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  1. I’m thinking about entering a song writing contest but I can’t decide which of these two pieces to use. I think I’ve posted both of them here in the past for critiques, but now I just want to know which one I should use as an instrumental entry. Also, the titles; “Mental Suicide” and “I Don’t Want to Think” are really only working titles because of words that popped into my head as I was humming out the melodies, they can be changed. I’d like an opinion on that as well. Any feedback would be most appreciated. -Rick
  2. Fantastic!!! Very convincing! This must have taken you a very long time to do. Bet you had many sleepless nights. I’m assuming this was all done with virtual instruments and if so, those are some incredible samples! The mix and arrangement are world class. The reverb is wonderful and really makes it sound like a live performance. Just incredible! I hope you are trying to get the attention of people that could use your talents. This is a level of proficiency that few command. Great work!
  3. Here’s another one with heavy Beatles influence. I’m interested to know how the balance is and if the bass is too loud. Thanks for listening.
  4. jawoodruff, I lowered the volume on the flute-y thing a bit and panned the strings a bit to the left. This made some parts more audible so I fixed a few melodic voicings that weren’t sounding quite right. If you get a chance, I’d be interested in your opinion. Are the strings too loud?
  5. jawoodruff, Thanks for the helpful feedback. Question: By "equalize the strings up in volume", are you just referring volume as opposed to applying EQ? Great to know the melody is clear, and since you had no comment on the bass levels, I'll assume they are fine. I will be checking the things out that you mentioned. Thank you very much for the feedback! -Rick
  6. The new and improved arrangement of a little ukulele tune I made up. I made a few changes (not that anyone would ever notice), but of course, I notice. Any feedback would be most appreciated, especially with regards to the supporting arrangement for the “flute-y” melody. Being as the flute-y thing gets split into 3 part harmonies, I’d be interested to know whether the main melody (the singular line of the first verse), gets lost. And, as with all my stuff, is the bass too loud, too soft, or just fine? Does it work as an instrumental? Maybe for some cheeky video game? The “Kirby” series comes to mind. I love the tunes in “Kirby’s Epic Yarn”. I intended it to have a vocal but my singing voice requires a lot of auto-tune, and besides, I don’t have a great microphone. That and I don’t much care for writing lyrics. Thanks in advance.
  7. mark, Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you like it. Good to know I didn't overdo the percussion (I hope, anyway). I never know if on other systems some percussive aspect will jump out to the front of the mix. That and the bass. I only know what sounds good on my setup. I just get a headache trying to read up on all the technical stuff for recording. I think you gave me a tip a while back to insert a similar type commercial song into the DAW and just try and match levels. I don't think I did that for this particular piece, but I have indeed tried that on other stuff and it works pretty good. Thanks again.
  8. Monarcheon, I changed the double ride cymbals in that section to single rides because after your comment, all I could hear was ride cymbals... hehehe. I might decide to put it back to double rides and maybe change to a different cymbal or something because I still tend to double ride the cymbals in that part when I pretend I’m drumming (air drumming). It’s good to get someone else’s perspective. I thought; hmmm, “yeah, that’s too heavy on the rides”. Sometimes I feel like a painter that never steps back a few feet to see the entire picture, know what I mean? So thanks for the outside perspective. If you could give that section another listen, I would most appreciate your opinion. But if not, that’s okay. UPDATE: After I posted this response I went back and listened to that section again and it sounded kind of bare, so I put the double ride cymbals back in but reduced the volume on it. I’m no Ringo, but I try and think “How would Ringo do it?”. Way better than me and that’s for sure. I just couldn’t live with one ride every beat, and the hi-hat just didn’t seem to work. So it’s the double ride I guess. What are ya gonna do? hehehe. Thanks Monarcheon, I still very much appreciate your feedback, and if you get a chance I’d sure appreciate it if you could give it another listen and let me know what you think. But if not, that’s okay.
  9. Monarcheon, Thanks, I’ll be looking into it. That’s very helpful information.
  10. Monarcheon, Thanks for the feedback about the ride cymbals, it’s very helpful. What is a double ride? If you wouldn’t mind, could you please point me to the ride section you are referring to. Are the snare hits too low in volume? I mix in my flat response studio headphones because I have no monitor speakers so I don’t really know how my stuff sounds with any other setup. Thanks again.
  11. Here’s a tune I wrote on my acoustic guitar. I added an arrangement. It’s all virtual instruments done in the piano roll of Sonar 8.5.
  12. KJthesleepdeprive, Thanks for the nice comments. I know what you mean about those "teaser" type phrases. Truth is, that motif just kept popping up... I couldn't seem to avoid it. I hope it didn't get on your nerves. What are you gonna do when composing a piece that sort of just goes where it wants? Oh well. I appreciate too that the comical aspects came across. He is just a demented clown after all. I had to go to a minor key though because there is really nothing funny about Trump. As for the rather tried and true melodic phrase at the end, I can't get the words "Three - cheers - for - freedom - of - the - press" *thud*, out of my head. Also good to know you had no issues with it being played through your clunky laptop speakers. That's very useful information as I'm pretty short on technical audio knowledge like how to apply EQ or get correct levels, especially on the bass end.
  13. Quinn, Thanks for the nice feedback. I’m glad to hear that you like the ending on this one (and on “Soft the Snow” too) because I love challenging myself to come up with endings. I wrote this one in response to a White House press briefing (remember those?) when CNN’s Jim Acosta was attacked by the orange puss pimple (Trump). I never finished the lyrics but here’s the opening verse in case you want to follow along (starts at the “flute-y” melody guide after the intro): Jim Acosta was accosted by the president By the yellow headed dirty evil resident Jim he really kept his cool While the bully played the fool Just like his T-V show... Anyway, that’s verse one, (In case you wondered, I’m not a fan of Trump).
  14. Quinn, I’m glad you stayed awake to the end because I was struggling with how to end the thing. So thanks for liking the ending, and the rest of it too.
  15. Here’s a tune I made in Sonar 8.5. I really would appreciate knowing if the levels are okay, especially on the bass end. All I know is that it sounds fine on my system. Thanks in advance. Enjoy.
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