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Wind Dark River



 Genre: Acoustic

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A uke track, acoustic guitar,addictive brush kit and some midi violin, accordion and banjo.Thanks to my friend and bandmate Rob George for his acoustic bass track....

Mix feedback is very welcome.....

Thanks Paula and Skean for the likes on my previous version ....
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Uploaded: Dec 07, 2015 - 08:42:49 PM
Last Updated: Dec 07, 2015 - 10:21:53 PM Last Played: Jan 28, 2019 - 04:09:01 PM
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Philip18 said 1413 days ago (December 7th, 2015)
Dark river
Everything has a place in the mix, and each different thing is clear and distinctive - seems good to me (well, I'm not completely convinced about the banjo). Rob's done a tasteful job with the bass line. Pensive vocal. I like it a lot, Stan.
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Narad said 1412 days ago (December 9th, 2015)
Wind Dark River
Excellent listen ! Bravo Stan ! :)
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Moviz said 1410 days ago (December 11th, 2015)
Well Stan
I faved before I tried to listen, but I'm afraid the player isn't working for some reason, so I'm disappointed about that. cheers M
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Moviz said 1406 days ago (December 14th, 2015)
player's working now. So warm and relaxing.....love the Uke' sparkles sprinkled throughout fine vocals (love the falsettos) and the way you get your lyrics across in that sort of 'personal' sounding manner.....wonderful, regards M
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PeterB7858 said 1408 days ago (December 13th, 2015)
Wind Dark River
Hi Stan. Moody, reflective song. Like it. In terms of mix, listening through good headphones, I found the central vocal a touch brittle and just a little hard to understand early on till I got used to the sound and the contribution of the panned vocal (which is good). Uke sounds great. Perhaps Rob's bass could come up just a touch, too, but these phones aren't bass heavy. Agree with Philip that the midi banjo didn't quite cut it against your quality guitar and uke work. Thanks. Take care.
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jiguma said 1408 days ago (December 13th, 2015)
Lovely song
Love the song Stan.
I agree with Peter and Philip re the midi banjo - I don't think the song would suffer from removing it altogether.
Guitar, uke, bass and accordion work well.
Vocal parts are really, really good - it would be good to see the lyrics.
Some suggestions: I reckon moving the vocal tracks closer together on the sound stage might make for a more natural sound - it took me a while to get used to the RHS track, especially as it was so far out to the right. Maybe there's a bit too much difference between the sound of the two main vocals - the central one a bit brittle and the RHS one a bit too "round". Is that a noise gate I'm hearing on the main vocal - there's an odd sound (like a reverse hihat) at the end of quite a few phrases.
I know that's a lot of suggestions, but the song is definitely worth refining.
A great song - I really like what you're doing with the melody.
Cheers from Oz,
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Doug Somers said 1406 days ago (December 14th, 2015)
A reflective slow ballad
Nice nice nice Stan. The melody and vocals are so spot on. The feeling of this one runs deep. The uke sounds good, as do the other instruments - the banjo not so much. I'm not a mixing guy but it sounds like it's not quite as real as the other midi instruments and it doesn't seem to sit in the mix in the same space. I unfortunately am not expert enough to offer a suggestion on how to fix it! Could the uke or guitar play the same riff instead? Since no one else mentioned it I may have a damaged MP3 as I'm getting a click at 1:04.

Again, I love this song. Really nailed it.

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Sigmund said 1405 days ago (December 15th, 2015)
Wind Dark River
Real nice song, Stan - nice and mellow feel - great song to have a listen when one needs to take a break and SLOW DOWN just a bit, if only for a few minutes.

Now my 2 cents, since you asked. I found the vocal track to be a bit distracting, and not because of your performance which is fine and fits the song well. Rather they don't feel right in the mix to me. For one thing, they are heavily laden with reverb and not only does that make them sound a bit muddy, I don't think it fits with the rest of the band - in other words I get the sense that the singer is in a different place than the rest of the band. If I were mixing I would back off a lot on the reverb, and close the vocal performance in and make it more intimate - especially for a song like this. I would probably use a small room reverb and add just a touch, while possibly also adding a 1/4 note delay (again just a touch) to add some depth and warmth. One other thing you can do to reduce the muddiness is to run a high pass filter on your vox, and adjust it to taste (by rolling off the bass) - by doing that you also remove the vox from the bass guitar, as it sounds like they are competing just a bit for sonic space too.

The banjo suffers from the same problem, but the opposite. I don't think it's a bad instrument choice for this tune, but it stands out as being too loud and too dry, compared to the other instruments. Back off on the volume and blend in some reverb to let it settle into the band more and I think it will work a lot better.

Wow, Stan - did I say all that? Sorry for the long lecture - I don't often give advice, but the song is great and a few tweaks can really make a difference sometimes. I really enjoyed it, and of course all this is just my opinion - thanks for sharing!

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gadzooks said 1388 days ago (January 2nd, 2016)
Thank You....
Sorry about the delay getting back ... I have only been able to find the time to drift in or out.
Just when I thought all is lost at MJ's I get real feedback from everyone who commented.
Sig, thanks for taking the time to dissect and suggest ways to improve this song. And you were right on.
Everything you said made sense and I am planning on going back for a remix with your advice in mind.
All the best in 2016!

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