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Wake Up Now - remastered by Tobin Mueller


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steck

 Genre: Pop (mainstream)

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Greatly improved version of the
earlier upload

I straight away accepted Tobin Mueller's great offer to remaster my first MacJams upload.

It simply wasn't possible to *remix* from scratch since I don't (appear to) have the original data disk to hand.

Having (last week) compared both versions however, it was possible to make many overall improvements c/o MacJam's.

Maybe Tobin could let us know a bit about remastering and what he did to this WAV before it was converted back to MP3. Moreover, *top tips* on converting WAV to MP3 is one to be further explored.

I'm always keen to learn and it's great to bounce ideas around generally.
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Lyrics
Sadly, with vocalist Eddie being a native of the once *mean streets* of deepest Easterhouse in the East of Glasgow, it was not easy to decipher some of his lyrics.

Sorry, that's Glasgae fur ya.
--

Contributors:-

Eddie Dyer/Bluestorm - song,
Eddie Dyer - vocals,
Dave "Flatch" Fletcher - guitars,
George Anderson - bass,
Craig - drums,
Bluestorm - backing vocals,
Steck - keyboards/recording/production
Remastering - Tobin Mueller

(c) Bluestorm
Song Stats
Hits: 7713
Comments: 12
Fans: 7
Plays: 310
Downloads: 266
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Aug 26, 2007 - 08:55:34 AM
Last Updated: Jun 11, 2014 - 05:42:58 PM Last Played: Apr 29, 2017 - 01:27:32 PM
Song License
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Hardware:
Roland VS 880 Workstation
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Comments
TobinMueller said 3534 days ago (August 26th, 2007)
Best listened to in headphones
Such a nice song, so well performed. I'm glad steck gave me a chance to remaster the track; it was an old recording with out-of-balance mixing and EQing that seemed to shift as the song progressed. I tried to bring out the vocals, accentuate the bass, bring the backing instruments up a bit and add clarity to the drums (especially the snare and the cymbals). Sadly, the cymbals still sound like frying bacon and the choruses now sound even more compressed, but overall the tracks is much better, I hope. Please compare. I brought up the overall volume levels (which were low) to a more normal limit, I think. Converting to mp3 accentuates the highs too much, tho. It sounds pretty good in headphones.

I master songs in PEAK utilizing mainly WAVE plugins. From the mix perspective, your original began with an electric piano solo in which the piano was much too loud, mainly on the right of the stereo field, so for the intro, I changed L-R tracks independently, trying to calm the piano down while bringing up the other instrumentals with a mixture of EQ, compression and limiting.

Every chorus was crushed with compression and had different EQing than the verses. I had the most trouble equalizing the sound. I wasn't entirely successful. But at least the jumps in levels are better, but I couldn't decompress those choruses like I wanted. I did bring up the bass and make everything a tad more even.

The guitar solo was panned left. I tried to bring it to the middle a bit, even out the volume, and I think I might have made it too soft. On the "Hendrix" line, the original actually flips L-R for 2 bars (which I left as is), but the guitar punched way too loud at that point, so I fixed that. I tried to retain the era feel throughout.

I think I was most successful at giving the bass personality and keeping it alive for the entire song (which took shifting EQs constantly). I'm also happy with the way I made the vocals crisper and more evenly in the mix, altho the old, uneven original made it difficult.

I have enjoyed stecks' historical postings and wanted to suggest how he could make the old recordings come a live a bit, which is why I tried to tweak his WAV file. (He's improved his own remastered a bunch since.) I'm glad he continues to share his quality songwriting skills and some of his old recordings. Steck is a wonderful addition to MJ.
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said 3534 days ago (August 26th, 2007)
great job
diggin it lots of emotion in this, totaly enjoyed it thanks for sharing!
Feter said 3534 days ago (August 26th, 2007)
Wake Up Now
its the most awesome thing about this place
beside enjoying the cool music .the one can
learn and learn .. certainly this song sound
wonderfull not that understood what Tobin did
but I can see the clarity in the sound ..I m
enjoying this wonderfull song ..Kudos !!
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TobinMueller said 3533 days ago (August 27th, 2007)
Sticks with you
I was singing the chorus in my head while mowing the lawn. You're right, just a thoroughly enjoyable song.
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mvh9591 said 3533 days ago (August 27th, 2007)
Nice Job____
Great song. I would have brought the lead vocal up just a tad in the mix -not that it's bad just a personal taste. Wonderful song.

Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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MissChaos said 3533 days ago (August 27th, 2007)
catchy chorus
Nice remaster -- I'll have to go hear the original now. Interesting how that's done. It's kind of like restoring a weathered painting. I love the chorus and I'll be singing it for the next hour, thank you very much. :-)
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Roxylee said 3533 days ago (August 27th, 2007)
Glad I found this
I don't know much about mixing, but whatever tobin did, it sounds good to me. I just wish the lyrics were on the page because i didn't catch all of the words. I'll be humming this one all day now. :-)
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steck said 3533 days ago (August 27th, 2007)
Lyrics request
Thanks,

I'll poop this off to our non existant Secretary aka Martha.

In the meantime, using our new LOD (Lyrics on Demand) technology, we can provide listeners with a glipse of the Chorus (plus V 3 - wow) in the meantime.

Please accept our humble apologies for this shocking lack of lyrical service - Our Chef (Mungo) will be exterminated.

Our search for V's 1 & 2 is ongoing....

CH 1

Wake up now, wake up now - cause the Sun is out
Wake up now, wake up now - it's a fesival of rock 'n roll ow x 2

V 3

Remember the people you've seen
Yeah - Hendrix, Clapton & Queen,
They all love to play the guitar
Keep the smiles rolling far.
And now you see me - played it loud and I played it for free,
So now you don't need to frown no longer - keep the smiles rolling out there

CH

Wake up now, wake up now - cause the Sun is out
Wake up now, wake up now - it's a fesival of rock 'n roll ow x 2











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Roxylee said 3532 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
Ahhh... thanks:-)
Now I can sing along. :-)

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I love this place!
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echoroom said 3529 days ago (August 31st, 2007)
Dreamy
Great track, and a wonderful mix of this ... this has a really classic feel, and a chorus that grabs you on first listen.
xcellent work guys

steve
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The Infinites said 3501 days ago (September 28th, 2007)
Nae probs wi the wurds fur me!
Stunning piece - chorus is catchy as hell. Massive anthem of the future.

Looking forward to delving into your extensive catalogue.

Well done all.

Jim


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steck said 3498 days ago (October 1st, 2007)
ra wurds
Thanks for the comments Jim.

Tobin did an excellent job btw on cleaning this recording up in re-mastering terms.

Glad that ye made oot ra wurds 'n all that.

I'll be dropping by your homepage later.

Chrs,

Graham


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