One day in November 2018, I spent some hours of my weekend in my project studio and wrote and recorded drums for an entire song of which its rhythm existed in my mind after taking a shower - ready to be recorded. Just Pro Tools's metronome and the idea in my head provided the basis for my new song. Later, I sent the finished drum recording to Philipp Lykostratis, a brilliant guitar player, motion designer and former colleague at the media agency. Soon after, I received already recorded demo guitar tracks that made me decide to schedule a recording session to finalise the parts and to do the recording at my place in mid of January. The following article will explain to you how we did it and what equipment we used.
The workflow to start the songwriting process with composing and recording the drums may sound a bit strange to you. Indeed, that did it to Philipp as well. But he accepted the challenge without asking me why the hell I did it that way and started working in this unusual circumstances. We used the demo he previously created as the basis for the songwriting, and optimised some of the included parts or completely rewrote others. It is a fact that the demo helped us a lot to have a certain direction we could go in musically. In the evening, we were able to finish the complete writing and recording of all song's guitar parts.
To record the finalised guitar parts, we used analogue guitar pedals (also see "My Electric Guitar Setup") - mainly the legendary Ibanez TS808 - that went straight into the Universal Audio Apollo audio interface. We used a DI box to split the signal to have a clear DI signal without effects as a backup - just in case. All guitar amps and speaker cabinets were simulated by STL's Tonality Howard Benson Guitar Plug-In Suite that I already briefly introduced to you in one of my previous articles. To connect all guitar pedals, we used flat patch cables by EBS and for longer cables ones by Sommer Cable. So as you can see - there was nothing complicated involved. Philipp played all parts on his stunning racing-green, seven-string Kiesel AM7 Aries Multiscale. That guitar is not only a real beauty but also delivered exactly the sound we were searching for!
|Interface/Preamp||Universal Audio Apollo Twin|
|Electric Guitar||Kiesel AM7 Aries Multiscale 7-String|
|Guitar Pedal (Overdrive)||Ibanez TS808|
|Guitar Amp Simulator||STL Tonality Howard Benson Guitar Plug-In Suite|
|DI Box (Passive)||Palmer PAN 01|
|Power Supply (Pedals)||Harley Benton Power Plant Junior|
|Patch Cables||EBS PCF-18|
|Instrument Cables||Sommer Cable Tricone MK II|
What Is Next?
While reading this article, you can be sure that we are busy with writing and recording the bass and keys for the song. We will keep you current about the production and our progress. You can be curious about the final result, and that is for sure! ;)