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> Writer's Block Is Over!, Nearly completed this metal song
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post Feb 24 2012, 02:54 AM
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Here is it, guys. I am posting this here for feedback. What do you think?
The chorus is my most favorite part. It sounds like the song is done, but I plan on adding something more at the end of the thunderstorm.
We have a lot of tempo changes here and a few time signature changes too. In this song I have so far: 4/4, 6/4, and 7/4. This was really fun to work on.

http://soundcloud.com/fireball100/surge-2

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post Feb 24 2012, 09:38 AM
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Congrats Brandon! Awesome tone and riffing! When I said I'd take you along on stage, I really meant that biggrin.gif I posted this on my Facebook page so I hope you don't mind smile.gif t'was too good not to


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post Feb 24 2012, 11:24 AM
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Great job Brandon! You sure you've only been playing 3 years?! smile.gif


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post Feb 24 2012, 11:31 AM
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That is super strong composing Brandon.. really enjoyed that ! Love it when the keyboard kicks in cool.gif


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post Feb 24 2012, 12:56 PM
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Brandon, that's an amazing piece! Yeah, the Keyboard is cool and I like the solo before the thunderstorm-ending biggrin.gif
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post Feb 24 2012, 01:47 PM
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Thanks a lot guys! Means a lot. I'm honored you placed it on your facebook page, Cosmin. smile.gif I have learned so much about music and how composing this stuff works here at GMC. If I had never joined, I think I'd be one who just plays chords on the guitar. biggrin.gif Hey Ben, glad you like the keyboard. I remember hearing these sweeping and arpeggio patterns in my head and thinking...I can't play that!! But!! The COMPUTER can play it! biggrin.gif So..that was the result. I just programmed the notes one by one with my mouse, using my guitar as a tool to find what note I should play next. But I also found that I heard the scales in my head. You know, even my mom enjoyed the keyboard thing. biggrin.gif

Thanks for the subscribers!! I have been dreams for that channel when we lift off. cool.gif

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post Feb 24 2012, 03:01 PM
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Congrats Brandon, that was freakin' awesome! I could tell from your latest youtube videos that a killer song is in the making, but it turned out even better.
Keep it up my friend, your guitar achievements are truly inspiring biggrin.gif

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post Feb 24 2012, 03:14 PM
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real or virtual drums? smile.gif


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post Feb 24 2012, 03:25 PM
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Wow man your composition skills are amazing


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post Feb 24 2012, 03:32 PM
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Enjoyed it - nice work smile.gif


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post Feb 24 2012, 03:46 PM
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post Feb 24 2012, 03:48 PM
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Hell of a song Brandon !! cool.gif


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post Feb 24 2012, 11:27 PM
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Thanks everyone!! happy.gif You guys are the ones who keep me going. I'm glad you like it. I began writing the next part over lunch.
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post Feb 25 2012, 02:59 AM
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Great stuff man, really. Although that kick needs more beef to it, as does the snare. Have you already done a compressor and EQ on the track?

Also, the keyboard bits could benefit from being humanized a bit. Set the midi roll in reaper to disable locking and slide the notes around so its not always perfectly in time (just BARELY slide them) also, make sure they are not all the same velocity.

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post Feb 25 2012, 07:04 AM
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Updated Surge 2 track.

Thanks Brett. I haven't done any thing major for the track. Mainly trying to get the levels right. I have added some more humanization to the keyboard. I just hit the "H" key inside the MIDI piano roll and tweak it afterwards. I used EZmix to change the sounds of the snare and kick. I hope they sound a bit better than the settings I had. The snare is the gated selection to give a tighter sounded. I also changed a few of the cymbals inside EZdrummer. I'm not sure what to EQ and compress. Tony says not to do anything to the bus unless you know what you are doing - I don't. I learn mostly by doing and reading articles helps but just doesn't give me the confidence. however, this is all a learning process...so any help from the guys here will be great. I took this thing in my car and it just doesn't have that 'thump'. I guess that is in the mastering process.


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post Feb 25 2012, 11:22 AM
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It's really, really good.
I love the keyboard thing! biggrin.gif


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post Feb 25 2012, 04:54 PM
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QUOTE (eMGie @ Feb 25 2012, 04:22 AM) *
It's really, really good.
I love the keyboard thing! biggrin.gif


Thank you, man. smile.gif I don't believe we've had the pleasure of meeting. Welcome to GMC. My name is Brandon. smile.gif
I'm glad you like the keyboard as well. When I programmed in the notes, I temporarily slowed the track down to 100 bpm and muted the rhythm guitars so I could hear all my notes. The first time I sped it back up to original speed and unmuted everything, I was like "WHOA!!" biggrin.gif It's nothing like I've ever written. I am calling it my musical breakthrough. I got the idea from the band Hope for the dying. I took Axe of Creation's advice on adding arpeggios to a potentially boring chord progression.

Wow that turned into a long reply. happy.gif

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post Feb 26 2012, 03:00 AM
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My new artist channel is up!! A new video was uploaded on it too. Spread the word!

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post Feb 26 2012, 05:42 AM
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Yeah, Tony's advice always rings true. I didnt start messing the the bus for about 2 years. Even then my first attempt was actually quite a mess which he helped me clean up laugh.gif . Best to use whats inside the host itself to get the best sound possible, regardless of how much control over the bus you have.
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post Feb 27 2012, 07:35 AM
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WOW!

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