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So, here we are, week 1 of the mg.org something for everyone challenge. Born out of some people liking doing covers, whilst others like writing songs, with a combination of a few people just not having enough time to do full songs (hence the lead a week). Do one, 2 or all 3. Also, it means I only have to track one of these per week.

Rules are simple, do 1-3 things every week, Post your creations in the weekly thread as soundcloud/youtube links. I'm aiming to get various contributions for backing tracks, each one will be credited to the author. As it's the first week I'm doing a dropbox download, but we should get some dedicated hosting or something like that courtesy of chris.

The deadline for this week is end of play, Sunday 15th March

Short rules:
- You have until sunday midnight/monday morning to post your submission
- Either do an original song, a cover/medley or a lead over the provided backing track per week.
- Submissions must be stuff you've done this week, no matter how awesome an old track/recording is
- 10 points for each submission, per category.
- submissions as souncloud or youtube links. Well, as long as it is playable from a post in the thread really.
- You can do multiple entries per category, but only the first one will score points.
- no eliminations, do your stuff as and when you can
- leads can be layer, melodies, you can chop and rearrange the track, whatever floats your boat really
- Don't be a dick to other people. You can go to ss.org for that.
- Don't steal other peoples songs
- Don't steal backing tracks or pass it off as your own, give credit where it's due if you want to share your awesome yngwie malmsteen unleash the fjokking fjury face melting solo.

LAW Track:

This weeks backing track is courtesy of myself throwing something together in about 30 minutes with drag and drop drum patterns (amazing, I know). It's 150bpm, no funky times signatures and might be somewhere near the key of D whatever the fuck. It can be downloaded from here as mp3 or wav:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ytsnyn7x1pfvro8/AAB3dZvWl7oHq006aW811zpFa?dl=0

Have fun peoples!
 

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just want to check if anyone has had issues getting the backing track. apart from the track itself.
 

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Working on a "Fragile Dreams" cover. It ended up being more work than I thought, because all the Guitar Pro tabs I found had pretty crap drums and they need a bunch of editing.
 

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Working on a "Fragile Dreams" cover. It ended up being more work than I thought, because all the Guitar Pro tabs I found had pretty crap drums and they need a bunch of editing.
Nice! I always loved that song, that was peak anathema around that time.

What's everyone else up to?
 

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Nice! I always loved that song, that was peak anathema around that time.

What's everyone else up to?
Working on an original, and considering giving LAW a shot but my chops are shit and that track is definitely out of my wheelhouse so we'll see how it goes :lol:
 

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just want to check if anyone has had issues getting the backing track. apart from the track itself.
Works for me, good job! I won't be using it as I'm probably the worst lead player in the history of MG.ORG, but I'm excited to hear what others do.

My entry this week is my first attempt at a song in A standard - not quite sure I like it, but I'll at least don one song before I consider tuning back up to B.
 

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I’ve put in about 8 hours so far on an original. Had some issues with GGD last night with the UI not functioning properly when making adjustments and it set me back about 2 hours before I sorted it out. Started the song in one direction, then 2 minutes into it hit a “Where am I going with this? This isn’t going anywhere yet.”, and decided to revamp everything from the start. I’ve been programming every single drum hit in this one as I seem to be having an issue with GGD’s MIDI mapping. If I weren’t so far into it, I would just go back to using EZDrummer, where I have a thousand fills I could choose from. After I finish this song I’m going to go through and re-program the MIDI map so I can use all the MIDI files I have in it. This is a nightmare of programming.

This is the first time I’ve done legit tracking with my AxeFX and I’m stoked with the tones I’m getting. Most of it is being done with the JP2C+ model for the heavy rhythm stuff and then there’s some effect-heavy sections, but they might get cut.

I’m really just glad for the spark to be ignited again.

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When I got home the Mission Engineering expression pedal was sitting on my step. I got it specifically for wah stuff in the AxeFX as I'm way too used to that Dunlop feel for wah's and regular expression pedals won't cut it. Loaded the backing track and spent about 30 minutes dicking around with a lead before going back to working on my tune. I might pull both out of my ass for this week!
 

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Well, i've just blown up my racktifier after getting an awesome tone out of it. Think it's (hopefully) just a fuse after having it on for hours... sounded fucking glorious though!
 

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I woke up with a sore throat this morning and we're under pretty strict owners from the owner of my company to not chance a single thing and just stay home. While I still have to get some work done remotely, I'll be in my studio all day. Made a lot of progress yesterday and ended up re-arranging the whole song I was working on after getting stuck in that "What the fuck am I doing with this?" mentality for longer than I'd prefer. Going to try to finalize the arrangement, write the drum fills and then all I'll have left is recording the actual tracks as everything is a copy/paste/edit now. And vocals, but I may not realistically have time to get those done before Sunday.

Well, i've just blown up my racktifier after getting an awesome tone out of it. Think it's (hopefully) just a fuse after having it on for hours... sounded fucking glorious though!
Hopes and prayers!
 

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I have most of the guitars and bass parts recorded, as well as drums somewhat improved. Still need to record vocals and add some layers here and there.
 

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Here's my Fragile Dreams cover.

That was really cool! I never heard the song before so I checked it out on YouTube after listening to yours. Great job, man!

I stayed home again today. Just wrapped up writing the song I'm submitting. I'm going to add some drum fills and then start tracking the actual guitar and bass parts. No time for vocals this week. Our window installer called me last night and said they're ready to install our impact windows so they're starting tomorrow morning aside from the sound of tearing out my old windows, my studio is going to be completely dismantled while they're doing the work. That and my throat still feels like shit from maybe-it's-coronavirus.
 

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That was really cool! I never heard the song before so I checked it out on YouTube after listening to yours. Great job, man!
Thanks! Always loved this song.

When playing this song I also noticed that my PRS's resonant frequency is G, which fit quite well with the song. :lol:
 

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Just want to rant for a second-

I went to do a multi-out of Get Good Drums via Kontakt and without getting into detail, it's all fucked. Fuck GGD AND Kontakt. I don't care which one of them is responsible as I've heard stories like this regarding both programs. But fuck this. GGD comes with a heavily EQ'd kick and snare, but the toms are straight raw, minus room mics. The reason from Nolly was "I figured you'd like to fine tune those on your own." Sure. I'd love that. But it's impossible if I can't fucking export the fucking tracks individually. So fuck it. When I post my track the toms are going to sound like ass. I just spent an hour and a half dicking with this shit and fucking fuck it up the fucking ass.

I'm buying SD3 for future use.
 
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