Description : Warning contains Explicit lyrics. Dual Bass, Dance Beat, NIN style influence. The Vocals are clean and dirty at the same time. I duplicated the clean vocal tracks and applied distortion and EQ'd in a manner simlar to Band Pass filtering. This allows the vocals to have a clean yet, distorted industrial sound. The Vocals are craddled inside of things instead of standing out in the front. Crank up the volume a little and hear the mean sounding dual bass line and the vocals together. Analog synth applied here and there. There is a Darker Backup Vocal Track on the chorus, stands out more when you crank this up. I added this as a subtle almost unnoticed touch to the chorus. I also used Phase Shifting on the Distorted vocal tracks. Again, I had made duplicates of the clean vocal tracks and applied distortion, Graphic Band EQing (for filtering), and Phase Shifting effects.
Description : Shades of Tool and Zepplin Influences, Been slowly working on this track. Finally got the baseline music structure down. Wrote out words for the first verse like chorus section, reused some vocals from (demo2). Added Ambient like intro to track as well.
Description : I have two different versions of this track online now. This mix has an extended intro compared to mix 6. Let me know which one is the better of the two. I'm not certain if I am happy with this new intro yet. If you have any ideas please free to share them with me.
Description : I have debated and struggled with the decision to release or not release this track. It's a dark-wave industrial piece. There can moments in life with extraorinary circumstances that can try, test, and trouble ones soul, personal faith and beliefs. This track is about such a moment.
mix 6 I've readjusted the Levels and added a compressor on top of the master mix. The previous mix seemed a little weak.
mix 6 or 7? I have two mixes of this track online now, let me know which one you like best.
Description : This is the first track I started work on inspired by AidansTrances piano loop from here on Looperman. I need to redo track and come up with more vocals, however this was an excercise in using Delay for a vocal thickener at 100 ms, working with compression and EQing and some added delay effects. Was shooting for a nickleback type of Effects on the vocals. In regards to my singing, I need to work a little harder at sounding more Chad like. I enjoy trying to impersonate other people at times. I don't know if I will be able to pull it off, have to see how close I can get to it. Anyhoo.. this sample track.. is a reflection of a recent post I made to the production trickbook thread. Also, I attempted to follow some advice that was posted regarding Drums tracks. So there are a lot of new firsts I'm working with in this track. Think this is a good foundational idea for a track. Seems like I'm coming up with more ideas before I can finish any of them yet, which is good, I'll have plently of things to work upon.
Description : This is the third update to this track. Improvments to the intro, placed some drum fills and cymbol crashes in the opening section. Made some changes to the lyrics of the first verse. I need to address some issues with the section that leads into where the chorus is going to be. All good things in time. The Mix is still rough and raw.
Inspired by the Doors, Danzig, Billy Idol and The Cult. A whole different style compared to my other tracks. I'm going to be updating this track from time to time shoving an update Number at the end.
Description : I've decided to cut another Demo loose of this track. Lyrically I'm still lost as hell. Did a little more agressive imrov on the vocal track. I need to take a trip and fetch my Shure Beta Mic, it's where the band I'm at practices. This little Cheap ass PC mic I have is not cutting it for this track. Anyhoo.. I added some Ideas at the end of the track to where to musically take the Sytrus CyberArp and the song itself. I all done torturing people with Naked Monk Tracks, when I'm sitting on a track with this kind of potential. Any feedback welcome. Let me know if you guys like the direction things are headed in. Sorry about the Mic breaking up in one section. I was sitting back like 2-3 feet at the time and the damn thing still wanted to break up. Have a hard time getting rich sounding vocals out of a PC mic.. I'm just worked up another quick demo.. All the synth work is MIDI driven. Loops for Percussion and a few effects at this point.. So I can hack around and move Midi clips I've come up with anywhere. :-)
Description : An Arabic Drug Trip of tranced out techno that will hypnotize a horn mad rhino. Influenced in part by Lez Zepplin. I was in a twisted mood to toss together an experimental tack like this. The Words are gibberish I sang over a Drum Loop in one pass (no comps), same thing as I did on the "Burning to bleed, you make me feel" demo song idea track. I went MIDI VSTing the Main Synth Drive and looping out the rest of this track.
Since somebody pointed out the NIN and Tool sounding influences, I might experiment with some Darker Vocals and put a little more edge into it. Any suggestions and feedback about things to try would be awesome at this point. I'm really not liking the rough vocal track I laid down.
Description : It's early monday morning and I'm cutting this track loose. Yadda Yadda Yadda, Blah Blah Blah... this track is nothing like you think it's going to be. Don't say I did not warn you.
Description : This is mad mad cross of many things. I created this in the same fashion as I did "City Line", it's a music acid trip of madness you can enjoy while dancing and spinning in a padded room with a strobe light above. Think of Lords of Acid, Rob Zombie, Trent Reznor, Marilyn Mason having a Pizza party with Dorthy from the Wizard OZ in a Dungeon basement, chilling out watching old black and white horror movies together. Oh Yeah, there is a polite 50's bye bye leave it to beaver type of ending.
The mix could probally use some more work, but my ears and mind is mush at the moment. I went for a phat layered Dirty Bass sound in part of this, and ambient contrast to other sections with Soundscaping for added flavoring.
Any feedback appreciated. Thanks.
Description : A Genre Spinner... sort of old school hair band metal, with a Hip Hop type of Bass Groove. Fusion of Electronic and Acoustic Drums.
I pulled out my Guitar for this one.
No Vocal Tracks yet. Any ideas for vocals styles welcome at this point. Could go down several directions with this on.
The break down at the end of the track changes feel around the 2:10 mark. Even the style of guitar work. The lead was improved at the end, and could be a little stronger.
Description : This tracks falls under Creative Commons non-commercial liscense agreement as posted on ccmixture.org. Nobody panic, this is not a violation of copyright.
Instead of hacking her song to death, I focused on coming up with a mix that I myself enjoy listening to. Added some minor synth work here and there. Used multple vocal tracks for delay effect along with volume envelops for delay mix control. Works better then mindlessly slapping delay on a track and having to live with a set Wet/Dry mix ratio. Another stupid trick was voice doubling Ozzy Osbourn style.. I just made it a little less wet. Seemed to agree with her voice rather well. This track also is totally unMastered. No compressors or limiters or EQing on the Master mix at all. I used a VSTi synth and a little MIDI work for the synth bubbles. Was a lot better then chasing ass looking for a suitable loop to use. Did not have to worry about pitch, sound quality and BMP of a friggen loop. Shame on me for not using a loop for this. I'm just pulling out some old school techniques for doing things.
Description : OK it's like the movie Bladerunner on acid. I went totally experimental with this track. It's a cross between Pink Floyd and Kraftwerks. Old School experimental and electronic music stuff.. This track is a bit of an urban musical sound LSD trip in the city.
Description : I want to thank everybody for the feedback on this track so far. This is now version 3.0. I made some adjustments to a few off sounding things that were messing around with the groove. Added some additional sound FX and loops. It sort of brings out the meaning of the song a little more.
I'm still interested in hearing any comments, ideas or suggestions on improvements to this track. Anything that sounds a bit off and where.
If you've never heard the previous versions, it's a blend of Industrial with a bit of dance. A sort of NIN, INXS, Billy Idol bend of things, at least so I've been told by other people.
Description : This track is as rough can get right now. So what makes it so special? Well, first off I was exploring all the different drum loops that came with Acid Music Studio 7.0. Anyways, as soon as I heard this drum loop it inspired me without warning. I copied the Drum loop and spread it out over more then enough measures to lay down my vocals on top off. I started singing. Complete Acapella style with nothing else besides the drums going. After a couple minutes my inspiration for Ad Lib words came to an end. Had more then enough of a foundation to pull from for a song. Now, MMmmmmm... interesting what chords will work or come close to working with it. So I set up another track and plugged my guitar straight in, did not have my Guitar Effects processor handy, so I ended up playing clean. Anyways, I hit record... and what you hear is what I came up with on the fly to what I just sung on the fly. Literally a song idea within a matter of minutes. I was Amazed that I actually sung in KEY. I've been struggling with being either slightly sharp or flat on notes for awhile now. Wow... something to be said for working with Acapella's. I've never laid down vocals first, with music coming second. OK, I'm not a DJ remix master of loops. Loops and software such as ACID, Reaper and you name really are awesome though. Anyways, this track is proof that Acapellas even of your own invention can be fun to work with. I've not sliced and diced anything yet. I just thought I'd share this track with others. It's a work flow method, one that I've never explored before. I kept the track somewhat short and did include the couple of minutes of me just jamming off on guitar leads. Hope this inspires other people a little with some food for thought.
Description : This track was a creation by accident, I just purchased a Digitech Live Vocalist effects processor and was experimenting with the Unison voice settings. I laid down a drum track, then started snagging at some bass loops, and tossing together a groove without much thought. Just started to make up some words and lay down some vocals to experiment with. Anyways, I put a little more time into making some adjustments to the Drums, Bass, Effects.. wrote up some more words for vocals I have yet to record. Right now, I'm just looking for some feedback on what I have laid down so far. Hope to finish this track off soon.
UPDATE: I've since uploaded a full demo of this track, I'm keeping this partial demo up for a little bit, so people can compare and give feedback on the progess.
The full track can be found here.
Description : This one is done up in Reaper and uses the Orca Bass Synth. I want to thank TravisHuckins for his posting in the message board about the VSTi Orca Synth. Also want to thank Rei for his posting mentioning "Reaper" (another DAW)..... Anyways, I originally started this in Music Maker and decided to start it from stratch all over again in Reaper. I don't have the chorus, nor any drums laid down on this one yet. The Chorus Section when I record it with Drums is Totally Nu-Metal sounding. I'm working toward fusing modern Nu-Metal along with styles found in music that Journey put out. Again, I don't have the bitchen Hard egde chorus section recorded yet.
Description : WARNING: this sounds nothing like my other stuff....
This is Dance/Hip-Hop/House style song. It's still rough, however Grooves right along. Has some moments of almost sounding like NINE INCH NAILS, a few crafty break/stops... Telephone voices at times, moaning sleezy sex sounds... and it just a SONG to bump and Grind to... Anyways, I need to work on the words and vocal tracks mostly and add some FX loops and this should be complete, along with some better mixing.. Let me know what you think.
Description : This was my second recording I did in Music Maker Studio. I'm probally going to redo this cover completely. Since I know how to work the "Beat Box" plug-in that emulates the Roland TR-808 and have been working with drum loops. Anyways, I had always wanted to experiment at doing my own version of this classic song by Phil. I'm using the Silver Synth to deliver a ACID sounding TB-303 bass line. This was my first attempt at using Synth Plug in's, and recording guitar tracks into a project, along with using loops. Constructing a song from scratch and not simply hacking a demo apart as I did for "Jenny 867-5309". I thought I'd share this with you guys for the Hell of it. It's just been hanging out on my Hard Drive for a month now... it's missing the signature drum licks but oh well. After I did this I moved onto working on my first original "Never Here" as my third project.
Description : A hard driving Instrumental Techno/Acid/Rock/Folk fusion track (I've given birth to another bastard song without a main genre). I used the Silver Synth (emulates the Roland TB-303 Bassline) used in ACID music. Same thang I used in "Never Here". I Love the TB-303 sound. Anyways, I used a lot of different loops on this one be it for percussion or sound FX (loops used Techo). Drum loops are Dance/rock style... There's a crafty breakdown near the end, where things transition from different loop styles. I have three electric guitar tracks playing a hard driving scotish-irish folk dirge hook, just cranked with distortion and a little chorus. This is totally a fusion of styles thing. This was something I was experimenting with and was not trying to make into a full length song. Enjoy! BTW, the song is named after somebody who was the inspiration behind me learning to play anything Irish/Scotish/Celtic sounding... Again, another song I can't figure out where it best falls under....
Description : This sounds nothing like the Cover song itself. This actually was the first thing I experimented with in Music Maker Studio. I had loaded up one of the demos and started playing around altering it.. I wanted to experiment with laying down vocal tracks and using some of the effects. So Instead of trying to make up words to use, I used the lyrics to Jenny 867-5309.
Description : How to best describe this one? A chilled out beatnick alternative rock with a sort of Jazz and folk thang going on? Used a drum loop, a shaker loop, two bass loops, laid some guitar tracks on it. One Guitar duplicates the upright bass loop, another one strumming the chords and another that's picking at some notes in the chord higher up. Laid down a main vocal track, added a faint darker back up vocal track. Also have a spoken track panned to the left. Actually this is one of those stereo recordings that is made for headphones..... The lead vocal floats around some between the center and slighty left at times. The lead is actually my Acoustic, which I added guitar effects to in Music Maker. Sound like it's an electric. I used my cheap ASS labtec Walmart special PC mic to record the acoustic and sing through.. I tried to make this mix a little hotter and more sperated compared to my last ones. Hopefully the vocals don't stand out in front so much but rather blend with everything else. Oh yeah, I'm using a couple of FX loops.. one is the old record player sound in the start of the song, used another one where the lead guitar starts off. The lead is basically almost the same riff as the bass line. Let me know how the mix is on this one, if it's any better compared to my last few?
Description : A sad but true yet funny song about the Kind of girl that drinks too much. It's a little rock, a little punk.. and has the purity of the Ramones.. with a touch of all that is sleaze. Drum loops used... based off from a Bass Guitar Jam I had going on. Slice Dice and repeat process all in Magix Music Maker Studio...
Description : Alternative Country Rock Fusion Disco does not exist as a Genre on here, so I've stuck this under 'Rock'.... This is a work in progress... Getting a lot more practice in using Drum loops......This Done up in Magix Music Maker (Basic Edition), with Drum loops. Everything else I either created the loops or played live tracks (vocals,guitar,bass). The Intro a bit by accident when I was adding effects on one of the vocal takes.. The Bridge is rather unique, opted to stay away from doing the expected. Enjoy.
Description : This song is a bit of a fusion between Rock, Techno with an Angry Emo Edge to it. It's about coming to the realization that the other person in a failed relationation was never there for you at all.
This is a work still in progress, up to the 7th Demo.
I first recorded a punchy almost rap singing style vocal track, a sort of thing you might expect in a Linkin Park song. In the pre chorus I sang some parts in A Minor, over top of the driving Em, G, D, C. The Chorus I broken into smooth hooky chorus. I added a Lower Darker Vocal track after some people suggested it. One person turned me onto The song "Nobody" by Skindred, I had never tried singing in a dark low voice like that before. Was a new experience, plus a bit of a challenge to do it with the kind of mic.
This was the first original song I came up with using MAGIX Music Maker (basic edition). The Drum track is from the stock drum loops. I used the Silver Synth plug-in for the Bass lines. Used a few other loops for extra textural overlays. I played the Guitar tracks myself. I did add a second clean guitar track to the chorus and used the Wha effects of Music Maker. So the driving guitar riff is really two tracks laid down of me playing the indentical thing. One Dirty an one clean with the Wha effects.
I produced the first demo in the matter of a weekend, while getting the feel of how the software worked. Following weekend went back and added the second vocal track and made additional adjustments.
I'm hoping to totally redo this song, after I decide upon and purchase software and Hardware. Any feedback on this work in progress would be appreciated.