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I did this song for the One Synth Challenge at KVR Audio. You had to do all of the music (including drums) with the Free Alpha synth (nice synth BTW), and you could only use freeware effects; and they could NOT be anything that changed the overall sound of the synth. So it was all basically reverb, delay and a little compression. You also weren't allowed to use anything in your DAW other than the EQ. This was all to level the playing field.

Only had a couple of hours to do this, so it's a little rough, not very well thought out, etc... Picture Robin Trower singing over a synth band (where everyone has the same synth). The contest goes until the end of the month if anyone is interested.
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Uploaded: Apr 21, 2011 - 03:02:52 AM
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2011 - 09:46:38 AM Last Played: Nov 03, 2017 - 03:01:44 AM
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Hardware:
macbook, MXL USB mic
Software:
Logic 9, TAL Reverb 2 (and 3), TAL Dub 1 (and 3), Audio Damage Rough Rider Compressor, Voxengo Tube Amp
Comments
segiperkasa said 2430 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
lovely arrangement
really cool song ..... really love the synth ....
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michael2 said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
thanks
glad you liked. thanks for stopping by.
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bud said 2430 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Nice tune Michael -
you did a great job with that synth. I'm waiting for the "sing the phonebook challenge" - you'd win hands down.
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michael2 said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
hah
that would actually be a cool challenge. you would even have to base your song chords on letters from peoples names. another plus: I would have something to do with one of the 4 phonebooks that show up on my doorstep annually (other than the recycle bin).
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yrp said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
A couple of
hours destroys my couple of months half assed attempts at anything.Nice one Michael.Your voice sounds fanastic and the synth seem to be a very dynamic little thing.
Downloaded!
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michael2 said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
carlos
good to see you. TAKE IT BACK: I love your stuff.
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particledots said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Nice
I know the alpha is a great synth and it truly is a great idea to limit yourself to one piece of 'equipment' thereby limiting your choices thereby limiting the outcome of the music you produce (but not necessarily 'defining' it)

cool song with human league type over/undertones (vocally mainly i think)

very cool - im starting to feel that i should curate an 'experimental' challenge in the near future....we will see

:-)
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michael2 said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
bryn
thanks man. the hardest part was the vocals. I have a pretty standard setup for them, but the contest didn't allow it. weird how used to something you get When when I had to use another set of tools to do the vocals, I felt uncomfortable. You do need to curate a challenge.
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rok41 said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
All We Are
Michael, I am becoming a big fan of your work, really enjoyed this listen. You have a smooth, understated style that is easy on the ears. Keep it my friend!
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sammydix said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
michael
Is this a Black Sabbath remake? Melody sounds like an old tune of their's sans guitar and the processed voice, but i can't recall the title. Regardless, good tune in its own right. great song as expected from you, dude.
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michael2 said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
oh crap
i thought that melody sounded familiar. you're right. that tune has bongo's though. it also sounds a little like a bad company melody and a JImi Hendrix melody. thanks for the listen (and the heads up).
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sammydix said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
100%
not a bad thing! love all of the above (yeah, even old Bad Co.). Screw the comparison, still a great tune. Joined the caravan!
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johnwhitehead said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
We
Enjoyed this. I envy your facility with getting under the hood and making gear your own.

Re, challenges, Last night I had the idea to pick up a book at random and use first line to start a song. We'll see.
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magnatone said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
All We Are
geez michael, you're starting to scare me
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egobandit said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Synth
I dig the fact that your so into searching these synths out , you have help me find so many and I thank you for that , at first when I hit play I thought I was listening to caravan by Black Sabbath at least I think its the song, its amazing what can be accomplished with softs synths. Before posting I read through your other comments and saw thatSammy pointed out the Sabbath reference, it does have that same tone in the vocal delivery. Very cool song nontheless
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dave_b said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
All We Are
The arrangement & sound choices are cool, but the expressive vocals make the song!
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neilh79 said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
All we are
really cool song man, love the arrangement, strong vocal too
lilmom said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
2 hours well spent!
I love this! Considering all the restraints you had, it is still very creative. And your voice is terrific! Love it.
Sylvia
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Skunkwrx said 2429 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
All We Are
I love experiments with limitations. Thrown together or not, this is a very cool tune. Warm and slinky, lounge-y vocals. Haven't heard Robin Trower mentioned in quite a while. I loved that band....
SW
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ShadowofNine said 2428 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Excellent
Sounds cool to me, like the song as well, synth is very cool...must try it out...
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Ed Hannifin said 2428 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
The bass line sound...
...is particularly neat to my ears... Infectious line and a fascinating tone...

And of course the vocal makes it into a song...

How about putting up the lyrics, Michael?
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Relic67 said 2428 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
cool
Impressed that all came out of one plugin.
Nice atmospherics, great singing.
applause!
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PeterB7858 said 2428 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Synthnicity
I have very little knowledge of synths and electronic gizmos but you keep knocking out really interesting songs with them, Michael. One day I might have to sit down and get myself some learning. Enjoyed. Regards, Peter.
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chinaman2 said 2428 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
whoa
very impressive stuff. good luck on the challenge
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gadzooks said 2428 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Yes
I'm diggin' this!
SG
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finkeldink said 2428 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Nice
Wow this turned out pretty awesome.

Really cool vocals.

Much enjoyed.
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Parichayaka said 2427 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Totally original. again.
Listened to this a few times now and the monotonous synth backdrop starts growing on you and the vocals blend perfectly with the arpeggio synth. Great choice and combination of samples - simple and effective. Another really cool post, I even like the slighly unfinished or casual feel, which works in favor of the track - contrasts the intensity in the vocals.
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J_Gretch said 2427 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Talkin about
Making the best of what you got...This sounds full and well thought out,,Amazing you pumped it out in a couple of hours.,,,,Good luck in the challenge.
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Vic Holman said 2427 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
but robin trower doesn't sing
cool one one Michael. excellent groove that flows right on through.

your guitars must be missing you these days. :-)
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michael2 said 2427 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
right
i forgot he had a singer. well this was meant for whoever sung Bridge of Sighs.

I miss my guitars.
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papag said 2427 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Beautiful
your voice is very effective in this song...I like how clean the mix is.

thanks for the download :)
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Henke said 2426 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Which only goes to say
that music(!) is not done with equipment but with talent. Thanks for the dl and take care,

Henke
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ktb said 2426 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
All We Are
I think you could probably impress me musically with a roll of duct tape and some string :-) Very cool synth I agree. The bass is mellow and holds it tight. Love your plaintive vocal.
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PockBluesman said 2426 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Great stuff
This is so atmospheric. love the vocals. Really enjoyed
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tf10music said 2426 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
your voice
is rough and raw. It makes what would otherwise be a somewhat nebulous piece (hard to make it otherwise given the restrictions) very expressive and poignant. I dig it.
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Sigmund said 2425 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
All We Are
Very cool. I hear lots of influences yet it is still fresh and original. Sometimes something done quickly, while not having the polish we as artists may hope for, really capture the essense of what makes us artists to begin with. I really enjoyed this - thanks!
Sig
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Moviz said 2425 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
this is
Inspiring me to play around more with the synths, as i can't seem to get anything really musical out of them most of the time. This comes across as very bluesy and very pleasant too.... love that haunting vocal cheers M
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dimm witness said 2401 days ago (May 20th, 2011)
yup
sweet bro ;-) k
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