11th Aug 2015 02:30 -  8 years ago
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Description : Been a bit because Life got in the way. :) Just something I have been working on in the spare moments of a busy life.
Drums are AD. Sample for the Intro. Everything else is myself.
As always, comments and input are welcomed.


Comments (9)

If you have time take a listen and give topvega some feedback.

Spivkurl 28th Aug 2015 18:30 -  8 years ago
Very fun track to listen to! Regarding the title, you are so right that "life gets in the way!" This is the biggest reason why it is taking several months at a time to release each track I do lately, so many obstacles. I work hard to make my art a priority, but that is not always enough. As is the case with many of your songs, the guitars are the focus, and the most special part... I love how these are played! I am not a fan of things like addictive drums, or superior drummer in most cases, so you'll have to forgive me that preconception. I think of them in a similar way to virtual synth presets - they are standard to the point of being done to death. Regardless, the rhythm was excellent, mostly due to your guitar work. I like the dirtiness that you have incorporated, even though some of it seems unintentional. Personally I've been trying to get back to incorporating real amplifiers and effects in my guitar work... it gives me less temptation to use presets and over-process my guitar parts. Thank you for sharing this awesome tune!
topvega replied 29th Aug 2015 - 8 years ago
Thanks for all the kind words my friend. Always nice to get some positive feedback. Yeah I need to sit down and really try and fine tune the whole drum thing. I think if I took the time to EQ and mix all 16 tracks of the Drums and add the right touch of effects I can get them to sound good. Will be working on that.

Thanks again for giving it a listen and leaving some kind words.

BradoSanz 23rd Aug 2015 04:51 -  8 years ago
BTW, I was curious as to what your setup is. What guitar/amp setup were you using for the guitar at :30? Did you mic or do a direct setup (think Mesa Cabclone)
topvega replied 23rd Aug 2015 - 8 years ago
Let me see if I can break down my set up for this track.

I use Reaper as my DAW. Love it and it is very reasonably priced.
Guitar is an Ibanez N427. Bass is an Ibanez GSR200.
My Line in is a Presonus Audiobox USB.
I run my guitars and bass Dry and use VST effects. I very rarely record anything that is not dry because I love being able to try different effects in the mixing stage.
I would say 95 percent of the time I use Guitar Rig 5 VST. Absolutely love it.
On this specific track the rhythm guitars (There are 2) Are panned 51% on the right and 60% on the left. Right is using an effect called Black Malcom Rhythm. Basically it is a close simulation of the rhythm guitar on Back in Black. Left is using Foo Monkey Ultra. A semblance of Foo Fighters Monkey Wrench I believe. Both guitars have also been EQ'd separately to bring out the tone I wanted.
2 lead guitar tracks are panned 51% each. On those we have Right side Foo Monkey Grat and the Left is Tweed Delight Sweep Delay. It is one of my favorite effects and is what gives the guitar a psychedelic feeling. Both of those are EQ'd as well.
Bass is panned Center and using an effect called Precise Bottom. It is EQ'd as well.
Then once I get everything sounding good I drop Izotope Ozone 5 on the Master channel and I am using a 4 band called Precise Bottom. Hope that helps.

theHumps 23rd Aug 2015 04:13 -  8 years ago
Like others, I liked the intro sample as well, very Beatlesque. I like the thick guitars, nice layering. I think with a little less limiting/compression on the master it may separate the instruments a little more in the mix, things may stand out more. There is an artifact as the song starts, no biggie but it's noticeable. Pretty groovy tune, brings me back a few years. Well done TV!

topvega replied 23rd Aug 2015 - 8 years ago
Thanks Wayne and I am with you on tweaking the master a bit. I would love to get more separation. I had to look up what an artifact means in regards to recording music. I am still new to a lot of this recording stuff. I will be going in and cleaning up some rough spots and fine tuning the mix a bit.
Thanks kindly for taking the time to give it a listen and for the feedback.

BradoSanz 23rd Aug 2015 03:54 -  8 years ago
Awesome intro. Very airy and dreamy. The tone on that guitar is sick. Feels a little bit off sync at a few parts but I'm guessing that's because you played the instruments live haha. The drums seem to be lacking a bit in punch but wow this is an awesome groove. You must had a ton of fun recording this lol. This song makes me want to pick up my electric guitar and perfect recording tone haha. Great job!

topvega replied 23rd Aug 2015 - 8 years ago
Thanks ER. I am quite obsessive when it comes to guitar tone. I am always trying to get it just right. It does have some rough spots that need to be redone. Most of the guitar and bass parts were done in one take so things are a little off in spots. Drums are always my weak spot. I need to spend a ton of time working on their tone and then save it as a template so I have good drums. Appreciate you listening and leaving some feedback.

yuvski 23rd Aug 2015 02:16 -  8 years ago
love it, it's a great vibe.
topvega replied 23rd Aug 2015 - 8 years ago
Thanks. Always nice to get positive feedback.

MisterCH 22nd Aug 2015 04:37 -  8 years ago
Really liked this song. I was first drawn to it because of its very cool name hahah and I think its first seconds are very unique and put you in the right mood for the song. Lately, I've been becoming a fan of electric guitars a lot more than I was in the past, and I really liked the guitar in here. Pleasant listen ;) I agree with Danke that the ending was somewhat abrupt, though, but, as a whole, I liked this a lot
topvega replied 23rd Aug 2015 - 8 years ago
Thanks for taking the time to give it a listen and leave some feedback. It is appreciated.
I obviously love guitars myself. I am a bit obsessive over tones sometimes. I am going to clean this up a bit and maybe rework the ending.

Thanks again.

Danke 11th Aug 2015 12:47 -  8 years ago
We missed these special TV tones...this is so groovy as your are cool and the drums are good partner in that retro, dirty, vintage sound...if I were you I made the end a bit better...longer run out for the track...was a side note only...

Respect and handshake, Danke
topvega replied 14th Aug 2015 - 8 years ago
Thanks...Tone is something I always strive to obtain.
I agree the ending needs to be reworked with either a long fade or a new ending.
Thanks for the kind words my friend.

TRE24 11th Aug 2015 09:50 -  8 years ago
Awesome job bro. That's how you shred the track.
Parts had some glimpses of SRV, one of my favs.
Keep it up man. Life seems to get in the way of a lot of things but you always have to resort back to what makes YOU happy in order to stay sane. I know.
Keep up the pleasurable work and
Hope to hear more soon!

topvega replied 13th Aug 2015 - 8 years ago
Thanks...I actually have tried to lower the amount of "shredding" as I feel I have a knack for over doing it. :)

I really try to focus on tone and the Final Mix, but I always appreciate a kind word or two on the guitar work. Thanks.

I am in the process of making more room for music as it makes me happy. :)

Thanks again.

Evisma 11th Aug 2015 05:28 -  8 years ago
Got some nice distortion tones here! You seem to be doing more with the guitar as well. The leads seem to be more lead-ish.

Parts remind me of RATM, like the rhythm track that stands alone at 1:15.

Nice run at 2:35, but you lose steam and it kind of Jengas on you. I know the feeling. That shit is hard to do for more that 6 or 8 runs before it falls apart. Still sounds good.

I do dig it, and you should make a little more Looperman time. The more guitarist that are here, the happier this place is.

topvega replied 13th Aug 2015 - 8 years ago
Thanks, part of my problem is I will spend lots of time working on tone. It can get tedious but I love getting Great Tone.
This track seemed to open itself up to me for a more leadish lead, if that makes sense. :)
I always take any mention of sounding like RATM as a big compliment so thanks for that.
I wanted an awkward end to the run at 2:35 but didn't exactly nail it. :)

As for making more time for The Loop, already am working on it. Have to shuffle some stuff around but will do my best.

Thanks for giving it a listen and for leaving some feedback. It always helps and is appreciated.


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