Cover Challenge #3 - official chat thread

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flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 434
edited November 10 in Making Music
Welcome to the third Fretboard Cover Challenge. The rules are simple - there are no rules*. 

We all start with the same song suggestion and record our own cover version. It's up to your imagination as to what you do with it. It could be faithful to the original or as out there as you wish. 

The idea is to share creativity and see how we end up with differing results from the exact same start point. Feel free to change key if needed for vocals. Feel free to go instrumental/spoken word/rap if singing isn't your thing. Feel free to share ideas in this thread or keep your hand close to your chest. Just have fun with it. 


The track to be covered has been chosen by the winner of the last challenge @IMC1980 and is... 

Drum roll...


SWEET ABOUT ME by Gabriella Cilmi


Yes. That's what has been chosen. Now get those creative juices flowing and see what you can come up with. 



RULES:

Entries to be sent in mp3 format to the following Email address:

covers@thefretboard.co.uk

You may wish to submit artwork to go with your entry. It brightens up the playlist and might get you more votes but it's not mandatory. 

Entries close at 11.30pm on Monday 31st December. Yes. I know that's New Year's Eve so perhaps best not to leave it right until the last moment.

Only one entry per participant. 

A playlist of all the entries will be posted in the Voting Thread and you will have approximately one week to vote. Vote for your top 3 with 5 points awarded  for first place, 3 points for second place and 1 point for third place. Entrants obviously aren't allowed to vote for their own entry. 

Unlike other challenges in the Cover Challenge the winner wins a prize - they get to choose the track to be covered for the next challenge. Please have ideas ready in advance as you will only have approximately 48hrs to PM your suggestion or The Management will decide for you. 


Good luck. 
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 3382
    edited November 10
    Nice choice, I genuinely like that song so going to take part in this one after not doing the last.

    The world is a better place when it's upside down

    Water, come drown me, I'm done

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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 434
    I just watched the video of the original. It turns out that she was only 16 when that was recorded.

    I now feel like I've been listening to a @poopot cover... Off for a cold shower...
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  • IMC1980IMC1980 Frets: 22
    Sent mine (was previously recorded, I have not suddenly become insanely productive!)
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1461
    IMC1980 said:
    Sent mine (was previously recorded, I have not suddenly become insanely productive!)
    Got it... Want me to post a playlist or wait till another entry?
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 434
    Best to wait until we get a couple I think. I shouldn't be too long in getting an entry in. I knew very quickly what I'd do with it given the original groove. Already have most of the drums down down and some draft guitars recorded. Have a day off this week so should get vocals and hopefully most of the tracking done.

    I'm recording it as if it was originally on the Offspring's album Smash (and if Dexter Holland had a cold and sang half an octave lower)

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  • IMC1980IMC1980 Frets: 22
    edited November 11
    The best Offspring album IMO. Post the playlist when @flying_pie submits as well @poopot. Looking forward to hearing it!
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 212
    edited November 18
    OK, I've sent mine in.  Was tricky this one as I have to be honest, I don't like the song very much.  Anyhew, I've decided to do it like Pearl Jam in a Last Kiss style so be prepared for very bad Eddie Vedder impressions 

    The other aim was to get a jammed feel to it so I set up Helix as a pedal board for the guitars and turned on stomps with automation and TRIED to do each part in one take.  Obviously that failed but unless it was a wrong chord or horribly out I've left the mistakes in.  See how we go eh?
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1461
    Got it... will upload a playlist laters!...
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 434
    I'm with you there @Bezzer ;;This is an irritating as heck song to cover. I elected not to learn the words so I wouldn't have to listen to the original much and just read them off a sheet of paper.

    Can't wait to hear it
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1461
  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 434
    Make that 3

    @IMC1980 I ended up with a bit of Americana too (my other favorite Offspring album)
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1461
    Make that 3

    @IMC1980 I ended up with a bit of Americana too (my other favorite Offspring album)
    Its in the list...
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  • IMC1980IMC1980 Frets: 22
    Make that 3

    @IMC1980 I ended up with a bit of Americana too (my other favorite Offspring album)
    Awesome! Great use of the pre-chorus at the end as well.
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 212
    @flying_pie that was a lot of fun man, really high energy!  Nice arrangement too, much braver than I was with it. And agree with IMC1980, love the use of the pre-chorus as an outro.
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 212
    @IMC1980 man you make me sick ha ha.  Always love your tracks, just great 90s rock vibe to it.  (intended as a compliment)
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  • IMC1980IMC1980 Frets: 22
    Bezzer said:
    @IMC1980 man you make me sick ha ha.  Always love your tracks, just great 90s rock vibe to it.  (intended as a compliment)
    Likewise @Bezzer; your Eddie Vedder impression is very good! I take it as a compliment, most of the stuff I do sounds like it came for the 80s or 90s...
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 434
    Cheers guys I'll join the collective love-in.

    @bezzer not only is your Eddie Vedder impression quality but your Mike McCready is also on point. I have one complaint though - I was expecting an Alive length guitar solo at the end and it was way too short. I'll have you know I've been listening to a lot of Pearl Jam over the last couple of days

    @IMC1980 brilliant,  as we're becoming accustomed to.  Can I ask what do you use for drums? Rhythm and fills aside they sound absolutely epic.

    And the outro in my track was all down to @thecolourbox for typing the lyric in his post. My brain immediately stayed humming the "truth about the world is that crime does pay"  from Have You Ever


    Can't wait to hear more versions still for this challenge. Loads of time left as its open until shortly before the bells at New Year
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  • IMC1980IMC1980 Frets: 22
    You're too kind @flying_pie - I use bfd3 for drums, i haven't heard a drum VSTi that comes close to it IMO. I use a tweaked preset that is called technical metal.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 773
    edited November 23
    IMC1980 said:
    You're too kind @flying_pie - I use bfd3 for drums, i haven't heard a drum VSTi that comes close to it IMO. I use a tweaked preset that is called technical metal.

    Is that the core library or one of the Expansions? I recently got BFD3 as an upgrade from BFD Eco at a 75% discount.

    btw. I notice there's currently a 50% discount for a direct purchase.

    It's not a competition.
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  • IMC1980IMC1980 Frets: 22
    IMC1980 said:
    You're too kind @flying_pie - I use bfd3 for drums, i haven't heard a drum VSTi that comes close to it IMO. I use a tweaked preset that is called technical metal.

    Is that the core library or one of the Expansions? I recently got BFD3 as an upgrade from BFD Eco at a 75% discount.

    btw. I notice there's currently a 50% discount for a direct purchase.

    The preset is from the core library, I think it is the last in the list when you go to the presets tab on the left side. 
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    IMC1980 said:
    You're too kind @flying_pie - I use bfd3 for drums, i haven't heard a drum VSTi that comes close to it IMO. I use a tweaked preset that is called technical metal.

    Is that the core library or one of the Expansions? I recently got BFD3 as an upgrade from BFD Eco at a 75% discount.

    btw. I notice there's currently a 50% discount for a direct purchase.

    The preset is from the core library, I think it is the last in the list when you go to the presets tab on the left side. 

    Thanks. I've found it now. I was looking under "Kits" instead of "Presets"

    It's not a competition.
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  • IMC1980IMC1980 Frets: 22
    IMC1980 said:
    IMC1980 said:
    You're too kind @flying_pie - I use bfd3 for drums, i haven't heard a drum VSTi that comes close to it IMO. I use a tweaked preset that is called technical metal.

    Is that the core library or one of the Expansions? I recently got BFD3 as an upgrade from BFD Eco at a 75% discount.

    btw. I notice there's currently a 50% discount for a direct purchase.

    The preset is from the core library, I think it is the last in the list when you go to the presets tab on the left side. 

    Thanks. I've found it now. I was looking under "Kits" instead of "Presets"

    It is a great preset, I think I added a little weight to the kick with the EQ as it was very clicky and increased the volume of some of the ambient mics. Very small changes though and more personal preference, it's definitely mix ready without tweaks.
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 212
    *snip* your Mike McCready is also on point. I have one complaint though - I was expecting an Alive length guitar solo at the end and it was way too short. *snip*
    Man, that made my day!! Thank you.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 434
    On the subject of plugins I might ping over a new version. Just downloaded Waves Sibilance de-esser for free and it's really cleaned up the vocals
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 773
    edited December 3
    I'm way behind and have only got a skeleton guide at the moment. Things are taking longer because I've set myself the challenge of not touching a guitar or bass guitar on this one (not for even working out the parts) to force myself to get better at finding things on a piano keyboard. Well that's the plan anyway, but it's a bit like trying to do things with one hand tied behind my back.

    It's not a competition.
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  • IMC1980IMC1980 Frets: 22
    I'm way behind and have only got a skeleton guide at the moment. Things are taking longer because I've set myself the challenge of not touching a guitar or bass guitar on this one (not for even working out the parts) to force myself to get better at finding things on a piano keyboard. Well that's the plan anyway, but it's a bit like trying to do things with one hand tied behind my back.

    Are you going to use synth VSTis as part of your keys only version? Would be cool to hear a Bladerunner style interpretation of this track....
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  • IMC1980 said:
    I'm way behind and have only got a skeleton guide at the moment. Things are taking longer because I've set myself the challenge of not touching a guitar or bass guitar on this one (not for even working out the parts) to force myself to get better at finding things on a piano keyboard. Well that's the plan anyway, but it's a bit like trying to do things with one hand tied behind my back.

    Are you going to use synth VSTis as part of your keys only version? Would be cool to hear a Bladerunner style interpretation of this track....

    I was thinking more orchestral than synths. But who knows where it might go.

    It's not a competition.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 773
    edited December 10
    Sent my entry.

    ...and (as requested) added to playlist on poopot's behalf.

    It's not a competition.
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  • IMC1980IMC1980 Frets: 22
    Sent my entry.

    ...and (as requested) added to playlist on poopot's behalf.

    Great version! Feels like it should be on an advert for something. 
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