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shckr7
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Hello all,

I am completely new to this whole recording thing - I put down my 1st track in January. My wife bought me an Audiobox for x-mas. I am totally amazed at this little box for $149. I have posted my vids and audio on Youtube. Unfortunately, I think Youtube puts additional compression on the audio, but below are few links.....

I am starting to figure out how to mix and EQ a bit better, but still a lot to learn......

I appreciate any feedback. Thank you!

Wes



Wagon Wheel (cover):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRVXtaPICMM

Good Life (Acoustic cover):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr1SYc3ebxA

Yer So Bad (cover):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxZvuh2chLs
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woodbeast
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I am in the same boat you are. New to Studio One and loving it. Your videos are good. You play and sing well. I also play guitar and try to write my own songs and record them. I no way sing as well as you do.
Keep up the good work and maybe suggest a good Vocal Harmonizer plugin for me, I bought Antares vocal EFX and it makes my harmonies sound like Cher or the rappers with the Grills. In my honest opinion it is a POS.
Studio One and this forum are the best.

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shckr7
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Hi Woodbeast,

Thank you for the very nice comments. Recording is a ton of fun. Unfortunately, it kills my best sleep times, as recording around 11pm to 2am on the weekends, is the best time, to have some peace and quiet, when you have kids....

I am afraid I do not know much about vocal harmonizers. To be honest, I am not sure what they are, so I will have to do some research. Today, everything I use is already a part of StudioOne - however, I did upgrade to the Pro version. I am presently looking at some amplifier modeling software from Amplitube (the Fender pack) and maybe EZDrummer - but I have no idea how to use MIDI, so one step at a time.

Thank you again,
Wes
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woodbeast
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You are welcome. I also upgraded to Pro. I have Amplitude 3 and man it is well worth the money. The effects, amps and racks are killer. Vocals are my weak spot, I sing like on a scale of 1 -10 maybe a 3.
A harmonizer is a plug in that will take the original vocal and add harmony parts without the need for backup singers or adding more tracks.
I am a nite owl also and I have been thru the KID routine myself. I have time now and I love recording song ideas. I find myself spending more time learning how to use this new DAW and the plugins than I do writing and playing the guitars.
I am also looking at Drum plug in’s and I may go with Abbey Roads. I prefer the sounds of the late 60 and 70 types of bands. I really think the world could use another Beatles.
These forums is a great place and before you spend any money ask here for opinions on what you wish to buy.
I wish I would have before I bought that Antares POS
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shckr7
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I should have been on here earlier, it would have helped me quite a bit.

I went ahead and put the order in for Amplitube today - looking forward to that. I have to do something about drums....the S1 stuff is OK, but it takes me forever to put down drum tracks. The fills take me forever and the quality kind of stinks....... I'd love to do some Beatles stuff, but for me its like trying to sing a song by Paul Rogers, it's fun to do, but he is so out of my league I will never compare well......
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tejasc
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Hey man, I just ran across your work. I am a one man band myself but completely different style of music. I am Western Swing and Jazz, however I really like your work. Don't change a thing man, it sound great on my ear buds. Your mixes are really clean and the room you are in sounds great. Keep up the good work- Shane
shckr7
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tejasc,

Thank you very much! It's funny, I always wanted to be in a band, but never had the time or knew the right people. (I didn't start playing until late teens) So, I played a number of years as a solo acoustic guitarist, learning mostly chords so that I could sing some songs.... Anyhow, now that I have S1, it allows me the opportunity to learn all of these other parts to songs and play along track by track. Until 3+ months ago, I had never played leads, bass guitar, or harmonies. What a blast!!

Thank you again for the very kind words. They are much appreciated.

Wes
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Julia B
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One woman band here. Can play piano and keys, and bass. I'm a campfire girl on guitar for the most part, but I'm learning to play other things. Jazz, Rock, Blues, dabbled in bluegrass.

I just use a TC Helicon unit for harmonies. It uses the chords from your guitar, but you've got to be plugged in direct. I have a Voicelive I've been using for practice. That one can be a little tricky. It converts the guitar chords to midi. What I found works better, since I use some odd inversions because I can't play barre chords, is to play the chord on a midi keyboard and record a midi track. Then send the midi track to the unit, which is set to chords in a certain scale, and make the midi send a little early so the harmony arrives perfectly on teh chord change. There is a little latency.

The small units and the Voice Live 2 don't suffer from this. I have an older one.

Otherwise I'd suggest Melodyne Editor for vocal harmony. You can shift notes around, copy and paste notes and move them, until you get the harmony you want. But you'd need to upgrade to S1 Pro to use it. Melodyne also does the formant correction when you pitch shift. The algorithms are better than Antares IMO -- less artifacting.

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Julia B wrote:One woman band here. Can play piano and keys, and bass. I'm a campfire girl on guitar for the most part, but I'm learning to play other things. Jazz, Rock, Blues, dabbled in bluegrass.

I just use a TC Helicon unit for harmonies. It uses the chords from your guitar, but you've got to be plugged in direct. I have a Voicelive I've been using for practice. That one can be a little tricky. It converts the guitar chords to midi. What I found works better, since I use some odd inversions because I can't play barre chords, is to play the chord on a midi keyboard and record a midi track. Then send the midi track to the unit, which is set to chords in a certain scale, and make the midi send a little early so the harmony arrives perfectly on teh chord change. There is a little latency.

The small units and the Voice Live 2 don't suffer from this. I have an older one.

Otherwise I'd suggest Melodyne Editor for vocal harmony. You can shift notes around, copy and paste notes and move them, until you get the harmony you want. But you'd need to upgrade to S1 Pro to use it. Melodyne also does the formant correction when you pitch shift. The algorithms are better than Antares IMO -- less artifacting.


Seconded on the Voicelive 2 - I really like it.

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shckr7
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Wow! That voicelive 2 looks amazing. Here is a vid that I found on it. I am extremely new to this stuff and I have not played live in over 10 years, so to say I am out of touch is an understatement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smlnco1e27Y

I just posted a song on the forum that took me forever to record all of the harmony parts, etc. If this works as flawlessly as the vid suggests, then it looks like my recording time could drop significantly! Interesting......

Thank you for sharing!

Wes
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steve griffiths
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Best vid for VoiceLive 2 is the 10 Preset tour - really cool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xC1-UJeSYY

Cheers..Grif
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sunsofstatic
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nice job man! i like it!
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www.SunsOfStatic.com

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