On Friday I post a new song onto Youtube. This was a pop/rock tune, which might be good after posting several classical pieces in a row. A quick comment – in this song “Ariel” refers to the moon of Uranus (in a way), not a person of that name – just wanted to point that out since I do know some Ariels and this song is not about any of them. OK, here it is:
Now onto talking about the song. Just general chat and technical details:
As always, I hate my voice. Funny thing, I had originally written this lower, in a range that was far more comfortable, but I liked the sound even less, so I put it up so that it actually hits the highest note I can sing even close to in tune. Yeah, weird, but it fit the song better. No autotune or anything else, which might be obvious…
Someone asked earlier – Yes, I did “double” my voice through a lot of this (verse, pre-chorus and chorus). That is, I sang through the parts multiple times, in places there are four tracks of my voice. I won’t go into depth unless asked.
I also used a vocoder (my voice through a synthesizer) during the introduction, the bridge and outro, with some vocoder “echoes” in the pre-chorus and chorus, plus a little doubling in the chorus. There are also vocoder sound effects that sound like surreal space voices. I really like the effects of the vocoder in this.
Besides the vocoder I used the Prophet Rev2 for the organ, choir sounds and string sounds. The Poly D is used for all bass sounds (3 different ones) and the big whooshes and sirens. I used Cubase’s drum program, Groove Agent, but I played the drums manually on a keyboard. Everything was played or sung manually….
I spent a lot longer than usual on this, but a big part of that was experimenting with different tools – I actually made a recording called “Ariel Test- Throw Away” where I played with different tools. When I felt ready, I did “throw it away”. OK, I just started a new file and didn’t even refer back to the old one…
The biggest thing that I tested, literally “biggest”, was a new mixer. I got a more modern piece of kit that was much more flexible, and it did change my workflow.
There is a long story behind where this metaphor comes from. Let’s just say that many years ago a relative misunderstood talking to Ariel, thinking it was a metaphor when it was used quite literally at the time! This time the metaphor is no mistake ;)
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!