixcraft 5

Post by The Cracks » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:58 am

This is another song from the vault. I recorded the piano track last year at some time and wrote the lyrics and recorded them this past week. I wanted to wait until more people posted more songs before uploading this but I was afraid I would start tinkering with it if I held on to it much longer. It's a very simple track (one piano track and a double vocal track, with a violin track during the break). I tried adding strings, horns and drums (even a triangle ringing) but they just didn't fit into the mix. The chorus was written at the time of the piano recording and is just jibberish which I kept. I often use the theme of "shining" as jibberish lyrics when recording early tracks of music. I know I've put out songs before with the "shine" theme, so my apologies.

I used my Yamaha PSRE403 for the piano and violin track, pipped into Mixcraft 5 via the Cl1 interface. I added a little reverb and some EQ to the mix.

I recorded a single vocal into Mixcraft 5 via the SP1 mic and Cl1 interface. I then duplicated that track and started it just ever so slightly behind the original track (a trick I learned on this forum and use in most of my songs). I then added different reverb and EQ to each track.

I mixed everything in Mixcraft 5.

In any event, here is:

Shine Away.

Thanks for any listens and comments.
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Re: Shine Away org, Yamaha PSRE403, SP1 mic, Cl1 interface, Mixcraft 5

Post by Lungfruit » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:25 am

Sean,
These spartan arrangements are fitting for the soulful, mournful sound of your voice. The simple piano really does it in this mix. It takes a wise man to know what to leave out of song. It's mixed nice and a pleasure to listen too. Good work. Glenn
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Post by Jim_Fogle » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:03 pm

I like the sparse mix. My only complaint is there is too much reverb. It puts your voice too far back in the mix.
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Post by The Cracks » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:21 pm

Thanks for listens and comments Glenn and Jim. I appreciate it very much.

I am glad the sparseness worked. I am almost obsessed with the simplest songs. If you think about it, some of the most basic songs are also some of the most popular. They are also the easiest to produce and record which helps to keep this hobby/art/craft afloat.

Jim, it wouldn't be the first time I've been accused of using to much 'verb.
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Re: Shine Away org, Yamaha PSRE403, SP1 mic, Cl1 interface, Mixcraft 5

Post by dickl » Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:28 pm

Another melancholic outing Sean but, as often in your songs, there is hope there.

I agree with the others, the sparseness works really well.

Good to see someone being creative!

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Post by The Cracks » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:48 am

Thank you very much for your listen and comments Dick. I appreciate it.

Yes, I am still enjoying playing, writing, and recording, for what it's worth.
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Re: Shine Away org, Yamaha PSRE403, SP1 mic, Cl1 interface, Mixcraft 5

Post by aux8 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:00 pm

A beautiful meditation. Very spare and haunting.
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