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Adam Tews

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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #80 on: March 26, 2020, 02:51:48 pm »

"I Can't Tell You Why" -- Diana Krall.  Vocal jazz.  Like all of her tracks, the sound quality is exceptional.  The bass drum has a nice low "whumpf" and the string bass will sound muddy if your system's not dialed in.
"Human Nature" -- Trijntje Oosterhuis.  Vocal pop/jazz.  A sparse arrangement of the Michael Jackson tune featuring a VERY dynamic acoustic guitar, bass, and a smooth female vocal.  Won't do much for your subs, but will make your mid/highs sing.
"I Will Remember" -- Toto.  80s style pop-rock (from the 90s).  Big, thundering floor tom opens a drum intro with a tight kick drum.  The rest of the song kicks in with a nice balance across the spectrum. 
"No Sanctuary Here" -- Chris Jones.  Southern soul/blues.  Big bass guitar opens this track.  Use this to blow cobwebs out of your subs.  Hah!  Also a more dynamic vocal.
"Temptation" -- Diana Krall.  Vocal jazz.  Opens with a whumpy bass drum and upright bass solo.  Like above, the bass track will sound muddy if your system's not on point.  Always great Diana vocals.
"Tainted Love" -- Stella Starlight Trio feat. Karen Souza.  Lounge jazz.  Intentionally boomy upright bass mixed prominently...  Karen Souza's lush vocals sound impressive.  Use this track to impress someone...  Probably not great to tune in your system given the rather heavy mix on the bass.
"Elephants On Ice Skates" -- Brian Bromberg.  Modern instrumental jazz.  Opens with a 45 second jazz bass solo.  Very articulate sound to the bass, and nicely dynamic.  After the solo, a jazz horn band kicks in.  Very tight, with very harmonic bass guitar (sounds "growly"). 
"It Doesn't Matter" -- Alison Krauss & Union Station.  Modern bluegrass.  Lush production opens up with stereo acoustic guitars and lots of reverb.  Alison's vocals are dynamic, and sound buried at first.  Huge bass kicks in in the last half of the song.
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Steve M Smith

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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #81 on: March 27, 2020, 04:38:27 am »

k.d. lang "Miss Chatelaine" from her album Ingenue. When her vocal sounds right the system sounds right.

That is a great album.  Everything on it seems to be perfect.  I have simlar feelings for music by Norah Jones.

I usually play something by Richard Thompson, followed by The Brian Setzer Band or The Reverend Horton Heat.



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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #82 on: May 28, 2020, 03:00:07 am »

I have been using Diggin' on James Brown from Tower of Power.


I love the track, but somehow I thing vocals could be a touch louder.
In this track, the vocals should have the emotional impact strength, like the brass does.
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Andrew Pantess

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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #83 on: June 05, 2020, 05:32:40 pm »

My list:

  • Bad Brains - Revolution Dub (Darryl Jennifer's active "Green Monster" bass is super clear)
  • Avett Brothers - Ain't No Man (great modern male vox and bass mix, with some pretty potent low end)
  • Iration - Time Bomb (really modern bass-forward mix, modern sound)
  • Porno for Pyros - Pets ("classic rock" incredible dynamic range, crystal clear highs, lots of "space" between instruments)
  • Chronixx - Skankin' Sweet (really bass heavy and present vox, modern reagge)
  • Jack Harlow - What's Poppin' (Louisville, KY represent - heavily compressed modern production hip hop)
  • Matisyahu - Chop 'em Down (Live at Stubb's) or King Without a Crown- really great live sound, dynamic vox and interplay between instruments, clear dynamic guitar skank and solo
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« Reply #84 on: June 05, 2020, 06:11:07 pm »

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Magnus Soderman

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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #85 on: June 05, 2020, 06:20:31 pm »

a really old thread but here's mine :)
Rebecka Trnqvist - I have no worries (just dry voice for setting verbs n' ddl)
Scritti Politti - Best thing ever
George Duke - Fuzzion (useful drums intro)
Backseat - Hit home or Die (danish band)
Backseat - Cover Me (danish band)
Michael Ruff - Thats Not Me (Sheffield lab recording)
AC/DC - Stiff upper lip
Tom Petty - Alright for now (just a nice dry recording)
Extreme - Rest in peace
Eagles - No more walks in the woods
Eagles - How long
Eagles - Hotel California (great for checkning subs )

Yep, its old. But still works for me. All track in wav format from my ipod classic :)

// Magnus, Sweden
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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #86 on: June 05, 2020, 07:37:34 pm »

I'm probably long overdue updating my list be here are the tunes in my playlist

Rosanna - Toto
Get the fun out - Extreme
Black Friday - Steely Dan
Alive - Pearl Jam
Back in Black - AC/DC
Killing in the name - Rage
Lay me down - Crosby & Nash
May you never - John Martyn
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Russell Ault

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Re: PA Demo Track Playlist
« Reply #87 on: July 06, 2020, 01:18:51 am »

I'm surprised no one (as near as I can tell) has mentioned "The Hunter" by Jennifer Warnes; it's typically the first song I play on any PA. If you're in a hurry it can be handy for setting a roughly equal-amplitude subs-on-an-aux level by ear (since it sounds pretty stupid with any kind of haystack). It has a very sharp snare (that starts halfway through the first verse, once you've already had a chance to walk away from a poorly-located FOH) that will tell you a lot about how the room is responding. Warnes' vocals have very little reverb but a well-defined eighth-note tap delay (which again helps judge room characteristics) as well as a clarity that should make any system harshness immediately apparent. Basically, for someone mixing on a de jour system, it's a great way to quickly find out how much work you have ahead of you. :D

Also, I'm not sure if anyone else does this, but I've taken all of my usual system check music and mixed it down to mono. I find that this makes it much easier to understand system coverage characteristics, as well as identify any polarity problems between L and R.

-Russ
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