James has spent a lot of time recently rethinking how he records electric guitars and as the result is a flexible, reliable and easy workflow for multi-microphone tone blending. This can either be done at the mix stage or by committing the sound “to tape” during tracking using some simple routing in Pro Tools and 3 of his favourite microphones for guitar cabinets.
Brian May has stuck to his guns when it comes to his choice of guitar and preference of valve amp. There are a few other smaller components which contribute towards the majesty of his sound. In this article we go into detail about his gear, the Brian May signature series products from yesteryear as well as share our thoughts on IK Multimedia’s latest Brian May Collection for AmpliTube.
In this free video tutorial series made with the kind support of Waves, session guitarist and producer Paul Drew, shows the how to mix layered electric guitars in pop tracks.
In this free video tutorial, session guitarist and producer Paul Drew, shows the tricks and tips to layering electric guitars in pop tracks.
Brian’s signature sound is very distinctive, but did you know that it’s made up of a small number of components which together produce his majestic sound known all over the world. IK Multimedia have gone through each section of Brian’s rig from the unique pickup arrangement in his homemade Red Special guitar, through to his treble booster and of course three Vox AC30 setup he uses on stage. All you need is a sixpence.
Microphone placement is widely regarded as a key skill to develop in music production. If you ignore it or rush it you run the risk of chasing your tail in a mix and your music will most likely suffer. For those new to music production and recording mic placement can be a daunting skill to get your head around. That’s why we have produced a series of video tutorials on recording a variety of different instrument types typically recorded in full band lineups covering drums, bass, guitars and vocals across 7 videos you can watch today.
I don’t think there is a recording engineer, or producer out there who would say that they can pick the right mic for a vocalist first time, every time. Every voice is different, every mic is different and every recording scenario is different. I also hear you when you say that in these days of time sensitive, low budget tracking sessions there is no time to experiment, try new gear or just “have a play”. But what happens when you do have a play and try something new?
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the kind support of Waves, Paul Drew shows how to use CLA Effects to give a pop guitar energy and get that radio-ready guitar sound. CLA Effects are described by Waves as “Multi-effect plugin that delivers the radio-ready sound of Grammy-winning mixer Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, U2): reverb, delay, distortion, EQ and more.
It’s been a little while coming but the team at Universal Audio are very pleased to be able to announce that their Ox - The Amp Top Box and the controller software are now fully Windows compatible.
Electric guitar recording is extremely popular in music production, especially in the home recording crowd. It’s such a popular form of recording that many pro audio brands have specifically designed and engineered audio interfaces for the job. In this article we share our experiences on a selection of the most popular electric guitar-centric audio interfaces you can buy today.
Some equipment you buy because you like how it sounds. Some equipment you buy because you like how it works and some equipment you buy because it allows you to work faster. And then there is the gear you buy because it does all three. I’m quite new to the Amp/Speaker switcher party, but I’m in now and I’m staying. In this article I’ll tell you how the Amp/Speaker switcher works, show you how they can speed up your recording workflow and tell you about two units I have had the opportunity to try in my studio.
The team at Slate Digital are very pleased to announce the amazing sounding TH-U Slate Edition guitar amp, cabinet and effects emulations is now available as part of the Slate Everything bundle as well as a stand-alone purchase. I love a good amp-sim so check out the video where I dig in and create 3 very different, yet classic guitar tones.
Back in January 2019 at the Winter NAMM show, our friends at console, mic pre and interface manufacturer Audient announced the new Sono audio interface. Sono forges a new path for the UK based company as it is firmly geared towards guitar players who want to produce high quality recordings with a minimum of extra kit. We have been using Sono not only to record guitars using the built in room, microphone and speaker cabinet simulation by Two notes audio engineering, but also vocals and drums for this demo session. Take a look and listen to how this small, yet powerful interface is able to adapt to all of your studio requirements.
Using Virtual Players like the UJAM instruments as opposed to using static content like loops can help generate ideas when songwriting because you’ll probably be presented with ideas you woudn’t have thought of yourself. A bit like playing with other musicians.
Recabinet was Kazrog’s first ever product and was released in 2009, how time flies. Ten years on and Kazrog has developed a new Recabinet – Remastered update of the original Recabinet speaker cabinet IR library. When this library launched, it was the first commercial library of speaker cabinet impulse responses, and by far the largest collection in existence at the time, now the IRs are in higher res and sound better than ever!
Our friends at Slate Digital have released 4 new products at NAMM 2019 ranging reverbs, made in collaboration with our friends at LiquidSonics, guitar amps & cabs, gates and microphones emulations for Slates popular virtual mic system.
Our friends at Blue Cat Audio have just announced a new type of guitarcentric plug-in that enables users to emulate a range of acoustic and electric guitar tones from one guitar. It features a built-in pickup simulator that you can use to emulate many types of electric guitar pickups without needing to modify your guitar.
In this series designed to keep you warm in front of your laptop or tablet on these long winter nights we are going to share some of our gear acquisition highlights from 2018 and let you know how they have improved our studio world in one way or another.