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5X4 by ShadowofNine - extended

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After posting two versions of this previously, several people commented that it was too short. Then Dave suggested I add more somehow to create a better build. The easiest would be to extend the intro by cutting and pasting his original intro, easing into the keyboards a little. So that's what I did. It may seem kind of funny to consider a 2:34 minute song "extended," but here it is. I capitalized the X in the title to emphasize the extended quality. It made me smile. (Dave, I'll change that back if you don't like it.)

This is the third version I've done of ShadowofNine's fabulous progressive rock groove, 5X4. I'll keep all three versions up, as comparisons, but this one is mainly for fans of the earlier version for downloading.

What I did was first filter the original through the same Bass boost, re-EQing, banded compression, and limiting that I did for my previous versions. Then I used Jam to combine the two to disc, pasted them together (editing out everything after the first introductory sections A&B), flew them into iTunes and created the mp3. I also discovered a bizarre double downbeat about 2/3s way in that somehow infected my version and erased it.

I also tried to make the transition into the lead guitar entrance a little smoother by boosting the treble in the phrase leading into it. It helps a bit. The original was a bit overly compressed and the guitar was a tad too soft compared to the ride cymbal, so there wasn't as much to work with as I'd prefer. Still, it sounds better now, I think.

Please see the second version for a more detailed discussion of what I added:
5x4 (w/organ & synth) - version 2
5x4 (w/organ) - version 1
5x4 - original

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Uploaded: Jun 13, 2011 - 10:44:25 AM
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2011 - 11:29:19 AM Last Played: Jul 24, 2019 - 11:27:43 AM
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alackbass said 3016 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
5X4 by ShadowofNine extended
Downloaded! That way I can enjoy this over and over!
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twonicus said 3016 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Better build
Like you said, better build, more meat.
Downloaded and eaten.
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ShadowofNine said 3016 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Yup that does it for me Tobin, amazingly cool work, fabulous even...
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TobinMueller said 3016 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Most excellent. Glad it works. I dig it. Remember, if you ever need more stuff done, let me know!
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ChristopherCihon said 3016 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Oh man!!
This is BAD ASS!! fellas!

Next time you guys collab...let me get in on it with some crazy guitar work. I love this style!

Great job!!

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SISTERS said 3016 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
holy mither
Tobin - I can see your hair streaming straight out behind you from the force of your sheer all out playing. 8) The crushed keys at :29 are crazily alive. The subtle synth screams at 2:19 were fabulous. This was pretty exciting, guys. Had no idea what to expect - and I'm thrilled with what I heard. Anne
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magnatone said 3016 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
5x4 redux
WOWZERS - how about TEN minutes of this? this is FABULOUS!!
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Ed Hannifin said 3016 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Very speaker friendly mix...
This time around I'm really appreciating the drumming...

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michael2 said 3016 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
this is bad ass. i feel like i'm watching a chase scene in an italian crime movie at first, and then it ventures into some serious prog territory. very cool.
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Vic Holman said 3016 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
i had thought that the second version was over before you knew it. so it is cool to catch the "long play" version........ just that much more to enjoy
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dave_b said 3015 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
5X4 by ShadowofNine
Nice! I'm all amped up now...
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FatherTime said 3014 days ago (June 15th, 2011)
progressive, big
This is the kind of song that could really shine on surround sound big speakers, it needs loudness and a good room to blast properly. Some really good keys here, you give Rick Wakeman a run for his money.
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tonestones said 3013 days ago (June 16th, 2011)
Cooler and cooler
Gets better and better. Tobin you are incredibly versatile. I love what you've done with this. Dave, this is one very cool theme. Soundtrack worthy.
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Soundhound said 3013 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Yep.....you guys...
Nailed this one, love the way it moves you've laid down a
solid groove.....Well done by you both.....
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tokai said 3011 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Great time signatures through out, like some early yes stuff. Real ear candy, well played.
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jibes said 3008 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
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Bass3x said 3006 days ago (June 23rd, 2011)
Solid, old school fusion feel to this one. Really rocks, and keeps the energy thruout. Love the half-step bumps near the end. Nice 1, u2!
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FatherTime said 3005 days ago (June 24th, 2011)
flavors of 70s glory
This song could've been playing at a lot of parties back in the day, it brought me into that vibe. Sound was big and elaborate, enjoyed it!
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egobandit said 3004 days ago (June 25th, 2011)
talk about
kicking some synth butt , This version the other version its all great love all the additions. This is like passport and deep purple got together and had an all nighter. Downloaded!
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oldlibmike said 3002 days ago (June 27th, 2011)
Wild Ride
I love the sound overall - reminds me a little of MMW charts but very unique. Still seems an abrupt start maybe? But I love the mix and the intensity - wild ride!
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FEEL said 3001 days ago (June 28th, 2011)
This just
rocks! I really liked it when the drums come in... Tight and to the point. Enjoyed!
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Dragonas said 2791 days ago (January 24th, 2012)
Awesome prog!
Awesome tune man!
So this is what I've been missing! :D
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