Cover a week, week 3, season 1
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    Cover a week, week 3, season 1

    So, whilst we have a break from writing songs, here's a cover challenge. The aim is to cover a song a week, learn, write, record. The aim here is that not everyone wants to write a song (or has time) a week. So instead, this is about covers. We'll either run until song a week starts again, or 8 weeks, depends how many people participate and how popular this is.

    We'll attempt to cover one song a week.

    - The first scores you 10 points.
    - The second in a week scores you 7 points
    - The third, 5 points
    - The fourth 2 point, and 1 point for every further song.

    penalties
    - 10 point penalty and no points scored for submitted song per rule infraction.

    Submissions to be posted as soundcloud links, or as a youtube video.

    After week 2, scores are as follows:
    Markus: 20 points
    Nick: 20 points
    Mr S.: 20 points
    Connor: 10 points
    7 Dying Trees: 10 points
    Lozek: -10pts
    Rest of MGorg: a eurovision equalling Nil points

    If you miss a week, you score 0 points, but, it allows everyone to keep playing until the end. It means people falling ill or ending up with heavy workloads don't get eliminated due to bad luck, and it also means people can start and join in whenever, and play a bit of catch up if they want. 10 points is an incentive to submit weekly, but if something happens, and it's late, you can still play a little catch up.

    We'll keep a rolling tally all the way through to week 8, at which point someone will be rewarded with the coveted season 3 crown(*)

    Rules:
    1) All Submissions by end of play 3rd of November. We will run monday to sunday.
    2) Even if noone can check, the spirit is covering a song a week
    3) No rules on genre, you don't even need to do the same style next week
    4) No rules on how exact the cover is, either plagiarise it note for note, or make it your own
    4) Must be a cover of a released track. You can't cover stuff from a band yoiu've played in (no CoF covers from me then..., you can all breathe a sigh of relief)
    5) Entries composed on a tascam or without drums, whatever, also welcome, this is about covering a song, not dressing it up in lipstick and a short skirt
    6) If you don't submit, you're don't score points.
    7) Remember that quality outstrips quantity, don't just post up tons of rubbish to try and win, we're doing this to get recording covers, someone winning the coveted season 1 copy crown is a bonus(*)
    8) Mixtests don't count, there's another forum for that (ss.org)
    9) Submissions to be posted as soundcloud links, or as a youtube video if you want to show off your 1337 video skillzzzz
    10) No limits on recording a song you already know, as if pressed for time, this might be easier
    11) Have fun, and learn some songs along the way

    We will not:
    1) Make people feel bad about mixing skills by turning this into a mixtest competition, it's about getting a load of us writing to a deadline, this is about recording covers, not about how awesome your headless kiesel sounds through an axe fx with superior drummer
    2) Make people feel bad about how well it's recorded
    3) Spam thread with songs we've had lying around for ages or anything non relevant to this competition and it's rules
    4) Discourage anyone from participating
    5) Tell anyone they suck, everyone has different levels of ability, this isn't a pissing competition

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    In early again I thought I was going to learn the solo for this but after looking at it and listening to it propperly I could learn it but I cant think of any way I would be able to accurately record it and not just have it sound like random notes underwater....

    so no solo this week also the drums are dodgey as fuck, I had to fix a lot of them but im pretty sure the intro is off and some other bits that also made recording it a pain in the arse.

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    Damn, nice job, Nick. Did you learn that this week or did you already know some of it?

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    learned it in an afternoon

    I am pretty good at picking rythm stuff up easily.

    Going to try Starspawn by Blood incantation for my next one as I have just spent 40 mins sorting the tempo map for the drum file out but that actual hits look spot on

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    That sounds sick Nick. I did a quick learning while I recorded attempt at my cover for this week and it's... sloppy... I'm going to give it another go Friday eve, it's a live version of a song and it goes a bit improv in bits so I'm going to use that as an excuse for it not being a note for note rendition of the album version, not sure what excuse I'll have for my crappy playing though.

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    Not 100% happy with this, but I've had fuckall time as usual and it was a bit trickier than I expected in parts... Sod it, it's alright... despite some of my interesting note choices for the outro 'solo'.

    Less said about the vocals the better.



    I kinda wish I had a strat now.

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    Not familiar with this song but it sounds cool, well done in the non guitar parts (solo sounds cool as well) did you use vsts or actual instruments?

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    I cheated somewhat for the droney bits that bookend the song and sampled it from the original, I tried with not not a great deal of success to emulate it (some crazy 'Shepard tone' shenanigans involving tape machines iirc). The organ is a VST of a Farfisa Compact Duo organ run through the Leslie speaker in Logic, the Piano at the end is a Grand run through the same Leslie speaker. The 'solo' was a pain as I couldn't get the right sound from my delay pedals so I just ran it through two at once (Boss DM2 and DD7) with the setting pretty maxed out.

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