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mvmurphy1111
1 post
Sep 01, 2022
11:26 AM
First topic - hope it has not been covered ad-nauseum. I have searched for an online site that allows someone to create and upload the harmonica part of a song and have others add in drums, guitar etc. I have looked at kompoz but it seems to be only for original works, can anyone recommend a site that you can do covers of existing songs?

Thanks
dougharps
2325 posts
Sep 03, 2022
7:50 AM
I can't confirm, but strongly suspect, that copyright issues are an obstacle to online collaboration on covers of songs.
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snowman
786 posts
Sep 03, 2022
9:13 AM
Its kinda backwards---

Your harp part would have to follow a click track or existing backing track or song recording.

most songs speed up and or slow down a teeny bit--
the person editing can cut n splice and stretch audio to make perfect timing--

confusing I know; the main point is the drummer-guitarist -bass-keys--NEED A POINT OF REFERENCE FOR TIMING

Midi usually has "perfect time" but it sounds mechanical its too perfect

Maybe upload the:
version of the song your doing as one track
your harp matching timing of song

then the drummer could listen to song in headphones' in a daw' and record his part and send it in
that way u played to the same timing as the drummer---cuz the drummer used the song as a click track

ITS REALLY DIFFICULT TO MAKE THE RYTHM AND DRUM PARTS MATCH A LEAD HARMONICA

iTS VERY EASY TO MAKE A LEAD PART MATCH THE RYTHM AND DRUMS

Its difficult to do what u want--hope that makes sense
mvmurphy1111
2 posts
Sep 08, 2022
2:09 PM
Thanks snowman for the great explanation of timing issues. I guess a backing track may help.

Dougharps - I read a little about copyright and I think you may be on to something - seems that an app/website that allowed cover of existing songs may put itself in possible legal issues. (not sure how so many cover songs exist on youtube though...???)

So i guess the best solution would be to just have folks send their audio files via email and mix them... I have been working with Audacity on Linux.

Thanks for the direction!
nacoran
10406 posts
Sep 09, 2022
10:53 AM
Click tracks will make that much easier. There are actually programs that will let you collaborate in real time, where the computer gives everyone a click reference to deal with latency, but for what you are talking about I'd use the same process I do for track recording... click or scratch track.

Copyright issues are going to be an issue with cover songs though. Some bands are fine with covers. Others, not so much. You can always look for stuff in the public domain. You could probably get away with non-commercial covers, but any site is going to worry about infringement issues. You can just send raw tracks to people though. Raw music files can get big, but every now and then my old band sends around different tracked recordings to each other to see if we can get any of our old recordings mixed to a level where we wouldn't mind posting them online.

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