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2017/03/15 14:10:08 (permalink)

Lavender Sea

This is a collaboration between myself and Kelly Chadbourne. Kelly had the basic idea and sent me a vocal of her simply singing to a melody in her head. I think she used Audacity and a usb mic.
I had to do some extensive editing to make her voice fit the grid and bring her vocals out.
 I added the rest.
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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/15 14:21:28 (permalink)
Fantastic Tim. I love her voice and you have absolutely done it justice with a beautifully understated production.
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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/15 14:49:37 (permalink)
Lovely Tim, certainly a nice Celtic ballad you both have there.

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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/15 15:53:32 (permalink)
Beautiful song.  Her voice fits the genre great.

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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/15 16:00:59 (permalink)
Tim,
 
Very nice production.  That must have been quite an undertaking to match up a vocal only track to a yet to be constructed backing track.  Great work.
 
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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/15 16:16:59 (permalink)
Very haunting!  Great job, Tim, you're productions just keep getting better.  I love her voice and the way you have showcased it.  All the best!

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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/15 18:44:24 (permalink)
Very nice! Impressed how you created a song around just a vocal track.
 
At 1:43 the vocals come in a bit unatural. Probably easy fixed with a small fade in.
 
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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/15 18:46:39 (permalink)
Nice sympathetic accompaniment Tim, nice job and the mix sounds well here.

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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/16 09:34:21 (permalink)
Hiya Tim, a great song this. Well done to Kelly for that. A real tallent there.
 
Knowing how you had to bring in a pre-made vocal track, to then mould your "backing track" around that and come up with the end result is a testament to your skills, for sure.
 
Altogether an excellent piece of work
 
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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/16 13:17:18 (permalink)
I agree with what Wookie said; very sympathetic accompaniment. In the intro, there is a burst from what sounds like a limiter/compressor pulling up nothing but noise. I'd either gate that or bring it into a wave editor and mute it and do a very short fade in before the first note. After that, the mix is great...
 
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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/16 13:39:42 (permalink)
Daryl1968- Thanks for listening and liking/reposting!
 
Biodiode- Thank you sir.
 
eph221- Thank you much!
 
markno999 - To answer your question. It was kinda funny, every time she took breaths it threw her out of time on the original track. If I took out the breaths most of the timing was pretty close. Melodyne really came in handy here.
It didn't help that I recorded the harp as audio, so I  ended up editing the harp in audio.
 
Lynn- Thank you sir!
 
Kloon- I'll look at that. I probably missed it. Thanks!
 
Wookie - Thanks for listening sir!
 
Andy- It was a challenge for me. I hoping we can get some kind of system that is easier to do. Kelly has a great ability for lyrics and singing.Thank you!
 
Dan- There seems to be some kind of thing going on with soundcloud. I had it happen once before and I double checked my master and it wasn't there. Re exported and it wasn't there. I'm uploading 24/48 and it's converting to 128 mp3 online. I dunno. I also had a click or two that went away when I did that. I'll listen to that upload again.
 
I wanted to ask you a question. A few others have used the term harsh when referring to her vocals. I listened today in my car and that's the only place where I might call the vox slightly "edgy". As you know the listening gear has a lot to do with it. The vocal is especially present in this mix. Does it seem as if it needs a rolloff to you? Thanks!
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/16 14:20:56 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Starise 2017/03/17 12:42:00
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I wanted to ask you a question. A few others have used the term harsh when referring to her vocals. I listened today in my car and that's the only place where I might call the vox slightly "edgy". As you know the listening gear has a lot to do with it. The vocal is especially present in this mix. Does it seem as if it needs a rolloff to you? Thanks!



I did not notice anything like that and I'm listening on some very good IEM's with very detailed high end. I would have said something had I heard that. You can tell that the mic she used isn't "top of the line", but it is pretty darn good and captured her voice quite well.
 
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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/16 14:36:52 (permalink)
Hey Tim, it must have been quite a job pulling this all together having started with just an unclocked vocal, but you did quite a fine job of it.  The finished product is a pleasure to listen to.
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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/16 17:18:27 (permalink)
Phil-Thank you kindly sir.
 
Dan- Maybe this is the issue. I'm hearing the personality of that mic. I think it's a CAD usb. Makes me feel much better about it. A few on another board commented . I didn't necessarily hear it although I agreed it could be trimmed a bit. Going too far the other way though and you loose the presence. THANK YOU.

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Re: Lavender Sea 2017/03/16 19:36:53 (permalink)
Nice job, Tim...   Forming an arrangement around something as fluid as this aint easy, but I think you did a fantastic job.  The music + vocals fit naturally together.  If you hadn't mentioned, I doubt anyone here would have been the wiser.  
 
As far as harshness goes, I think I'm also hearing the signal chain and not the voice.   Your arrangement is so smooth that even a little isn't being masked.   No biggie though, it still sounds good and more important, has the emotion intact. 
 

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