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The Hypnotist

Today I have posted my version of Craig Robertson's song "The Hypnotist". If you are not aware of Craig, he is one of the best songwriters and ukulele players around and you should check out the excellent downloads on his website.

Last week when cycling to the supermarket I began singing "The Hypnotist" and I imagined a reggae version. I think it was the bass line that came first and the rest of the arrangement just slotted together. I got home and quickly noted down the idea. Over the next few days I found time to record the bass and drum parts into cubase. I felt that I needed to get this track done more quickly than usual, so on Monday Mrs Nipper kindly looked after the little Nippers which allowed me to spend the whole day and night recording ukulele parts and a vocal track. I recorded lots of X chord rhythms which form the introduction and end of the song. Working late into the night I tidied up tracks and picked the best takes until I had a basic version laid out and ready to be mixed.

Yesterday I spent much of the day mixing; I used vst effects to add compression, reverb, delay and eq to the tracks and then balanced the mix, panning to create a stereo picture. I usually then use the automated mixing in cubase to further work the track, but in this case the balance sounded good so I decided to post it. I will probably do a full on Dub mix in a few weeks time and this will definitely require an automated mix to trigger all the delays and balance more complex effects. I used a Stagg soprano and a Risa classic concert ukulele to record all the ukulele parts. The melodica is an old Hohner soprano, which sounds great with ukulele and lends an authentic reggae vibe. The bass and drums were played on keyboards to trigger samples of the real instruments. "The Hypnotist" is a great song and I hope you like my version.

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