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Re: *Official* The Astonishing discussion thread
« Reply #4200 on: January 10, 2017, 07:22:24 AM »
It's still holding up well for me too, but these days I would tend to dip in and out of it rather than listen in a full pass.

One thing that is slightly bothering me, that didn't until recently, (and once you hear it, you can't un-hear it) is the effects added to the vocals at various parts. I hesitate to say "autotune", but there's an unnatural, metallic-sounding effect that can be noticeable and distracting.

"Open eyes, let me see which choice is riiiiggghhhhttt" at the end of The Road to Revolution is a good example.

It may just be the iTunes master - I haven't heard what the original CD sounds like.

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« Reply #4201 on: January 10, 2017, 08:04:39 AM »
Yeah theres bit of that all over the disc. Most noticable for me is at the end of Act of Faythe, the very last line. Just sounds real weird!

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« Reply #4202 on: January 10, 2017, 08:18:23 AM »
To me, what sounds weird are all the Daryus lines that have some sort of effect applied to the vocals. I know it's on purpose, to make it sound different than the other characters and give him a darker/heavier tone, so I understand why they did it, but sounds weird to me.

Other than that, I have no problems with the vocals on TA.
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« Reply #4203 on: January 10, 2017, 10:39:01 AM »
One thing that is slightly bothering me, that didn't until recently, (and once you hear it, you can't un-hear it) is the effects added to the vocals at various parts. I hesitate to say "autotune", but there's an unnatural, metallic-sounding effect that can be noticeable and distracting.

"Open eyes, let me see which choice is riiiiggghhhhttt" at the end of The Road to Revolution is a good example.
I'm sure that line had to be worked on with studio trickery, but I don't think it's audible.

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« Reply #4204 on: January 10, 2017, 11:05:21 AM »
While we're nitpicking, can I just say that at 2:27 of A Life Left Behind, the word 'once' always sounds a bit weird to me  :angel:
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« Reply #4205 on: January 10, 2017, 11:27:17 AM »
Yeah theres bit of that all over the disc. Most noticable for me is at the end of Act of Faythe, the very last line. Just sounds real weird!

"Found my wayyy". Yeah, that's another one.

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« Reply #4206 on: January 11, 2017, 09:25:28 AM »
It's still holding up well for me too, but these days I would tend to dip in and out of it rather than listen in a full pass.

One thing that is slightly bothering me, that didn't until recently, (and once you hear it, you can't un-hear it) is the effects added to the vocals at various parts. I hesitate to say "autotune", but there's an unnatural, metallic-sounding effect that can be noticeable and distracting.

"Open eyes, let me see which choice is riiiiggghhhhttt" at the end of The Road to Revolution is a good example.

It may just be the iTunes master - I haven't heard what the original CD sounds like.

I think what you are hearing is the vocal delay effect, something that you usually hear when you sing in videoke machines.  :lol There is a vocal delay effect in the whole album, which you would hear coming from the right speaker. It sounds a bit like an autotune when James sings an extended belted note because of the layering of the vocals.

I only noticed the vocal delay when I pulled the wire of my left in-ear phone which damaged it and significantly reduced its volume. The volume of the main vocals and the delay became almost the same and it was so distracting.  :lol

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« Reply #4207 on: January 13, 2017, 06:42:42 AM »
I love the ballads it has that Disney Musical esque vibe without the Disney thing.!!!

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« Reply #4208 on: January 13, 2017, 06:51:44 AM »
Okay, this might sound weird to some of you but do you know what I would like them to do? Release the files for the extended (and IMO proper) versions of the NOMAC tracks from Act 1. I've checked the run times of these live against the album and none of Act 2s were extended so its clear these were cut down due to disc space.

The thing is, to me they are the true versions. I love the effects and more importantly, with Descent you get the whole "The Empire toils for you so that you can toil for the Empire" spiel which actually sets the scene a bit better.

Just the MP3 files? They clearly exist somewhere!

Or is it just me who feels this way?  :-\

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« Reply #4209 on: January 13, 2017, 07:01:53 AM »
I don't think there will be an easy way to get those files unless they release a live version of the album or perhaps you find a really good bootleg

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« Reply #4210 on: January 13, 2017, 07:03:36 AM »
[relatively] short answer:  Yes, there is a possibility.  How likely, we don't know.  The Astonishing tour is done, and there are no specific plans in place to play the entire thing again.  But that doesn't mean they won't do it.  When I asked John Petrucci about it in November, he told me the plan is to focus on the I&W and Beyond tour right now, and there are no plans to do another leg for The Astonishing.  However, they are considering whether to do a one-off show for a DVD.  It is undecided.  But if they do it, they already have a city picked out that they are leaning towards.

An album and show as grand as The Astonishing deserves a grand stage. For me that would be the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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Re: *Official* The Astonishing discussion thread
« Reply #4211 on: January 13, 2017, 07:28:12 AM »
I don't know what's to gain from 2 minutes of random noise as opposed to only 1 minute of random noise.
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Re: *Official* The Astonishing discussion thread
« Reply #4212 on: January 13, 2017, 07:34:37 AM »
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Re: *Official* The Astonishing discussion thread
« Reply #4213 on: January 13, 2017, 07:39:31 AM »
I just want the whole tracks dagnabbit!

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Re: *Official* The Astonishing discussion thread
« Reply #4214 on: January 13, 2017, 08:22:49 AM »
Okay, this might sound weird to some of you but do you know what I would like them to do? Release the files for the extended (and IMO proper) versions of the NOMAC tracks from Act 1. I've checked the run times of these live against the album and none of Act 2s were extended so its clear these were cut down due to disc space.

The thing is, to me they are the true versions. I love the effects and more importantly, with Descent you get the whole "The Empire toils for you so that you can toil for the Empire" spiel which actually sets the scene a bit better.

Just the MP3 files? They clearly exist somewhere!

Or is it just me who feels this way?  :-\
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Re: *Official* The Astonishing discussion thread
« Reply #4215 on: January 13, 2017, 09:09:42 AM »
[relatively] short answer:  Yes, there is a possibility.  How likely, we don't know.  The Astonishing tour is done, and there are no specific plans in place to play the entire thing again.  But that doesn't mean they won't do it.  When I asked John Petrucci about it in November, he told me the plan is to focus on the I&W and Beyond tour right now, and there are no plans to do another leg for The Astonishing.  However, they are considering whether to do a one-off show for a DVD.  It is undecided.  But if they do it, they already have a city picked out that they are leaning towards.

An album and show as grand as The Astonishing deserves a grand stage. For me that would be the Royal Albert Hall in London.

And Devin Townsend had fart bags run across the stage of the Royal Albert Hall  :lol but seriously, that looks like a cool venue.

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Re: *Official* The Astonishing discussion thread
« Reply #4216 on: January 13, 2017, 01:08:03 PM »
I just want the whole tracks dagnabbit!
The request has been made and is being put through the proper channels.

FYI, the tracks they used for the live show ARE the full tracks.  So if you saw The Astonishing live, you have experienced the full NOMAC tracks.
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Re: *Official* The Astonishing discussion thread
« Reply #4217 on: January 13, 2017, 01:33:58 PM »
I just want the whole tracks dagnabbit!
The request has been made and is being put through the proper channels.

FYI, the tracks they used for the live show ARE the full tracks.  So if you saw The Astonishing live, you have experienced the full NOMAC tracks.


Excellent news bosk cheers!

I thought just as much, just seemed weird that all of them in Act 1 were extended from the album yet Act 2 was untouched!

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« Reply #4218 on: January 13, 2017, 03:01:38 PM »
FYI, the tracks they used for the live show ARE the full tracks.  So if you saw The Astonishing live, you have experienced the full NOMAC tracks.

Descent of the NOMACs at least is different. They use a third buzz at the end when playing live.

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« Reply #4219 on: January 13, 2017, 03:02:48 PM »
I just want the whole tracks dagnabbit!
The request has been made and is being put through the proper channels.

FYI, the tracks they used for the live show ARE the full tracks.  So if you saw The Astonishing live, you have experienced the full NOMAC tracks.


Excellent news bosk cheers!

I thought just as much, just seemed weird that all of them in Act 1 were extended from the album yet Act 2 was untouched!

That's because Disc 1 was already full and they couldn't fit any more stuff in it. Would've been awesome, as you say, to have the extended versions and, specially, that spoken intro with the narrator. That's another good reason to release a live album for TA. Really really hope they find the time (and resources) to make it happen after the IW&B tour.
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Re: *Official* The Astonishing discussion thread
« Reply #4220 on: January 19, 2017, 07:10:34 PM »
Nm.
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