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Here is my attempt at an Old time/Irish reel called Cold Frosty Morning, with some more adjustment/refinement to recording hardware, microphone distance/direction as per @DanielB for better noise and tone control.
Wow...listen to that .. Robert.. you are really getting faster and faster... and coming up with good tunes to share. I can feel you dedication to these songs.. the sound is good too... good job.. (yay whatever would we do without DAN!!!!)
I am not blowing smoke up your.... I don't have any critique... as it is all way / months ahead of me...
Keep playing..keep posting..
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
Thanks for the kind words, @coolpinkone and @Ginnyg.
There still are quite some more works for the setup. I use a condenser mic fed by a tube preamp to my computer mic input (try to set it as line in, but still fairly noisy). I'm still experimenting with the mic distance and angle, per @DanielB in one of his posts, as those would affect the mic frequency range favor.
I think you're def on the trail of a good sound, Ratvn.
One thing to remember about "good sound" though, is that not everyone likes the same thing. So go to please yourself first, and then some listeners, and you should be good to go.
"Good sound" works and lets the playing come through without any huge blemishes. "The Perfect Sound" is a chimera that life is just too short to spend time chasing.
If your machine does not have an actual line-in jack, the cheap and easy fix (assuming you are using a desktop and have at least one slot open) is to buy a soundcard with a line in and pop it into your machine. Used ones that can do a reasonable CD quality often go for less than 10$. If you're using a laptop, there are other options that aren't too expensive either.
But you also may be able to fix that small distortion problem you're hearing by just finding the right combo of the slider on the computer and the output knob on the preamp. Like with everything in recording, it can take some messing around and experimenting to get everything sounding the way you want.
But to my ears, your recent efforts are sounding good! Good job!
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
Thanks all for the kind words.
@DanielB: thanks for your advice and reinforcement to the recording issue. I voted for you to be the head of our Audio Recording Department.
@wookieman: just a penny would be enough. I may have to make 2 versions, one with and one without backing, lol. Keep practicing, you will be there, ahead of me, very soon. I got a head start by several months though.
@Helvetika: thanks for your nice comment. I got 3 different notation sheets for it (and as usual, they are not identical, note for note). I will PM you those, let me know if you did not get them. I learned it partially from the sheets and partially from the track.