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    As a long-time forum member I'd love it if people would check out my first recording in my new home studio setup and let me know what you think. It is a submission in a contest to be the new theme song of Hockey Night in Canada (arguably Canada's most historic tv broadcast) .

    I have been drumming for a couple months now... using my new TD-12!! The drum sounds i used in this piece are from Battery 3. The drums themselves are sort of buried in the mix.

    Please let me know what you think and comment on the anthem page! I'm interested in any opinions good or bad, and not just about the drumming!



  • #2
    The whole production sounds very good - a very clean, professional sound to it. I think the synth horms give it a very powerful feel. Perhaps a little repetitive, but that's part and parcel of the genre you are working within.

    The drums. Very good by any standard - and you say you have been drumming for a couple of months? You are very talented! I really like the syncopation you employ. I would not double up on the hi-hat at first, but keep that open and then double up the second time through, but that's just a matter of personal preference.

    The drums are at a good place in the mix IMO, but they need more punch. The snare needs to "pop" more, as does the kick. They just sounded a tad muddy to me (I did listen with headphones).

    What I think would sound great with this is a chorus of voices. Tough to do in one's home studio, I know, but imagine how it would sound with the powerful voices of three really good black chicks belting out power harmony right near the end.

    Now, please critique my drumming: http://www.vdrums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42910

    Thanks, and good luck!

    BTW, would you like us to vote for you (if that's how it works)?


    • #3
      Fuzz, this isn't working for me.


      • #4
        Overall, I think it's a very nice composition. The only problem, in my opinion, is that it is lacking the in-your-face attitude I'd expect from a hockey theme song.

        Compare it with the Pantera tune that has become the theme song for the Dallas Stars, and I think you'll hear what I'm talking about:

        Short song recorded for the Dallas Stars by Pantera. Quite hard to find. Its a mix of Rebel Meets Rebel's Get Outta My Life and Pantera's Cowboys From Hell. ...

        (Hey, even a drummer can remember those lyrics!)

        Again, just my two cents. Congrats on your piece and best of luck with the competition.
        >>>See my E-kit here<<<

        >>>See my A-kit here<<<


        • #5
          I thought it was well done. I thought opening with the first few notes of "Oh! Canada" was brilliant.

          I agree with Vader that it wasn't punchy enough. But Pantera may be going a little too far. If you bumped the BPM slightly and syncopated a few phrases, it would help.

          I also didn't care for the orchestration. The synth voices were boring and too high in the mix.


          • #6
            I'm new to this too, but I'll give my 10 cents anyway.

            Not the most exciting groove I've ever heard, but I think if you've only been doing this for 2 months, being too adventuress would have been a bad move! The main thing is that your timing sounded pretty much bang on! Looking forward to seeing the progress...
            My kit:


            • #7
              great job!

              I agree that the bpm should go up a tad, and synth sounds are too high. A hammond organ sound, or distorted guitar might sound good at the start, not just later on.

              Also, in the section from 33 seconds to 50 seconds, the song is just screaming for some big time drum fills after the synth phrases.

              Wonderful stuff considering you have only been playing a couple of months - you will be a monster some day.
              Immensely powerful yet with a liquid cat-quick elegance


              • #8
                drums need to be louder in the mix IMO
                Current E-Rig:Roland TD-20K /w Roland CY-8, Roland KD-8 & Roland SPD-S
                AMP: Mackie SRM450 V2

                Current Acoustic Rig:5 piece Pearl Export Series, a bunch of Sabian Cymbals.