Easy Listening Midtempo Shuffle. I wrote this song fast when I was covering my Fender Stratocaster modern player model. You can check this article following that link if you are interested to learn technical aspects of this guitar.
Generally, I am using a different guitar for each track to make them entirely different from each other. But this time around I used the same guitar to play both tracks, because I used quite different effects.
The second part is extremely minimal. I used a clean sound in fifth position pickup, with my Superego pedal from EHX, along with some detune effect and a bit of digital reverb and delay.
For the lead part, I start the song using the neck pickup only with some crunch sound. The reverb and delay have the same exact setting as the rhythmic part. I love the warm sound I can get using the neck pickup with this guitar. It doesn’t sound like a Stratocaster at all.
I’m using this sound setting for the first 16 bar of the theme until I switched for a fifth position pickup, using the same crunch reverb and delay setting.
I’m going back and forth those two setting for the first half of the song until I hit the cool part of the song. I am adding some detune effect on my crunch sound in fifth position pickup, to play that more progressive part of the song.
When I hit the solo part, I used the fifth position pickup with crunch sound. I added a Soul Food effect from EHX on top of it to obtain a much heavier sound featuring much more distortion and sustain. It almost equals a heavy distortion sound like the one I use with the Riot stompbox from Suhr, only warmer.
I’m keeping that setup up to the end of the song.
Other than that, I use my usual six-string Squier bass that amazed me every time I’m using it. The sound is amazing. This time around, I played it with the a wood pick.
I performed and extremely simple synth part using my midi controller to enrich the sound, but I keep it extremely simple.
In that song, for the first time I tested the Phil Spector Wall of Sound technique to create a dense, layered, reverberant sound, and I must admit I am extremely impressed. I think I’m going to use it every time I record starting from now.
Well, I made an extremely easy approach of that wall of sound technique. Spector used to record the same part over and over to make it thicker. Personally, I simply duplicated each track once. Therefore, there are two drum parts, two bass parts, two rhythmic guitar parts, and two lead guitar parts. I didn’t duplicate the synth part on purpose because I wanted to keep it pretty quiet.
The result is a much more powerful sound. I had to lower each track individually to obtain the same general volume. In other words, the distortion level disappeared altogether while the overall volume and thickness of the sound increased a lot.
The sound of each part is extremely rich and powerful and for the first time I almost didn’t have to add any effect in Cubase to boost or correct each track. I like it pretty much because I get a really powerful sound while keeping it extremely close to what I get out of my speakers. For the first time, my sound is exactly like it is in my room.
Up to now, my song sounded pretty cool but the sound was considerably different from what I get through my amps, which disturbed me a lot.
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