Re: “The Center of Attention”

From a Lostoverture thread:

Thanx for listening.

FWIW, the drums started as Guitar Hero stems for Radiohead’s “My Iron Lung”. I heavily edited same, first using gates to reduce the bleed as well as the cymbals. Then I moved the bits around; it’s surprising how the tempo sped up at the end, hence the disconcerting initial chorus, what I had some trouble fitting in (see above, where I noted that I hadda extra beat where I was tying to smooth the transition).

I wrote this on bass,and sometimes lately I attempt to develop a kinda odd bass pattern to break me out of the tried-and-true – I think it worked OK here, altho’ it’s not radically different. The bass is played DI through two different pre/compressor chains in parallel, what I am loving recently as it gives me tons of EQ and even dynamics control.  The Meek VC3Q by itself is very heavy and dark as a DI as the compressor colours it significantly, and the Brick with the dbx 160XT is very good and dynamic and brighter; together they allow me to get more clarity and heft than separately.

Next came the vocals, what started from that very first line, what I just riffed from.  Lately on vocal sounds I’ve been using my Eureka with the compressor remaining unchanged, adjusting only the pre’s gain. Then, I’ve been changing out mic’s for fun.  This one is a ancient, cream-colored Sennheiser 421n I bought from TOMB’s rhythmranch (the “n” means it has a Tuchel connector – to which I have wired a short Tuchel to XLR cord).  The 421 is a standard, perhaps most recognizable on toms, and in use on everything in the George HarrisonBangladesh movie. I find it comparable to other large-diaphragm dynamics like the SM7b and the PV200i and even some of the older EV’s altho’ its cleaner than the latter, a little more natural and less EQ’d than the former two. There is some ITB compression and plate reverbs on the vox, what I think are a lead and some 5 BV’s by the end.

I did the G&L guitar tracks next, what are panned at 10 and 2, and are sorta Keefy leadish. I developed a little theme  having recently listened to his latest record, and so sorta thinking that stylee.  The reverb is all from the Hot Rod Delux and it’s a old AKG dynamic mic intio a racked Yamaha pre.
I then did the hard-panned Teles as just more basic rhythm fillers, the left being more chordsy and the right a little more with single-note lines. The Toadworks Meat, Jr. pedal is a clean boost (think OCD or DOD OD/Pre250, etc., or even Klon Centaur) into a ancient Marlboro QSB2 reverb unit (as used by 3 Dog Night) into a Fender Pro,Jr. and then a MXL 860 ribbon (looks like a Royer) into a Cathedral Pipes Durham (like a Cloudlifter or FEThead) into the Yamaha pre.

And yes, I wrote this post as I’m killing time before work.  Grin


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