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    I just completed the final mix of a new song I have been working on. For this particular track, I was aiming for the warmth, ambience and character of the classic 70's recordings from Abbey Road Studios of bands like Pink Floyd and The Beatles.
    The drums on this song are module sounds and Superior Drummer 2 layered together for extra punch and fullness. This is the first time I have used a mix like this and it worked really well. The module sounds are one of my custom SuperPuss kits. Basically, I recorded midi and audio together from my kit into ProTools and then added SD2 and triggered it from the midi track, layering everything.

    This track started with my friend Carl and I recording some improvisations on acoustic guitar and grand piano. I then felt inspired to add drums and bass guitar and it stayed that way for a few months. I'd originally planned to add lyrics to it and have actually written the lyrics but decided it worked really well as an instrumental. At that point though, it still lacked that finishing touch so I decided to call on the wonderful talents of some of my friends from IAC Music.

    The ensuing result is the final version (at least at this stage!!) of Remember.

    Full credits...
    Acoustic guitar - Carl Malone
    Grand piano, bass guitar, drums and synthesizer - Titania
    Lead guitar - Chris (Eaglehead)
    Slide guitar - Hugh Hamilton
    Saxophone - **** Aven
    Written by Carl and Titania.
    Engineered, mixed and mastered by Titania at SuperPuss Music & Image studio.
    Copyright (c)2008 SuperPuss Music & Image.

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    Very nice! I think you hit your goal nicely!
    Alan
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    • #3
      Awesome SP !!

      I thought i was listening to ''dark side of the moon''
      superb sound !
      u should make a video of this too
      Ex E-kits:
      ''Lernean Hydra'' ( a bounche of roland pads with a td-6 module)
      ''Lucy'' (Diamond electronic drums with a td-12 module)
      current E-kit
      ''Cherry Gretschy Lady'' (Gretsch Catalina Ash 6 piece A to E kit-Roland td20 module-A to E cymbals)

      A-kit
      " Mrs.Catalina'' (Gretsch Catalina maple 6 piece kit-Paiste signature+Masterwork custom made cymbals)

      check out a few videos http://www.youtube.com/user/hampisdrums

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      • #4
        Thank you so much guys!

        Hampis, you have just made my day!! My all-time favourite Abbey Road recording is Dark Side of the Moon and that is exactly the feel I was aiming for with this track.

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        • #5
          Really nice, SP, though I'd like a vocal to come in after a couple of minutes, if only scat....but yes, I definitely loved listening to this!
          TD9+6v with Diamond Electronic pads, and cowbell.
          ATH-50m headphones, VEX packs
          not to mention keyboards, guitars, basses, and cats

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          • #6
            that's beautifull.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SuperPuss View Post
              Thank you so much guys!

              Hampis, you have just made my day!! My all-time favourite Abbey Road recording is Dark Side of the Moon and that is exactly the feel I was aiming for with this track.
              glad to hear (see) that SP
              so alan parson was there with you ?
              Ex E-kits:
              ''Lernean Hydra'' ( a bounche of roland pads with a td-6 module)
              ''Lucy'' (Diamond electronic drums with a td-12 module)
              current E-kit
              ''Cherry Gretschy Lady'' (Gretsch Catalina Ash 6 piece A to E kit-Roland td20 module-A to E cymbals)

              A-kit
              " Mrs.Catalina'' (Gretsch Catalina maple 6 piece kit-Paiste signature+Masterwork custom made cymbals)

              check out a few videos http://www.youtube.com/user/hampisdrums

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              • #8
                Originally posted by saku View Post
                Really nice, SP, though I'd like a vocal to come in after a couple of minutes, if only scat....but yes, I definitely loved listening to this!
                Thanks Saku.
                I'm still contemplating adding something vocally to that part. I have a few ideas but not 100 percent decided yet.
                Originally posted by i-drum View Post
                that's beautifull.
                Cheers i-drum
                Originally posted by hampis View Post
                glad to hear (see) that SP
                so alan parson was there with you ?
                I wish!! Alan Parsons is one guy I'd love to sit next to on a long plane flight
                I do have a copy of the original quadraphonic mix Alan did of Dark Side of the Moon. The transfer is directly from the quad master tapes onto DVD Audio uncompressed at 96K 24bit.

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                • #9
                  Wow, familiar without being derivative. Very nice. A great mood setter.
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                  • #10
                    enjoyed it! thanks!
                    :D "I'm not the worst drummer in the world. But if he dies...":(

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                    • #11
                      Great gigs in the Sky SP!! You've emulated PF's style very well - that is a nice relaxing track.

                      I thought you pulled off the Nick Mason impersonation very well - a few of his licks and the 12/8 feel.

                      On a side note, I never see Nick mentioned in the forum - definitely an under-rated drummer esp. considering the innovative early PF music he had to create drum tracks for.

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                      • #12
                        I enjoyed it as well... thanks for sharing that.

                        I, too, agree that vocals would have been nice in some capacity.

                        Great job!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Michael Render View Post
                          Wow, familiar without being derivative. Very nice. A great mood setter.
                          Cheers Michael. Familiar is good
                          Originally posted by mikeyman View Post
                          enjoyed it! thanks!
                          Thank you too mikeyman
                          Originally posted by Hercules View Post
                          Great gigs in the Sky SP!! You've emulated PF's style very well - that is a nice relaxing track.

                          I thought you pulled off the Nick Mason impersonation very well - a few of his licks and the 12/8 feel.

                          On a side note, I never see Nick mentioned in the forum - definitely an under-rated drummer esp. considering the innovative early PF music he had to create drum tracks for.
                          I completely agree with you about Nick. People are quick to comment about him not being a technically outstanding drummer but I don't see it that way. He plays exactly what suits the music and plays with real feel. I'd rather hear that over technical perfection ANY day.
                          ....and your compliments have put a VERY big on my face!
                          Originally posted by sopranos View Post
                          I enjoyed it as well... thanks for sharing that.

                          I, too, agree that vocals would have been nice in some capacity.

                          Great job!
                          Thanks too sopranos.
                          It looks like I'll be adding a second sax solo at the three minute mark to lift things somewhat. My sax player is working on it now.

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                          • #14
                            Good stuff. I liked the guitarist's approach and feel very much. Tasty drum work. All of this was a great idea for a track and well executed.

                            Right between 3:40 and 3:41 I heard some kind of flub. Maybe a noticable punch or odd sound from an instrument?

                            The only major criticism I have is that there were a lot of times that it seemed to me the bass guitar was either rushing or dragging. It was enough to distract me (and that is not just because I am holding a bass in my avatar ). Perhaps track the bass again to get a take that is in the pocket with the rest of the rhythm?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Joe_K View Post
                              Good stuff. I liked the guitarist's approach and feel very much. Tasty drum work. All of this was a great idea for a track and well executed.
                              Cheers Joe
                              Originally posted by Joe_K View Post
                              Right between 3:40 and 3:41 I heard some kind of flub. Maybe a noticable punch or odd sound from an instrument?
                              You have a very keen ear... that is actually a double note on bass. It's actually supposed to be there though.
                              Originally posted by Joe_K View Post
                              The only major criticism I have is that there were a lot of times that it seemed to me the bass guitar was either rushing or dragging. It was enough to distract me (and that is not just because I am holding a bass in my avatar ). Perhaps track the bass again to get a take that is in the pocket with the rest of the rhythm?
                              That is no doubt due to the fact that I've only been playing bass for a few months
                              I actually did record a couple of alternate takes and one had better timing but this take had by far the best feel. I tend to go for feel over technical perfection in most of my songs.
                              Practise makes purrfect though and I will improve on bass as I play it more.

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