Here you will find some recordings I've made. Mostly jazz and latin. And, mostly played using MMA background tracks.
I play a Keilwerth SX90 tenor saxophone with a RPC mouthpiece and use Rico Jazz Select, Rico Plasticover and Rigotti Gold reeds.
I've had a lot of fun over the last year or so creating my first CD. It's a lot of work: writing original songs, creating instrumentations, recording and mixing ... not to mention the work on packaging, and other details (makes me tired just writing this!). I've had lots of help from my friends on this, especially Kara who was very free with his advise on how to (and not to) mix. Have a listen and buy it at Cedars CD.
Got some new gear so you get to listen to the results (and, I hasten to add, I'm quite happy with the results myself!). This is a cover of a song by Katie Melua; I think she's a very nice singer with a lovely way of expressing a lyric. Here's the gear list:
- Microphone: MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone,
- Computer interface: PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2,
- Reed: Rico Plasicover 2.5,
- Mouthpiece: Keilwerth Jazz,
- Processing: Audacity; minor EQ, compression and reverb applied to the saxophone track,
- Background track was generated by MMA, played on a Casic WK-3000. No post-recording mods.
Nine Million Bicycles (Mike Batt)
I'm going to have to move to Cuba if I keep recording these Latin/Cuban love songs! For this lovely number I recorded the sax (and a bit of Organ for the introduction) here at Mellowood using my Zoom H4. The background (MIDI) tracks were created with MMA. They were then rendered to wav files: some by recording off my Casio WK-3000; others using Timidity++.
The cool part comes in the mixing! My buddy Oren Fisher at YourBestSound lavished loads of love and attention to my recording. And the results are well worth listening to.
Silenceo (Rafael Hernandez)
Just got a new toy ... a Zoom H4 Digital Recorder. So, I had to make a few test recordings and put one up here for you to listen to. This is a little bossanova composition I wrote. Played it with a MMA accompaniment (of course). The recording was made by putting the H4 in front of my PA speakers in my practise studio. I was facing away from the H4 with my tenor sax. Recorded in 256K MP3, transfered to Audacity for some cleanup, and then exported to 128K MP3.
Spirals (Bob van der Poel)
A very sweet Cuban/Latin number that speaks about unexpected love. Of course, no vocals here, just sax.
Como Fue (Ernesto Duarte)
I'll be trying out this unit in the field next month when I record a little gig I have. Stay tuned
still tuned? Here's some cuts from a gig I did in December/2008 for a ballroom dance group. The accoustics in the hall were quite awful! Again, just my sax, miced with an Audio-Technica clip-on, and canned accomp generated with MMA playing though my Casio Wk-3000 and a PA. Note: no post-processing ... this is straight off the H4 (okay, I tweaked the volume).
Winter Wonderland (Dick Smith & Felix Bernard)
Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes) (Menendez)
Love Is Here To Stay (Gershwin)
These are some "studio" recordings I've done here in my home studio (well, really my computer room). Acoustically, the room is really too bright, but when that is all you have ...
All the background tracks were generated with MMA, played on a Casio Wk-3000 and recorded onto a Fostex MR-8. The saxophone was recorded with a Behringer C-1 microphone, though a mixer into the MR-8. Mixing was done on a Linux box running Audacity. I've done very little "fixing" of the tracks ... just a bit of volume adjustment.
How Insensitive (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
Rico Vacilon (Rosendo Ruiz)
These 5 tracks are some live recordings of a gig I did in Sept/2006 at the Creston Art Club Show. I was there for "saxy effects" and there is a fair bit of background chatter. The recording were made on a IRiver HP-120 Mini-Recorder and a Sony MS-907 stereo microphone. All the background instrumentation was played via MIDI files on a Casio WK-3000 keyboard. The MIDIs were all created with MMA (available at www.mellowood.ca/mma).
A Day In The Life of a Fool (Luiz Bonfa)
Like Dreamers Do (Lennon/McCarthey)
Old Man River (Jerome Kern)
Brazil (samba) (Barroso/Russel)
Over The Rainbow (Harburg/Arlen)
The fine print: These recordings are copyright Bob van der Poel. You are welcome to listen to them and share them with your friends. But, I do retain ownership ... so, no, you can't sell them.
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