I put up a new version of “I Love You” this evening after working on it for a little bit, cleaning up the vox and adding a nice little melody. I wanted to make the sub-bass kick hard with the bass drum, so I kind of “blended” the two with some cutting EQ for some tight interlacing. There’s a lot of sub there, tied to the kick, and I want the typical car system driver to feel the bump in their chest and throat – and to feel the sub in their armrest, so I added a few freqs at different q’s to the kick to really cut through – like what an 6″ or 8″ sub is good for. And, as for the sub, I decreased the 60 to 90 and accentuated the 30 and a half and 40 – like what a 12″ or 15″ would be good at. Big bass! But, with a tight kick – as I did in “What You Lookin’ For?”. It really helps the chorus feel fat, too.
I also added a little melody line in a high synth hollow triangle sound that mirrors and accentuates the vocals pretty good. It’s a bit funky, too – couldn’t help it. Love that kind of stuff. I have recorded these vocals like… about 8 times to get the right feel. Bout time it started to come together!
Also, I cut some parts out completely – a few parts that I sang that sounded really exotic and has good potential for dance. While I’m sad about not using them in this song, I just can’t justify it for this song’s continuity. It’s the nature of the biz. I’ll revisit them later for a more appropriate song to tie them with.
And, lastly, the lead vocals needed a lot of tenderizing. Like, I cut a lot of 2k-ish and took some 500 hertz honk out of them. I increased around 8k and made them sizzle a bit, along with a little more doubling – on top of all the other past EQ. I increased the level of the second harmony for a bit of solidarity and the whole stem is sounding pretty good. I’m surprised, actually. I never thought I could *really* get this cut to work. But, it’s turning out ok.
The cymbals on the chorus I left pretty much as they were. I played two takes of sticks on a bell of a 16″ Zildjian A from, like 1976 (or something) – it’s a really old school cymbal with the marks rubbed off that I hand-picked when it came in used to a drum shop I used to work at. I used to go over there and test crashes for a prime non-standard-sounding candidate, and this is my favorite one. I hardly gigged with it since I wanted to preserve it for the studio. It’s bad, man.
Ok, that’s it. I’m really excited about this song. I think it has some good potential for the market, and well… I really like listening to it – That’s the main part of all my songs – if I keep listening 🙂 Take care.