Yes, well, I'm still slightly shocked to win this tbh ... :O
I mean, all the other songs sounded so great, and my production is still embarrassingly lacking I'm afraid ... but seeing as everyone here has got the hang of it, I have the hope that working through the courses I will be able to improve as well!
But THANK YOU! :D
I have completed and updated to the final mix of this one:
I feel it is better, but could still benefit from even more work ... but alas, no more xmas for a while now!
I have tried to work that glockenspiel into what I really had in mind, but just couldn't do it. Possibly as Rob said, it's just not fitting the mood at all. So changed that up with a version of the phrase used in the middle section instead. Works better I think, also as it's the first phrase of the original of course.
I think I missed second part of that question ... the vocals are made up of some free stock ad libs I found, but they are pieced together from 5-7 bits each for drops and the bridge part. The two drops are slightly different as I tried to create some tension going into the break on the first and some resolve going into the outro. Original wav's are rather heavily processed to make them warmer, tighter and cohesive. The harmonies blended into the second part of drop is made using Antares Harmony Engine (I got a free 2 month subscription before Xmas).
The free vocal samples I used is here if anyone else wants them:
Well, onto the next project now!!