Originally Posted by woodman
From where I sit, the handclaps are nigh-invisible and the tambo is respectfully unobtrusive, which to me is a good thing — feel without excessive audio pollution.
It still *feels* to me like the vocals are pushing the beat in certain spots, but I'm sure you're on top of that after all the discussion. [I say *feels* because I have no means of precise audio analysis and don't feel comfortable stating it as a fact.] ... Just out of perverse curiosity, how much predelay are you giving them on the reverb?
The one that I am 'creeping' up on is the word 'And' at 0:25, the start of the phrase - And your bird is green. I moved it today but apparently not quite enough to eliminate the rushed feeling in that spot. When I look at the drum tracks and the bass, the vocals are really close to being on the beat. There are two things I'm trying to avoid... 1) deforming the vocals 2) sounding mechanically, robotically perfect.
on the reverb, I'm using Perfect Space, a convolution reverb.... and on the vocals, I'm using it very sparsely on the vocals in this song so far.
Here's a quick youtube overview of it, if you are interested....
Perfect Space overview
If I recall correctly, the predelay on the setting I have is about 1.6 mSec. I am using a natural, real Hall in a Near X-Y configuration.
I'm glad to know you thought the claps & tambo were tasteful! The more I do this, the more I realize to step lightly.
Speaking of step.... This song does a good job of putting a spring in my step. or at least what I remember a step to be.