So do you guys usually re-master your songs when you get new plugins etc? Just wondering, because I’ve have some songs in my portfolio that really good be polished up….
Personally, I wouldn’t remaster a song just because of a new plugin, unless it really makes a difference. In general, one’s time is better spent coming up with new ideas instead of revisiting old ones. But my mixing chops and my ability to hear things have grown, and if I hear something from the past that I now recognize as undesirable, I’ll fix it.
I just sold my longest non-selling track. I added it in January of 2011, and it just sold for the first time. I always believed in it which is why I left it in. In the mean time my mixing chops have improved so I’ve remixed it at least once. If you add a track, you like it and AJ approves it, then my advice is stick with it.
Another vote for the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s. They’re my last line of defense as far as bass buildup in a mix. Comfortable too, and priced right. Note that the “LE” version (LE: limited edition) is over $100 more and from what I can see the added expense is just for the “Special 50th anniversary edition silver-colored metallic finish.”
i think if you ask the producer-types who use our music, the vast majority will tell you they want an ending. Fades are for songs people listen to for enjoyment, but there really isn’t a place for them in multimedia productions.
Here’s a simple suggestion (hopefully not mentioned yet). Why don’t you just swap your two mics and try that. Sing into the 57 and use the condenser on the guitar. Many a hit record vocal has been sung with a 57 or 58.
Addictive Keys has a very nice upright, along with the grand and a fun-to-play Rhodes. It’s almost too nice…it doesn’t really do the old, dusty, out-of-tune Sunday school type of upright. BTW, for those of us who can use eBay, I “made an offer” on the Addictive Keys software and got a very good deal on top of the current sale price. For software you can download instead of waiting for a mailed box, many Ebay dealers will give you a really great price if you just ask, if the item is marked with “make an offer.” (I made an offer to two stores who both came back with counter-offers. I the same offer to a third store and it was accepted immediately and automatically. I was so happy I danced a jig.)
Synthogy Ivory. Used to use the Yamaha all the time; now I use the Steinway almost exclusively. I REALLY need to find a good upright though. Also, a good friend takes some of his work to LA and says the Pianoteq is becoming popular with a lot of guys out there. I didn’t think it was the absolute best I’ve ever heard, but it’s pretty nice, and the footprint is unbelievably small.
I just purchased Addictive Keys. It has a grand, an upright and a Rhodes. So far I’m very impressed. As far as the grand, there is a ton of control over microphone choice and placement, there are presets with a lot of variety, and it just sounds really nice. I have and love Addictive Drums, which can almost seem like you’re working with real drums. I get the same vibe with Addictive Keys.
I could see using a little of the robotic piano in your song as an effect, but it’s too much for too long. It could use some dynamics, for sure. And yes, DO offer a version without vocals.