Work on the mid-2014 album progresses! In this “recording techniques” installment, I share some lessons I’ve learned about controlling and fine-tuning the stereo image of a recorded ambient guitar track.
Work on the new album of AMBIENT GUITAR MEDITATIONS continues.
Song #3 is entitled “Rolled round in earth’s diurnal course”, the sixth line of the Wordsworth poem the album is based upon (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174822). This is a “rough mix” release. At this point, I plan on keeping the performance, which was a first take of a solo improvisation.
Background video is from the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Fender Blacktop Baritone Guitar
Avid Eleven Rack
Logic Pro X
Signal path — Fender to Eleven Rack to computer.
11R Patch – I started with the “Secret Journeys” preset and modified it to get the tone I was looking for.
While searching for ambient guitar tones for the new album, I came across a Logic preset called “Never Ender”. It’s pretty cool, so I made a short video demoing the sound (http://youtu.be/6xrHYs0Iluo). I was then asked about the details of the preset, so this video provides the details of how the preset is put together. Enjoy!
In recent weeks, I’ve gotten some questions about getting a great bass tone to an ambient guitar track. This video dissects “Leaves of Life”, a song from the Chords of Orion album “Vision” to demonstrate the process of getting a great bass tone from a single ambient guitar track. Please comment below with your thoughts and experiences!
As was discussed in the last post, a new album of AMBIENT GUITAR MEDITATIONS is underway! It’s based on one of the “Lucy” poems by William Wordsworth (http://www.bartleby.com/106/180.html). Take a peek at the poem. Meditate on the poem. Notice that there are 8 lines to the poem. Yep – the new album will have 8 ambient guitar meditations/songs, one for each line of the poem.
This video was shot during the actual take of the first track (A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal). One guitar, one Ebow, one loooong delay (“Faux” Frippertronics), one take. This is a rough mix of the final track. Enjoy!
After some soul searching (for about 30 seconds), the decision was made to embark upon a new album project! This time, however, instead of re-imaging old traditional tunes, I decided to re-image an old poem. Let me explain:
The new album will be a set of 8 songs, each song named after a line of the 5th poem, “A slumber did my spirit seal”. Here then are the song titles:
1. A slumber did my spirit seal
2. I had no human fears
3. She seemed a thing that could not feel
4. The touch of earthly years
5. No motion has she now, no force
6. She neither hears nor sees
7. Rolled round in earth’s diurnal course
8. With rocks, and stones, and trees
I am very much looking forward to introducing the new songs as they unfold. I’ll posting a Youtube video of each song in a “rough mix” form as I record and mix them. Stay tuned!!
Haven’t done a song idea video for a while. I recorded this as I was rendering another video for the channel! The “ice” delay unit on the Strymon Timeline is in use once again. I am kind of addicted to it, with its ability to produce secondary pitches. Enjoy!!
Fender Blacktop Telecaster Baritone Guitar
Morley Steve Vai Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Avid Eleven Rack
Signal path — Carvin to Eleven Rack to Effect send to Volume Pedal to Strymon Timeline to Effects return back to Eleven Rack.