New song - Helix content

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  1. mmd

    mmd Senior Member

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    This new song is my first real movement toward using the Helix for everything - guitars and bass. I am beginning to develop patches that eclipse my old faithful rack PODs. I still have them and use them for quickie demoing, but all serious tracking is now the Helix.

    Anyway, this song is what I would call "progressive doom". It is 98 bpm and sludgy. For the rhythm guitars I used my PRS S2 Singlecut Standard on the bridge pickup, split (the crushing tones are all single coil!) with the volume rolled back a little.

    The left track is the PRS through the "Stone Age 185" model - a Gibson amp of some sort. I am hitting the front end with an LA2A compressor and a DOD 250 overdrive. There is some spring reverb and delay as well. This track was the easiest because it was the first one, lol - no tricky stuff involved.

    The right track is the PRS through the Silvertone 1484 model. I added the same compressor and OD pedal. This has a Hall reverb and ducking delay after the amp. This guitar is handling all the harmonized parts. It took a couple hours to nail the performance on this track. I like to be able to play everything through in one live pass - I am still a little old school that way. Figuring out how I wanted to jump around the fretboard playing the progressions and where I wanted change intervals took a bit of work. I got it though!!

    The lead guitar is my PRS Paul's Guitar on the bridge pickup, tapped. I am playing it through a Dr. Z Route 66 model. I am using the MXR Compressor and Klon models up front. There is also a Uni-Vibe before the amp. After the amp I have spring reverb and some vintage delay set to 8 bits/44.1/dotted 1/8ths with 38% feedback and a 42% mix.

    All the guitar amps are stock presets - all I changed were the effects. The EQ and cab models are what the factory deemed "correct" for that amp.

    The bass was a bit trickier. I used my GPS Warwick FNA Jazzman with the pickups blended a little more toward the neck pickup, with the bridge MM pickup set to series. The 3 band EQ was defeated. I used the Ampeg Portaflex model with 2 cabs - the 2x15 and the 8x10. I put a bit of LA2A compression up front with a little bit of Timmy for a light grind.

    Drums were created in EZdrummer 2 using the "Big Rock Drums" EZX and MIDI from the Post Rock MIDI pack. I build my drums in the program, tweak the mixer and record them as a stereo track into ProTools. Once in ProTools I use the Fairchild 660 and Pultec EQP-1A plug-ins. Once I started building the track I added a Lo-Fi filter and the Oxford Inflator to boost the sound. I also added some Plate Reverb.

    Once I had the core of the song done, I wasn't sure what to do with it. I knew it was too "doom" for the band. My drummer is NOT a fan of doom, lol. That meant making it a "solo" track.

    I added some texture using an Organ patch from my Arturia V-Collection 5 software. I found a cool sound in the MINI V3 instrument. I made a couple of tweaks and added some counterpoint chords to the intro and outro.

    Some of the guitar runs are slightly "exotic" so I decided to bust out with an D Arabic scale (D, E, F#, G, G#, A#, C, D) to create the melodies. In the intro of the song I used a G Arabic. None of the parts sounded right on the guitar, so I switched to using synths.

    I went back into Arturia and found a cool lead sound for the verse melodies. Once I recorded the parts, I added a Lo-Fi filter, compression, reverb, delay - all subtle of course, just enough to make it sit in the mix.

    For the intro melody and the fills before the outro, I went into Arturia and found a cool sound - no idea what it is, but it was in the "soundtrack" bank. It worked for "airier" counter melodies.

    By this point I actually had a concept for the tune, which I named "Arabic Doom" - mostly because of the scale and the tempo, lol....but, I envisioned some samples of cheers and explosions at key points. I dipped into my sample library and spent a couple hours listening for what I wanted. Once the samples were found, I spent 30-40 minutes placing them in the track. I deleted most of them because sometimes less is more. I added compression, reverb and delay to the samples.

    In all, I spent 4 days on this song. Summer vacation just started and I have pretty much ONLY done this song, lol. Anyway, hope you enjoy it!!

    https://soundcloud.com/mdenman/arabic-doom
     
  2. cybermgk

    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    can't get to soundcloud at work, will try on the train on the phone.
     
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    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Excellent job. Reslly liked it, a lot. I think the rythem guitar could take a sligjt eq fix, it could stand out a little more in the mix imho. S little more mid focus and a little less bottom maybe.
     
  4. frankv

    frankv What Are You Waiting For? Double Platinum Supporter Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Very cool man i dig it!
     

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