Acoustic Track

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Contributor Since: Dec 30, 2002

Hey peeps,

Got my friend over to my house today and had a go at recording one of his songs. Insturments used were his new 12 string (that he had brought that morning), his 6 string and his own vocal chords. Everything was tracked using a Rode NT-1 via a Joe Meek VC3Q Pre.

Let me know if you have any comments / suggestions.


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Since: Sep 09, 2002

Jan 25, 2003 03:49 am

man, that site wont open for me, but then my internet been acting weird all day. i couldn't get into for several hours this afternoon. i'll try to download that song again later.

Since: Dec 30, 2002

Jan 25, 2003 05:48 pm


Not quite sure what has happened to that server, but it seems to have gone a bit "Pete Tong" as it were.

I have uploaded it to another server - you should have a bit more luck downloading it now.

Comment away :)


Since: Sep 09, 2002

Jan 25, 2003 10:21 pm

apparently a worm knocked out a good bit of the net today. read about it here:

i'm heading out the door at this minute, but i'll have a go at it when i make it home in the morning..

Since: Sep 09, 2002

Jan 26, 2003 11:46 pm

very nice! i want one of those mics :O) that track is just screaming for a bass and a drum track. nut now that i listen some more, maybe it's alright just the way it is.

hey! i just listened to "pretty girls" in the members music section. DAMN! that shiz is on! I've really only recently gotten any good at programming breaks, and i must say i dig these. couple of things i wanted to ask you:

1. what's that sick acid bass you got going on?

2. where'd you get those vocal samples from?

Since: Dec 30, 2002

Jan 27, 2003 06:43 am

Hehehe, everyone who hears 'pretty girls' always asks me about that bassline. I wrote the patch myself on my Novation SuperNova II, it's basically two Saw waves, detuned hard with a sub bass square wave mixed in - these three were then oscilated by a tempo locked LFO to get that "wub-wub" effect.

Oh, and I nicked the vocal samples from a film - not gonna say where :)

Since: Sep 09, 2002

Jan 27, 2003 09:02 am

right on, i dig it! so what did the tempo synced LFO modulate? just the cutoff, or the amplitude too?? i've never used any hardware synths so i'm a little confused about how to get sounds like that.

Since: Dec 30, 2002

Jan 27, 2003 09:08 am

The LFO (sine wave) was patched to the cutoff and the sound was heavily compressed. I can knock you that patch together in reason (or a softsynth of you choice) if you want to have a butchers at it?


Since: Sep 09, 2002

Jan 27, 2003 10:16 am

i don't own reason but i have just about every free VSTi you can imagine. I get some sick DnB sounds out of synths like The Claw by ReFX and Muon's free Tau. I like to get down on rgcAudio's Triangle and Triangle II synths. those sound sweeter than some of the pay-for softsynths i've heard.

i don't know much about patches or anything, but feel free to throw whatever at me. i'll absorb it.

The fat one always watches us.
Since: Nov 08, 2002

Jan 29, 2003 09:25 am

Leave it alone! Im super big on fat acoustic, warm voice and good songwriting. and that has it all. Nice mix- the whole song sounds warm and rich. vocals shine through but dont over power. Great job.

Since: Dec 30, 2002

Jan 29, 2003 10:19 am

Thankyou :)

I've been talking to the singer / songwriter and he thinks that it would definatly benefit from bass and drum parts. Looks like I'll be mic'ing up his acoustic bass guitar then.

Does anyone have any tips on how to go about this - or is it just the same as a regular acoustic? (condensor mic along the neck, pointed just after the 12th fret)

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 29, 2003 10:21 pm

I usually put one about there and then another just south of the sound hole and a bit furhter out pointing towards the neck. This tend's to pick up some good resonance from the body, and can be mixxed in to suit your taste's for the lower end.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Jan 30, 2003 05:59 pm

I like the "upright" micing approach. One angled parallel to the neck pointing at the bridge end of the fingerboard and one more perpendicular to the fingerboard picking up body resonation from the "f" hole. Of course I still consider "fret" sound to be noise. Most have excepted the fret sound as part of the music.

...bringing sexy back
Since: Jul 01, 2002

Jan 31, 2003 04:38 am

i like a little bit of noise personally..the odd fret buzz and squeaky finger slide noise can add a bit of feeling to a tune - but not too much or it just sounds like you cant be arsed to rerecord it!

Since: Dec 16, 2002

Feb 04, 2003 05:53 am

Heard your accoustic demo.The guitar sounds nice and full and warm.
The voice is good, but would be better with a touch of reverb, currently it sounds like the guy is singing in a bedroom. Just a touch of reverb would fix that I'm sure.

I think you could add a little to the arrangement as the track progressess. Certainly a vocal harmony on the "I can't see the reason..." chorus bit & maybe by adding strings towards the end? Like someone else said, i don't think it needs a full band production job (drums etc), it's nice just as it is.

The overall impression I got was a sort of David Gray/Travis feel. Don't know if you're insulted, or pleased, by that, but that's what I got.

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