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Courtyard Hound

By Sodabelly on January 30, 2016 5:22 pm

Courtyard Hound is a song I've written recently and worked on mostly in the last week. It was lyrically inspired by David Benioff's very enjoyable novel City of Thieves. Musically, it's a mix of many folk influences and I think the lyrical/sonic combination works quite well.

At this point it's about 90% done. I have some mixing/mastering I'd like to do, and I'm sure that once I dive back in I'll end up tweaking and adding many little touches. If anyone has experience making vocals and acoustic guitars sound like million dollar productions, I'd love to pick your brain. Enjoy!

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February 1, 2016 12:54 am

Gorgeous track, great melody/chord progression. The harmony is great!. Your fingerpicking is really solid/interesting.

February 1, 2016 2:19 am

really nice mix and sound quality. reminds me of something off of quebec by ween.

February 1, 2016 2:32 am

Wonderful track. As a former folkie raised on fine quality fingerpicking, I'm still always partial to a good folk song, even as a predominantly experimental musician nowadays.

As far as the mix/production, I really don't hear anything much wrong with it. Maybe a tiny EQ scoop here in there and a bit of fader writing to balance things in a few moments, but that's really nitpicking prompted by your final remarks. I suspect most of it is due to being immersed in the process of putting this track together. Listening fatigue always makes things sound worse than they are, especially if you've heard the tracks in their raw form a lot throughout the process.

But really, all that makes those "million dollar productions" is the recordings themselves. Good use of space and plenty of headroom (which you're swimming in with 24-bit recording nowadays) will do a lot of the work. You can quite happily run your mix at -18dB without any trouble whatsoever (among other things, I record concert music, which often lives there and below). After that, the mix kind of does itself and it's just a matter of balancing for the most part. It sounds like you've done most of this anyway. It doesn't sound like thing have been run too hot (which is often what makes things sound cheap with home recording). Maybe back off the mics a couple of centimeters and that's about it.

I wouldn't overthink it. The track sounds good. Don't listen to it for a while, you might be surprised at what you hear when you haven't had your head in the production process all week. Great work.

February 2, 2016 8:18 am

Very singer/songwriter, it doesn't sound as bad as you might think.

February 2, 2016 11:05 am

Man, I was just stunned when I first listened it. This is one of the best songs I've heard on Weeklybeats ever since. PERIOD.

Production-wise, and only because you asked for it, I could only suggest to eq the double vocals a little less bright or, even better, use tiny amounts of sidechain gate in order to make the doubles "discretely dissapear" after each verse. Same could be applied to some reverb to the mid-high frequencies of the fingerpicking. I guess I'm aiming at some Elliot Smith's "Miss Misery" kind of sound. But anyway, I repeat I'm just trying to give positive feedback here as a fellow WBeater. As a casual listener, I wouldn't change a single thing.

I simple fell in love with this one smile

February 3, 2016 4:24 pm
Lyons wrote:

Gorgeous track

george bowles wrote:

really nice mix and sound quality.

kevanatkins wrote:

Wonderful track.

Devieus wrote:

Very singer/songwriter, it doesn't sound as bad as you might think.

laguna wrote:

Man, I was just stunned when I first listened it. This is one of the best songs I've heard on Weeklybeats ever since. PERIOD.

Thanks for the kind words guys! It really makes my day. And thanks kevanatkins for your insight and advice, really helps/reassuring.

February 6, 2016 9:26 pm

This is outstandingly beautiful. heart

March 22, 2016 4:35 pm

Wow.  Spot on.

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