@Stan_Halen [quote=“Stan_Halen, post:2, topic:1572”]
Very cool Emma! I would just suggest that the drum performance sounds a bit scattered and “off beat” since there’s really not a direct beat to follow. The meandering continual drum fills (?) are kind of interesting, but I found them distracting too. I was hearing something more like a marching snare drum beat, slow tempo of course, and a bit random on the beat as well, but something a bit more predictable. I’m not sure, but I actually think it could fit in with the flow of the piano and such. Soft hits for sure, kind of a tentative vibe (or it could fluctuate emotionally with the song sections). I’m hearing numerous drum rudiment patterns that could be used (I used to be a drummer, you know ) It would be cool to have some snare drum rolls in there too, but that might be a challenge to make it sound natural if you’re using a VI.
thanks for checking this out…
Yeah I’ve clearly not ‘nailed’ the drums but not for the lack of time and effort haha…
Now, a funny thing… in the middle of the track, I have got a separate snare track with a sort of snappy marching beat but clearly it is too blurred so am guessing there is just the suggestion of a snare that triggered your thoughts?
No-one has mentioned the broom, am wondering if I underplayed that, I had a lot more sweeping but ended up cutting it back, does it sound like a broom???
It’s a 3/4 beat and I don’t mind it being a bit disjointed - I didn’t want a waltz beat but will re-visit that for sure - ta!
@ColdRoomStudio [quote=“ColdRoomStudio, post:3, topic:1572”]
Just one nit for me: The drums sound overly transient-heavy. I’d like to hear more bloom and sustain. There is a slight sense of cognitive dissonance in that the drums are very soft, yet the attack of the transients always seem to suggest harder hits for me.
Thanks Andrew - Great to hear from you ta!!
Yeah that big hand drum is the culprit… it is drenched with transients… as are the bass and descant wooden recorders and I suspect the drippy reverb I poke in from time to time is messing things up more… the drum sounds fantastic live, but even in my ‘dead air’ studio it has the most dense frequency range. I’ll have to play round with it some more, this was my first recording with it and I layered it with the SD drums, trying to combine the midi and real… hmmm, more work needed… all good though! THanks again!!
Thanks red… great to hear from you and yep… I agree too… hehe…
did you notice the broom sweeps by the way??
Gawd I tied myself up in knots with the layers, yet again [quote=“skua, post:6, topic:1572, full:true”]
Emma… great atmosphere and beautiful voice! Like Stan, I was also getting a soft marching snare in my head. A bit of a martial feel. The Queensrÿche version of ‘Scarborough Fair’ comes to mind. Really well done.
Hey there skua, great to hear from you ta!
And yeah, as I said to Stan, I did actually pop a wee martial snare bit into the middle part but am guessing it is so buried in the mix that it just gives a suggestion rather than a presence?
As usual, I spent a ridiculous amount of time tweaking trying to turn the thing into a ‘something’ that my ears have become quite numb… oopsy!! Thanks again for your kind words!!!