Thread: "Pura Vida"

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    Default Re: "Pura Vida"

    I don't wanna like this song. I'm normally turned off by show-y guitar parts and songs that are a show-case for show-y parts. This song fits that broad category...

    But I like it anyway. You've turned me around. Nice mix. Good sounds, and the flashy guitar stuff stays interesting enough while - and this is important - staying within some indefineably appropriate context for the song. I guess it's because there's such a nice sense of touch that comes from the guitar parts so the atmosphere doesn't get lost.

    cool.

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    well, I like the vocals a lot, I would get them up in the mix more, loose the reverb on the bongos or at least tight that up, the bass could use a little focus and I would tighten the stereo spread on the guitar, it like you can hear the guitars too well if you know what I mean, but thats just me

    The vocal phrasing was great, and the harmonies, a little Jon Anderson, CSN and Barton Tyler Group all rolled into one.
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    Default Re: "Pura Vida"

    dikledoux
    thanks for the review!

    you know, i understand what you're saying..
    about show-y guitar parts..
    all i tried to do, was play it honest, without 'going there' on purpose.
    i guess, my idea is always to try to get to the artistic side, without being too obvious or heavy handed.
    that said, i've never really thought there was anything flashy about this song....
    it's kinda plain.
    but straight up....
    glad you liked it.



    lambro
    i agree with you on the bass, i mixed this on the old roland vs1880, now i've got some different tools, that help me dial the bass in 'tighter' like you say..
    so i may do one more pass on this one...
    glad you liked it.
    and thanks for listening!
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    Default Re: "Pura Vida"

    ok, so i figured i oughta bump this one....
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    Great song Gonzo. Again I would have brought the vox up a hair. I might have played with the verbs some... you've got a mix of room and hall that doesn't gel together as well as it might.... the sense of place is a little confused. Some of the guitars sound in your face tight and some are at the back of the hall with the vox.

    I'd try putting a small room on most everything including the vox then pulling out just a few things with the hall verb. Might not work but thats what I'd try.

    Cos.
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    Default Re: "Pura Vida"

    thanks cosmic!
    and yea, i'm starting to re-think my ideas about reverbs on individual tracks like that..
    i almost think it'd sit better, if i bussed the rhythms thru a single reverb, and just mix it in as a return/send...

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