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"IT" by George Kaufmann

The song entitled "It's Over" was written in my backyard in one afternoon. I wrote, performed and recorded it at my home in the summer of 1995...

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The song entitled "It's Over" was written in my backyard in one afternoon. I wrote, performed and recorded it at my home in the summer of 1995.

Thoughts and inspiration: I felt that the theme of this song happens more to people than we realize. The main point (idea) in this song is in the quote: "I've had it and I'm not going to take to anymore". I wanted to express in my lyrics some of that emotion in a song. I tried to come across with feelings of agitation, anger, being troubled, distressed, agitated, sadness and hope all rolled into one. And in the end though, having at least some ray of hope of finding a better relationship in the future. Anyone that has gone through something like that can relate to what I am saying.

Recording and Equipment: I recorded this song in my home studio, an 8x10 size bedroom with floor carpeting and foamed corner walls. A Tascam MS-16 reel to reel, 16 track machine using Ampex 1" 456 tape was used as the recorder. I had a 32 channel Ghost board made by soundcraft for mixing. and a Lexicon PC70 ( an older unit which had a great sound) for reverb. A DBX166 compressor was used on my voice and lead guitar.

The lead guitar part was played on a Fender Stratocaster. A Fender Jazz guitar was used for the bass. Drums were created using a large Roland 8 input/output drum machine.

Since my understanding of the drum machice was limited, no programing was used for the drum sequences. I used my finger mostly by tapping the pads on the drum machine and also using a Roland keyboard. In addition, no voice correction used in the song. Sometimes you can tell if the vocals were corrected that way using one of those units. The main vocal was recorded with a Manley 3-A condenser microphone which I think sounds as good as a Neumann U87.

Background vocals were sung into two AKG 414 mics across from each other with the help of a Digitech vocalizer. I wanted to stay in an analog format as much as possible for the sound I was seeking and looking for.

Mixing took about two days using the Ghost board. I then fed the final 2 track stereo mix into a TC electronic Finalizer for mastering. Afterwards, I fed this master into a homemade PC computer with Nuendo software using a Mona interface to add an additional vocal track and drum tracks. A Neumann U87 microphone was used on the second main vocal. Some extra drum sounds (bass drum and cymbols) were added last. Other than reading some books on recording, I do not have an formal training on that subject. Alot of experimention with hit's and misses were utilized.

I learned as I went along and listening alot to other recordings A lot was done using my ears as a guide incorporating 2 Tannoy monitors in mixing and mastering. Conclusion: It's one of the songs I wrote which expresses some of what life can throw at us without any fairness or warning.

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Thanks, George Kaufmann

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By George Kaufmann Thursday November 30, 2006
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