New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

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hugoh
KVRer
14 posts since 26 Jan, 2018

Post Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:54 am

Hi everybody,

I am new here. I am making reggae and dub with ableton live since a few years.
I would really appreciate some feedback

https://soundcloud.com/hugoh-7/tromb

By the way I am searching a singer too

hugoh

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KVRian
920 posts since 2 Jun, 2016

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:46 am

It's a solid reggae effort: good clear mix and pleasant bass and melody. Sounds like a live band. I have no complaints about the instrumentation or track structure.

However, I'm surprised that you haven't gone for any spot effects, particularly on some of the percussive beats or the clav-sounding instrument at times.

I can understand your wish to find a reggae singer, as your track although beautifully melodic, does sound like just a backing track at present.
There's a number of artists online naturally who will collab with your productions in return for payment, such as at:
https://soundbetter.com/s/singer-female
Of course, it's also possible that you might be able to get someone online to agree to do it for free.

Good luck!

hugoh
KVRer
14 posts since 26 Jan, 2018

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:03 am

Thanks man,

What would you use as spot effects?

Thank you for the website for singers. However, I did not intend to pay for it :)

sjm
KVRAF
1701 posts since 17 Apr, 2004

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:07 am

Second the spot FX.

I would use Bionic Delay and/or Replika. Tempo delays at any rate, and nice and wide in the stereo field. Reverb to taste.

If you had vox, they'd be a candidate for the FX. With no vox, you can try dub sirens, various percussive hits/impacts and even your drum track. Depends how dubby you want to go.

You could also see if you can find some CC license vox samples to use. If you are just using them for effect, you don't need much. A few key words in the right voice and you'll be all set. I recently made a dub track and it has about 3 lines of lyrics... ;)

You'll want a send and you'll want to automate the delay feedback for the nice swell effect.
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thecontrolcentre
KVRAF
23021 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:25 am

Nice track. Would love to hear a more "dubby" version ... like Scientist, King Tubby, etc. I'd use bucket brigade reverbs & delays as spot effects.

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layzer
KVRAF
5544 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:56 pm

it sounds great, but to be quite honest,
I could have used a little more "wow synth" :hihi:
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HW MODULES [OBi M1000 - ROLAND MKS-50 - ROLAND JV880 - KURZ 1000PX]
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Frantz
KVRAF
4812 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:01 pm

Excellent mix. I agree you could use a singer or something to provide additional interest.

smd12
KVRist
129 posts since 25 Jan, 2010

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:46 pm

I will agree with the rest. The mix is really good, but needs either vocals or something to break it up a bit

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thomekk
KVRAF
2442 posts since 3 May, 2003 from Germany

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:03 pm

smd12 wrote:The mix is really good, but needs either vocals or something to break it up a bit
Today's problems more + more. Agreed. And sorry - I don't want to be evil :)
Sounds good "productionwise" yeah - but what it's worth? I'm missing ideas / developments / brave approaches. Just a test? Hm, ok.
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hugoh
KVRer
14 posts since 26 Jan, 2018

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:49 am

Thank you for all your comments.
Not sure to understand the last one though.

Just a test? You mean doing reggae? It is not a test I am doing mostly reggae and dub because that's what I like

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DJ LFD
KVRist
132 posts since 10 Dec, 2017

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:30 am

I like the funk guitar, but the rest of the melodies need to a twist if you're going to be serious about Reggae... they're too simple, definitely vary them... if i smoked a doob i would get bored, no offense.

Solid effort but please YouTube "Chord Progression" and see what you can gather from it. too repetitive and simple at the same time, but that's part of learning ;).
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hugoh
KVRer
14 posts since 26 Jan, 2018

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:44 am

Thanks for the advice.
However I can assure you that there is only two chords in some famous reggae tracks

winkie00
KVRist
191 posts since 9 Jul, 2008 from Newcastle Upon Tyne

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:13 pm

Yeah sounds solid bud, maybe just some type of dub echo on that lone snare sound. Think its a snare ; ))

hugoh
KVRer
14 posts since 26 Jan, 2018

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:40 am

There is two drums parts: one with a normal snare and one with a cross rim.

Do you mean dub echo on the normal snare?

hugoh
KVRer
14 posts since 26 Jan, 2018

Re: New Reggae Artist here [hugoh]

Post Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:40 am

There are two drums parts: one with a normal snare and one with a cross rim.

Do you mean dub echo on the normal snare?

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