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What CD Would You Like To Hear Me Do?

Modern Pop (Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, etc.)
6
4%
Classic Rock (Stones, Beatles, Who, Zep)
8
6%
Prog Rock (Yes, Genesis, Kansas, etc.)
14
10%
Show Tunes Style (Sound Of Music, My Fair Lady, etc.)
3
2%
Country (Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, etc.)
3
2%
Disco (Bee Gees, Tramps, etc.)
17
13%
Metal (various sub genres)
15
11%
EDM (various sub genres)
17
13%
80s (various genres)
11
8%
Your Music Sucks. Please Stop Making It
41
30%
 
Total votes: 135

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KVRAF

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20543 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:57 pm

aaron aardvark wrote:
Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:42 pm
wagtunes,
Hey, now you are channeling crazy Vurt synth stuff? Ha ha. Actually sounds pretty cool (even if it doesn't have signature wagtunes melodies)! Was that a factory preset, or you did a lot of experimentation and virtual knob tweaking? Or both?
Hey Aaron, actually it's a patch I created for my upcoming free library available with the purchase of one of my other libraries. So far I have 4 Softube libraries for sale including the free one.

Every once in a while I like going to the modular and just do crazy stuff.

KVRAF
2147 posts since 22 Jan, 2011 from near Los Angeles

Post Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:46 pm

wagtunes,
OK, that's cool. The only Softube software I own is the Harmonics distortion one. I have tried out some of their other software too.
You can hear my original music at this link: https://www.soundclick.com/artist/defau ... dID=224436


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addled muppet weed
83533 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:48 am

wagtunes wrote:
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:48 am

I have no doubt you will blow this out of the water. LOL

Have fun!
ive done the best i can, from looking at your pic and what i have available.
enjoying it played slowwwww...
get a real "forbidden planet" vibe :tu:

may even switch to spring reverb instead of delay :o

will post some "bits" maybe later, maybe tomorrow :hihi:

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KVRAF

Topic Starter

20543 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Sat Sep 18, 2021 11:40 am

vurt wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:48 am
wagtunes wrote:
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:48 am

I have no doubt you will blow this out of the water. LOL

Have fun!
ive done the best i can, from looking at your pic and what i have available.
enjoying it played slowwwww...
get a real "forbidden planet" vibe :tu:

may even switch to spring reverb instead of delay :o

will post some "bits" maybe later, maybe tomorrow :hihi:
Can't wait to hear 'em.

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KVRAF
1622 posts since 19 Aug, 2008

Post Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:30 pm

Relative Disaster
I really like this one. I think its very clever. It reminds me somewhat of a cross between ELO and The Buggles.
I love how the "But it cannot get any worse" line is arranged.

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KVRAF

Topic Starter

20543 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:34 pm

Bansaw wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:30 pm
Relative Disaster
I really like this one. I think its very clever. It reminds me somewhat of a cross between ELO and The Buggles.
I love how the "But it cannot get any worse" line is arranged.
Yeah, I thought it was a cute play on words. Story isn't far from truth though. LOL

Thanks for the listen and the feedback. Always appreciated.

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KVRAF
7264 posts since 18 Aug, 2007 from NYC

Post Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:01 pm

wagtunes wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:17 am
Another oldie. Bad recording but really cool tune.

https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim/fools
I know you say it's a bad recording, but I really like this one. Just when I would have suggested adding some vocal backing tracks, they kick in. The keys around the 1:15 are rushed and the keys towards the end, they play it too safe missing the feeling that you get from the guitar BUT the feeling and general framework are there. I hope you revisit this track to flesh it out.

I also hope you keep it "warm" like it's currently recorded.

Side note: I saw the previous comment just before I started to write, and it reminded me that I never listen to the words. I would make the world's worst DJ at a wedding. Even earlier today the missus pointed out a favorite song of mine was actually a breakup song. All I could respond was that with as pretty as it sounded, I would never have guessed!

KVRAF
2147 posts since 22 Jan, 2011 from near Los Angeles

Post Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:32 pm

wagtunes,
Reviewing "Fools": the kinda lo-fi recording works for me in this song; the distohshun could very well add to the song. Vocals are good, especially during the chorus, along with the vocal melodies; very catchy. Trying to figure what the vocals and the instrumental reminds me of; can't put my finger on that right now. Perhaps the singer of ELO? Very good song! :)
You can hear my original music at this link: https://www.soundclick.com/artist/defau ... dID=224436

KVRAF
2147 posts since 22 Jan, 2011 from near Los Angeles

Post Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:45 pm

wagtunes,
"Relative Disaster": hope the lyrics are not autobiographical, perhaps for humor? Every family has some skeletons in their closet; perhaps some horse thieves. Sounds very 70's to me (fine by me); part rock, part show tunes? Though the Vocaloid vocals sound more 80's; they work fine. I read the lyrics before I listened to the song; glad the song sounds more upbeat than the lyrics by themselves. Another nice song (considering the topic) and melodies.
You can hear my original music at this link: https://www.soundclick.com/artist/defau ... dID=224436

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KVRAF

Topic Starter

20543 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 2:13 am

elxsound wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:01 pm
wagtunes wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:17 am
Another oldie. Bad recording but really cool tune.

https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim/fools
I know you say it's a bad recording, but I really like this one. Just when I would have suggested adding some vocal backing tracks, they kick in. The keys around the 1:15 are rushed and the keys towards the end, they play it too safe missing the feeling that you get from the guitar BUT the feeling and general framework are there. I hope you revisit this track to flesh it out.

I also hope you keep it "warm" like it's currently recorded.

Side note: I saw the previous comment just before I started to write, and it reminded me that I never listen to the words. I would make the world's worst DJ at a wedding. Even earlier today the missus pointed out a favorite song of mine was actually a breakup song. All I could respond was that with as pretty as it sounded, I would never have guessed!
There is no question that there is a ton about this song, performance and recording wise, that's a train wreck. Took me a long time to get to where I am today. But this is still one of my favorite songs for the pure writing.

Anyway, thanks for the listen and the feedback.

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KVRAF

Topic Starter

20543 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 2:14 am

aaron aardvark wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:45 pm
wagtunes,
"Relative Disaster": hope the lyrics are not autobiographical, perhaps for humor? Every family has some skeletons in their closet; perhaps some horse thieves. Sounds very 70's to me (fine by me); part rock, part show tunes? Though the Vocaloid vocals sound more 80's; they work fine. I read the lyrics before I listened to the song; glad the song sounds more upbeat than the lyrics by themselves. Another nice song (considering the topic) and melodies.
Thanks for the feedback on the two songs Aaron. Much appreciated. In the meantime, I really got to get back into the studio because I've been busy doing other things. This stuff doesn't write itself. LOL

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KVRAF
7264 posts since 18 Aug, 2007 from NYC

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:50 am

wagtunes wrote:
Sun Sep 19, 2021 2:13 am
elxsound wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:01 pm
wagtunes wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:17 am
Another oldie. Bad recording but really cool tune.

https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim/fools
I know you say it's a bad recording, but I really like this one. Just when I would have suggested adding some vocal backing tracks, they kick in. The keys around the 1:15 are rushed and the keys towards the end, they play it too safe missing the feeling that you get from the guitar BUT the feeling and general framework are there. I hope you revisit this track to flesh it out.

I also hope you keep it "warm" like it's currently recorded.

Side note: I saw the previous comment just before I started to write, and it reminded me that I never listen to the words. I would make the world's worst DJ at a wedding. Even earlier today the missus pointed out a favorite song of mine was actually a breakup song. All I could respond was that with as pretty as it sounded, I would never have guessed!
There is no question that there is a ton about this song, performance and recording wise, that's a train wreck. Took me a long time to get to where I am today. But this is still one of my favorite songs for the pure writing.

Anyway, thanks for the listen and the feedback.
Is there any chance you would revisit/re-record this one?

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KVRAF

Topic Starter

20543 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:04 am

elxsound wrote:
Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:50 am
wagtunes wrote:
Sun Sep 19, 2021 2:13 am
elxsound wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:01 pm
wagtunes wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:17 am
Another oldie. Bad recording but really cool tune.

https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim/fools
I know you say it's a bad recording, but I really like this one. Just when I would have suggested adding some vocal backing tracks, they kick in. The keys around the 1:15 are rushed and the keys towards the end, they play it too safe missing the feeling that you get from the guitar BUT the feeling and general framework are there. I hope you revisit this track to flesh it out.

I also hope you keep it "warm" like it's currently recorded.

Side note: I saw the previous comment just before I started to write, and it reminded me that I never listen to the words. I would make the world's worst DJ at a wedding. Even earlier today the missus pointed out a favorite song of mine was actually a breakup song. All I could respond was that with as pretty as it sounded, I would never have guessed!
There is no question that there is a ton about this song, performance and recording wise, that's a train wreck. Took me a long time to get to where I am today. But this is still one of my favorite songs for the pure writing.

Anyway, thanks for the listen and the feedback.
Is there any chance you would revisit/re-record this one?
There was a time I would have but just recently I did just that with another old song of mine because the group I write for wanted to do it but needed a MIDI file to work from. So I redid the whole song.

Here is the original

https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim/the-only-one-1

Here is the remake

https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim ... -one-remix

Mind you, I tried to make the remake as close as possible to the original. As you can see, it doesn't even begin to capture the magic of the original recording with all its warts.

So no, I am not redoing any of my old songs anymore.

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KVRAF
7264 posts since 18 Aug, 2007 from NYC

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 7:55 am

wagtunes wrote:
Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:04 am
elxsound wrote:
Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:50 am
wagtunes wrote:
Sun Sep 19, 2021 2:13 am
elxsound wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:01 pm
wagtunes wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:17 am
Another oldie. Bad recording but really cool tune.

https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim/fools
I know you say it's a bad recording, but I really like this one. Just when I would have suggested adding some vocal backing tracks, they kick in. The keys around the 1:15 are rushed and the keys towards the end, they play it too safe missing the feeling that you get from the guitar BUT the feeling and general framework are there. I hope you revisit this track to flesh it out.

I also hope you keep it "warm" like it's currently recorded.

Side note: I saw the previous comment just before I started to write, and it reminded me that I never listen to the words. I would make the world's worst DJ at a wedding. Even earlier today the missus pointed out a favorite song of mine was actually a breakup song. All I could respond was that with as pretty as it sounded, I would never have guessed!
There is no question that there is a ton about this song, performance and recording wise, that's a train wreck. Took me a long time to get to where I am today. But this is still one of my favorite songs for the pure writing.

Anyway, thanks for the listen and the feedback.
Is there any chance you would revisit/re-record this one?
There was a time I would have but just recently I did just that with another old song of mine because the group I write for wanted to do it but needed a MIDI file to work from. So I redid the whole song.

Here is the original

https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim/the-only-one-1

Here is the remake

https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim ... -one-remix

Mind you, I tried to make the remake as close as possible to the original. As you can see, it doesn't even begin to capture the magic of the original recording with all its warts.

So no, I am not redoing any of my old songs anymore.
Please don’t take my response as pushing you to do something you know you don’t want to do… I just want to point out that the difference is the choice in mixing. I hit play on the iPad so I can’t name specifics but there’s major differences in instrument gain levels, stereo placement and EQ (the original has more highs rolled off making it a warmer recording). That’s all stuff to worry about if you’re trying to polish it up. The new version is thin, but that’s fixable with saturation, EQ, compression, and tape emulation.

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