Happy Freakin’ Holidays everyone!
The egg that rules them all:
It came before the chicken, but this fine specimen of an egg shaker that features in many a track of mine was purchased in Nepal when I was trekking back in 1999. Good times, good shakey eggy times.
Egg shakers rule for percussion. So controllable. That hand looks pretty talented too, Cato!
On a similar note, I did a completely different version of a song in my collection. The only thing the same in the two versions was the melody. The second version had different instruments and an entirely new arrangement. AJ had me put “remix” in the title of the second version. The two versions are listed separately.
Thanks for doing the collection!
I’d like to hear from more AJ composers who have e-drums and use them regularly in their music. I’m a pretty decent drummer, and play (enter?) my drums with a midi keyboard. I’m especially fond of Addictive Drums sampled drum software. I’ve often considered a set of e-drums to trigger the samples, but it really seems like an added step to me. I know that once I record the drum part with the e-drums (via MIDI) I’ll still spend time editing the part in my DAW. What if I want to change a drum roll? Am I going to set everything up to record and then get up and go over to the e-drum kit to play it, or am I just going to whip it out on the keyboard? It’s not going to sound any different. So…any accomplished drummers here on AJ who primarily use e-drums in their work and are sold doing it that way? (Of course if I had a real kit mic’d well in a good room, I wouldn’t be having this conversation.)
BTW, I can report that the Akai MPD 16-pad type of midi gear is NOT the way to go to control MIDI drums. Not nearly sensitive enough for multi-sampled drum software.
Actually, I just got Bolder Sounds Bluegrass Banjo VST and it sounds like the real deal as far as rolls go. I haven’t mastered rolls yet, so I use the software for that and play chords and single notes on a real banjo. You really can’t tell the difference in a mix.
Great thread, mccumba. Agreed with AlumoAudio and jhunger. I don’t watch a lot of TV, partially because when I do, I spend the majority of the time listening to the music in the commercials, wondering if what I’m hearing is real or synthetic. If you can’t tell, does it matter?? I’m sure there are some pianists who have been playing for years who can instantly tell the difference between a sampled piano and the real deal. Same for violins, etc. To me, some of the fake instruments sound great (specifically, I’ve heard some really convincing digital Rhodes piano reproductions). And then, I’ve been a guitarist for almost 20 years, and to me, no sampled or synthetic guitar sounds the same as the real thing. Same for banjo, uke and mandolin. Something about the nuances of picking/strumming/fingerpicking, perhaps. Probably is totally based on what you’re the most familiar with sonically.
Mixing bass. Also…mixing bass.
It is the bane of my existence.
Surprisingly I’m having a hard time finding this. The classic horse trot sound—coconuts maybe? I need the clip and the clop separated enough so I can play them rhythmically on a keyboard. Anyone? (I’m happy to pay for it.)
Nice guitar playing! I think your mix could use more balance. There is a lot of high end, causing things to sound a little thin. Warm things up, add some dynamics (hard vs. soft, variety of instruments, etc.) and watch that pitch and you’ve got a winner.
I don’t think you can do better for the price than the Equator D5 monitors. Reviewers love them (Mix, Tape Op, Sound on Sound). I have them and they’re great. I would never mix on headphones, but to check bass rumble, little editing mistakes, etc, headphones are a must. I was letting a lot of bad bass info through until I got my Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones and could hear it. (Bass in the bane of my existence. How about you?) Then I check my mix…from the doorway, from downstairs, with big-a** stereo speakers, little Roland desktop speakers and in my car. If I haven’t detected anything weird at that point, I’m done!