Old 08-06-2019, 01:42 PM   #1
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Default Song video "A lttle More"

My son has been recording/producing a local singer songwriter named Peter Whitaker over the last few months. Peter created a video that shows some of the recording session for one of the songs ("A Little More").

https://youtu.be/TVtoBcdwu9I

All filmed in my son's Sweetfoot Studios and on a rooftop in nearby Annapolis Maryland, and all recorded in my son's studio using Reaper. I think that both the recording and the video turned out nicely.

Beside seeing Peter, my son, and drummer Jordan Stanley, you will see a cameo appearance by uber studio-dog Ruxin, whose presence is often requested by artists.

Peter seems to be catching on. One of his tunes has been streamed over 170,000 times in the last few months. For reasons that are not clear, he seems to have a big following in the UK.

I am always interested in the environments that other Reaper users work in, and it seems to me that others might be likewise curious about our working environment here in Maryland. This video will give you a little view of what it is like in and around Sweetfoot Studios.

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Old 08-06-2019, 01:56 PM   #2
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Hey T,

Very nice song. Excellent mix and master.

I also thought the vid was nicely done --- lots of work there.

The girl he was dancing with on the roof was a bit thin.

Also the studio's name had a typo -- but who cares? It was all very fine.

Loved the dog.

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Old 08-06-2019, 02:34 PM   #3
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Hey T,

Very nice song. Excellent mix and master.

I also thought the vid was nicely done --- lots of work there.

The girl he was dancing with on the roof was a bit thin.

Also the studio's name had a typo -- but who cares? It was all very fine.

Loved the dog.

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Thanks Sambo. All the girls that I danced with when I was in high school were thin like that too. Fixing a typo embedded in a video is no fun and, as you say, who cares.

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Old 08-07-2019, 11:05 AM   #4
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When I listen to new songs, the question I ask myself is "Would I buy this?"

In this case, the answer is "Oh hell yeah!!!"

Excellent work.

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Old 08-07-2019, 11:18 AM   #5
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all recorded in my son's studio using Reaper. I think that both the recording and the video turned out nicely.
i'm guessing the video wasn't recorded in reaper but imported into reaper, right? I dont think reaper has video capture yet?

also, is there a plan to make a square aspect ratio video for those square social video services (which I wont name). I tried making square aspect videos in reaper but it was tricky if starting with HD aspect ratio.
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Old 08-08-2019, 10:58 AM   #6
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Glad you like the recording Toleolu. Superblond, I think that my text was a little misleading. The audio was recorded using Reaper. Video was handled using other software. I am not following developments in Reaper video so I can't address your question regarding aspect ratio. Thank to all for your comments.

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Excellent track, classy, cheers.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:04 AM   #8
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Thanks for the listen and comment morgon. Seems my info on the number of sreams of the song on Spotify was out of date... it went over 300,000 yesterday, and is still trending up. Spotify indicates that listeners are most heavily concentrated in Northern England and Sweden. I wonder why?

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Old 08-11-2019, 03:19 PM   #9
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Yeah it really ticks all the right boxes in terms of performance, tune and production within 'epic acoustic commercial adult pop', it deserves to do well..and it could pass for both an English and an a Swedish pop song I think.


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Thanks for the listen and comment morgon. Seems my info on the number of sreams of the song on Spotify was out of date... it went over 300,000 yesterday, and is still trending up. Spotify indicates that listeners are most heavily concentrated in Northern England and Sweden. I wonder why?

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Thanks Bearcub. I don't doubt that you are correct in saying the song would fit into the local music scene in Northern England and Sweden. I suppose that the exchange of music back and forth across the Atlantic leads to convergence of musical tastes. But it still seems odd that the song is getting more plays in Europe than in the US where the musician lives, is immersed in local music, and is presumably especially aware of local preferences.

I listened to some of the tunes on your Soundclick webpage, and it is pretty clear that you know epic when you hear it. I really like your "Nothing Lasts Forever", "River", and "Miracle Road". They are epic in the sense that they are very ambitious. It made my evening listening to them. You are very talented.

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Very cool that you checked out the tunes. Thanks for the nice words.
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@Bearcub, based on tsprings comments, I checked out your Soundclick page, and I agree with tspring, excellent songs.

Your cover of Seven Bridges Road is especially good. Can I ask how you went about doing the vocal harmonies? Very impressive.
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@Bearcub, based on tsprings comments, I checked out your Soundclick page, and I agree with tspring, excellent songs.

Your cover of Seven Bridges Road is especially good. Can I ask how you went about doing the vocal harmonies? Very impressive.
Oh thanks. Well, that was just a matter of laying down what I consider the main vocal line first with a handheld condenser, and then stacking the other voices around it until it filled things out.

It wasn't mapped out or anything, but I'm pretty familiar with the version on Eagles Live from 1980.

I tried to sing individual parts a bit like the different members of The Eagles, although it's pretty impossible to get it as good as you'd want it to be.
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One tidbit that might be interesting to some: Early in the video (when you see Shea [my son] fiddling with outboard pre-amps) you can hear a low droning sound. The sound is from one of those old electronic reed organs, overlaid with a reversed sustained note from an electric guitar. Shea got the reed organ for $15 at a thrift store. It sounds crappy by itself, but in the mix it really adds a thickness that I personally find appealing. Shea is always finding ways fit to oddball stuff into recordings. One recording he did has a note played by an electric drill that a repairman working in the building was using, and that he and the artist heard while listening to a playback. They borrowed the drill, recorded it, and voila, a subtle mysterious sound was added in just the right place in the song. Who needs a synth? Fun stuff.

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One tidbit that might be interesting to some: Early in the video (when you see Shea [my son] fiddling with outboard pre-amps) you can hear a low droning sound. The sound is from one of those old electronic reed organs, overlaid with a reversed sustained note from an electric guitar.

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Kind of sounds like a synth or something, and yeah the combination of those two makes one sound that blends in to the rest seamlessly.
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Yeah it really ticks all the right boxes in terms of performance, tune and production within 'epic acoustic commercial adult pop',
I completely agree with this (even down to the commercial, cliche "whoa..whoa...whoa..."'s in the song)
which is why I very much did not like the song in terms of artistic taste.
my opinion could lead to a conversation regarding how to please more people (by that I mean, not drive away non-lovers of 'epic acoustic commercial adult pop') but that would be a long uninteresting topic.
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I completely agree with this (even down to the commercial, cliche "whoa..whoa...whoa..."'s in the song)
which is why I very much did not like the song in terms of artistic taste.
my opinion could lead to a conversation regarding how to please more people (by that I mean, not drive away non-lovers of 'epic acoustic commercial adult pop') but that would be a long uninteresting topic.
Indeed there is always the question of what art is and what purposes it should serve. I think that 'how to please more people' is a very worthy topic.
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"voila, a subtle mysterious sound was added in just the right place in the song."

My phone has rung, quite loudly, in several of my recordings. If it is at a critical point (ie: too much trouble to re-do), I have just left it in there. Nobody has said a word yet.
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My phone has rung, quite loudly, in several of my recordings. If it is at a critical point (ie: too much trouble to re-do), I have just left it in there. Nobody has said a word yet.
lawyers might have a word, when they claim you illegally sampled :-P oops
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About that telephone...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A4PgOKcZ-Dw

I will let Kentavious Jones tell you about it (Song titled Telephone recorded a few months ago in my son's studio). Funky!

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I deem this an all time classic ballad, I just enjoyed it again, a really wonderful track, congrats to all involved.
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Morgon, thanks for the second listen and talong time to comment again. I am sure that Shea and Peter will eventually read this thread and will be glad to hear how much you like the song and performance.

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I think that both the recording and the video turned out nicely.
Yes, I totally agree

Not something I would normally listen to, day today. I tend to swing between the two extremes of ambient and heavy/prog metal. But at no point was I inclined to click away. Very nicely done.

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