Not sure this is the right location; maybe should've been in the gear section. Feel free to move it.
On Lacuna Coil's Unleashed Memories, the start of Heir of a Dying Day has this interesting spikey guitar sound, rhytmically going a bit asymetric.
Sounds like a mix between a classical and a spinette (hammered piano like).
Sorry I can't describe if better; hope you know what I mean..
Actually, they use such stubby, short decaying sounds in other songs over the albums..
Anyone have a clue as to what's used to create this? Gear, technique..?
I'd guess some use of ADSR and EQ with a small amount ot distortion on top of the spikes, but just don't get it..
Unfortunately I don't have a dedicated envelope shaper. My TSR-24S does have both a good prog. noisegate and prog. envelope follower, which might be used to at least partially generate the envelope - if that's what is called for..
FWIW, cabability-wise, my rig features an ADA MP-2, Digitech TSR-24S, Lexicon Vortex, H&K WarpFactor, Behringer MIC100 (used as a preconditioner).
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wIQGHu--hw]YouTube - Lacuna Coil - Heir Of A Dying Day[/VIDEO]
The dark sound at the very beginning sounds like a humbucker with some delay and heavy flanger on it. The cleaner sound that comes in after four bars sounds like either a piezo or very clean neck-position single coil (it has an EMG-like compression to it, by my ear) with just a light bit of chorus on it. But it definitely seems compressed.