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I have been trying to up my game some by combining video or pics I take to my original music, that is, when I have the time to do it. I took these pictures of my local area in Lancaster County, PA a few weeks back. 

Originally I tried to make a brand new composition and realized I lacked the time to get it all together in time, so I used a newish composition of mine that fits the video well. The compo I was working on still sits on my hard drive with a few guitar tracks partially mixed. I came back to it the next day and decided it was a no go for this project. Not sure if I'll flesh it out or start something new.

https://youtu.be/Pkvkx_Ur8oU

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Hi Timothy, 

I had two reactions when I listened: this is perfectly fine and stands as is. The recording is polished and professional and the piece has a country/folk vibe that works quite well. My second rection: it has the feel of being a background track to something else. If you decide you want to develop any more on it, I would suggest adding more melody would be a route worth exploring. Thanks for sharing!

Gav

Thank you Gav. I certainly see your point here concerning the melody. I kind of felt similar in that I felt it was missing something. Has a predictable way about it that seems to work best as a background track as it is. Not enough focus if that makes any sense.

Hi Timothy. I just love the warm, bright sound that you've achieved with this. It evokes thoughts of the countryside very well. I feel that the timing of the guitar is a little shaky at times and could do with a bit more attention. I also wanted the music to "go somewhere else" at some point because although your musical ideas are strong the overall composition seemed to be very much on one level after a while for a piece of this length. I'd like to know how you achieved that overall mix though. It's very impressive.

Thank you Neil! You have a good ear. I mixed this one on my old favorite DAW Cakewalk. My process is usually to lay down a foundation track...in this case guitars recorded to a pair of LDC mics. I have since started using SDC mics for acoustic instrumental work. They filter out some of the boom associated with recording in a smaller space. I using two mics because I can get a spacial stereo effect when I pan the tracks and add reverb to the mix. I use a reverb bus so I can control how much reverb goes to each track.

Later I added the vst flute, a Precision Sound Celtic whistle. Small amounts of squeeze box and some ambient sound background sounds were added after that. 

Thanks Timothy. That's really useful info. If I can get anywhere near your sound I'll be happy.

Timothy Smith said:

Thank you Neil! You have a good ear. I mixed this one on my old favorite DAW Cakewalk. My process is usually to lay down a foundation track...in this case guitars recorded to a pair of LDC mics. I have since started using SDC mics for acoustic instrumental work. They filter out some of the boom associated with recording in a smaller space. I using two mics because I can get a spacial stereo effect when I pan the tracks and add reverb to the mix. I use a reverb bus so I can control how much reverb goes to each track.

Later I added the vst flute, a Precision Sound Celtic whistle. Small amounts of squeeze box and some ambient sound background sounds were added after that. 

love the name! The volume of the guitar seems to be competing with the flute/wind instrument a bit though

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