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Postby Gregorovich on Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:03 pm

Some of you will probably know Blackray as the guy who did loads of awesome Sum 41 acoustic+ covers such as Back Where I Belong, The Hell Song and Happiness Machine. He's also done covers of Rise Against, SR-71 and loads of other bands as well as his own stuff.

Well, he's got a single out from his first album (coming Spring '13) and it sounds pretty damn good!

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Postby Iam The Ghost on Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:03 pm

I like his covers, but this song... I don't like it at all. Especially the chorus, sry, but I think that's horrible.
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Postby SickofEveryone on Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:41 pm

This is... horrible..
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Postby Mitchell on Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:45 pm

I like it, not a fan of some of the guitar tones on it but the song itself and vocals are awesome.
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Postby silverdolphin on Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:33 pm

I love his covers but I don't like this song. It isn't great but I wouldn't call it horrible, either.
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Postby Dylan on Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:57 pm

i don't if its his actual voice but it sounds like there's a lot of autotune. i don't like all the fake instruments that are obviously fake.
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Re: Blackray

Postby Ardi41 on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:21 pm

i don't like this guy's voice ...like at all. don't know why , but it always seems so forced and loaded with effects.The song itself is ok.
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Postby ÜBERCUNT on Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:45 pm

I like it. Great songwriting. His voice sucks though, in that he can't bring ANY emotion through it.

Great songwriter/ arranger. Bad Performer. But I do like the guy, very much so.
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Re: Blackray

Postby TomiT14 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:06 pm

He's back at it again!

Yeah, he's started to release some of his own material, which haven't been as big success as his covers. But even if you hate his original songs, you can't say his covers suck!

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Postby TomiT14 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:42 pm

Blackray wrote:My next cover is "Reason To Believe" and in a few weeks I'll upload my first Sum 41 cover featured with a friend of mine... she have a beatiful voice and we'll cover "Pieces" !!
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Postby Gregorovich on Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:29 pm

TomiT14 wrote:
Blackray wrote:My next cover is "Reason To Believe" and in a few weeks I'll upload my first Sum 41 cover featured with a friend of mine... she have a beatiful voice and we'll cover "Pieces" !!

Niiice. I also thought the piano work on his latest original song, The End, was really good. Shame he's still messing with his voice.
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Postby Ardi41 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:34 pm

Gregorovich wrote:
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Blackray wrote:My next cover is "Reason To Believe" and in a few weeks I'll upload my first Sum 41 cover featured with a friend of mine... she have a beatiful voice and we'll cover "Pieces" !!

Niiice. I also thought the piano work on his latest original song, The End, was really good. Shame he's still messing with his voice.

... and his pronunciation.
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Postby Gregorovich on Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:42 pm

Rim-a-dam-blam

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Postby UltraKolby on Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:36 pm

I like that but I prefer his cover of 'Back Where I Belong'
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Postby Jeremy Kill on Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:54 pm

Maybe Blackray should do the full Screaming Bloody Murder album and put it up for download like Odi Acoustic did with Blink-182.
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Postby Queso Man on Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:20 am

Once you realize he's German and thus speaks with an accent, his voice is actually intriguing to listen to. It's not lack of emotion, forced, etc. He just has an accent.
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Postby Iam The Ghost on Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:00 am

As I listen to more and more songs from him, his voice more and more annoys me... I liked his covers Sick of Everyone, No Reason and especially Happiness Machines, even this Reason to Believe cover has a good part (after "Yeah, give me reason to believe"), but I think I like them because of the original music, he just uses them well with other instruments and other beats, rhythm. But I don't like his original songs and his voice is really tiring... (his accent doesn't concern me at all, I think it's not so bad)
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Re: Blackray

Postby Scoutaloo on Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:12 pm

TheWatchmaker wrote:i don't if its his actual voice but it sounds like there's a lot of autotune. i don't like all the fake instruments that are obviously fake.

He claims to not use autotune, I think his accent and singing style makes it sound like that sometimes.

As for fake instruments, it's possible he just has a low budget and can't afford to purchase/learn more instruments.

Anyway, love this guy's covers, I'm sure his original songs will be just as good. Been subscribed to this guy for awhile, glad to see he's gaining some popularity.
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Postby samueeL on Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:33 am

Scoutaloo wrote:
TheWatchmaker wrote:i don't if its his actual voice but it sounds like there's a lot of autotune. i don't like all the fake instruments that are obviously fake.

He claims to not use autotune

That's ridiculous, auto-tune couldn't be more clear in most of his songs. That's the reason why I'm so annoyed by some of his covers, auto-tune sounds so horrible in them... He's definitely correcting his pitch and not the right way.
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Re: Blackray

Postby Dylan on Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:38 pm

samueeL wrote:
Scoutaloo wrote:
TheWatchmaker wrote:i don't if its his actual voice but it sounds like there's a lot of autotune. i don't like all the fake instruments that are obviously fake.

He claims to not use autotune

That's ridiculous, auto-tune couldn't be more clear in most of his songs. That's the reason why I'm so annoyed by some of his covers, auto-tune sounds so horrible in them... He's definitely correcting his pitch and not the right way.


^This.

Maybe its not specifically "Autotune", but there are other pitch correcting software plugins that he could be using. Example, Melodyne. Thousands of artists use pitch correction, but they/their engineers know how to hide it so its not so obvious. This guy sounds like he just slapped the plugin on the track and entered his key signature and left it at factory settings. i can't make it a minute through any of his songs because its so horrendous.

and for the fake instruments, its not about getting the most expensive virtual instruments. I can make stock EXS24 drum kits or strings in Logic sound decently real using humanization, hold and velocity techniques. This guy should look this stuff up because badly faked sounds make or break the whole song.
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