Tunes, Tracks, Beats & Mixes
Description : I posted a short piece of music a few months ago in which Jim played some cool guitar and gave me a bunch of 45 second clips of rhythm and lead guitar parts in the process. Both of us wanted to work the song out but Jim's been busy playing across the state of Florida with a few bands he's been playing in, his talent is in great demand I guess!! So I decided to go through the tracks we recorded that day and with some bass and some vocals I added, put together a track. I added a little tambo, a phased wurli and lots of delay. I took one of Jim's guitar tracks that was noticeably different than the others and made it a guitar interlude to begin the track and then from :30 to 1:10 is the track I uploaded a couple months back. Decided to write this one about what is happening politically in America as it's a strange and worrying time in my country's history.
Description : A cover song by the great singer songwriter Townes Van Zandt. This one is about his heroin problem he had. Rocked up his folk song a little. Drums, bass, classical guitar and 3 vocal tracks. Here is the link to his song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZcH2OOMV4A
Description : Acoustic guitar rhythm, 2 acoustic git fill tracks, bass, drums, cabasa and some glockenspiel. Has a folk/rock/Southwestern flavor, enjoy!
Description : Folk rock with lots of mandolin, been neglecting that little guy lately. Classical guitar rhythm, bass and drums with bongo, conga and timbale loops from Ableton. Used a wind pad in a few places, too. Enjoy!
Description : This one is more finished, more going on musically and mixed a few times more. Acoustic guitar rhythm and fills, bass, drums, horns and a little bit of pad near the end. Southwestern feel but along the lines of what I've been doing lately, folk/rock. Lots of finger squeaks on strings and I forgot to tune my guitars...Update: Finally got around to a remix. Enjoy!!
Description : Lately I've been pumping out short quick ideas to work on making changes to my mixing techniques after getting a new interface and monitors. No sense in adding extra instruments that will only get in the way and thus making it more difficult to hear the basic rhythm tracks. That would only defeat the purpose of what I'm trying to do which is get the basic rhythm tracks to sound as good as I can before marching on to more elaborate lengthy productions. Plus I believe that adding more doesn't necessarily make a musical idea better, sometimes less is more. I'm taking a few steps back to work on the basics so I can then move forward from that point. I used two drum loops from Ableton's packs which instantly I knew what pop song the loops were modeled after and bonus points for those who can guess the song. Acoustic guitar, cocktail shaker and bass complete this one. Anyone interested in adding a featured instrument feel free to contact me. I'm beginning to like the quality of my tracks after all these years of learning to record so I encourage everyone to take pride in your musical ideas. Enjoy!!!!
Description : Bass, drums , acoustic guitar and I've added 2 electric guitar tracks to make it a little more interesting. Enjoy!!
Description : Similar to what I've been posting lately, bass, drums, acoustic guitar and a string synth. Folk rock I suppose. Update: Remixed it, addressed drum issues, eq'ed the acoustic guitar, made some adjustments to the master channel. Enjoy!
Description : There's nothing like living near the ocean but the water can be dangerous, too. There are many shark attacks where I live and catch a wave the wrong way and you are tossed around like a rag doll in shallow water. Plus the riptides can be deadly. That's the loose inspiration behind the title, taking on a wave and losing the battle. I threw some drum loops together, picked up my bass guitar and played 3:30 worth of bass in the key of Am, 1 take. I removed about 40 seconds of it that was dull and thought it was pretty cool with the bass and drums alone. Trying to figure out the first rhythm acoustic track(left in mix) was a bit fun because I just rambled all over the place with the bass. The second acoustic rhythm track(panned right) was 1 take so warts and all are featured. Tambourine makes an appearance along with a synth and piano in the latter part of the track. No structure whatsoever, just a bass jam inspired idea for mixing purposes only. Enjoy!
Description : Kinda sorta a song. Drums, bass, acoustic git and a Rhodes/piano mixed and a small horn part. Just another quick idea, second mix, keeping things simple to work on mixing. First track where my interface and Ableton were set to record at 96,000 hz rather than the standard 44,100. Uses up a lot more cpu but my mac handled it with no problem. Also started grouping tracks in Ableton, that also helps the cpu usage. Not sure of the genre, acoustic rock, pop....? Update: Made adjustments on the master channel. Enjoy!
Description : Acoustic Blues track, E, B and A. Waltz beat, nothing complicated, just something to mix. EZ Drummer, me on bass, 2 acoustic guitar tracks, lead fills I added tremolo and for percussion I tapped on my acoustic body here and there. Update: Added mandolin and remixed. Second update: There was a lot of room on the master channel to push the compression, saturator and limiter a bit, did a little work on each track. Enjoy!
Description : "This is a Public Service Announcement...WITH GUITARS!!" An opening line in one of my favorite bands songs and it helps describe this one perfectly. Bonus points if you know the band or particular song. I modeled the song after that band and this one hearkens back to the early days of punk. This was written by my brother Chris and I got a little help on guitars from my friend Jim. Fun lyrics and full of energy, this one is a fav of mine of all the songs my brother has written. I sing and play the bass and produced it. Got new monitors and a new interface, hopefully it sounds better than other mixes I've done. Final Update: Oct 2017 Remixed Enjoy!
Description : It’s been a while, Hurricane Matthew decided to play games with my carport and a sizable chunk of my roof but was lucky in that my house is still livable and I didn’t really lose anything. It sidelined me for a while but I finally started this Christmas song my brother Chris wrote a while back. Chris makes his singing debut in this one and he sounds kinda like me singing, sorry folks, ha! Trumpet, trombone and English horn accompany the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, tubular bells and sleigh bells. Update 12/1: fine tuned the mix. Enjoy!
Description : Hey folks, I've been away for a while, sadly my Dad passed away so music had to take a back seat till I felt up to it. My brother Chris let me know he was writing songs and was recording them on his phone. After listening to a bunch we decided to do a few which got my mind onto making music again, thankfully. We have similar writing styles and likes when it comes to music so I figured he might like my style of producing. He has the copyright on all his songs through the U.S. Copyright office. Idea for the song happened when Chris was driving to Melbourne and saw the storm clouds brewing while his wife was knitting during the long drive. So he sat and wrote about the drive. Folk/Pop/adultcontemporary/country... what's in a lable? Any feedback would be appreciated, thanks. Enjoy!
Description : 2nd Update: Adjusted bass eq and compressor. 1st update: Made some adjustments to the mix. I had 2 compressors that were not set right, one on the bass and one on the master track. Hopefully it sounds better. I've spent the last week putting this pop/rock tune together and started learning parallel compression in Ableton. I found a good YT vid that guided me in setting up an effects rack and some basic settings. It seems to make the tracks fuller and the tracks seem to fit in the mix better as a whole. EZ Drummer, bass, acoustic guitar, piano, rhodes/wurli keys. I have some recorded vocals but they are not worked out so it's an instrumental as it sits. Any suggestions on the mix would be helpful. Thanks! Enjoy!
Description : Update 7/1: Lowered threshold on master track, made a couple adjustments. Three acoustic guitar tracks, rhythm, lead and lead with delay. Waltz beat, 3/4 timing. Just did a basic nut repair and threw some new strings on my baby. I could have added quite a bit more but decided to keep it simple. Enjoy!
Description : Update 6/16 - adjusted volume levels from suggestions. Latin Rock is a good way to describe it. EZ Drummer, acoustic guitar, bass, mandolin, piano, a horn/pad, tambo and a little percussion. Don't forget to bring your sandals to the beach, the sand can be pretty hot. Enjoy!
Description : I'd have to say this is the first song I've done where I felt confident applying compression and understanding what I'm doing. As a result I'm fairly happy with the mix, not perfect but taking steps forward. Acoustic pop track, EZ Drummer, bass, acoustic guitar, cabasa, guiro, tambo, harmonica and some Rhodes organ. Enjoy!
Description : Update: I tried to make the ending fade out better. I made this back in 2012 using Adobe Audition 3. I only had a short mp3 file at 128kbps to start with. I touched it up in Ableton and it became a wav and then I converted it back to mp3 in Logic Pro 9. I used an effect called multitap delay on the electric guitar, it can fill the whole stereo field, awesome delay effect. Acoustic guitar, bass, bongos, percussion, short. Enjoy!
Description : Update 4/28: Added some vocal scat tracks and finger snaps, eased up on the compression on the mix a bit and changed the ending a little. I gave it a name fitting for a jazz and reggae mix. :) It didn't get any less strange. I decided to put it in reggae because it is heavily leaning in that direction. I sent it to Jim yesterday to see if he hears any guitar in there.
I used 4 adobe jazz drum loops and a Fender Jazz bass track, some reggae acoustic guitar with tremolo, some wurli keys. I also added some percussion.
Description : I had forgotten about this idea I started last month and was in the familiar "untitled folder" which I'm sure most of you have a few somewhere. When I opened it up I was surprised to find finished drums and an acoustic guitar track so I spent the last 3 days adding a live bass track, some tambo and a few midi tracks. I could have added more but decided to keep this simple idea simple. Not sure of the genre. Enjoy!
Description : Update 5/24; remixed it. I decided to do my favorite Bob Dylan song. I was 12 years old when this song came out and very impressionable at that time. The Vietnam war, social changes with massive protests along with Watergate were so engraved in our minds at that time in America and this song was a turning point for me. It took music that I just enjoyed as a kid to a place where it combined politics and I was old enough to get the big picture. Lyrics took on a new meaning at that point, so thanks Bob. Thanks Orlando51 and Tumbleweed also, there are some good, talented people here. I struggled finishing this one and I put it away for a while then decided to go with the midi violin and call it done. Now I know why I like short songs, this one is long with 10 or so verses. It tells the true story of someone set up and falsely accused of murder because of the color of his skin with corrupt lawyers and cops sending him to jail. Sad to see this sort of thing still happening today. Figured now was a good time to try this one.
Description : Jim visited a while ago and laid down a few more electric guitar tracks to finish up our third song. We have one more of this type of rock song and an old cover song to finish but we both have had personal things going on lately so things have been slow. I wanted to add some lyrics but that never happened so it became an instrumental showcasing Jim's talents. He brought over a Les Paul with a repaired neck that looked like it wouldn't stay in tune no matter how much you tried and ran it through my Fender DeVille. EZ Drummer on the kit, I am playing the bass and rhythm guitar. Enjoy!
Description : This punk song had it’s beginnings after I read a newspaper article about students in high school who wanted the start time of school to be pushed to a time more convenient for them as they were too tired to get up for school. The cause was staying up late on their mobile devices, texting and on social media and the “like” and parents not taking the devices away when it’s bedtime. The backlash was hilarious in the comments section as terms like “generation cupcake” and “the pussification of America” , “participation trophies” was the basic theme. I was instantly motivated to write a punk song, great material.
I explained to Jim how there seemed to be a certain disconnect between the newer generation of electronic music producers and the real musician citing comments made in the forums here. He just couldn’t believe it, I can’t post his comments because of the language restrictions but we had quite the chuckle.
This one moves, 180 bpm. Started this one about 4 months ago and had done several mixes with synths throughout the song. Then Jim contacted me and I sent him this ambitious number to start us off. He came by, the synths were dumped and this is the result.
The vocals are pretty funny, I lightly used a vocoder in a few places. I played with some panning and some delays and had a blast getting this one done. Once again, Jim has astounded me with his talent. Hope you enjoy this one!
Description : Jim introduced himself through Bandmix, a site for meeting local musicians and suggested we work together as he liked my music. After listening to his track Jersey Justice at Bandmix I was certainly impressed and felt some good mojo was about to be created. Only problem was Jim had never used a daw or knew what an interface was. He visited and we recorded some tracks for another song that I am still mixing and I showed him my setup. After seeing my "studio", he was all in and has since purchased am imac(24gb ram) with Ableton, some cool mics, Rokit 8's and a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 firewire interface with about 20 mono/stereo inputs to record live bands in his studio. Well, much of that is down the road but for now here is our first demo with Jim recording his own lead guitar track with only 4 week using Ableton! Jim rocks and I am envious of his skills and glad he has taken on the challenge and madness of home recording. So here is our first collab, straight up rock, simple chords and structure to get us going. Enjoy!