“Unique” Keys Recording

Unique Keys Recording

One week ago, we talked about the guitar recording for the “Unique” song that is planned to be the second track of the EP project. The keys have a central role within the song’s arrangement because they are used to broaden the stereo width and to act as a tapestry of sound. By accident, we got German jazz pianist Andreas Theobald (Jugendjazzorchester NRW besides other band projects) involved in the project who then arranged a few layers of different key instruments and sounds to take the project to the next level. Find out how we recorded the different key instruments for “Unique” in the following paragraphs.

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“Unique” Guitar Recording

Unique Guitar Recording

After we already had the drums and bass recorded on tape, we worked on the guitar parts for the new “Unique” song that is produced in the context of our current EP project. We ended up recording single notes for the verses along with rhythm tracks for the rest of the arrangement that give the song a decent funky “flavour”. For some of our followers, the recorded guitar material will be a nostalgic flashback to the late 70s/early 80s. As known for our production documentaries, we will briefly go through the signal flow and used equipment to achieve the sound you will finally hear on the record.

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Guitar Cabinet Impulse Responses – The Best Stores & Freebies

Guitar Cabinet Impulse Responses - The Best Stores & Freebies

After we talked about virtual amp simulators in the past, the next logical step is to have a look at guitar cabinet impulse responses (in short: IR). Those so-called impulse responses are sound measurements that contain information about the guitar cabinet speaker, the room where everything is recorded as well as about the used microphone and microphone preamp in the particular situation. That set of information is stored in one single .wav file with that you can recreate the recording situation by loading it into a convolution plug-in – or in an easier term – IR loader. Once you have an IR created, it always recreates the same sound you initially captured, and you do not need to set up a bunch of equipment anymore every time you want to get this unique sound. Important to keep in mind is that an impulse response can recreate the signal chain elements coming AFTER the guitar amp head, but does not include sound characteristics of a guitar amp. Therefore, the combination with a virtual amp simulator or a real guitar amp head and a load box is required to get the guitar sound you want (explained more in detail by Pete Thorn here in one of his great Youtube videos). Impulse responses can also be used to recreate room sounds to be used later as reverb in your mix. However, we will focus on the guitar cabinet IRs in the following and where to get those if you do not want to create your own.

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“Come Back” Bass Recording

"Come Back" Bass Recording

In the near past, I started documenting the progress of AP’s new modern rock project “Come Back” began with explaining how the idea for the song arose and how we started the songwriting and recording process by tracking the drums, guitars and keys. After the editing of the guitar recording was done, a demo mix was sent to Torsten Kolb, who I got to know as the bassist of the alternative rock band Blizzard back in 2014/2015. It only took a couple of days after I received a bass concept for the song that just needed a few small adjustments later during the final recording in late January to be exactly what I was initially looking for.

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My Virtual Amp Simulator Collection

Virtual Amp Simulators

You probably may have heard someone saying that “the times of analogue guitar or bass amps are over”. I mean, it is the same situation as discussed in one of my previous blog article about my favourite audio plugins and brands. Digital amp simulators, in the form of hardware or software, have their benefits and disadvantages like analogue amps and stomp boxes also have. But both gear categories are aiming at different types of users, working environments, needs, budgets, and last but not least, personal preferences. To be fair, I need to admit that those amp simulators were getting better and better every year and are useful tools in the live and studio environment.

In the following article, we will have a look at my current virtual amp simulator collection for electric guitar and bass guitar. This time, only software-based amp simulators are presented that are in a quite affordable price range of between approximately 60€ to 200€ for a single, originally branded, licenced and therefore approved emulation or even a collection of non-branded “replica” versions.

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My Electric Guitar Setup

Electric Guitar Setup

After playing the classical guitar in orchestras and guitar ensembles for a long time at my younger ages, the desire to try something new arose very soon. Unsurprisingly, the “new” was an electric guitar, with which also new music genres came into my field of view. At this particular time, rock music was very interesting for me. A few years later, jazz, big band music and funk became more attractive to me. In recent years, I have sold my much-loved and reliable Fender combo amp as well as other old guitar equipment. I fundamentally re-equipped everything relating to the electric guitar. And this is exactly what I like to introduce to you 😉

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