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Workshop #19: Cool Whip Hot Sauce by The Pinstripes

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At Audiotuts+ we irregularly put up a reader track for workshopping and critique (find out how to submit a track). This is how it works: you upload your song, and every week or so we'll publish one here and step away from the podium. The floor is yours to talk about the track and how the artist can fix problems in and improve upon the mix and the song.

Thanks for your submissions everyone - and keep them coming. We have enough to publish two or three a week at the moment. Let me know if it gets too much.

This track has been submitted for your friendly, constructive criticism. They have put their track (and their heart and soul) in your hands to learn and get useful feedback.

  • Do you enjoy the song or track itself? Does it have potential?
  • Can the arrangement be improved?
  • How did you find the mix? What would you do differently?
  • What do you enjoy about the rhythm track? What can be done to improve it?
  • Is the choice of instruments relevant and effective for the style/song?
  • Are the lyrics (if any) effective? Does the style, arrangement and genre of the song suit them?
  • Can you suggest any specific techniques that might improve the track?
  • Do you have any other constructive feedback?

Cool Whip Hot Sauce by The Pinstripes

Description of the track:

Description: This is an instrumental rocksteady/ska song, and it was all individually tracked and recorded in various living rooms, basements, and practice spaces in Cincinnati, Ohio over the course of spring break 2009. The track was released as a part of a 10" split vinyl record that came out in July 2009.

It is a total in-the-box mix, using Logic Pro 8, and all native plugins, except for the izotope ozone 4 mastering plugin on the master bus. There is a link at the bottom for a screenshot of the arrange window with all tracks visible. Lots of precision editing the horn performances to make them play in time with each other, as the recording process was a rushed one. I wish the horns could have come out with a little more high end crispness, but that's what you get when you record in a living room, I guess. I liked mixing a song that had two distinct feeling sections, and I feel like it transitions back into the original feel pretty well.

I think the best part of this song is when the vocals make their first brief appearance at 0:42, and the riddim cuts out and lets the harmonized vocals breathe on their own for a second. cool whip.

Author's website:

Terms of Use: This track can be downloaded if desired. However, if if you do download it, we encourage you to pay for the song by spending two or three minutes of your time at our website, checking out what we do. THANKS!

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