Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups Warmoth.com
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups Warmoth.com
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups Warmoth.com

First Song

Discussion in 'Twanger Central' started by C.A. Melo, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. C.A. Melo

    C.A. Melo TDPRI Member

    I just recorded this song the other day while I was checking out GarageBand. It's a quick one minute instrumental in kind of an early Merle Haggard style but with my own twist. I played everything you hear and I would like some feedback. If anyone could give me tips on mixing and balancing the tracks better I'd appreciate it. This is the link to it below. Thanks in advance!

    user-571798253
     
    ccotton, tery, MDent77 and 1 other person like this.

  2. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

    663
    Jun 13, 2016
    New England
    Overall nice feel.

    The acoustic guitar was well played. A roomy sound.

    The bass guitar and kick drum could use a bit more low end presence.

    Is that an acoustic bass that you used a dynamic Mic on, SM 57?
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2017
    C.A. Melo likes this.

  3. tery

    tery Friend of Leo's

    Sep 21, 2012
    Tennessee
    Put some good lyrics with that and you've got a hit :)
     
    C.A. Melo likes this.

  4. C.A. Melo

    C.A. Melo TDPRI Member

    I didn't even have a kick drum lol! For the drum track i just used a snare and a hi-hat. I used an acoustic Epiphone bass and a "Blue Spark" microphone. And thanks for the compliments man!
     

  5. C.A. Melo

    C.A. Melo TDPRI Member

    Thanks man!
     

  6. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

    663
    Jun 13, 2016
    New England
    Ah, I thought you were playing tight w/ the bass. Heh That's why the low frequency sounded absent. I'm not sure the MIC placement for the bass but you may want to experiment. May be try 6" away at the approximate point the neck and body meet.
     

  7. C.A. Melo

    C.A. Melo TDPRI Member

    Okay for sure man I'll experiment with that stuff for sure. Thanks for all the tips! Is there anything else I should try out?
     

  8. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

    663
    Jun 13, 2016
    New England
    A kick drum. :)
     

  9. dr_tom

    dr_tom Tele-Meister

    261
    Sep 21, 2013
    Ontario
    That was pretty cool as is. Nicely done.
     
    C.A. Melo likes this.

  10. C.A. Melo

    C.A. Melo TDPRI Member

    Thank you! Means a lot!
     

  11. C.A. Melo

    C.A. Melo TDPRI Member

    For sure. How would you recommend miking an amplifier?
     

  12. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

    663
    Jun 13, 2016
    New England
    It depends on the source. I MIC amplifiers for electric guitars but for an instrument like a keyboard I go direct. If you mean Electronic drums, I go direct.
     

  13. C.A. Melo

    C.A. Melo TDPRI Member

    I mean for a Tele going through a Twin Reverb. Right now with the Blue Spark it sounds distorted even if I'm 3/4 feet away from the amp and off-axis.
     

  14. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

    663
    Jun 13, 2016
    New England
    I would certainly MIC the amp.

    I would think your preamp mic gain may be too high. I am not sure of the signal path or if you are using a mixing board but you'd certainly know to turn the amp down if the recording sounds too distorted. So the gain on the input to the recorder most likely needs to be brought down.
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2017

  15. C.A. Melo

    C.A. Melo TDPRI Member

    Okay I'll bring the gain down and experiment with it. Would you recommend using a Dynamic mic instead of a condenser mic? And my mic is going into a "Blue Icicle XLR to USB Converter" then into my iMac.
     

  16. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

    663
    Jun 13, 2016
    New England
    I like condensers in an attempt to capture more frequencies.

    (But someone more qualified than myself)

    Here's some notes from Alan Parson on his engineering on Dark Side of the Moon (great guitar tracks, IMO),

     

  17. C.A. Melo

    C.A. Melo TDPRI Member

    Thanks for all the information man I appreciate it! It really helps.
     
    MDent77 likes this.

  18. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

    663
    Jun 13, 2016
    New England
    Glad to help in any way.

    Also posting in the Forum "Recording in Progress" can elicit feedback from others specifically interesting in recording.
     
    C.A. Melo likes this.

IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.