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She Wears My Shadow
by SackJo22
Recommends (31)
Tue, May 14, 2013 @ 12:32 PM

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Speck
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permalink   Tue, May 14, 2013 @ 5:37 AM
I can definitely hear the Patti Smith of it. Excellent power and depth. Only production remark I’d make is more volume on the vocals. Can’t always hear the words but your feeling/meaning (what’s most important) comes through loud and clear. I like it.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 10:52 PM
Thanks Speck. The vocal volume was deliberate as I was more interested in the guitars, but seems like the balance could be adjusted. Glad you like the tune!
FGrn Grn
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permalink   Tue, May 14, 2013 @ 6:00 AM
nice, I’d go see this live
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 10:52 PM
Awesome! Thanks for listening.
SmoJos
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permalink   Tue, May 14, 2013 @ 10:47 AM
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 10:52 PM
timberman
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permalink   Tue, May 14, 2013 @ 11:11 AM
One of your best compositions ever if you ask me. I do think you’ve achieved the VU / Smith mood very well. The live feel and Haskel’s very inspired guitar adds are crucial for the success of the track. Really really good.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 10:53 PM
Thanks Per — so nice to see you ‘round the mixter! I sure appreciate your listen and kind words. Truly.
Quarkstar
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permalink   Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 11:12 AM
Lovely tune.

I posted a topic in the DIY forums “Removing mains hum from guitar samples”.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 10:54 PM
Thanks Quarkstar. And thanks for the really helpful hints re removing buzz. Haskel plays out of a vintage amp and there is just a lot of noise — sounds great live, but it can be nasty when mixing.
Carosone
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permalink   Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 1:15 PM
Your beautiful voice is often airy, so when you take different moods it sounds even more interesting. Lyrics are very beautiful and true (my daughter is 14 now), and the tune is captivating with its ’60s Californian freedom feeling. About the mix:
- bounce was made too long, there’s a long silence at the end, I suggest you to listen just after uploading;
- voice is at times too low in volume, I followed it having lyrics in front of my eyes, I wouldn’t have done if i hadn’t.
- too many sources in the centre, to widen yor mix I suggest you to mix on nearfield loudspeakers rather than headphones (this may also be a cause why I don’t hear the voice). Use pan and equalizer to carve space for your voice (it deserves).
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 10:59 PM
Thanks Carosone. I really appreciate your thoughtful comments. The level of the vocal was a deliberate choice, but it seems like I need to find a better balance. The silence at the end is housekeeping — I can fix that easily! As for the panning, I only placed the vocals in the center, although I did experiment with some of the other placement (specifically bass and lead guitar) so while the sounds were wider than the vocal, they were not all the way out. Sometimes experiments work, and sometimes they don’t, I guess. ccMixter is a great place to experiment!
Kara Square
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permalink   Thu, May 16, 2013 @ 8:56 AM
One of my favorites from you (and there are many favorites). I don’t mind the hiss at all… kinda adds to the feeling to me.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 10:33 PM
Kara — thank you so for the ed pick. Your support means so much to me. And yes, I also like PJ Harvey.
unreal_dm
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permalink   Thu, May 16, 2013 @ 10:35 AM
Great track SackJo I’d agree with Per one of your best compositions.

The guitar amp noise is what you’d expect with that sort of tone/drive I’d just gate it on the decaying signal. The balances seem pretty OK to me I’d just Eq everything slightly to give a bit more definition and then see how it sounds. From about 2 minutes in to the end, looking at the waveform every thing is pretty much flat to the wall (heavy limiting?) this can take out the dynamics. All in all though a very fine piece.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 10:34 PM
Thanks UD. And thanks for the helpful production tips!
copperhead
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permalink   Thu, May 16, 2013 @ 3:02 PM
It’s nice to see you getting back into the swing of things. It’s really a nice composition you put together here. I love what you do! Congrats on the Ed_Pick!
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 10:34 PM
Thanks so much Greg. It means so much to me that you love what I do. :)
Jeris
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permalink   Thu, May 16, 2013 @ 6:57 PM
Very cool mix…really like the mood you created. Congrats on the ed pick too
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 10:35 PM
Thanks Jeris.
TheDICE
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permalink   Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 5:09 AM
Excellent mix… i really enjoyed your voice and the music. The samples you choosed are amazing. Great work, SackJO22
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 10:35 PM
Thank you my friend! I really love what Audiotechnica shares with us — and Haskel is amazing!
Snowflake
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permalink   Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 2:51 PM
incredible. love the depth of your voice and the spoken word. strong title. the lyrics are palpable, i feel them. brilliant work Susan.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 10:36 PM
Thanks Em. You know.
Robert Warrington
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permalink   Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 4:49 PM
I agree with Kara. I don’t mind the element of aural murk at all. Even if, unlike the semi-audibility of the words, it’s not a hundred percent deliberate, I think there’s an argument that it’s in keeping and possibly even artistically enhancing in terms of the overall sound.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 10:40 PM
Thanks Robert. I appreciate your comments a lot. Ultimately, I’m glad that the feel seems to have come across.
AT
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permalink   Sat, May 18, 2013 @ 7:12 AM
Once again lovey to be included in your music. I love the vocal work on the second half very very nice work.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Wed, Jun 12, 2013 @ 10:25 AM
Thanks — I love your source material. It really speaks to me. I actually have yet another track I’m working on that features one of your samples. I’m so grateful that you freely share your sensitive talent with us.
Papa_Zulu
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permalink   Sun, May 19, 2013 @ 9:02 PM
This song kicks ass (tm)

Its familiar, yet fresh and new.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Wed, Jun 12, 2013 @ 10:26 AM
thanks PapaZ! And it’s nice to see you again!
Steven M Bryant
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permalink   Fri, May 31, 2013 @ 2:58 PM
First word comes to mind is Wow! So deep and so cool!!! The tune also kicks some ass! Blew me away Susan…Loved it!
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Wed, Jun 12, 2013 @ 10:26 AM
Thanks Steve! I really appreciate your support. You rock dude!
texasradiofish
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permalink   Sat, Jun 8, 2013 @ 3:26 AM
Epic songs, Susan
Parental lament wrapped up in Californian folk rock opus
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Wed, Jun 12, 2013 @ 10:26 AM
Thanks boys. Your up-thumbs are always a welcome sight to see!