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FDP Forum / Tin Pan Alley - Songwriting / First mix of a new song called "No Surprise".


I'm not an expert

... but I play one on the internet!
Jan 13th, 2013 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'll be listening to this mix for a while in the car, in the livingroom, on my iPhone, anywhere I can for a few days.

I usually end up tweaking something, mix-wise.

Anyway... hope you enjoy it.

A song called No Surprise.

(This message was last edited by fendermike at 03:48 PM, Jan 26th, 2013)


Crozet, VA

I'm "Branded"-- my stars are ripped away
Jan 13th, 2013 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am fan of vocal layers and I think your vocal mixing is working quite well here. You got a more garage band sound going on -- and there is nothing wrong with that. Nice lead break in there. Nothing stood out to me in the lyrics -- but if you wanted the lyrics critiqued, you would have posted them (ha, ha).

I think it sounds good, but more experimentation might come up with other things. Maybe try even going wider with some of the parts (LCR). Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't work as well as partial panning.

Keep writing and recording.


I'm not an expert

... but I play one on the internet!
Jan 13th, 2013 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks kve. I usually post in the Home Recording forum here, but lately my thoughts are more about the song itself than the process of recording it.

So, thought I'd pop into the Songwriting forum for comments on whatever aspect of the song or it's production jumps into view for you.

Garagey is cool. I like that sort of sound in the music I listen to, so I guess "you are what you eat" in the musical sense.

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Saskatchewan, Canada

Jan 21st, 2013 08:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice song, Mike. I said it before I know but you have a very good voice and one that is recognizeable. Nice production, too. Something about that song took me back to the short-lived Buffalo Springfield band of the sixties. One of my favourite bands,in fact. Keep up the good work.

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Maplewood, MN

Alone Again Naturally
Jan 25th, 2013 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I write songs but I have never visited this forum before.

I think your song is GREAT. The guitar work is superb and so are the vocals and lyrics. Just the right blend of rock/country/pop to my ears--and I am not one to like most people's mix tapes upon first listen. How good do I think it is? Good enough to pay a buck for it on iTunes just to cruise around listening to it.

Now that I have had a chance to listen to it a few times, about the only recommendation I can make is to back off the cymbals a bit and maybe bring up the voice a bit. The upper midrange gets a bit fatiguing with so much "splash" in the mix. So "warm it up a bit" maybe using EQ. No other recos. Absolutely fantastic song and performance!

Two additional comments:

1) I could should see this song as the backing track during a scene on "Sons of Anarchy."

2) Listening to this track instantly took me back to 1975 when I heard Outlaws live in concert in Orlando, FL. They had just started their tour to promote their first studio album "Outlaws" and opened for Foghat.

(This message was last edited by johnny1111 at 11:58 AM, Jan 25th, 2013)


I'm not an expert

... but I play one on the internet!
Jan 26th, 2013 03:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow. I was an Outlaws fan for a little while too. Saw them at the Capitol in Passaic, NJ.

Thanks for listening.


I'm not an expert

... but I play one on the internet!
Jan 26th, 2013 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

By the way, johnny... I posted the final mix in the home recording area. I think it's much better than this one.

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