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No Time To Relax (Album Notes)

No Time To Relax

Track 9 from my album Sampler. Visit http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/JamesGilbert to purchase this or any of my 11 albums. I’m also on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more.

A melancholy piece featuring pads, light drums and vocalise melody to start with. Then the track adds in some synth leads and synth bass part. The end echos the feel of the start.

The Gravity sound library is used for the bulk of the vocalise. For the drums I used Drum Lab from Native Instruments. Also used for some rhythm elements was Grid II.

The bulk of the sound in this track comes from the instruments. There is no EQ used on any of the instrument tracks. I did use the REAPER ping-pong delay and Native Instruments RC48 reverb unit with some EQ on the reverb. Only the two vocal tracks have any reverb added to it. Although I have the delay unit on a bus, I just realized nothing is being bussed there. So, just reverb is added to this track.

For mastering purposes, I did not do anything beyond a peak limiter (just to make sure nothing peaked).

To my ears at least, this piece just “worked” with the combination instruments I chose and without having to do anything besides balance levels. That’s something to think about as you compose and record music. Get it as good as you can prior to recording to audio and the mixing and mastering process will be easy.

Please, please, if you like the album or these track notes, drop a note in the comments. Even if you don’t like it, drop me a comment. Now that I think about it, I’ve not had any comments since I moved the blog here. Maybe the comments only work for me? Anyone care to test it out?

New Album on Google Music

Selections From JamesGilbertMusic, Volume 1

This new album is now available on Google Music. The individual tracks are also available at the website.

Contents

  • Chord Flavors
  • Going Around In Circles
  • Dr. Jekyl
  • Just Over There
  • Just The Way It Is
  • Missiles Of October
  • Not Here
  • Path To Nowhere
  • Focused Unreality
  • Run Away From The Island
  • Skanner Demo (free track)
  • The Cat

This album is a variety of ambient, electronic, 20/21st century cinematic and a few that don’t fit a category so neatly. Hope you enjoy it and we’d love to hear feedback about the album.