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Last Summer

Postby Rainmak3r » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:25 pm

It's been a few weeks since I last published something. The reason is I've been working on 4-5 tracks at the same time, none of which I'm even close to completing since work has started taking its toll, and it's hard to find the time or energy... A couple of days ago, though, I picked my Ukulele and started playing with it, and this melancholic chords came to life. I knew I wanted the sound of waves to accompany them, and maybe some strings to give a "Secret Story" by Pat Metheny feel to it (with the due differences, clearly...), and what came out was this sad goodbye to yet another summer:

https://soundcloud.com/lminiero/last-summer-demo

It's a very basic track and recording, but although I started thinking of how I could work on it, add crescendos, more instruments and pathos and impact and so on, I decided not to overdo it, and keep it as it came instead. At the end, I do like how soothing it sounds (I've listened to it many times these past few days), and even if it required very little work or effort, I wanted to share it nevertheless.

From a technical perspective, nothing substantial. I recorded a regular (quite cheap) Ukulele using an external pick up, and added a very slight compressor and reverb. Strings I played myself too on a MIDI keyboard, using the "Frozen Strings" VST by SpitFire Labs (https://www.spitfireaudio.com/labs/). The waves I found on FreeSound.org.

I hope you'll like it!

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Re: Last Summer

Postby folderol » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:16 am

Sort of has a camp fire feel to it :)

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Re: Last Summer

Postby milo » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:30 pm

A nice little sketch with a wistful mood. I think you captured the moment well.

The ukulele sounds like the input gain was a little high, or maybe the mic was too close.

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Re: Last Summer

Postby ufug » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:34 pm

Rainmak3r wrote:It's a very basic track and recording, but although I started thinking of how I could work on it, add crescendos, more instruments and pathos and impact and so on, I decided not to overdo it, and keep it as it came instead.


Good call, it's beautiful as-is. You truly captured a feeling in those strums.

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Re: Last Summer

Postby Rainmak3r » Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:21 pm

Thank you all for the nice words!

milo wrote:The ukulele sounds like the input gain was a little high, or maybe the mic was too close.


Yeah, I tried to fix that a bit, but in some parts the gain remained way too high. The mic is a small round pick-up that you put on the Ukulele itself, so I don't think you can put it further, as it needs to sit there. More likely I was indeed raising the gain too much in my Scarlett Solo interface, because it felt the capture volume was too low when I was playing it. Not sure when I'll need to record an Ukulele again, but I'll definitely pay more attention next time :D

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Re: Last Summer

Postby psyocean » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:18 am

Elegant miniature. Melancholic beauty!

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Re: Last Summer

Postby Basslint » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:25 am

I like it a lot! Please make more of these atmospheric tracks!
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