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Monday, October 31, 2011

My Original Recording Threads

Here's my list of Original Recording Threads.  Please check it out and make a comment.

All of these songs were recorded live with a looper, except Streetwise.

Bug Walk - Lots of wah in this one. p?t=1516408

Hashre - Instrumental with an Eastern flavor p?t=1516406
Streetwise - My only song with vocals. p?t=1492849

Dark Wave - Ambient with a ominous bent p?t=1492528

Baldwin Park - Smokey Blues Improv p?t=1487206
Drifter - Chill Guitar p?t=1487990

Some Bird - Easy Listening Guitar p?t=1486747

Sneaky - Chill Guitar p?t=1486084

Jelly Jam - Chill Guitar p?t=1488246

Orange Chimera- 70s Progressive Guitar p?t=1488356

Trippy - Pretty Trippy Guitar p?t=1491618
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Sunday, October 02, 2011

The origin of Tasty Licks tone.

Here's a quick overview of how the songs in my Tasty Licks collection were created.

Some Bird
Baldwin Park
Outta Town
Orange Chimera
These songs used the Zoom G3 and it's 40 sec looper synchronized with the internal drum machine.  The Auto Wah is used in both Some Bird and Outta Town.  Otta Town also uses the Z-Organ.  The Orange Amp sim is used in Baldwin Park.  A Line 6 Backtrack recorder captured the audio from the 1/4" output of the G3.

The Boss ME-25 and it's 38 sec looper were used in Sneaky.  The drums were a Boss DR-5 plugged into the ME-25 aux in.  Recorded from the 1/4" output using the Line 6 Backtrack.  Lots of use of the Freeze effect after the 3 minute mark.

Jelly Jam
I combined the ME-25 and the G3 together so I could use the drums/looper on the G3 and the Freeze effect on the ME-25.  Tones were from both.  The Vintage Marshall Stack on the ME-25 and the Orange amp on the G3.  Plus a combination of delays on both.  Listen for the freeze to kick after around the 2 1/2 min mark.

An RP1000 and it's 20 sec looper were used for these songs.  A pedalboard with a variety of pedals are in the stomp loop of the RP1000.  So these songs combine separate pedals with the RP built in stomps.  The RP1000 is hooked up 4CM with a Crate Vintage Club 50 and miced for recording.

Dark Wave  
The G3 was placed on the output of the RP1000 for the purpose of using the looper.  The FX and tones came from the RP1000 as described above.  A Line 6 M5 in the loop of the RP1000 provided the far out FX.  An eBow provided the long sustains.

Early Reflections
This song demonstrates the Yamaha Magicstomp early reflections reverb.  Double tracked using a Strat and a clean tone.

Loop Noodle Soup
Epiphone Dot played into a Big Muff.  A Jamman looper is used with it's default drum/bass track.  An ethereal background loop with the Big Muff followed by a lead melody with the Muff.  Recorded from a miced Peavey Classic 30

Fun deLay
A Korg AX3G plugged directly into a computer sound card provided the tone.  Double track recording.

Street Wise
Played over a stock drum track.  A Korg AX3B bass multifx used in the bass line recorded direct.  The lead tone used a GNX3 run into a miced Peavey Classic 30.

Open Air
MXL condensor mic and a Rouge Acoustic.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Sorry, We Can't Hear Your Recording!

I love to listen other people's recording in their profile.  Both covers and original tunes.  One of the problems that I run into a lot is that I can't hear your recording.  I'm not sure why so many people do this.  You would think that they would listen to their own recordings and realize that unless you crank your volume control and speakers there's nothing there!

Don't be a noob and post a tune that can't be heard.  Compare the volume of  your own recording against a commercial tune encoded to mp3.  Then go and get yourself a copy of Audacity.  It's free.  Load your song into Audacity, select the whole track by clicking on the box to the left of the waveform, and then go to the menu "Effects".  Select the "Normalize" function.  The dialog will give you an option to Normalize to a DB level.  Normalizing to -3DB should be fine.

You can then export the audio to a Wave file and use your own app to encode to an MP3.  Or you can go get the Lame MP3 encoder DLL (also free) and the MP3 export will be enabled in Audacity.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Birthday Song

A Birthday Song
by John Anderson (aka FLY135)

Another year has come and gone.
For some a blur of lost time spent.
But for me was traded for a special bond.
While the days where spent with you.
This special day reminds me.
It reminds me of what I value most.
A precious gift of life and love.
A treasured year from you.

Happy birthday baby.
Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday baby.
I celebrate it too.
Happy birthday baby.
Happy birthday to you.
It's your birthday baby.
Without it there'd be no you.
With me....

Every moment with you is adventure.
A paradise to the senses.
A tingling touch or sweet lullaby.
A beauty to behold, natural high.
But the thought that comforts me the most.
It's there even when I sleep.
Is that me and you, we are two.
Not alone, but close like one.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Passive vs. Active Volume Pedals

I hear people occasionally ask whether they need an "Active" or "Passive" volume pedal.  Here's the information you need to make that choice.  First of all neither pedal is "active", but they have different resistance pots that makes them appropriate for placing after active or passive circuitry.  A typical pot in an active pedal is 25K, versus a passive pedal of around 250-500K.

If you are going to put the volume pedal after a guitar with passive pickups then you absolutely need the passive pedal. The passive pedal is more versatile because it can be placed after an active circuit as well. But the opposite is not true because an active pedal will suck the tone out of your passive pickups.  However, if you plan to use a passive pedal in an active circuit it's important to know the input impedance of the device you are plugging the volume pedal into. Here's why....

A volume pedal works as a voltage divider. If the input resistance of the device plugged into the output of the pedal is high (like a pedal or amp input) then the sweep of the pedal is mostly dependent on the taper of the pot. If the input resistance is low then the load affects the sweep response. A high resistance volume pedal (i.e. passive) is affected more than a low resistance pedal (i.e. active) when plugged into a low impedance input. Active circuits that run at line level generally have a lower input impedance (in the 10K's of ohms) vs. passive circuits which have high input impedance (in the 100Ks or 1Ms of ohms).

A passive pedal plugged into a low impedance input will have a sweep that kills the volume too fast. That's because as you sweep the pedal the resistance of the pot inside the pedal will rise quickly in relation to the resistance in the load. You can see if you have a 250K passive pedal plugged into a 25K input then the resistance ratio rises quickly when you sweep the pedal. An active pedal of 25K plugged into an input of 25K will sweep much more evenly.

An example of somewhere a passive pedal would not work well is in some amp loops.  Some amp loops run at instrument level and some at line level. If your amp runs at line level and has a low return impedance then you will want an active pedal.

Some examples...

Bulgera 333 FX return 470K - OK for passive pedal.
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe FX return 57K - Passive pedal will give poor sweep
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