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Half The Way Gone

Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:03 am
by Craig
I needed a "Haunting" track as a lead in for another piece I'm writing and this is what I came up with:

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:34 pm
by mdrs
Craig, that was awesome. No shit!! Great composition, loved the feel of it. Also, this song really suited your voice. I think this is my favorite song of any I've heard you do.

Loved it.

:horns:

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:38 pm
by Mudcat
This is a great song with a great vocal performance. I think the modulated delay distracts from the the song and performance. If I were you producer I would: 1) Keep this vocal track; 2) replace the acoustic track with another take on the acoustic using a mic instead of the pick-up and 3) use a more traditional sounding combination of reverb and (subtle) long delay.

Great song and great singing!

You're on quite a roll with the songwriting. Keep it up!

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:04 pm
by Craig
Thanks for the comments!

I may still try recording the acoustic with a mic. We have an air conditioner and other noisy sounds in the room I record in. I can't tell how much comes though (because I'm listening the same room as the original noise) so I try to minimize mic recordings.

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:58 pm
by mdrs
Craig wrote:Thanks for the comments!

I may still try recording the acoustic with a mic. We have an air conditioner and other noisy sounds in the room I record in. I can't tell how much comes though (because I'm listening the same room as the original noise) so I try to minimize mic recordings.
I wish you could just drop by and record here, Craig. My "studio" is sadly underutilized.

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:06 pm
by Mudcat
Craig wrote:Thanks for the comments!

I may still try recording the acoustic with a mic. We have an air conditioner and other noisy sounds in the room I record in. I can't tell how much comes though (because I'm listening the same room as the original noise) so I try to minimize mic recordings.
I always turn my air-conditioner/furnace off when recording with a mic. I still get funky ambient noise from my computer and other stuff in the room. If you are dealing with a fairly constant low-level background noise I can propose a couple of solutions.

1) Export the track in question to Audacity and use its built-in noise reduction algorithm then import the cleaned file back into the REAPER project. This is quite effective. I generally use this approach with vocal tracks I record.

2) ReaFIR in REAPER can be set up to reduce background noise pretty effectively. I believe there is a section in the manual detailing how to do this.

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:43 pm
by Craig
I'd love to check out your studio, Don! I bet it rocks!

I have seem ReaFIR, but have never tried it. I will definitely give it a try.

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:07 am
by Craig
Oh wait! ReaFir. Of course. I use that as my main EQ.

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:55 am
by Craig
I'm still going to give it a go. I rerecorded the guitar with a mic, but there is clearly an air sound. I've also been playing around with echos and reverbs. I want to "Pink Floyd" type effect. Echos and just a cool, haunting sound. I'm going to play around a bit more with this one before I call it done.

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:45 am
by splitting hare
Very haunting! I dig it!
Mudcat wrote:
You're on quite a roll with the songwriting. Keep it up!
Yes indeed you are! Yep, keep up the great work! :thumb: :thumb:

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:05 pm
by Craig
Thanks, Eric!

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:50 pm
by Craig
Recorded the guitar with a mic, shortened the intro, adjusted the vocal effect (kept the slight delay but opened up the reveb a bit), added cello and synth midway into the song.
Here's the link in case it doesn't update the old one:

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:42 pm
by thebigred67
Craig wrote:Recorded the guitar with a mic, shortened the intro, adjusted the vocal effect (kept the slight delay but opened up the reveb a bit), added cello and synth midway into the song.
Here's the link in case it doesn't update the old one:
Reminiscent of Harry Nilsson to me. Love it.

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:43 pm
by Craig
Thanks, Red!

Re: Half The Way Gone

Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:09 am
by Mudcat
WOW! THAT IS GREAT!

Definitely my favorite Craig Brophy tune to date. I think it was well worth the extra effort to record the acoustic with a microphone. I didn't notice any ambient noise.

The cello and synth additions really fill out the arrangement nicely too!