What do you do when one of your fave performers sings flat?

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What do you do when one of your fave performers sings flat?

Postby GoogaMooga » 07 Mar 2020, 16:57

Well, what do you do? I've got a CD of Chaka Demus & Pliers - not top reggae, but pleasant enough. The first track is a cover of Matthew Wilder's old 80s hit, "Break My Stride", and I swear, the first few lines of the chorus sound flat.

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Re: What do you do when one of your fave performers sings flat?

Postby Mike Boom » 07 Mar 2020, 17:47

Whenever this happens to me I usually write a letter to the artist in question politely asking them to please refrain from doing so in future !

I'm interested to hear what other posters do ?!

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Re: What do you do when one of your fave performers sings flat?

Postby Minnie the Minx » 07 Mar 2020, 18:08

Last time this happened I hired a hitman to kill them. Well, I thought I did - it was an undercover CIA officer. I was tried, found guilty by a jury of my peers and did a hard 7 stretch with early release for good behaviour. During my spell inside I was the bitch of ‘Big Lizzie’ who saved me from several beatings, but it wasn’t without downsides. I still can’t talk about them.

So these days I just shrug.
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Re: What do you do when one of your fave performers sings flat?

Postby C » 07 Mar 2020, 18:20

It depends how much it annoys you.

Some say Lee Jackson sings flat virtually all the time but I don't care because I love his voice.

Ian Anderson - one of my absolute heroes is another. Can he still sing? - no he can't but that doesn't stop me enjoying the later work or going to see him live.

Sometimes there are little things that can annoy but singing flat is not one of those for me.

In the depths of the Five Bridges Suite at a point of pause one can hear a cough ('cos it's live) and that irritates me every time I play it. It doesn't stop me playing it nonetheless

I suppose you have to options and that depends on the 'annoyance level':

Can you tolerate it? Yes. Fine and as you were.

Can you tolerate it? No. Chuck it in the bin and take up Mike Boom's suggestion






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Re: What do you do when one of your fave performers sings flat?

Postby Muskrat » 07 Mar 2020, 18:34

I listen sharp.
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Postby GoogaMooga » 07 Mar 2020, 19:11

:lol:

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Re: What do you do when one of your fave performers sings flat?

Postby bobzilla77 » 12 Mar 2020, 15:28

Two options.

Get a copy of original multitrack master, isolate the vocal track. You can then use auto tune to out the singer in correct pitch. Or you could hire another singer to sing it in tune. Remix, remaster, done.

Or, just break the record, and put on another one from your collection. Maybe that singer will be in tune.
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Re: What do you do when one of your fave performers sings flat?

Postby GoogaMooga » 12 Mar 2020, 16:07

Maybe. :)
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Re: What do you do when one of your fave performers sings flat?

Postby Diamond Dog » 13 Mar 2020, 18:08

I've seen Robert Plant live more times than I care to recall.

Singing flat is the norm, for me.
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