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post Oct 24 2014, 09:02 PM
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Thank you all for this fantastic collab! I enjoyed every moment of it biggrin.gif

And a Big thank to Gab and Cosmic for getting this done! With out you this would not happen!

And thanks for the best part Gab;) Your constructive critic! Awesome and I will take all that you say and even more
work on some parts of my playing!
I'm forever grateful for this opportunity to be in this community wink.gif


And Mr. Kristofer Dahl

That voice of yours is great biggrin.gif Nice lines and melodies!!

Always great to hear your creations:)


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post Oct 24 2014, 09:50 PM
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It's obvious you guys are improving quickly, and it's so cool to follow! Remember the winners are the ones who participated, and it doesn't matter how much/if your take made it to the final medley. As long as you keep exposing yourself to new musical challenges you will be going in the right direction!

Here's what I sang:

So get off your ass, it will do you well
If it pays off in cash, only time will tell
And you know who's to blame if it goes to hell
but then a different life is heading towards you can't you tell
To unlock you from your cell, and free you from that dying smell…

Its gonna do you well


I wanted to sing about making a change in your life, I think that's a key element to real improvement. Try to identify the behavior/thought processes that slow you down. Perhaps you have some negative thoughts about yourself that don't do you any good and that keep you 'locked in your cell'?


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post Oct 24 2014, 10:21 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Oct 24 2014, 06:02 AM) *
Sirjamsalot:

Hi Sir! Thanks for rocking this one.
That’s a very nice amp! And you really know how to use it! As soon as your solo starts, I can’t discover why I like it so much, is it your warm guitar tone? Or are those catchy slides?

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Gab.-


thanks Gabriel.

For those who might be interested in how I went about choosing my tone & overall recording (I like reading about other's recording experience to learn, so I'm posting mine in case you're also curious)...

Getting the tone:
The tone was achieved using my Peavy Classic 50 - cranked to 4 (yes, that's loud). The reason being, tube amps require tube-saturation to "come alive" - give an organic sound, which requires a decent amount of flow through the tubes). I mic'd my amp with an SM57, aimed parallel to the speaker wall angle, at the cone-wall seam, about 1 1/2 inchess away from the mesh. I angled it to get rid of some tinny (trebbly) overtones I was getting from the center.

I used a slight pre-and post gain on the clean channel (4 & 5 respectively), and an EP Boost pedal at about 1/4 turn. No other effects except perhaps a little reverbe from the Peavy.

Finding a decent recording tone took more than an hour of experimenting. The amp was on the floor, so from my seated position, it sounded deeper than what was actually going into the mic. This became very apparent after a play back, so the rest of my time was spent trying to dial in a warm tone to get rid of the sizzle on the high end.

I had to play with the tone knobs & mic position, while listening through my headphones.

Recording

The mic was plugged into my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. I adjusted my incoming signal so that it was between -6 and -10 db on Reaper's peak meters. I knew I was going to use a mastering plugin (Ozone) to do some signal maximizing so I wanted to give it plenty of headroom to do so.

I played back the backing track into my headphones, and double tracked the guitars (played the solo once for the left channel, then a second time for the right channel) and panned them about 45% left and right in the final mix.

Video
Since I knew I was going to be doing take after take after take... I'm just not that good at accomplishing a one-take recording, I decided I would just have to "lip-sync" my guitar playing. So I mounted my iPhone on a tripod, played back my mix through my nearfield monitors (so the audio would end up on the iPhone video for later syncing), and recorded myself playing through. Then I moved the iPhone to another position (closer view of my fretting hand), and did the same thing.

I exported the final mix from Reaper into a .WAV file, then exported both videos from my iPhone onto my hard drive, found a bunny video that was laying around, and imported everything into Adobe premiere. I didn't have to do much with the audio since it was already to my meager expectations smile.gif

I placed the audio onto the time-line, then I placed my secondary (closeup) view on the first video timeline (track2), then my primary view on the outer track (3). Doing this allowed me to simply cut out the chunks of track (3) where I wanted track 2 to be visible on the time line. Then I added some built in fades to the beginnings and endings of each "splice".

A great tutorial on this approach can be viewed here.

Hope that was helpful for anyone.

End Product
Not sure if Gabriel used only one of my double-tracked takes to use in his video composition, but you can hear the mix I created using both in my video mix, here.

Now for me to go back and try to correct my timing issues!

Thanks Gab-

*Edit* - I forgot to mention that I'm using a iPhone app called FILMIC Pro . Reason being is it allows you to better control the actual framerates you record in, and has some other nice features you can read about.

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post Oct 24 2014, 10:23 PM
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Congratulations everyone, I think all of you did a totally amazing job with this collab and hopefully I will feel enough self confident to join next collab biggrin.gif
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post Oct 25 2014, 11:05 AM
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Thanks for the comments, I really appreciate it. This collab was a blast smile.gif I really enjoyed working on it. Such awesome takes and tones by everyone!


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Sensible Jones
post Oct 25 2014, 12:10 PM
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Brilliant editing job Gabi!!
Thanks for the words Cosmin! It is true, I wish I'd have had more time to work on it. I'll be back working on our thread this week!
Congratulations Guys and Gal for all the brilliant takes and Kris' vocals!!!
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post Oct 25 2014, 05:52 PM
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KRIS: Trying again on this one smile.gif As I think it's worth it, ANY CHANCE ON LINKING THIS THREAD OR THE INDIVIDUAL TAKES IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THE VID? That way folks can either click through and see this thread and learn how spiff gmc is smile.gif Or if they get the links to takes, they (and we) can see the full takes of each and what goes in to editing something like this.


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post Oct 25 2014, 07:12 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Oct 25 2014, 06:52 PM) *
KRIS: Trying again on this one smile.gif As I think it's worth it, ANY CHANCE ON LINKING THIS THREAD OR THE INDIVIDUAL TAKES IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THE VID? That way folks can either click through and see this thread and learn how spiff gmc is smile.gif Or if they get the links to takes, they (and we) can see the full takes of each and what goes in to editing something like this.


Hi Todd - links to individual takes/this thread can be found in this video's description:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXtE_Mcmcy8

Thanks for a great suggestion wink.gif


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post Oct 25 2014, 07:45 PM
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Oct 25 2014, 11:12 AM) *
Hi Todd - links to individual takes/this thread can be found in this video's description:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXtE_Mcmcy8

Thanks for a great suggestion wink.gif



I updated my video description to link back to GMC and the full video.


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post Oct 25 2014, 07:53 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Oct 25 2014, 11:10 AM) *
Brilliant editing job Gabi!!
Thanks for the words Cosmin! It is true, I wish I'd have had more time to work on it. I'll be back working on our thread this week!
Congratulations Guys and Gal for all the brilliant takes and Kris' vocals!!!
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Hehe! Looking forward to it! wink.gif

Once again, congrats to everyone! And Rhida, I sent you a PM mate - we'll fix things wink.gif


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post Oct 25 2014, 08:44 PM
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The final mix is great as it is with great vocals and guitar parts.
There is nothing to fix.
I worked hard on it trying to make every note count. I progressed a lot in all areas of my lead playing. Be a part of the final mix would have been a big achievement for me.
It was a great time and I don't regret any second I spent on it.

So again congrats to everyone! The clip is very well done and the song and music are top-notch!

I just want that Bogdan remove the link to my take in YouTube as it has no purpose for those who watch the video.

I am glad that it wasn't because my playing sucked or anything like that.

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post Oct 25 2014, 09:22 PM
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Rhida, this was a mistake on our end and we feel really bad about it considering how hard you worked on this one. We should have it fixed by next week. Sorry for this - and thanks for your patience!


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post Oct 25 2014, 10:43 PM
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It's no big deal Kris.
I was a little upset but it's over now. As I said to Bogdan errors happen sometimes. It's a part of human being.
GMC is a must and I'm proud to be a member of this community.
You really care for your customers no doubt about that! wink.gif
Just give it a rest. This collab is excellent as it is.


And you know me I 'll be back in REC, collab,...

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post Oct 26 2014, 05:38 AM
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Hey guys!! Thanks for all this amazing feedback. We worked really hard on this one and I have to say that I'm amazed of the final results. We could create an amazing song together. I always talk about the importance of putting music on the first place, as the main goal, and this song shows that GMC is going on the right track! You guys rock, you make fantastic melodies, beautiful guitar solo and put all your effort on making great things. Congratulations to everyone!


QUOTE (Rhida @ Oct 25 2014, 06:43 PM) *
It's no big deal Kris.
I was a little upset but it's over now. As I said to Bogdan errors happen sometimes. It's a part of human being.
GMC is a must and I'm proud to be a member of this community.
You really care for your customers no doubt about that! wink.gif
Just give it a rest. This collab is excellent as it is.


And you know me I 'll be back in REC, collab,...


Hey mate, I just get back from a short tour with Cirse, found out this and have to say that I feel very sad about it. sad.gif I'm so sorry of this error. We wouldn't let any GMCer out of a collan in this way! This has been my fault, and I'm really sorry about it. I'll talk with the guys about how to fix it.


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post Oct 27 2014, 06:14 PM
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New, updated video is on smile.gif

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post Oct 27 2014, 07:38 PM
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post Oct 27 2014, 08:20 PM
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I don't know how you did this but you managed to improve a tune already excellent!
Well done! wink.gif

Maybe a magical ingredient here and there? laugh.gif
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post Oct 27 2014, 09:05 PM
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QUOTE (Rhida @ Oct 27 2014, 08:20 PM) *
Maybe a magical ingredient here and there? laugh.gif

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post Oct 27 2014, 10:25 PM
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If there's another one I'll have a go at a few notes if I'm allowed smile.gif
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Magical, and thank you very much for the honour of opening this one. Nice singing Kris! Killer job on editing Gab! Collabs are getting better and better! So proud to be part of this!


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