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Group Bass Solo Experiment

Post by beagle » Wed Dec 20, 2006 3:06 pm

I just came up with this idea / experiment and you guys may think it's stupid but what the ...

Wouldn't it be interesting to give everyone (who's interested) the same 2 bar drum / backing track in MP3 format, to record themselves soloing (on bass) over it, then we piece them all together into one long solo piece.

It might be cool just to leave them as single mp3's and then we could hear all the different ways players would approach it.

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Post by Dan » Wed Dec 20, 2006 3:10 pm

Seems like a great idea, but maybe more than 2 bars. Maybe 4 or 8.....I think its a cool idea :)

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Post by beagle » Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:48 pm

yup... maybe make it 8 bars max then the player can choose?

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Post by ryla » Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:22 am

if its a great 2 bar vamp - fine

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Post by garethredington » Wed Dec 27, 2006 2:17 pm

sounds all good,i be in

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Post by BrendonM » Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:45 am

i'm in :)
( apologies in advance if i suck, but hey - it's all art )
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Post by beagle » Thu Jan 18, 2007 3:20 pm

I'm still keen to try this but am waiting for my digital recorder to arrive... (but that shouldn't stop everyone of course).

So here are a few things we need to decide on.... let me know if I've forgotten something.

1) Style of backing track... (ooo that's gonna be a toughy!)
2) We should write a quick guide for any novices on how to do a recording using their PC in a way that only records their bass... and not the backing track too.
3) Who wants to create the backing track?
4) What file format should we send the backing track out in?
5) What file format should everyone supply their recording back as?
6) Who's got the best skills / gear to piece it all together and master it?

I think we need to bear in mind that this should be a fun! We're not looking for perfection. Every player is welcome to join in, at any level, to apply any style they feel needs to be unleashed on the rest of us. :twisted:

:idea: hmm.... Should we make a restriction that the recording be live and there shouldn't be any post editing... i.e. leave in the bum notes or re-record it?

Das good? :)

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Post by Dan » Thu Jan 18, 2007 3:28 pm

beagle wrote:
1) Style of backing track... (ooo that's gonna be a toughy!) 12 bar blues form, to a funky lil beat.
2) We should write a quick guide for any novices on how to do a recording using their PC in a way that only records their bass... and not the backing track too.
3) Who wants to create the backing track? I'd be happy to do this, but going to Wellington for 3 months tomorrow, and my recording gear isn't coming with me :cry:
4) What file format should we send the backing track out in? .wav
5) What file format should everyone supply their recording back as? .wav
6) Who's got the best skills / gear to piece it all together and master it?


Das good? :)


Should be very interesting. If it came to it, people could record into Sound Recorder in Windows (with track not audible except while they are recording) and send it in for someone to paste onto the backing track.

Like I said above, if I wasn't leaving tomorrow, and was bringing all my gear to Welly I'd be happy to whip up a track.

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Post by Randomplay » Thu Jan 18, 2007 3:30 pm

Sounds interseting ill be keen. I got cubase SL and a steinberg MI4.... but i suc at that side o it and im sure heaps o yous have better stuff than that. And in my opinion mp3 would be best format just because its the most compact and youd be able to send across the net where as wavs can get a wee bit bulky.

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Post by beagle » Thu Jan 18, 2007 8:25 pm

DanAntunovich wrote:Like I said above, if I wasn't leaving tomorrow, and was bringing all my gear to Welly I'd be happy to whip up a track.
Hey whats the hurry! ;)
Weren't u just down there over Xmas? Got more work there?

Good call on all those points. I agree wav is best quality but Randomplay makes a good point about file size.

Yeah I was thinking sound recorder too (for those that don't have something good) unless someone knows of a better freeware software recorder out there....
anyone know of a freeware wav to high bitrate mp3 converter software?

Might have to investigate those ones.

It's all very do-able tho. :)

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Post by Randomplay » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:33 pm

Audacity is a simple to use recorder that is free ware and an mp3 wav converter... dunno if its the best one. I used it a bit before i got cubase and it was alright.
I will just edit in here that you need to download a plugin for the mp3 export... its on same page. I didnt check i just opened up the one i already got and that could export mp3, id obviously downloaded the pluggin already.

NOTE: DOWNLOAD AND USE AT YOUR OWN RISK

AUDACITY LINK: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
LAME MP3 ENCODER LINK: http://www.bassplayer.co.nz/files/lame-3.96.1_mp3.zip
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Post by beagle » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:59 pm

Thanks Randomplay that's brill! I'll give it a try 8)

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Post by Randomplay » Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:23 am

I should mention i could put together a 12 bar drum track with fruity loops or somthin if yahs wanted..... bearin in mind im no drummer :wink: And they always sound a bit artificial( i suppose because they are)

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Post by beagle » Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:44 am

Yeah go for it Randomplay! I suggest you don't go too hard out on it initally, lets just clarify the beat style, and maybe keep it in general midi format just to let people hear what your take on it is. Then we'll get everyones feedback (who wants to play on it) and take it further. Also the cool thing about general midi files is that it they can be easily tweaked.
Sound ok?

p.s. I'll send you my email address so you can email it direct.

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Post by Randomplay » Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:54 am

Yea all good... 8)

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