I’m in the process of recording my very first EP these days. This was a thing that I kept promising myself, but this years’ new year’s resolution finally made me do it.. Anyways its title going to be Long Time Coming, which I think fits the situation quite nicely.. The first track is finished and I wrote about it here.
As I’m writing, playing, recording, mixing and mastering these songs all by myself, it’s a bit tedious and takes a lot of time, but I totally enjoy it, plus I learn so much about these topics and about audio engineering in general that it makes it worthwhile.
Guitar solos, previous recordings
I have a SoundCloud account where I’ve posted a number of previous recordings and snippets, however I’m intending to use BandCamp for future releases, as it seems to give me greater control over my content, and also preserve the quality of my tracks.
I’ve also posted quite a few videos on my YouTube channel so if you like my music, please subscribe to it!
If you have any feedback, please let me know through my contact page, so I can learn from it and make better sounding recordings.
Gear for recording
In case you are wondering, I’m playing the guitars and bass on real instruments (of course), but then program all the other instruments (horn sections, Hammond and piano parts, drums, percussion, strings, etc) by MIDI using a Novation Impulse mini keyboard. The recorded signals are going through my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 sound card, and I monitor with my trusty KRK Rokit 6 speakers and a pair of AKG K-550 (which is simply amazing).
Vocals, acoustic guitars are all recorded with an Audio Technica AT2020 condenser microphone, and my chosen DAW is Cubase 7 LE Student Edition. So as you can see (if you know a bit about home studios) my setup is fairly simple and cheap but it’s about perfect for my level right now.
Most guitars are modeled using the amazingly good and lifelike Scuffham Amp’s S-Gear.. It’s the best guitar amp simulation I’ve ever heard and I’ve tried them all.. Try it, and you will buy it..
I recently upgraded my PC so it’s nice and fast now. For the geeks out there here are the specs: Asus A97-A, Intel 4790k, 16 GB Trident X RAM, Fractal Design R4 case, Noctua NH-D14 cooler.
I used to be a complete gear fanatic, changing guitars, amps and pedals monthly, but I’m happy to say I’m less and less obsessed with it and I love my current rig so much it’s unlikely to change in the coming years..
PRS Standard 22, an absolute beast, the 6-stringed love of my life, its sound is fat and round with that all mahogany midrange bite that made Gibson SGs amazing but it’s a lot more versatile with its PRS pickups and coil splitting.
Purecaster, a self-built Telecaster with one piece american swamp ash body, 22 jumbo frets, Fender CS Nocaster (bridge) and Dimarzio Twang King (neck) pickups, Hipshot tuners, an amazing Gotoh bridge and 4 way switch with phase reverse option producing 6 sounds all together.
Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass the perfect bass for a beginner, love it, absolutely gorgeous sounds from a sub-300 dollar instrument.
Furch D40-CM, a lovely acoustic guitar.. Sounds absolutely phenomenal, especially compared to its price.
Cornford Hurricane, coupled with a 212 Port City cabinet loaded with Scumback PVC speakers. Unfortunately I don’t use this setup too much these days as it’s too loud for home use and Scuffham Amp’s S-Gear is just sooo good I rarely feel the urge to play through an actual amp.. Nonetheless this amp has the most amazing sound I’ve ever heard from, and I owned quite a lot of high-end tube amps: Fender Twin Reverb, Hughes & Kettner Statesman, ENGL Screamer, Custom made Gregorius amps.. But still this little monster is just so amazing at both chimey blackface like cleans and roaring Marshall sounds at reasonable volumes that it just keeps surprising me every time..
Not much at the moment, except for a Morley WahWah and a TC Ditto for looping..