Lead guitars finished!

Published on 05/12/2017 under Blog

It's very difficult to describe that feeling you have when you have finished tracking all  lead guitar parts for an album. Especially when it's album no.2 and you've recorded album no.1 at your home studio almost 5 years ago. I remember the late nights tracking lead  parts for Martial Arts & Magic Tricks with my Motu audio interface into Cubase, doing countless takes until I was satisfied, and eventually getting burned out. It was a very  difficult task to record myself alone and press all the rec/stop/play keys thousands of times until everything would sound right to my ears. A lot of the times, I would lose all  objectivity and end up throwing away so many takes just because I was tired after so many  hours of doing this by myself. Looking back, this did teach me a valuable lesson: never to  repeat this process again for recording.

I started feeling inspired and writing tracks again about one and a half year ago. So when the time came, knowing full well that it was a hugely different approach and completely  out of my comfort zone, I knew I wanted to record all guitar parts in the studio with an engineer tracking me real-time, into an amp, with the effects plugged in and all fed to the microphones into the DAW directly.


As it goes, Thursday the 30th November 2017 marked the beginning of the lead guitar recordings for my upcoming album "Seasons: A Sky for All". My studio setup was as follows: Overdrive, compressor, wah, whammy, chorus, POG and phaser plugged direct to my Orange Rockerverb MKII, tremolo and delay (left output) into the FX loop. Right output of the  delay was fed to the final gain stage of a Peavey 6505 head into an Orange 4x4 cab (only used the 2 speakers for recording). About 45 minutes later, when me and Nick at the studio finished all the cabling and switched on the amps to have a playthrough, the sound was  just unbelievable. Immense tone and killer stereo delay with all the sweet presets I'd created with the Strymon Timeline - which to be fair, contributed a whole lot to the album  sound. This and my customised AudioWorks Riff Raff were the go-to pedals that were used for 90%  of the lead tones in the album. 

 

We ended up finishing all lead parts in 4 sessions and honestly, this was one of the best experiences in my whole life. Playing with a live guitar sound, responding to the natural reverb of the room and making creative use of the delay tones was just amazing. Listening to the takes after we would finish each song was just as amazing. I am now even higher on my new songs and cannot wait to share them with all of  you!


Judging by myself, I bet all guitar nerds out there will appreciate some more details on my guitar rig, so that will be my next blog! Until then, keep well and thanks for following/supporting me as always.

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