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Those Vampire Bats Will Require Multiple Audio Tracks...(MLP: Bats Cover)


Zygen

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Hey guys! What's up! I finally decided to post this cover, I've been avoiding it partially due to being busy, and partially due to site troubles, but I finally got around to deciding to do it.

 

I recorded this last Wednesday, because I had like almost 2 hours or so to sing home alone due to my family being out. And I knew essentially when they were returning, making me even more comfortable again.

 

So I enjoyed my time and sang some stuff, there are some thing I tried to sing and they turned out bleh, mostly because I didn't spend a bunch of time on them, and some I just sung for fun during that time, but during that time I decided I wanted to try and do some kind of cover that I knew I could post, and I also decided to try one of the songs that might normally take a bit more time than others.

 

So, after some exploring of stuff(Just so you know I tried "This Day Aria" and yeah, that song is difficult, i need a lot of practice to get that one ;p.) and I finally decided on "Bats".

 

I also realized that Bat's has the exchange throughout between Fluttershy and Applejack, and the way that it transitions I wasn't going to be able to do it quite the same as I normally do songs, where I sing the whole thing through as one recording.

 

So I actually had to record each part in the song separate, well I could've probably done Rainbow dash and Rarity's together or something, but it was easier not to.

 

So I had separate recordings for Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbowdash, And the Chanting part.

 

This is the first time I've ever done any multi track song, usually I just have the instrumental on one track, and my vocals on another, but I had like 5 different vocal tracks this time.

 

I had a few issues with it at first, but in the end I think it worked out ok.

 

The most major issue I had was with the chanting, because I kinda messed up the harmonies, and they turned out bad, I tried some artificial harmonies with audacity or something, but that was just bleh. So I gave up on the collective chanting(Partially because I couldn't figure out the different parts, although I suppose I didn't spend a bunch of time on that) so anyways, that's not in there unfortunately, Hopefully you enjoy regardless, maybe I can do this sometime again when I understand how to do that better.

 

Anyways, I'm going to stop rambling and let you all have what you came here for. Actually one more thing! This recording was done with a different mic setting on my microphone, (Blue snowball) It has less sensitivity I find, so I wanted to see if it would make things sound any better.

 

Tell me your opinion on that if you have the chance. I thought it was nice because the mic didn't get this loud noise when i got really loud as easy.

 

Alright, everything else is basically the same, so hopefully you enjoy! Idk if i'd say it's the best I could've done, even with the almost 2 hours I spent recording attempts for this, (I only got like 5 saved recordings for AJ and Flutters, and only like 2-3 for the rest of the parts.) it could've been better, but I'll let others give their opinions.

 

https://soundcloud.com/zygen/bats-cover-2

 

Enjoy!(Hopefully)

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I swear, like seriously, if I didn't know any better, I'd think you were a professional actor in musical plays (drama/theatre performances).  

 

I mean... I... I don't know where to begin, lol.  Your voice is smooth and pleasant, yet still strong and vigorous.  You are in always in tune.  Your key changes are spot on amazing.  You even did a great job trying to "act" like the corresponding pony singing, hehe.  And, amusingly as it might be, I really liked the part of the song where you were impersonating Rarity's singing.  But I mean...  Just... everything, all of it - it was entrancing.  It was just really freakin' good.  

 

But if I said it was 100% perfection you'd call me a liar.  So, I'll call 99.9% perfection.  *wink*

 

As far as I could tell from listening to this like probably 4 times, I only could manage to hear like 2 off-pitch notes in total.  They were during Fluttershy's part.  

 

Here's the lyric just in the section of her part where I found two, tiny, tiny pitch errors.  I will bold the syllables that I thought were just a bit off.

 

"These bats are mamas and papas too. They care for their young just like we ponies do"

 

That was, honest-to-goodness, the only places I heard anything off.  Everything else was *apples* perfect.  

 

Keep on keepin' on, Zygen.  Your voice is music to my ears.

 

With Love; Yours Veraciously,

 

Miles

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Very nice! The chanting was a bit off rhythm, and sometimes your voice got a bit too quiet (especially on the consonants). Otherwise, your singing is awesome! :D

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I swear, like seriously, if I didn't know any better, I'd think you were a professional actor in musical plays (drama/theatre performances).  

 

I mean... I... I don't know where to begin, lol.  Your voice is smooth and pleasant, yet still strong and vigorous.  You are in always in tune.  Your key changes are spot on amazing.  You even did a great job trying to "act" like the corresponding pony singing, hehe.  And, amusingly as it might be, I really liked the part of the song where you were impersonating Rarity's singing.  But I mean...  Just... everything, all of it - it was entrancing.  It was just really freakin' good.  

 

But if I said it was 100% perfection you'd call me a liar.  So, I'll call 99.9% perfection.  *wink*

 

As far as I could tell from listening to this like probably 4 times, I only could manage to hear like 2 off-pitch notes in total.  They were during Fluttershy's part.  

 

Here's the lyric just in the section of her part where I found two, tiny, tiny pitch errors.  I will bold the syllables that I thought were just a bit off.

 

"These bats are mamas and papas too. They care for their young just like we ponies do"

 

That was, honest-to-goodness, the only places I heard anything off.  Everything else was *apples* perfect.  

 

Keep on keepin' on, Zygen.  Your voice is music to my ears.

 

With Love; Yours Veraciously,

 

Miles

Thanks haha, I actually do like acting quite a bit, and when i get into the mood people say i'm pretty good, i've not done a ton of acting based things though, just a few little skits here and there and a few plays in homeschool, but I find I quite enjoy them when I get the chance to do them. So idk if that plays into it ;p.

 

And of course I did try to make my voice have acting to it, and try to really give the right emotions and stuff. I found myself doing some acting and stuff while doing it too occasionally ;p.

 

And thank you, I think I did a fairly good job with Applejack's voice, Fluttershy's took a bit longer for me to get, and even then I think it could have been better, because the swelling especially on the first time she sings sounds a little weird to me.

 

There were also some times where I feel like my voice could've been a little more resonant, but that's being picky, plus it could be a matter of personal taste I suppose.

 

I wouldn't say I was always in tune, listening to it the probably 10 times atleast at this point that I have, i feel like there are a couple places things may a bit out, but I suppose it's pretty solid.

 

And just in case you didn't see, the tracks are separated so Fluttershy and Applejack for example were different recordings, so any of those key changes and what not are not really transitions since they were separate recordings, just in case you counted any of those.

 

And I guess especially with this cover i felt the need to "act" more like the ponies singing, because I didn't want it to just sound like me over and over, because I felt like that would be kinda odd. 

 

I have to agree that I think Rarity's part was my favorite as far as how it turned out. Rarity's part there just sounds really cool already though to be fair ;p.

 

And it's ok, I'm entirely certain that it is nowhere near absolute perfection. Perfection isn't really a realistic thing to achieve exactly. Something can essentially always be done better. So no worries, I don't expect anyone to say it was perfect ;p.

 

I could probably pick out a few more, and a few more maybe if I listened to the actual song again. But yeah, those two parts were a little off. I honestly found Applejack's part a lot easier overall, so I think a lot of the mistakes are actually in Fluttershy's part.

 

I mean Applejack's part has some weird notes and stuff, but for some reason I had more trouble with Fluttershy's part overall. I especially had trouble with it sounding weird on some of the jumps, and almost had this kind of "crying" sound to it? Especially on the part "They help your trees they'll grow stronger, faster" even listening to it now I feel like it still has a bit of that. But I am nitpicking, still, nitpicking helps me to better myself, so it's not really that bad I guess.

 

I'll stop rambling now ;p. 

 

And thanks for your comments again! It's always nice to hear your analysis and comments! They are both informative, and encouraging! 

 

And I'm glad you like my voice so much ;p, as long as somebody still enjoys this, I'll probably still keep doing it, and even if nobody did, i'd probably still just do it for fun, I might just not post it. Because at the end of the day, i do enjoy just singing. But having others compliment and critique and listen to it is just an added reward.

 

And lol, I forgot the definition of veraciously ;p. And I had to look it up ;p.

 

Love ya Miles!

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Very nice! The chanting was a bit off rhythm, and sometimes your voice got a bit too quiet (especially on the consonants). Otherwise, your singing is awesome! :D

Thank you Swick! And yeah, I had to manually sync the track with the chanting to the rest of the song, and I thought I had it right, but I listened to it a few times afterwards, and I think it's a little early. 

 

And yeah, I still have some enunciation issues and stuff, not as bad as it use to be, but it's still there, i'll have to work on that some(I need to work on that with just speaking even too ;p.)

 

But thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

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