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Old Soul, New Shoes

By Edmund Snyder on February 28, 2016 4:57 pm

A couple acoustic guitar tracks.  A couple vocal tracks.  A bass guitar track.  Drums.  Trying out the DDLY vst that I got from Izotope last week on the guitar tracks as well as a little automation to bring the effect in and out at the right times.  Oh, and synth strings.

Pretty happy with the results.

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The cobbler's seen your face before
He calls you "that fire-walking whore"
But only when you ain't around
Or they'll be visiting his burial ground



You're an old soul with a new pair of shoes
You don't just sing, but live the blues
You've earned your stripes the punishing way
How many times have you had to pay?
You walked through fire and lived to tell
Kickin' butt on your stroll through hell
A fiery, never-ending stroll
A new pair of shoes on your old soul.



You've ravaged about a thousand pairs
You've cried salty tears of great despair
But you rose above it every time
A spirit reaching the sublime

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February 29, 2016 12:23 am

I don't know how you adjusted your delay, but you give a quite unique groove and shuffle to the whole track. Really good "bridge" parts, and i think you've impreved your drum programming a lot!

Your singing sounds quite strong here and although I don't get all the literal meaning of the lyrics, they sound really powerful to me.

I don't think you were "swampy" at the least smile Great track!

BTW as a heavy-usage producer myself, I could advice about using some ping-pong or copy of the repeats in a different stereo position than the original. It adds cohesion to the track, although it complicates things from a guitarrist standpoint, because you have to use the delay as a send effect instead of placing it in series. Maybe you could try it and see if you like the effect, though it could easily overcrowd the mix.

Also the "reverb vocals" are tricky to make, because they tend to use a louder version on the CLEAN voice along with the reverb, so it gains wideness without losing some presence (you always lose "streng" in the middle when using reverb.

Just my two cents in case you want to new mixing tricks. I really liked the song as it was.

February 29, 2016 2:08 am

The instrumentation is a bit "retired" behind your vocals. You might try putting some of the effects of the master track, so that they pull everything together. As laguna says, just my 2 cents (adjusted for inflation).

February 29, 2016 1:58 pm
laguna wrote:

I don't know how you adjusted your delay, but you give a quite unique groove and shuffle to the whole track. Really good "bridge" parts, and i think you've impreved your drum programming a lot!

I think I set it to delay on 1/8 and just tweaked the other knobs until it sounded good.  There are positives and negatives to not knowing what I'm doing.  smile


Your singing sounds quite strong here and although I don't get all the literal meaning of the lyrics, they sound really powerful to me.

laguna wrote:

I don't think you were "swampy" at the least smile Great track!

"Swamped" is a colloquialism that can mean "very busy."

laguna wrote:

BTW as a heavy-usage producer myself, I could advice about using some ping-pong or copy of the repeats in a different stereo position than the original. It adds cohesion to the track, although it complicates things from a guitarrist standpoint, because you have to use the delay as a send effect instead of placing it in series. Maybe you could try it and see if you like the effect, though it could easily overcrowd the mix.

Also the "reverb vocals" are tricky to make, because they tend to use a louder version on the CLEAN voice along with the reverb, so it gains wideness without losing some presence (you always lose "streng" in the middle when using reverb.

Just my two cents in case you want to new mixing tricks. I really liked the song as it was.

I actually do have most of my effects on separate FX tracks in this song.  I tried various stereo panning things with the guitar delay but I didn't really care for them.  I still suffer from using mostly decent studio headphones because I don't have any studio monitor speakers.  I try to compensate for that by listening through various devices and speakers before I finalize, for what that's worth.  I also suffer from having 47 year old ears and an equally antiquated audio processing unit inside my head. wink




Jim Wood wrote:

The instrumentation is a bit "retired" behind your vocals. You might try putting some of the effects of the master track, so that they pull everything together. As laguna says, just my 2 cents (adjusted for inflation).

Thanks for listening and for your suggestion.

February 29, 2016 2:56 pm

February 29, 2016 8:01 pm

Your production is getting better!  Keep it up, my man! smile

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