#1
hey guys. Got two 1 minute tests. The pod x3 tone test is my first recording done with the pod (got it on christmas) and its with a tone I came up with in a few minutes. The VSL test is for the vienna symphonic library. its a extremely advanced orchestra simulator so its just a quick one minute orchestral piece i wrote, hopefully I will expand it a great deal.
drums in the pod x3 test are SD2.0. If you have any questions do ask.

Pod x3 Tone test: SoundClick artist: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=971601&songID=8536647

VSL Test: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=971601&songID=8536656
Last edited by MetalBass 77 at Dec 28, 2009,
#2
Hi there - thanks for your crit of mine.

Pod x3 test: Brilliant peice of music but then I might be slightly biased because I'm a sucker for weird time signatures. I can't really fault it because it fits so well with what I like to hear - I'd love to hear the results if it was fleshed out into an entire song

VSL test: I'm not even going to attempt to critique classical music because it's so beyond my realms of expertise. I'll just leave it at this: I liked it a lot to listen to and kudos for throwing some classical out there to be critiqued.
#3
Quote by IronMark666
Hi there - thanks for your crit of mine.

Pod x3 test: Brilliant peice of music but then I might be slightly biased because I'm a sucker for weird time signatures. I can't really fault it because it fits so well with what I like to hear - I'd love to hear the results if it was fleshed out into an entire song

VSL test: I'm not even going to attempt to critique classical music because it's so beyond my realms of expertise. I'll just leave it at this: I liked it a lot to listen to and kudos for throwing some classical out there to be critiqued.

thanks for the crit, but i have to request one more thing from you. what did you think production wise? I've been working on my music production a lot recently and like where im heading, but if you have any advice id like it.
#4
Quote by MetalBass 77
thanks for the crit, but i have to request one more thing from you. what did you think production wise? I've been working on my music production a lot recently and like where im heading, but if you have any advice id like it.


I'm at the very early stages of doing engineering at college so I wouldn't say my critique of production is worth a lot yet but from what I heard it was really good. Having said that, I actually don't know anything about the software you were using but they both sounded really slick (especially the first one). I would be happy with myself if I was able to produce something to that quality at this stage.
#5
Quote by IronMark666
I'm at the very early stages of doing engineering at college so I wouldn't say my critique of production is worth a lot yet but from what I heard it was really good. Having said that, I actually don't know anything about the software you were using but they both sounded really slick (especially the first one). I would be happy with myself if I was able to produce something to that quality at this stage.

the software/hardware im using is very top notch. Pod x3 is a guitar/bass recording pedal thing. My tone i came up with I think is decent, but ive heard some amazing tones made with it that i cant wait to make. The drums are Superior Drummer 2.0. Sound amazing right from the first preset, but with tweaking can sound even better (Ive made my own preset and i think its pretty damn solid ) and for the orchestral stuff i used the Vienna Symphonic Library. Some of the best orchestral samples, and im using their "cheap" bundles. I dont touch these up at all because they sound so great out of the box. my hunch is that tweaking would just ruin them.
#6
Thanks for the crit!

Pod X3: I'd make the beginning riff a little more interesting, but the rhythm of it is really neat. Maybe instead of playing it again, put a little variation in it every time you play it. The heavier one near the end of the recording I can really get into, mega jamming. The production was nice, I like the guitar tone, but I'd probably use a different pickup, but that's just all subjective. The Pod X3 sound excellent!

VSL: The piano sounds great, but I'd write it with more velocity changes so it doesn't sound like a 80's midi keyboard. The strings all sound beautiful, same thing velocity wise for those. I love the phrasing on the recording itself. Excellent structure, but I'd probably have the piano change the pace a little more to emphasis some of the things the strings might be doing. Great contrast though!
Last edited by Kor-Ryal at Dec 28, 2009,
#7
Quote by Kor-Ryal
Thanks for the crit!

Pod X3: I'd make the beginning riff a little more interesting, but the rhythm of it is really neat. Maybe instead of playing it again, put a little variation in it every time you play it. The heavier one near the end of the recording I can really get into, mega jamming. The production was nice, I like the guitar tone, but I'd probably use a different pickup, but that's just all subjective. The Pod X3 sound excellent!

VSL: The piano sounds great, but I'd write it with more velocity changes so it doesn't sound like a 80's midi keyboard. The strings all sound beautiful, same thing velocity wise for those. I love the phrasing on the recording itself. Excellent structure, but I'd probably have the piano change the pace a little more to emphasis some of the things the strings might be doing. Great contrast though!

thanks for the crit man. I will probably wind up playing the piano myself on my midi keyboard, as its not super hard and it will solve the velocity issue. The piano i want having that constant rhythm, but if you listen closely at parts the notes change to accompany the chords going on in the strings.

As for the pod x3 test, I need to add some drum fills/cymbal additions. you'd be suprised how a couple snare rolls and cymbals can make a piece much more exciting. and yes the pod x3 sounds excellent, i cant wait to do some serious tweaking. A massive upgrade from guitar pro 3. a tad random but what do you use for guitar recording wise? I thought your tone was pretty impressive in your song.
#8
Quote by MetalBass 77
As for the pod x3 test, I need to add some drum fills/cymbal additions. you'd be suprised how a couple snare rolls and cymbals can make a piece much more exciting. and yes the pod x3 sounds excellent, i cant wait to do some serious tweaking. A massive upgrade from guitar pro 3. a tad random but what do you use for guitar recording wise? I thought your tone was pretty impressive in your song.


The littlest ghost snares or well-placed tom during the middle of a beat makes all the difference, pretty sweet how that works.

I use probably what most would consider a crime for recording. I record with a Blue Snowball USB microphone mic'd up to a Line 6 Spider III 75w amplifier. I personally think it's pretty good. For my glossier cleans I have to hook up my Digitech GNX4 to my computer via USB. I think it's pretty decent myself.

So yeah, looks like you're already on it with personal tweaking to get a sweet sound, keep on it!
#10
hey,

listen to the pod test, Im like the idea of this test, it could be a lil more tied for what about timing, my only complain is the snaredrum, to flubby in my hones opinion.
the last part of the song rocks!!!
#12
The Vienna Symphonic Library sounds too fake. What I would suggest is something like EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic sound library. It has key switches for almost anything you need. For the piano i would suggest Steinberg's The Grand 2 or 3, they have really full and rich tones. A little eq and stereo separation will do you good. But all in all it is a good peace
#13
Quote by TYamaguchi
The Vienna Symphonic Library sounds too fake. What I would suggest is something like EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic sound library. It has key switches for almost anything you need. For the piano i would suggest Steinberg's The Grand 2 or 3, they have really full and rich tones. A little eq and stereo separation will do you good. But all in all it is a good peace

im truly not doing the software justice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB_QueMQ7kI
go to around 1:10 and here the software sounding really sick.
#14
The POD has surprisingly good tone. The VSL sounds a bit fake, but still good, albeit almost completely without dynamics IMO. Thanks for the crit, sorry I took so long to respond.
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#15
The pod sounds a better than most digital amps, however it still has the digital harshness...
The Symphony sounds pretty sweet though, they are just missing a tiny bit from the real thing (the sound the bow makes on the strings seems to be super tough to emulate), I'd give it a 8/10 though, very cool!
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