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Long Distance Gin (Accoustic)

August 3, 2013 Comments off

Long Distance Gin (Accoustic) added to My Music!

I originally wrote this track with ye olde electric guitar in mind but thought it’d be fun to take a quick accoustic run at it. I’m not altogether unhappy with the results — particularly as, rather than mic-up the instrument, I took the signal solely from the jack (yikes!) — but it’s certainly made me appreciate the consistency in force and tone that session guitarists achieve. (My strings are so old that each has its own personal sound at this point!)

Anyway, enjoy!

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Virtual Pedal To The Metal!

August 14, 2011 Comments off

Flower (Tone Test) added to My Music!

Tone. The obsessive pursuit thereof. If there’s a more sure-fire way of transforming the simple, life-affirming act of hitting a guitar into a source of eternal dissatisfaction then I can’t think of it, and it’s for this reason that I generally leave such matters to qualified tone warriors. However I did find myself wanting to colour my favoured Pod setting (Line 6 Insane, natch) with a smidgen of wah-expression recently and, as I wound up doing it entirely in the DAW, I thought I’d tap out a brief overview of the process for the interested.

We are, of course, talking FL Studio here but your DAW of choice will naturally support equivalent functionality. Let’s kick off by taking a look at the FX chain:


So this is the guitar mixer channel. This isn’t where the guitar signal enters the DAW (I set up a dedicated mixer channel for that, hence IN being set to none here), rather it is where both the recording channel and recorded audio are routed.

As you can see it’s very simple with only two effects: The first, Fruity Free Filter, is what generates the wah sound and you’ll notice that it is mixed semi-dry — I was after something more subtle (and manageable for mixing) than a full-on wah effect and that Pod tone is too damn nice to totally decimate; The second, Fruity Parametric EQ 2, is there for regular EQ duties.

Let’s have a closer look at ’em in reverse order…

Fruity Parametric EQ 2
EQWe’re essentially just rolling off the lower frequencies here in order to ensure that the lead guitar doesn’t smudge up the bass. I tend to do this by ear, depending on what else is happening in the mix, rather than relying on prescribed settings.
Fruity Free Filter
FL Studio’s Free Filter has a bunch of different modes but it’s the band pass that we’re interested in. The wah effect is achieved by dialling the frequency up and down so it’s worth experimenting in order to find a pleasing range (at a pleasing Q value) to work within. Once this is done it’s time to get some automation clips cookin’…

So like I said it’s the frequency dial that gets automated, and here you can see the clips for that running underneath the audio. Notice how I’ve used straight lines (rather than sine curves) and that the ends and beginnings of the clips don’t necessarily match exactly — I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s where the peaks and troughs occur in relation to the melody that matters to the ear rather than the “travel” being perfectly organic.

And that’s pretty much that! The neat thing about working this way is that, while the wah expression can be tweaked (or totally re-written!) in post, you can still have it applied to your performance as you play and record dry; the downside would be that you don’t get to actually perform it with a pedal (so you’re not improving your technique and any apparent synergy between fingers and foot must be constructed rather than captured), although I’d be surprised if there weren’t wah-pedal shaped audio interfaces out there that would alleviate this. (To Google!) But anyway, for a lil’ spice, gratis, I’m very happy with it :D

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Spanish Air-Con Unit

July 22, 2011 Comments off

Spanish Air-Con Unit added to My Music!

Originally intended to be a “cold sounding” ambient piece, I couldn’t resist adding a lead synth and pursuing a more scene-style vibe.

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