After weeks of editing, EQ-ing, repairing, enhancing and remixing, here are the entire studio recordings of my band, plus 2 live bootleg tracks, released yesterday on Spotify, Amazon, itunes and all the other streaming and downloading services worldwide.
I play keyboards and share the singing on various tracks with the other lead band member, who is also playing bass. Between us we wrote and arranged all the material, with a couple of songs written by the guitarist.
I've been working on this remaster with the bass player, after talking about doing it for ages. It's been a total labour of love, taking the nearly 30-year-old audio cassettes and basically treating them as masters - patching in missing drum hits, wonky playing, and repairing parts where the tape was giving out and affecting audio quality. Some of it I have been unable to fix, but most of it has been given a new lease of life.
This is my first go at remastering/enhancing existing audio so it was a steep learning curve. I was amazed to find an online service to split out vocals and instrument parts from a previously mixed audio source, using AI rather than using an ‘out of phase’ effect like Karaoke machines do. Whilst not perfect, it enabled me to extract an out-of-tune word I sang all those years ago, retune it, and reinsert on top of a spliced-in instrumental equivalent portion from another part of the same song. 30 years of cringing/talking over that poorly sung word are finally over!
There some funk, rock, pop, and some mad instrumentals there, so please do have a dig around in case you like any of it!
It's over 70 mins in total, so has been a huge project. It feels so good to have completed this after all this time.
Thank you so much! I can’t believe you listened to it all- I really appreciate that!
I don’t think my partner (who is a vocal coach) would let me get away with such stylised vocals these days, it’s definitely of it’s time.
For the final live track, Funky Chicken, the audio is literally taken from a video camera set up to record the gig. The original sounded awful and clipped almost constantly. I’m amazed that trickery such as audio exciters can bring back the bass and treble in such a convincing way!
I’d love to do a studio recording of that track, but sadly I’ve lost touch with the guitarist, and that exit solo is just so perfect I’d have to find someone that could mimic the style perfectly. I wonder if fiverr is the way to go?