Adele cover: “Rolling in the Deep”

I did an abbreviated cover of “Rolling in the Deep”, by Adele:

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The recording is quiet and lo-fi. I’d like to find a better setup than my laptop in a chair next to the piano.

Here the piano and vocal were done together on one track, just using the built-in mic on my laptop. An easy way I think that I could improve the recording quality would be to do the piano and vocal separately, with a direct-in on the keyboard and more care micing the vocal.

It could also reduce the practice time and number of takes needed, because much of the blooper reel came from coordination problems between the piano and vocal.

Update: My brother took that recording and layered on top the missing background vocals:

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Listen for them in the chorus:

you’re gonna wish you
never had met me
tears are gonna fall
rolling in the deep

Thanks, Ryan!

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5 Responses to Adele cover: “Rolling in the Deep”

  1. Laurel A May 8, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    This was delightful. Also because I was listening to other Adele covers earlier.

    • Evan R. Murphy May 8, 2011 at 1:33 am #

      Thanks, Laurel!

      Care to link at some of those other Adele covers you were listening to?

      Update: I just listened to John Legend’s, which is totally a cappella. Oh wow, listen to Kina Grannis’. She layers on some fun percussion.

      I’m continuing to find covers of this song. I’ll keep a list here: David Choi, AliciaLx3.

      It looks like someone released a karaoke track for “Rolling in the Deep”, essentially the original stripped of Adele’s vocals. Some of the covers are coming from people putting their own vocals on top of this karaoke track.

      • Laurel A May 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAzXViS9nKE

        Lizzie is a friend of mine, and her music, both originals and covers, always blow me away.
        I forget that some people still do videos when they don’t play piano/guitar. It amuses me ever so slightly.

        • Evan R. Murphy May 10, 2011 at 2:07 am #

          Wow, she is awesome. I like the way she did that video too (split screen between the tracks). Thank you for linking to it.

          I didn’t understand what you meant about people doing videos when they don’t play piano or guitar. That’s Lizzie playing guitar in that video, right? Could you elaborate?

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