View Full Version : Cover version of Radiohead's Karma Police...criticism appreciated!

03-20-2007, 09:19 PM

First, this post is a bit naughty as the song in question wasn't recorded or mixed in REAPER. It was done in Nuendo so I apologise at it being essentially OT.

Anyway, I'm currently at Uni doing a degree in Music Technology and the 'Recording' module consisted of recording and mixing a track. My track being Karma Police. I've uploaded a rough mix of it and being a newbie to mixing I'd really appreciate any and all comments/criticism from anyone who's interested. There's really cool people on this forum who's views I respect.

http://www.typingoutloud.com/atease/KarmaRoughMix5.mp3 (320k MP3)

Btw, thats me on Acoustic, Bass and "Piano" :)

Jason Brian Merrill
03-20-2007, 10:10 PM

i would really like to hear some original stuff by you.

seems like theres some weird compression stuff going on... but you have alot of the sounds pretty right on imo.

ahh, wait here comes the ending sound, ack -- that could have been a bit more accurate, but nice try :)

03-21-2007, 04:42 AM
I listened to it and I enjoyed it.

I don't neccesarily think a cover has to replicate the original track, so the ending didn't bother me.

It seemed a bit open in the middle though, felt like there was some space that could've been filled.

03-21-2007, 08:10 AM
It sounds to much like Radiohead for me. I fail to get the point in covering something if it isnt going to be unique.

That said if you are going for an exact match, that is really good.

I hear something wierd happening to it sounds like an expander is pulling down the whole track. Right after "police".

03-21-2007, 08:58 AM
Hey thanks very much for the replies and comments. I should have mentioned in the original post that the aim of the project was to record a cover that was as close to the original as possible (as it's basically an engineering module. Their reasoning was that if the finished track sounded like the original, then the production was good.

I agree that the compression on the piano and acoustic is too heavy, that's something that has been fixed since this particular mix was done a couple of weeks ago.

Overall I'm pretty happy with it, but it's always good to get some opinions from other people and especially you guys. :)

Also, regarding the end bit, that was a total bitch to do! and the original was done in such a way that I think even Radiohead would have trouble replicating it. Basically I took two notes from an overdriven lead guitar track I played on another recording, looped them, put em through a delay on 100% feedback, bounced it. repeated that a few times and put several distortion plug ins on the end result. The whole thing was 'slowed down' at the end with a free VST called "TapeStop". I know it's not perfect, but it'll do! ;)

Thanks for listening, it's greatly appreciated.

Jason Brian Merrill
03-21-2007, 10:52 AM
I don't neccesarily think a cover has to replicate the original track, so the ending didn't bother me.

I wouldnt say it "bothered" me any, its just that he went to such lengths to replicate the original, why not? But how could you really replicate that type of noise anyway hehe, i wouldnt want to be the guy to try.

03-21-2007, 11:49 AM
As JBM said, the compression is a bit brutal. especially on the piano. You get used to it pretty quickly, but the first impression counts :D. also makes it sound very pop! (over-the-top-pop...)

very nice, though! and nice song, too.

rating for timing: eeehhhh....

04-10-2008, 07:58 AM
Th best proof for your words about the songs is their lyrics
Airbag (http://lyrics.uz/ncinxk-radiohead-airbag.html)
CLIMBING UP THE WALLS (http://lyrics.uz/ncinrs-radiohead-climbing-up-the-walls.html)
ELECTIONEERING (http://lyrics.uz/ncinny-radiohead-electioneering.html)
Exit Music (For a Film) (http://lyrics.uz/ncinnk-radiohead-exit-music-for-a-film.html)
FITTER HAPPIER (http://lyrics.uz/ncinlr-radiohead-fitter-happier.html)
Karma Police lyrics (http://lyrics.uz/ncinde-radiohead-karma-police.html) (n.b!)
LET DOWN (http://lyrics.uz/ncilct-radiohead-let-down.html)
Lucky (http://lyrics.uz/ncijwk-radiohead-lucky.html)
No Surprises (http://lyrics.uz/ncijmi-radiohead-no-surprises.html)
Paranoid Android (http://lyrics.uz/ncigos-radiohead-paranoid-android.html)
Subterranian Homesick Alien (http://lyrics.uz/ncifxv-radiohead-subterranian-homesick-alien.html)
THE TOURIST (http://lyrics.uz/ncifvw-radiohead-the-tourist.html)
I mean, trying to get more point from the text delivered by artist is also a good way to deal wit song. And to be beter criticist :)