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Stuck: a fabulous new collaboration :-)
on: June 14, 2016, 20:42:10
Hey y'all. @marcus_jb  and I collaborated on another ditty. Give it a listen and tell us what you think, eh?

There is a high-pitched buzzing sound that starts right before my vocals come in that I can't get rid of. So try to ignore that. (I've been trying to figure out why this happens when I record my vocals. Does anyone have any ideas? Maybe I need a preamp on my mic or something? Right now I'm just singing into a Fleco SD1000 dynamic mic and that is plugged into my iMic, which is plugged into my iMac and I record in GarageBand. @MartiMedia or @cosignsessions have either of you run into this problem before or do you have any suggestions? You seem to know a lot about music gear and such. Any advice is appreciated.)

Looking forward to people's feedback. Hope you're all having a great week!

Here are the lyrics:

Stuck
(collaboration with Marcus)

VERSE 1
You are, youíre the answer to my prayers
You are, youíre the beacon in the dark
You are very possibly the best thing to happen to me

CHORUS
I know all these things
I just donít know how to let you in

VERSE 2
I am, Iím the wounded soldier
I am, Iím the echo of the lark
I am an island in my own private reverie


And here is the link:

https://soundcloud.com/miriam-card/stuck-collaboration-marcus-guitarmusic-miriam-lyrics-vocals-other-instruments


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Re: Stuck: a fabulous new collaboration :-)
Reply #1 on: June 14, 2016, 20:51:01
Hi @Mitzi ! Just love your voice on this one. IMO you have an truly unique voice that is comparable to many of the best ones out there.

As I said earlier I'm not to concerned of the "buzzing". Somehow does it fit into the feeling of the track and I didn't notice it until you mentioned it. Just love the result of this collaboration.

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Reply #2 on: June 14, 2016, 21:20:16
Thanks so much @marcus_jb! It was so fun working with you on this! Like I said before, you are super talented and you have a way of creating a mood with your songs that I just sort of get sucked into very easily. Looking forward to future collabs!  ::e-guitar3::


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Reply #3 on: June 14, 2016, 22:03:24
Hi @Mitzi and @marcus_jb

wow, what a great atmosphere. Awesome!
i woud use some short cuts here and there, but perhaps not....

Lovely! i enjoyed this a lot!
me, myself, and Pie


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Reply #4 on: June 14, 2016, 22:09:41
Thanks @it must be me, Dutchbeat?! We had a good time making it.  :)


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Reply #5 on: June 14, 2016, 23:01:25
@Mitzi I will listen later tonight and provide feedback. If you like you can dropbox the vocal track and I can provide a clearer answer by analyzing the track in my DAW? I may be able to get rid of the 'buzzing' for you, no problem!
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Reply #6 on: June 14, 2016, 23:04:20
@Mitzi Sorry. I missed that you are using a dynamic mic? Not a salesman, but IK Multimedia has a great deal on their USB condenser mic (Studio Version). The results of switching to a condenser for vocals would be a great choice, if possible?


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Reply #7 on: June 15, 2016, 00:39:42
Hi @Mitzi and @marcus_jb wow what a surprise!! Fantastic atmosphere in this track imo! And how your beautiful vocals (which remind me a bit of Pat Benatar btw) fit in this epic instrumental ! I really enjoyed the listen and have absolutely no suggestions to improve. Wow!
To answer your question: it's almost not noticable, but I think I hear a 50Hz/60Hz buzz, just before the cello and the vocal start (and then the cello sits in front of the buzz, so it's not audible anymore).
If this is indeed a 50/60Hz buzz you probably have
-Your preamp or mic placed too close to electrical gear (like a computer monitor/TL-light)
-A groundloop somewhere in your gear. A what?? Read this thread https://www.songwriter-forum-kitchen.com/forum/life/problems-encountered-with-recording/msg19744/#msg19744

So I hope it's the first, that's most easy to solve (move the mic away from electrical gear and re-record).
It was barely noticable however ;-) But that's in the mix. I can imagine that's really disturbing when listening to the vocal track alone... Let's see what @cosignsessions hears...

But KARMA for this wonderful collab, well done!!
MM
I'm proud of this track, check it out! https://soundcloud.com/martimedia/dreams


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Reply #8 on: June 15, 2016, 01:11:50
Well done @marcus_jb and @Mitzi - this is a wonderful track. Fantastic atmosphere and the vocals are just perfect. Restrained but with a lot of emotion and then it lets loose but in a very controlled way.

I love the guitar playing - also restrained but evoking so much.

This is something special - karma to you both

btw - apart from the bit before the vocals start, the buzz isn't noticeable on my new Sennheiser HD 201 headphones - as recommended by @MartiMedia  ;D


cheers

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Reply #9 on: June 15, 2016, 01:16:29
@MartiMedia you're brilliant! I hadn't even thought of the possibility that I could be sitting too close to the computer. I was right next to it when I recorded this. I'll have to try recording from further away and see if that fixes the problem. Otherwise, I will have to discover what this mysterious groundloop is.  ;)

@cosignsessions you're probably right. I should switch over to a condenser mic. I've just been using this cheap dynamic mic that came in a karaoke kit we got a few years ago. I like that it doesn't pick up background sound like my condenser mic does. My condenser mic is kind of a pain about that. I haven't used it in a few years, though. Maybe I'll pull it out and see how it performs.

Also, thank you for the offer to take a look at my vox track. I may hit you up on that if I can't get these other things to work.

And @jurgen thank you so much! I'm glad the buzz isn't too noticeable. Do you love those headphones? I might have to get myself a pair. My studio headphones died, so I've been using crappy earbuds for the last month. Ugh.

Thanks to all of you for the advice and kind words! Karma to everyone!


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Re: Stuck: a fabulous new collaboration :-)
Reply #10 on: June 15, 2016, 01:26:57
« Last Edit: June 15, 2016, 01:28:39 by MartiMedia »
Hey @Mitzi you're welcome, I hope moving the mic away from the gear helps! Ow and agree with @cosignsessions it's time to go for the condenser mic!

<off>@jurgen ah great you bought them, they're a bargain aren't they? Just bought a spare set in case my current set breaks ;-) I love them, clear in the whole frequency spectrum (maybe a bit lack of bass) but they sound really natural to me (a lot disagree with me as well, but it's all about taste.. Do you like them? </off>

Cheers!
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Reply #11 on: June 15, 2016, 01:36:39
@MartiMedia ha ha, all right, all right! I'll break out the condenser mic.  ;)


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Re: Stuck: a fabulous new collaboration :-)
Reply #12 on: June 15, 2016, 02:00:10
Very special, very atmospheric, very unique, very sublime! Love it! ::headphone:: Karma!


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Reply #13 on: June 15, 2016, 16:39:17
Hey this is great. Love the vocals, they remind me of a band called Portishead.

@Mitzi - would be up for collaborating on something in the future if you are?

James


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Reply #14 on: June 15, 2016, 19:59:53
@Mark Luto very big thanks and karma to you!  ;D

@jameshargreaves I dig Portishead. I think I have a couple of their CDs in my collection, but they're all boxed up right now. And, yes! I would love to collaborate! Things are a tiny bit crazy right now, but if there's something in particular you want to collaborate on (from your tracks or the unfinished ones I have on soundcloud or something completely new) just send me a pm or email about your ideas. That would be really fun! Thanks for reaching out.



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