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Reviews for "Love Is What's Missing"

permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 6:31 AM
Great track!

I tried hard to think of criticisms but the only real one I can come up with is one that applies to my remix as well: neither of us is doing very well on the loudness wars :) (i.e., when listened to with the same volume setting as other tracks in this mixup, our tracks sound quieter). For me, it’s partly by choice (I don’t like to use compressors, as they don’t sound that good to me) but I think there’s something else that a mastering engineer could do…
permalink   texasradiofish Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 7:06 AM
Gave up on the loudness and saturation wars. Compresssors, limiters, dynamics and exciters mastering effects are great when needed for the song/sound, but can screw up the dynamics and subtle vibe just to keep the DBs up.
permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 6:35 AM
Oh sh*t - this joint is thumping! This jazzy-funk workout is on point! Doesn’t sound cluttered or too busy to my ear! Just sounds like your knew what you wanted to do & you went right to it!!! FANTASTIC song & mix!!!!
permalink   Clarence Simpson Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 9:52 PM
I have a big dumb grin on my face after reading this comment. :)
Admiral Bob
permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 6:56 AM
The opening vocal, before it goes Hip Hop, sounds like its going to break into Mister Mister type stuff.

I love how the bridge between the breakbeat and stuff and the smooth pop that follows is this quick bridge of some ethnic instrument for just a quarter note.

This is top notch stuff - a fusion of Hip Hop, jazz, ghostly sounds, and various ethnic sources worthy of Herbie Hancock.

And a spoken word from snowflake sounds so very rhythmic - did you chop it up to get that effect? I notice that nothing is sacrificed to meet the beat here. Everything’s bang on the one.
permalink   Clarence Simpson Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 10:08 PM
Glad to hear you liked the 1-beat sitar break. It was on my chopping block for a little while for being maybe a bit too “out there”, but I finally decided to leave it in.

I really didn’t have to expend too much effort to get the spoken word to fit the beat like it does. I just adjusted the tempo of her part in Audacity so that the whole thing was delivered a little faster. After that I just moved 1 or 2 syllables around. So, it’s mostly snowflake au natural - which is apparently already naturally rhythmic. :)
permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 7:02 AM
Really a great build up. Things are comming together and in the other moment they fall apart to give room for another move. Great energy! Love it!
permalink   Clarence Simpson Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 10:09 PM
Thanks so much for the kind words!
permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 7:08 AM
Fun relaxing groove, C Appreciate the melodic parts.
Budapest BluesBoy
permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 7:27 AM
Absolutely professional remix madness broh… Excellent loop and cut mastership. Huges and best from Budapest…
permalink   Clarence Simpson Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 10:14 PM
Glad to hear you liked it!

Thanks for the great source material, too. There were another 2 or 3 of your remixes that I wanted to cut up and use in this, but this remix was starting to get insane and I had to stop myself. :)
permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 7:47 AM
you rocked this. love the diversity of your sample use. nice melodies and counter melodies that develop (did you play that little piano run - brilliant?).

nice use of deb’s sax (seems like that was a bit tough to align?).

all of your transitions uniquely build to the one in of the next section.

this is a very well crafted, developed piece. continuity across the entire track, but with new elements placed for delight to the ears.

nice placement of spoken word as well - gives the song a purpose and direction. thanks for including me.

like the panning of the melodic vocal that comes in late in the track. state shirt’s voice always gives me chills. this last section could probably be a song within itself.
permalink   Clarence Simpson Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 10:38 PM
Thanks! I’m a sucker for people that tell me I rock. ;)

I did play the piano but I have to admit that I cheated and used my DAW’s step-record feature on the fast parts. Easier than playing it live dozens of times til I got it right though.

I did notice that the sax was a little offbeat at a few parts of the original recording… but I never fixed it because it didn’t stand out that much to me and I had the proverbial “bigger fish to fry” at the time. It does still annoy me a little when I hear it though. It may be worth a little post-upload cleanup now that everything is finished.

I was actually tempted to craft the last section into a separate song, but I really wanted to use KarmaHacker’s epic orchestral march combined with State Shirt’s soaring vocals to serve as the crescendo and climax of this song.
permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 1:09 PM
Love is what’s missing - NOT!

It sounds like you put a lot of love in this track my friend. KUDOS!

A well produced track and a masterful use of the ccM sample pool.

I LOVE IT! Thanks 4 the jam. ;-)
permalink   Clarence Simpson Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 10:20 PM
Thanks for the compliments and for the vocal hook that held all these crazy pieces together. :)
permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 2:31 PM
This is great! I really like the opening beats and the way you have incorporated the sax sample. It’s also a perfect length to really get into the groove.
permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 6:31 PM
Nice and funky and I dont think too much at all—you made it work together very well, and I think it must have take you a while to get all these to work—pretty cool,
permalink   Clarence Simpson Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 10:22 PM
It took more time than I care to admit :)

But hearing people enjoy it always makes the effort worthwhile
Abstract Audio
permalink   Mon, Nov 8, 2010 @ 4:14 AM
Well the only constructive critism I can give is don’t be too harsh on yourself. I think everyone has quantized or reprogrammed a live played part and I had a hard time finding the ‘offbeat’ sax part (and that was only when I was searching for it)

All I can at to the other comments is that I love it and I’m glad you left the sitar part in it, great mix!!
Oh and I’m glad you don’t participate in the loudness wars
permalink   Mon, Nov 8, 2010 @ 1:15 PM
Cool sax peppered with an infectious beat and that bass fits like a glove. Like a dozen songs in one. Loud enough for me ;-)
permalink   Clarence Simpson Mon, Nov 8, 2010 @ 1:37 PM
With all the samples I pulled, “a dozen songs in one” isn’t too far from the truth!
permalink   Mon, Nov 8, 2010 @ 1:16 PM
This is tight. I love all the elements to you creation. This is banging Dude.
permalink   Sat, Nov 13, 2010 @ 4:25 PM
This is truly impressive. You put together the samples in a cohesive track that grooves! As mentioned above, the sax does feel a bit off (but just a hairs breadth) but the overall energy and tightness of the track is the bomb! Bravo!
permalink   Thu, Mar 3, 2011 @ 8:01 PM
Love the attitude on this…whatever works, works
…and this works for me :)
Steven M Bryant
permalink   Thu, Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:41 PM
This blows me away! All these samples Snippets and loops into one Brilliant Mix! Its truly amazing.
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