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Author Topic: "The Broken Key"  (Read 9087 times)
jsmith71
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« on: September 08, 2006, 03:40:52 AM »

This is a cover of one of cha0s's songs. It was originally for a video game project we were going to work on called "Key". It never got off the ground, hence this song's title. (I don't think it originally had an official title apart from "Big Bad Boss Music")

Linkage:
http://fileanchor.com/60237-d

Apologies for the shitty rhythm guitar tone (and weak production), my amp doesn't cut through a crowded mix like this very well.

Equipment used:

ESP LDT MH-50 guitar in drop-d. Strings: 9s
Fender 15g fifteen watt amp with a broken speaker, using a tiny little yamaga g10 ten-watter as its speaker, lined through its headphone port with a spare patch cable. Actually sounds alot better than you'd think.

All guitar parts played by me-- fully, no loops or cut-up takes. The drums are just lifted from the original, but replaced with better samples. All the orchestral layers/keyboards (and bass guitar) are preserved from the original.

There's some sloppy guitar work (rhythm guitar especially), I attribute that to just wanting to get it done and not really caring much by this point. Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2006, 03:43:09 AM »

as i said on msn, incredible

...actually i think i said amazing...

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...it's incredible!
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2006, 11:14:43 AM »

;_;  I cried . . . First reason I cried, because I didn't do this before you.  Second reason I cried, because someone else made a cover and it sounds soooooooo goood.
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2006, 01:29:16 PM »

Really rockin' stuff! Smiley  The tracked drums sort of detract from it though, IMHO - no "feeling" to them.
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2006, 03:27:21 PM »

Quote from: "DrV"
Really rockin' stuff! Smiley  The tracked drums sort of detract from it though, IMHO - no "feeling" to them.

Well, gimme a drumkit and a year or two to practice, and maybe I'll be able to address that point. Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2006, 10:09:58 PM »

It's so nice. I love it Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2006, 12:42:09 PM »

is it me or is it mono? anyways, sounds neat, as others mentioned: the drums suck
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2006, 01:36:48 PM »

What's so bad about the drums?  I think the whole song goes together perfectly.
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2006, 08:03:45 PM »

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is it me or is it mono? anyways, sounds neat, as others mentioned: the drums suck

Gee, thanks. Nice criticism there. :shifty:
What about them sucks? Why, exactly, do you think they suck? Are they mixed too far back? Snare too quiet? Something else? "They suck" is phrased more as an insult than anything that'd help me out. Tongue
Clip of the drums on their own:
http://fileanchor.com/61445-d

They are mixed a bit far back in the final song (or, more accurately, the guitars are too far forward), so the snare becomes lost and the hihat/cymbals do take up a bit too much space. But please, refrain from just bashing whatever you don't like. A reason would be very helpful. :b

EDIT: Oh, and also: No, the song definately isn't mono. What would make you think that? :-? Are you sure something isn't wrong with your computer's sound?
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2006, 07:54:23 PM »

Regarding the drums, they just don't have any dynamics... they sound sort of "mechanical", especially the cymbal and bass drum.  I guess this is hard to get around with tracked drums, but the rest of the song sounds so nice and "human"-y, so to speak, so it sticks out more.  This is just my two cents, though. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2006, 08:57:52 PM »

as DrV said: the drums suck
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jsmith71
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2006, 08:59:29 PM »

As DrV said: That's hard to get around with tracked drums Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2006, 01:42:30 PM »

Yeah, I heard the original and I have to admit I like this one better. Imo, the drums are a needed part, but they sound sort of spacey and under-represented. They need to be more worked into the other music, which is probably what DrV is saying is hard with tracked drums. Wink But overall pretty nice. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2006, 07:11:19 PM »

Huh? Dr_D hasn't posted in this thread, until now.  :lol:  I'm checking out the song now though. Wink

Pretty Cool... Who did the original? I've never heard it.
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« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2006, 10:49:21 PM »

heh, not again *smacks head*. im sorry, v's and d's are too close, you know, havent you ever picked up a dvd and thought it said vvv? Havent You? HAVENT YOU!?!?!?!


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