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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:38 pm 
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http://blog.acoustica.com/sing-song/

Hey Mixcraft mixmasters- part 5 of my "song breakdown" series is up on the Zeros and Ones blog. In this post, I talk about tracking and mixing the lead and backing vocals for my song, "Intermission." This one's really packed to the rafters with basic info and some crafty tricks... have a look! 8)

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:48 am 
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All right! Now we are back on track!

Yeah, this post is full of useful nuggets for all Mixcraft users I think. Very good advise here!

Mitchell, I actually think you are breaking useful ground as opposed to revealing overuse/over reliance on your use of pitch correction. Very good info and examples. I would suggest anyone interested, simply open the project and play it. Turn the G-Snap processor off and on and note the fact it just adds some subtle polish to the tracks.

The other subtle tricks are equally worthy of study. I actually am suddenly more enthusiastic about this, despite the tune being of a genre I am not particularly excited about, and the heavy reliance on synth tracks. Yeah sorry, I admit the last post made my eyes glaze over. I tried, but all those screen shots and all those knobs and buttons just made me want to go on an outing to the zoo.
Hey, didn't I see you there once? :D

One overall criticism, even if somewhat off topic if I may?
This may not effect the younger viewers so much, but I doubt I am the only one. It appears I am rapidly losing eyesight, especially on one side, and am quite prone to eyestrain as a result of my current condition. The right eye gets lazy, and the left very tired.
The light grey text on dark grey background is attractive, yet at the same time an unfortunate graphic choice. I suspect just one gradient lighter text and/or one step darker background would help a lot, without becoming harsh.
Just a suggestion.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:43 pm 
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Hey Mark,

Thanks for the feedback. Honestly, I go back and forth about my feelings on vocal tuning. I'm actually a long time Melodyne user, and though it's a bit of a rigmarole to use it right (i.e. you really need to go through the entire track note-by-note), the results are so good, it's a little scary… you can get away with amazing amounts of correction and still end up with a very natural-sounding result. What bugs me is when you can really hear the stepping going on (aka "the Cher effect"), but unlike AutoTune, it's really easy to get around this in Melodyne. I'm not the most spot-on singer pitchwise, so I sort of morally go back and forth on how much to correct it.

As for the synth tracks, believe it or not, this is actually a pretty organic (i.e. lots of guitar and bass) track by my standards! I REALLY love synths, but in my mind, the production and instrumentation choices are secondary. If I manage to come up with a good song (or I'm working on someone else's), I find you can dress them up however you like. I can be just as happy doing something really organic, it's all fun.

Re the site colors, we tried to choose them so they'd be easy to read (I bugged our poor web guy like mad making him tweak them), but I'll certainly give some thought to increasing the contrast a bit. The last thing we want is something people can't read clearly, and I'm right there with you on the vision… my near vision is decaying at a somewhat frightening rate!

(As an aside, I have a not-so-computer-savvy bandmate who always sends emails in a super-tiny font. I end up copying and pasting them into a text editor every time so I can increase the font size. Drives me nuts!)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:15 pm 
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Pitch correction as a moral dilemma? :lol:
I feel that tastefully done, its no different than sweetening a track with a little reverb or something. And I think we need more people doing tutorials on how to do it this way instead of the T-Pain/Cher effect. But hey, it's just an opinion.

My personal feeling is that I'd rather hear a mildly pitchy, gritty real world vocal with emotion and energy any day than a perfectly pitched performance with no soul or heart!

I would like to formally request more of this type of tutorial with G-Snap, and hopefully in the future from your Melodyne experience.

Also you suggested you wouldn't likely follow up with another tutorial focused on stepping through a song like this, I hope you will reconsider. I think doing this, along with the open MC project is a great way to learn new tricks and examine how others work. More please! (Even if they are synth laden! :D )

I hear you on the e-mail, Its gotten to the point I struggle with the same issue from some services. Little trick for ya, depending on your computer and OS- In Windows try clicking CTRL+ to zoom in and CTRL- to zoom back out! Beats cutting and pasting to enlarge the text!

Have a good week!

PS, In retrospect, Using my own advise and zooming in a step on the blog text helps a lot too! 8)

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