"Soul/R&B Track" Guitar Recording

Soul R&B Track Guitar Recording

After we already had the drums and bass recorded on tape, we worked on the guitar parts for the new “Soul/R&B Track” 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” Guitar Recording

"Come Back" Guitar Recording

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.

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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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