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(@wahur)
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Hello everyone,

For the last few years I have been pushing in order to sing one day. Well, I think I can now stay in tune with lots of practice but I have completely lost my ability to tell if the timbre of my voice is listenable or not. So I quickly did a recording of the seether's - Broken. Cut the original songs vocals, recorded my voice with laptop mic, ran it trough a pitch correction software and did a little dynamics processing in order to eliminate all mistakes to bring out the sound of my voice. I really need an honest answer whether it is, how to say, an Ok voice you would hear on a concert or is it something annoying. (yes, the laptom mic does not represent all the nyances but even steve tyler would sound good when he decided to record using same equipment as I)
And when it is annoying then I belive I do not have to push it further and I could stick with my guitar playing full time. But at the moment, I'm just struggeling with myself.

Thanks for any feedback!

tune:
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=249327&songID=7203569


   
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(@dogbite)
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good morning and welcome to guitarnoise.

the recording is a bit rough. the vocal and instrument are very close together in the mix; it becomes difficult to really listen to your voice. maybe panning them further apart or increasing thew volume of the vocal track.
your voice is good. you do sing on pitch, and I hear feeling in the words you sing. good stuff.
do not be shy about singing. I believe the more you do the better things get.
I am not a great singer, but I love singing. this site has helped me improve. I am learning how to record vocals and that has helped me understand singing better too. tricky stuff, recording.
a great mic and preamp using good recording techniques will help. however, I always hear the saying 'if it goes in like a turd..."
singing techniques and skill is necessary. I think you have that.

there has been a good amount of fuss lately about the electronic product called Autotune. no more flat notes. HA!
NPR did a radio program not to long ago. the pro studios use it all the time. if I remember, when Taylor Swift went into the studio she said she didn't need Autotune. the engineers said they had to use it. she sang like most everybody..humanly flat sometimes. I don't know if they ever told her; and she believes she is a perfect singer.
personally, I groan when i hear my off notes. but then my recordings sound really human.
if your sig is activated, click on the blue line in my sig and give my stuff a listen.

you play and sing well. let's hear more.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=644552
http://www.soundclick.com/couleerockinvaders


   
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(@nathan080)
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Sounds good to me, although i definitely would recommend you post something a bit less produced. Its very hard to pick up on any bad habits if you have electronically removed them ;). But definitely keep up with the singing, lots of potential.

FYI

From Your Influence...
http://www.overplay.com/BandProfile.aspx?BandId=e78b497f-4f31-4182-8659-e8b6fa91d582

http://www.youtube.com/user/FromYourInfluence


   
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(@wahur)
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Thanks dogbite and nathan for giving it a listen.

Dogbite, I went through your songs in Soundclick, masterful slide usage and nicely arranged. There were moments when I thought i was hearing some influence from Zappa? (Binaryblues for example, great piece).

For the use of pitch tuning programs I heard someone say some time ago that it is the factory standard today. And it sure hell is when listening any of todays music on tv, radio, etc. It is probably a budget saving opportunity when you dont have to sit in a studio for hours to get few seconds nailed perfectly, you just tweak a little with the program. I was actually using Melodyne for it and as I understood, Melodyne has now came up with the possibility to actually fine tune separate notes of polyphony - anything from guitar chords to a choir maybe. And as we have Midi with quantize and instruments which can be adjusted (or even tuned, my god!) after the recording, we may just start using monkeys as musicians. Saves some bucks in todays economical crisis.

Anyway yesterday a chord progression popped up my head, added some lyrics and spent my day by recording and tweaking to get some sound out of my equipment (there are several reasons why I have not invested in a good recording setup - main one is, that living in a small appartment I don't have the space and I have maybe twice a month a chance to actually record something without driving my girfriend and neighbours mad. God I miss the time I was living in a house). The voice is as it is this time, just some little reverb and volume processing.

And sorry for mistakes in the guitar, this is still a bit raw...
http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7206393


   
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(@jersey-jack)
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Good song, good vocal--what's not to like? Well, I suppose the balance of guitar and voice could be better. Move the voice up front in the mix and you'll get a better sound. Nice Job!


   
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(@mrjonesey)
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Hey, great stuff. I'm not qualified to critique anyones singing, really, as I absolutely suck... but I seriously wish I sang as "bad" as you. I would be content for teh rest of my life if I could sing as well as you. Keep it up and be sure to post more.

"There won't be any money. But when you die, on your death bed, you will receive total conciousness. So, I got that going for me. Which is nice." - Bill Murray, Caddyshack ~~ Michigan Music Dojo - http://michiganmusicdojo.com ~~


   
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(@anonymous)
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bleh. i'm sure others like that stuff, but i don't. i don't like seether either, though.


   
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(@dogbite)
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wahur, I like that last piece. makes sense since I like Harry Nillson. generally, I don't care for the 'Brittany' soft singing voice style. way too pop. however, if the lyrics are killer and wry, like Nilson's, then it works. hard to pull off.
think about finding your voice's personality. mine's hilarious. we get along fine , too.

hey, thanks for listening to my soundclick stuff. I should stop the caterwalling and play my slide, eh?

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=644552
http://www.soundclick.com/couleerockinvaders


   
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