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DEC
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Anything

This is a great song written by PFR, a Christian group that is no longer.  They had a number of albums that never got the "praise" that they deserved, in my opinion.  This group is everything Power Pop that any band would ever want to be.  There are so many influences in here that it's hard to name them, but a few obvious ones come to mind, like Queen and Jellyfish, who are two my favorites.  But you have to go beyond just who influenced them to really appreciate the music they made in their brief time (relative)  on the spectrum.  There are so many of their songs that I'd love to cover, but one day, while driving and listening,this one came up and I said "Hmmm...I think I can manage those parts".  If only I could write a song like this!

You can still buy their stuff online for sure, so if you haven't had a chance to check them out, you really can't go wrong with any of their collections.

I like "firsts" and this one has a few:

1. It is the first song that I have completed using Studio One.

2. It is the first song that I have completed using my Presonus Studio 18|24, which replaced my aging Echo Audio Layla 3G.

2. It is the first song that I have completed using my Pearl Mimic Pro as the drum Module, recorded using the DB25 output and a few other analog input channels on the Presonus device, recording the drums from there to multiple tracks in Studio One 4.1.1.  I love the Mimic!

Most of the mix was done with stock Studio One plugins except for a few plugins for the guitars (Line 6 PodFarm - I simply like it better than anything else I've tried, even if there are others that are "better"). I used the Presonus "Fat Channel" for a bunch of the channels, the built in Chorus and ProVerb for the vocals and a few of the drum parts, and some other stuff sprinkled in here and there.  

I used my trusty old Rode NT1 for the vocals, a Variax 500 guitar to do the acoustics, an Epiphone Les Paul for all of the electrics, an old Peavey bass, and a real tambourine, of course. 

Here is my rendition of "Anything" off the album "Them".  I hope you enjoy it.  Please comment, like, or simply "react" below" so I know what you think!

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JUL
02
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Flowers

Another cover tune by a band you probably haven't heard of.  This is by a group called Believable Picnic.  They had two albums and this is from the second one, called Welcome To the Future.  This one was recorded and mixed using the Sonar Platinum application.  I used many features in the process of creating this that I haven't used before , such as Melodyne for a few pitch correction and timing things, the new(ish) automation lanes for taming some volumes automatically using envelopes, and the new (at the time of this writing) Adaptive Limiter across the master bus.

This is also the first song that I've really taken advantage of the Sonar feature called Pro Channel.  Rather than doing things with a bunch of individual plugins, I used the integrated ProChannel for EQ, compression, some console emulation, and a few other goodies.  I also used a drum bus (mix) and a room reverb bus (aux).

This is a v-Drums TD-20 with TDW-20 expansion drum kit; a new setup called Tight Maple 2.  I was after a more raw sound so that I could do my mixing "in the box" rather than using sounds that were complete coming out of the Roland brain.  Thuis was a fun song to hone in on as a practice in getting back into using my "studio space".

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MAR
10
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My Country (Parts I & II)

Another cover song.  This one comes from one of Roger Taylor's (Queen's drummer) solo albums (Fun in Space).  This is the last track from side one of the album.  I always liked this album (1984) and this song in particular.  It's so sarchastic and blunt.  While I don't completely believe everything in this song, I think it's very strong and an interesting song.  Please listen to the whole thing, as it has several different arrangement parts to it, each different than the next.

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MAR
09
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The Game

This is not a song I wronte, but it's not exactly a cover song either.  I was in a band back in the early 90s - one that was "trying to make it".  We did a few studio demos and this a song that was on one of those demos.  I started playing around with those old demos and decided to try this one out as a "redo" of the song.  It's pretty close to the original arrangement.

I used my Variax, the Line6 Pod Farm plugin, bass sounds from SampleTankXL, drums from my V-Drums with the TD-20 with the TDW-20 expansion card, and the keyboard sounds coming from a combination of SampleTankXL, Dimension Pro, Wusikstation, and the small vocoder bit at the beginning coming from Pentagon.

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MAR
08
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Can't Stop Thinking About You

This is an original song writtein for/about my wife Arlene.  I was given a challenge one day after complaining about some songs I was hearing on the radio and somehow it lead to this.  She said something like "I bet you can't even get one completed" (knowing that she would be "egging me on").  I spent some time writing this and here's what I came up with.

This was done using an early version of Cakewalk Sonar (maybe version 2?) with a Yamaha DSP Factory for the recording and mixing, an SW1000xg for all of the keyboards and bass, an Ovation 6-string for the acoustic, and an original Line6 Pod and Nashville Telecaster.  I also use my Roland V-Drums with the TD-10 + TDW1 card.

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MAR
08
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Tomorrow's Just a Day Away

This is a cover song originally done by The Rollers in 1979.  I recorded it as part of my proposal to my wife back in 1998.  This was made with an SW1000XG and the included software at the beggining of my recording abilities on a PC.

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MAR
08
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Goody Goody Gumdrops

Another song recorded for my Wife, who was my fiance at the time.  She was having to work a lot of long hours and I put this together for her one Saturday, feeling guilty that I got to stay home but still wanting to do something fun.  I was also trying to learn how to use my new SW1000XG and XGWorks software and whatnot.  This is a cover of a tune by 1910 Fruitgum Company in 1968.  I tried to modernize it a bit.

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MAR
08
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Todd Rundgren - Honest Work

Another cover song, this time from a great artist: Todd Rundgren, for the album called A Capella.  If you haven't heard this one, you should check it out.  It came out when sampling was still pretty new in 1985 - Todd did this album with many layers of himself and some obvious old-school sampling (an Emu Emulator, I think).  This one is a simple, honest, tune in three parts harmony.  This is loose and pretty flawed, but I'm putting out here anyway!

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MAR
08
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Queen - Seven Seas of Rhye

This cover song was done as a collaboration with a guy from the Cakewalk forums.  6StringsAt1000MilesPerHour is who did all the guitars and bass on this tune.  He asked me to add the drums on it and it was over the Christmas holidays and I happened to have some time to work on it, so I did a version with vocals, which I then went back and did a bunmch more layers on and sent back to 6Strings.  That's as far as this went, so it's not a really complete mix or anything, but it sounds pretty decent as it is.

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