On this page, I want to show a sample of the difference between the original version of a few songs and how each sounded after I made some additions. The purpose to this, is so that when I ask someone if I can add to their song, they can get a clear idea what I’ve done with other songs. For each song I’ve ever worked on, I felt fortunate to be able to start with a song that was already good before I came along.
Some of the music pages on this web site include a link to the original version of the song before I worked on it but here is a small sampling of a few songs, each song in a different style, each with a different selection of instruments added.
In each case, I’ve attempted to match the volume of the before version to that of the after version so that both versions at least peak at the same volume for a fair comparison. (click the song title to visit the page with the full finished version of each song)
Walk on Fire
by Tom Tognaci, Paul Battersby
This is an example of a song that started out as a good 1+1 song (1 instrument + 1 vocal) and was turned into a full band recording.
My additions: drums, bass guitar and an organ.
Tom also provided more vocals for the “after” version. Then I created the final mix.
Before (36 sec. sample):
After (36 sec. sample):
Orange And Bronze Colored Waltz
by Tom Gibson, Paul Battersby
This is another guitar + vocals song that was turned into a full production.
My additions: drums, bass, strings and flute
Before (41 sec. sample):
After (41 sec. sample):
No Way To Live
by Josh Howatt, Paul Battersby
This is an example of what was already a complete, full band song, that still needed just a little something extra. It already had strings but the strings needed to be more so I replaced the existing string section with a new one after Josh sent me a version of his mix without his strings. I then took Josh’s mix, adding my part and remixed the result.
My addition: strings
Before (35 sec. sample):
After (35 sec. sample):
by Gustavo Lopez, Paul Battersby
This is an example of a good piano instrumental that was enhanced by the addition of full orchestration.
My addition: full orchestra.
Before (48 sec. sample):
After (48 sec. sample):