Find Your Own Way by The Downstream (power pop)

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eric71
KVRist
30 posts since 30 Sep, 2008 from Finland

Post Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:01 am

Something I wrote and recorded while "sheltering in place" this week. Simple, catchy rock, recorded in Logic using mostly the native plugins plus a couple U-he plugins (Presswerk and Satin). Nothing fancy, and probably horribly derivative of something I don't quite remember. But hopefully enjoyable for someone.
https://soundcloud.com/thedownstream/find-your-own-way

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wagtunes
KVRAF
19163 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: Find Your Own Way by The Downstream (power pop)

Post Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:25 am

Shades of David Bowie's "Heroes" without all the ambiance. Especially the vocals. Derivitive or not, I liked it. The mix was a little harsh in places but not to the point where it's difficult to listen to.

Anyway, good job. :tu:

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Bansaw
KVRian
1087 posts since 19 Aug, 2008

Re: Find Your Own Way by The Downstream (power pop)

Post Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:10 pm

Nice.
I like your voice.
In terms of mixing there needs to be a little more meat in the low end.
The guitar distortion was little too harsh for me.
Overall, very good, liked it. :tu:

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The Noodlist
KVRAF
2386 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

Re: Find Your Own Way by The Downstream (power pop)

Post Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:14 pm

I like it.
It's nice to hear some guitar orientated stuff around here..
I'm with Bansaw on this, what are the drums you're using?
Currently trying to turn noise into music. :neutral:

eric71
KVRist
30 posts since 30 Sep, 2008 from Finland

Re: Find Your Own Way by The Downstream (power pop)

Post Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:16 pm

I was going back and forth with the bottom end through a number of mixes - my monitors and headphones are a bit lacking when it comes to bass, and I tend to miss boomy bass. So I was checking in my car, and arrived at a compromise - which is probably less low end than there should be. I think I fed soundcloud an mp3 without enough headroom, and that is affecting the sound quite a bit too, making everything harsher. I added the audio to some free stock footage and put it on youtube, which in HD seems to preserve the audio much better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHcODWG4tC4

The drums were done using Logic's Drummer plugin, a kit called Manchester.

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The Noodlist
KVRAF
2386 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

Re: Find Your Own Way by The Downstream (power pop)

Post Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:25 am

Yep, that's better on YT.
I enjoyed it. :tu:
Also digging your other tracks, loving "One man" could do with a bit more oomph and bass, nice jangle. :tu:
Yourself, thejonsolo and DT are my top 3 listens on KVR.
Are you using a Variax?
Currently trying to turn noise into music. :neutral:

noylis
KVRist
77 posts since 26 Nov, 2009

Re: Find Your Own Way by The Downstream (power pop)

Post Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:27 am

Man what a great track totally professional. I wish I could play some real instruments😒

eric71
KVRist
30 posts since 30 Sep, 2008 from Finland

Re: Find Your Own Way by The Downstream (power pop)

Post Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:51 am

The Noodlist wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:25 am
Are you using a Variax?
I'm using a Vintage V52, which is a good value tele copy, recorded direct through my interface. I have used Logic's Amp Designer and Pedalboard plugins.

I've been struggling a little bit this past week trying to get a mix with a little more weight to it that sounds decent on my monitors, headphones and in my car. I finally got something with better low end and midrange that is sounding OK everywhere, with a final polish from Landr.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1wBhJNe0-0

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