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Nostalgic Bossa (take 2: iG.STUDiO/McBoy)

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It's beginning to shape up, or, at least, I think so...

New in Take 2:

Sax (x2) melody out (AULowpass filter to make them sound somewhat like brass)
Vocal (x4) melody out by my daughter Dar (AUParametric Equalizer applied twice - one to kill iMic / Line Level Transformer "dynamic duo" noise, the other one - to remove "p"s; I really should get a decent mic preamp, and windscreen, too. I bounced four mono tracks to one stereo track, then added AUMatrixReverb to set it back in space)

Background strings fill (Apple MIDI "Orchestral Strings")

Sax melody in and solo unchanged with the exception of AUPeakLimiter filter, appears to work very nicely in combination with AUMultibandCompressor, applied to the Master Track.

Last but not least - gorgeous piano solo by McBoy. Actually, more, then one solo - dude, you sent me so much of great stuff, so I still don't know how to put everything in...
Consider this a teaser preview :)

I still need:

1. Real guitar, piano, or other rhythm instruments to replace MIDI accompaniment.

2. More real instrument solos.

3. More real instrument solos.

4. More real instrument solos.

Comments, suggestions and, well.. yes, real instruments are welcome.
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Same setup as the rest of my tunes have.
Cameron said 5450 days ago (August 13th, 2004)
shaping up
You've done some good work on this tune since you sent
me the early files awhile ago. This version is expanding

I like mcboy's keyboard work, it's really virtuosic, but
somehow it seems a bit too quick and "notey" for this
particular track. I'm hearing something a bit slower and
more mellow. (I'll try my hand at adding some stuff on
harp and recorders soon, I promise!)

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iG.STUDiO said 5450 days ago (August 13th, 2004)
shaping up
Thank you :)
I can see your point about the piano solo. However, I still believe, that it will eventually fit nicely into the piece (right now it's basically sounds double-time, I even had to add 1/16 shaker to the drum track to support it), when I have enough material to build up to it. The plan for it is to be actually a second piano solo ( McBoy sent me several pieces, I am having a real problem picking a favorite :) over the melody out - like it is right now, but there should be a lot more stuff between my solo and his (hint, hint ;).
Did you like my "French horn" emulation ? :)

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fosod said 5450 days ago (August 13th, 2004)
You should sell this to Infiniti car co. Here's an idea for
the piano solo. Have the beat go HALF TIME when it kicks
in... punchy and poppy-like... but in slow mo. Just an idea.

You two are very talented and this is quite the marriage of
abilities. Oddly enough... I DO think that these two solos
can work together.

Now... you just need to find a jazz drummer. Oh, and
something to really resolve the song at the end. Like a
little counterpoint or something.

Really classy job, guys. I gotta say I'm impressed.
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iG.STUDiO said 5449 days ago (August 14th, 2004)
I was on the phone with Lexus marketing division (nah...), when some drum
loops came in the mail, so we'll be jamming :)
As for the time-halftime - bossa is a very strict style, it's just sound laid back;
it is one of the very difficult to solo over as well. The point is, if I break that
pattern, it will stop being bossa at once.
I'll think of something.

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Scorpjammer said 5450 days ago (August 13th, 2004)
Shaping up nicely.
Shades of Stan Getz and 'Ipanema'. Looking forward
to more. Nice keyboard work, mcboy.
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SlimGirlFat said 5450 days ago (August 13th, 2004)
I am blown away completely by this,
I wouldnt mind if you didn't change anything.. I love it as
it is!!

Mcboys piano gives a different view but it mixes well
against the mellow sax. (congrats Al)
The vocals sound good. I'd love some tips on the vocal
effects and how you managed to mix them into the track.
As a slight critique, they could have weaved in and out a
little towards the end rather than being continuous
more, HOWEVER, that is just a minor quibble.
All in all this is a very classy little number and on my
download list.

iG.STUDiO said 5449 days ago (August 14th, 2004)
Thank you very much :)
This is a work in progress, however (this is why all the tracks so far are mixed
straight - there is no in/out volume changes, that's for later), so I will change
many thing, hopefully, for the better...
As for vocal recording tips - this is my first attempt to record voice, and it
was a royal pain due to my hardware glitches (I am constantly battling some
very annoying noice coming from my iMic - when I record horn, it's not that
noticeable, my sound is way louder, but on voice it really "shines"...) Good
thing, it was intended for the background track, so I could equalize the poop
out of it by basically killing the harmonics range, which you gotta have, it you
record lead voice.
We did about ten takes (Dar was warming up...) for three harmony periods
each, last five we kept, then I killed all effects, balanced the volume on all five
tracks, looped them, and listened to them for about a week :)
After a week one of the tracks was retired as being a bit out of the scope
Then I applied two AUParametric Equalizer effects to each track - one to kill
iMic noise, the other one - to remove "p"s from the tracks, spread them in
stereo space - (9-11-1-3 o'clock), switched off the rest of the tracks, set the
loop to the tracks only, and exported to iTunes.
Then imported it back. The resulting bounced stereo track sounded too soft,
so I duplicated it and did the export-import again.
AUMatrixReverb I applied to the resulting stereo track with four voices. I find
that it sounds much richer, then the GB simple reverb.
Hope this helps (there may be a faster way to do stuff, but I am learning as I
go as well :)

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regulus said 5449 days ago (August 14th, 2004)
This media is some of my favorite expressions in music.
i'm enjoying what you have embarked on.

The drums started off wiht that classic beat but fell off a
little to far to the background.
The keys seemed to be more in competitive moode with
the brass, rather than the being laid back in the brazilian

For some other refference to that venue other than the
getz man, see if you can find, if you don't already have
Gerry Mulligan's Paraiso. Some tastful cuts there which
you might enjoy.

Over all it's pleasent brings back some fine memories.
you and the Bird like guitar man sound good. I'll go back
and listen to it again for the forth time now.
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iG.STUDiO said 5449 days ago (August 14th, 2004)
Thank you :)
I got some real drum loops now, so the balance will change
likely (I was trying to keep the MIDI drums down for them being very

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said 5449 days ago (August 14th, 2004)
Very well done
From purely a "listener" standpoint, this is a great
composition! Piano solo fits in here well (to my ears).

iG.STUDiO said 5449 days ago (August 14th, 2004)
Very well done
Indeed. Your 8's kicked me back on the weekly picks list 8-)
Thank you, maestro.

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Astav said 5449 days ago (August 14th, 2004)
Neat! Nice tune you have going there. The whole thing is
pretty amazing. I'm finding more and more professional
sounding songs on MacJams!

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iG.STUDiO said 5449 days ago (August 14th, 2004)
That's the plan :) :) :)

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Ringo said 5449 days ago (August 14th, 2004)
Very cool piece
McDude's keyboards are all the more awesome when you
take a listen to "Unwashed" and realise that that is him on
the guitar.....

Very nice indeed

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mcsweb said 5449 days ago (August 14th, 2004)
As a fan
of virtuosic playing, McBoy's solo is a welcome addition,
BUT, I do agree in a sense with Cameron, in that the solo
is perhaps too long, and the keyboard needs to back off
when the vocals kick in perhaps. I would also like to see
the sax come back and reiterate the main melody with the
vocal. Possibly even in harmony. Fosod's idea is also
intriguing, because that could create a very nice break,
and create a clearly defined space for McBoy to work his
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iG.STUDiO said 5449 days ago (August 14th, 2004)
As a fan
I will consider. Seriously - this is what the discussion is here for, for the
input; and I do aprecciate it. Now I am thinking about the percussion break,
for wich I may have some material already...
Keep 'em coming :)

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TobinMueller said 5439 days ago (August 24th, 2004)
Excellent smooth groove
Such good comments on a wonderful watery Boss
tune. Again, great breath captured in the sax, and nice
classic melody. I really like how the elec pno solo enters,
and altho it is consistently too full of fast notes and
doesn't breathe like the rest of the piece, the fast pace
general is clever and fun; it just needs some moments of
less notes. It also seems perhaps too loud in comparison.
The layering of horn and vocals is fascinating and I like
the unique sound it generates, altho toward the end she
sings a few notes with perhaps more energy than she
should, in keeping with the relaxed nature of that line.
That last repeat before the fade, I agree that the sax
should recapitulate instead, or perhaps on top of, the mix.
And fosod's idea of a coda is intrigue. My main critique is
with the comping chords. They seem static and repetitive
and unresponsive to the soloing. Perhaps an acoustic jazz
guitar instead? More in the style of Brazil? Just a thought.
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ktb said 4509 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
yeah - luv it
what a great track. That bass just dances in my headphone. The sax sounds breezy and fluid. Nice changes. The synth/string lines lend it a dreaminess, and then when the voices chime in...perfect. Killa e-piano solo!
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