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7 Dying Trees
03-09-2020, 01:05 AM
So, here we are, week 1 of the mg.org something for everyone challenge. Born out of some people liking doing covers, whilst others like writing songs, with a combination of a few people just not having enough time to do full songs (hence the lead a week). Do one, 2 or all 3. Also, it means I only have to track one of these per week.

Rules are simple, do 1-3 things every week, Post your creations in the weekly thread as soundcloud/youtube links. I'm aiming to get various contributions for backing tracks, each one will be credited to the author. As it's the first week I'm doing a dropbox download, but we should get some dedicated hosting or something like that courtesy of chris.

The deadline for this week is end of play, Sunday 15th March

Short rules:
- You have until sunday midnight/monday morning to post your submission
- Either do an original song, a cover/medley or a lead over the provided backing track per week.
- Submissions must be stuff you've done this week, no matter how awesome an old track/recording is
- 10 points for each submission, per category.
- submissions as souncloud or youtube links. Well, as long as it is playable from a post in the thread really.
- You can do multiple entries per category, but only the first one will score points.
- no eliminations, do your stuff as and when you can
- leads can be layer, melodies, you can chop and rearrange the track, whatever floats your boat really
- Don't be a dick to other people. You can go to ss.org for that.
- Don't steal other peoples songs
- Don't steal backing tracks or pass it off as your own, give credit where it's due if you want to share your awesome yngwie malmsteen unleash the fjokking fjury face melting solo.

LAW Track:

This weeks backing track is courtesy of myself throwing something together in about 30 minutes with drag and drop drum patterns (amazing, I know). It's 150bpm, no funky times signatures and might be somewhere near the key of D whatever the fuck. It can be downloaded from here as mp3 or wav:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ytsnyn7x1pfvro8/AAB3dZvWl7oHq006aW811zpFa?dl=0

Have fun peoples!

7 Dying Trees
03-10-2020, 12:39 PM
just want to check if anyone has had issues getting the backing track. apart from the track itself.

BigM555
03-10-2020, 03:25 PM
Link worked fine for me.

Rev Drucifer
03-10-2020, 05:35 PM
Worked just fine for me!

Markus
03-10-2020, 06:55 PM
Working on a "Fragile Dreams" cover. It ended up being more work than I thought, because all the Guitar Pro tabs I found had pretty crap drums and they need a bunch of editing.

7 Dying Trees
03-10-2020, 09:52 PM
Working on a "Fragile Dreams" cover. It ended up being more work than I thought, because all the Guitar Pro tabs I found had pretty crap drums and they need a bunch of editing.

Nice! I always loved that song, that was peak anathema around that time.

What's everyone else up to?

Connor
03-10-2020, 11:35 PM
Nice! I always loved that song, that was peak anathema around that time.

What's everyone else up to?

Working on an original, and considering giving LAW a shot but my chops are shit and that track is definitely out of my wheelhouse so we'll see how it goes :lol:

Iron1
03-11-2020, 10:11 AM
just want to check if anyone has had issues getting the backing track. apart from the track itself.

Works for me, good job! I won't be using it as I'm probably the worst lead player in the history of MG.ORG, but I'm excited to hear what others do.

My entry this week is my first attempt at a song in A standard - not quite sure I like it, but I'll at least don one song before I consider tuning back up to B.

schreckmusic
03-11-2020, 02:14 PM
Works for me, good job! I won't be using it as I'm probably the worst lead player in the history of MG.ORG, . Naw man, I am the worst lead player here :rofl:

Rev Drucifer
03-11-2020, 04:58 PM
I’ve put in about 8 hours so far on an original. Had some issues with GGD last night with the UI not functioning properly when making adjustments and it set me back about 2 hours before I sorted it out. Started the song in one direction, then 2 minutes into it hit a “Where am I going with this? This isn’t going anywhere yet.”, and decided to revamp everything from the start. I’ve been programming every single drum hit in this one as I seem to be having an issue with GGD’s MIDI mapping. If I weren’t so far into it, I would just go back to using EZDrummer, where I have a thousand fills I could choose from. After I finish this song I’m going to go through and re-program the MIDI map so I can use all the MIDI files I have in it. This is a nightmare of programming.

This is the first time I’ve done legit tracking with my AxeFX and I’m stoked with the tones I’m getting. Most of it is being done with the JP2C+ model for the heavy rhythm stuff and then there’s some effect-heavy sections, but they might get cut.

I’m really just glad for the spark to be ignited again.

Edit-
When I got home the Mission Engineering expression pedal was sitting on my step. I got it specifically for wah stuff in the AxeFX as I'm way too used to that Dunlop feel for wah's and regular expression pedals won't cut it. Loaded the backing track and spent about 30 minutes dicking around with a lead before going back to working on my tune. I might pull both out of my ass for this week!

scole
03-12-2020, 01:18 AM
https://i.imgflip.com/3s8a92.jpg

7 Dying Trees
03-12-2020, 02:25 AM
Well, i've just blown up my racktifier after getting an awesome tone out of it. Think it's (hopefully) just a fuse after having it on for hours... sounded fucking glorious though!

Rev Drucifer
03-12-2020, 03:11 PM
I woke up with a sore throat this morning and we're under pretty strict owners from the owner of my company to not chance a single thing and just stay home. While I still have to get some work done remotely, I'll be in my studio all day. Made a lot of progress yesterday and ended up re-arranging the whole song I was working on after getting stuck in that "What the fuck am I doing with this?" mentality for longer than I'd prefer. Going to try to finalize the arrangement, write the drum fills and then all I'll have left is recording the actual tracks as everything is a copy/paste/edit now. And vocals, but I may not realistically have time to get those done before Sunday.


Well, i've just blown up my racktifier after getting an awesome tone out of it. Think it's (hopefully) just a fuse after having it on for hours... sounded fucking glorious though!

Hopes and prayers!

Markus
03-12-2020, 09:36 PM
I have most of the guitars and bass parts recorded, as well as drums somewhat improved. Still need to record vocals and add some layers here and there.

astrocreep
03-12-2020, 11:08 PM
Well, i've just blown up my racktifier after getting an awesome tone out of it. Think it's (hopefully) just a fuse after having it on for hours... sounded fucking glorious though!

Must be coronavirus!

Hope the amp recovers soon.

Iron1
03-13-2020, 01:31 AM
Must be coronavirus!



You should switch to Dos Equis...

Markus
03-13-2020, 06:52 PM
Here's my Fragile Dreams cover.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/fragile-dreams-cover

Rev Drucifer
03-13-2020, 07:47 PM
Here's my Fragile Dreams cover.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/fragile-dreams-cover

That was really cool! I never heard the song before so I checked it out on YouTube after listening to yours. Great job, man!


I stayed home again today. Just wrapped up writing the song I'm submitting. I'm going to add some drum fills and then start tracking the actual guitar and bass parts. No time for vocals this week. Our window installer called me last night and said they're ready to install our impact windows so they're starting tomorrow morning aside from the sound of tearing out my old windows, my studio is going to be completely dismantled while they're doing the work. That and my throat still feels like shit from maybe-it's-coronavirus.

Markus
03-13-2020, 08:46 PM
That was really cool! I never heard the song before so I checked it out on YouTube after listening to yours. Great job, man!


Thanks! Always loved this song.

When playing this song I also noticed that my PRS's resonant frequency is G, which fit quite well with the song. :lol:

Rev Drucifer
03-13-2020, 09:08 PM
Just want to rant for a second-

I went to do a multi-out of Get Good Drums via Kontakt and without getting into detail, it's all fucked. Fuck GGD AND Kontakt. I don't care which one of them is responsible as I've heard stories like this regarding both programs. But fuck this. GGD comes with a heavily EQ'd kick and snare, but the toms are straight raw, minus room mics. The reason from Nolly was "I figured you'd like to fine tune those on your own." Sure. I'd love that. But it's impossible if I can't fucking export the fucking tracks individually. So fuck it. When I post my track the toms are going to sound like ass. I just spent an hour and a half dicking with this shit and fucking fuck it up the fucking ass.

I'm buying SD3 for future use.

7 Dying Trees
03-13-2020, 10:34 PM
Just want to rant for a second-

I went to do a multi-out of Get Good Drums via Kontakt and without getting into detail, it's all fucked. Fuck GGD AND Kontakt. I don't care which one of them is responsible as I've heard stories like this regarding both programs. But fuck this. GGD comes with a heavily EQ'd kick and snare, but the toms are straight raw, minus room mics. The reason from Nolly was "I figured you'd like to fine tune those on your own." Sure. I'd love that. But it's impossible if I can't fucking export the fucking tracks individually. So fuck it. When I post my track the toms are going to sound like ass. I just spent an hour and a half dicking with this shit and fucking fuck it up the fucking ass.

I'm buying SD3 for future use.

SD3, or even SD2 is the bomb.

schreckmusic
03-13-2020, 11:03 PM
Here's my Fragile Dreams cover.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/fragile-dreams-cover
Sounds killer man!


Just want to rant for a second-

I went to do a multi-out of Get Good Drums via Kontakt and without getting into detail, it's all fucked. Fuck GGD AND Kontakt. I don't care which one of them is responsible as I've heard stories like this regarding both programs. But fuck this. GGD comes with a heavily EQ'd kick and snare, but the toms are straight raw, minus room mics. The reason from Nolly was "I figured you'd like to fine tune those on your own." Sure. I'd love that. But it's impossible if I can't fucking export the fucking tracks individually. So fuck it. When I post my track the toms are going to sound like ass. I just spent an hour and a half dicking with this shit and fucking fuck it up the fucking ass.

I'm buying SD3 for future use. I bought one of GGD drums (cannot remember which one) but yup. I do not even use it because it was a huge headache.
(

Iron1
03-14-2020, 11:12 AM
Here's my Fragile Dreams cover.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/fragile-dreams-cover

Your range of talent never ceases to amaze me. Great job dude! This right here is why I was hoping we'd get S/C/LAW going again. Love it.

Iron1
03-14-2020, 11:49 AM
Here's my entry for week 1. Wasn't sure I was going to dig tuning down from B standard to A standard on my 7 string, but I'm sort of happy with how it turned out...

https://soundcloud.com/iron1/modern-war-3-1-3

Markus
03-14-2020, 04:41 PM
Here's my entry for week 1. Wasn't sure I was going to dig tuning down from B standard to A standard on my 7 string, but I'm sort of happy with how it turned out...



Good job - the guitars sound pretty damn brutal. The drums have cool changes all over - I wish I could think of stuff like that, as the stuff I write always ends up having somewhat boring drums.



I made a LAW as well - was somewhat inspired at first, but started running out of ideas towards the end. The last part is just the best of about 30 improv attempts, where I got some kind of idea how it should sound.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/lead-a-week-1

7 Dying Trees
03-14-2020, 04:41 PM
https://soundcloud.com/7-dying-trees/saw-season-4-week-1

Here's my entry for this week

Markus
03-14-2020, 06:11 PM
https://soundcloud.com/7-dying-trees/saw-season-4-week-1

Here's my entry for this week

Good stuff - did the racktifier survive?

7 Dying Trees
03-14-2020, 07:45 PM
Good stuff - did the racktifier survive?

turned out heat it generated melted the slo blow fuse :lol: so yeah, it did!

scole
03-14-2020, 08:12 PM
https://soundcloud.com/7-dying-trees/saw-season-4-week-1

Here's my entry for this week

Love your mix. I love that jangly bass tone you have in there and the reverb-y solo still sounds good in the mix.

Toe-Knee
03-14-2020, 10:12 PM
Just want to rant for a second-

I went to do a multi-out of Get Good Drums via Kontakt and without getting into detail, it's all fucked. Fuck GGD AND Kontakt. I don't care which one of them is responsible as I've heard stories like this regarding both programs. But fuck this. GGD comes with a heavily EQ'd kick and snare, but the toms are straight raw, minus room mics. The reason from Nolly was "I figured you'd like to fine tune those on your own." Sure. I'd love that. But it's impossible if I can't fucking export the fucking tracks individually. So fuck it. When I post my track the toms are going to sound like ass. I just spent an hour and a half dicking with this shit and fucking fuck it up the fucking ass.

I'm buying SD3 for future use.

Maybe get ssd5 free?

It's only one kit but it's a versatile one (I use it more than most kits in the full version) and well it's free and works as intended haha

Connor
03-14-2020, 10:50 PM
Here's my Fragile Dreams cover.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/fragile-dreams-cover

Wasn't familiar with the original but I really enjoyed this anyway!


Here's my entry for week 1. Wasn't sure I was going to dig tuning down from B standard to A standard on my 7 string, but I'm sort of happy with how it turned out...

https://soundcloud.com/iron1/modern-war-3-1-3

God damn I wasn't ready for how heavy that came in, sounds great dude! :metal:




I made a LAW as well - was somewhat inspired at first, but started running out of ideas towards the end. The last part is just the best of about 30 improv attempts, where I got some kind of idea how it should sound.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/lead-a-week-1
That tone is perfect for this, nice playing too. :yesway: I almost wish I hadn't listened yet because I still have to finish my entry :lol:


https://soundcloud.com/7-dying-trees/saw-season-4-week-1

Here's my entry for this week

I like your use of that voiceover sample, and like someone else said that jangly bass tone is sick :metal: Your solo and leads near the end are killer as well.

Connor
03-15-2020, 12:28 AM
Alright some back story on this one, I just picked up another used multiscale Ibanez RG and it came tuned to fucking drop E (sort of, more like drop A on a 6 string + a low E). I usually tune my sevens to drop A so mixing shit tuned this low was new to me. My stupid brain initially thought "bass = guitar an octave lower" and let me tell you, it sounded fucking awful :lol: So then I hit duckduckgo to see if that's what other people really do, but it turns out that aside from some mental bands, they usually just tune the bass to the same octave, including Meshuggah. Holy shit, night and day difference in the ability to get a mix that doesn't sound like a muddy bassy mess. Shocking, I know.

Anyway, I have to say that even though it's essentially tailored for these kind of tunings, I really don't like the Aftermath very much. It is stupidly tight as advertised but it also has this jangly characteristic that I don't jive with. Strangely though, I do enjoy it for low gain leads, when I don't usually even play leads on the bridge pickup.

Managed to get some vocals done on this one thanks to COVID-19 and "working" from home :lol:

https://soundcloud.com/connor-noyes/deviate

7 Dying Trees
03-15-2020, 01:15 AM
Here's my Fragile Dreams cover.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/fragile-dreams-cover
I love anethama, this is really really cool! Nice job dude! And a track from the glory days too!


Here's my entry for week 1. Wasn't sure I was going to dig tuning down from B standard to A standard on my 7 string, but I'm sort of happy with how it turned out...

https://soundcloud.com/iron1/modern-war-3-1-3
Awesome! It's like totally different tone, everything is so much clearer and it's like a massive progression in how it all sounds, cool shit as always! Is that using the line6


Good job - the guitars sound pretty damn brutal. The drums have cool changes all over - I wish I could think of stuff like that, as the stuff I write always ends up having somewhat boring drums.



I made a LAW as well - was somewhat inspired at first, but started running out of ideas towards the end. The last part is just the best of about 30 improv attempts, where I got some kind of idea how it should sound.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/lead-a-week-1
You sir, win first LAW entry, and with style! It's cool as dude! Improv is always the best ideas :)


Love your mix. I love that jangly bass tone you have in there and the reverb-y solo still sounds good in the mix.
Seriously, that bass is a stock untweaked helix bass patch. I've literally done nothing to it, only some eq (cut at 70hz, boost at 120Hz, opposite of kick), a high pass filter and then a multiband compressor on it.



I like your use of that voiceover sample, and like someone else said that jangly bass tone is sick :metal: Your solo and leads near the end are killer as well.
Thank you very much! I got a helix for bass tones, and am really happy with it so far (even the guitar stuff), it's a great unit. Although I did use a dual aractifier + two notes for the guitars. I love samples and voice over over stuff, it compensates for my lack of singing ability, well, a tiny bit


Alright some back story on this one, I just picked up another used multiscale Ibanez RG and it came tuned to fucking drop E (sort of, more like drop A on a 6 string + a low E). I usually tune my sevens to drop A so mixing shit tuned this low was new to me. My stupid brain initially thought "bass = guitar an octave lower" and let me tell you, it sounded fucking awful :lol: So then I hit duckduckgo to see if that's what other people really do, but it turns out that aside from some mental bands, they usually just tune the bass to the same octave, including Meshuggah. Holy shit, night and day difference in the ability to get a mix that doesn't sound like a muddy bassy mess. Shocking, I know.

Anyway, I have to say that even though it's essentially tailored for these kind of tunings, I really don't like the Aftermath very much. It is stupidly tight as advertised but it also has this jangly characteristic that I don't jive with. Strangely though, I do enjoy it for low gain leads, when I don't usually even play leads on the bridge pickup.

Managed to get some vocals done on this one thanks to COVID-19 and "working" from home :lol:

https://soundcloud.com/connor-noyes/deviate
This is brilliant, I love this, it's electronica, some korn, a bit of manson (which i normally don't like), all blended together into something awesome! It's just nice and different.



And, looking at all the entries above, with one day to go, it's off to an awesome start!

scole
03-15-2020, 03:39 AM
....aaaaaaand I'm in. A bit of a Marshall Tucker Band feel to this one.

https://soundcloud.com/stevecolemusic/flatwater

Rev Drucifer
03-15-2020, 08:49 AM
My studio is ripped apart due to the window installation, but I'll have my tune in sometime in the afternoon tomorrow. Just have to double track the rhythm guitar and it's done.

As I did before, I always wait until I'm in my studio to listen to everyone's submission cuz I actually want to hear what everyone did. It's awesome seeing multiple submissions again!

Iron1
03-15-2020, 11:07 AM
Good job - the guitars sound pretty damn brutal. The drums have cool changes all over - I wish I could think of stuff like that, as the stuff I write always ends up having somewhat boring drums.

I made a LAW as well - was somewhat inspired at first, but started running out of ideas towards the end. The last part is just the best of about 30 improv attempts, where I got some kind of idea how it should sound.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/lead-a-week-1

Thanks for the compliments - using drum loops makes the changes easy (https://betamonkey.com/shop/metal/double-bass-mania-vii-pure-modern-metal/) - can't even imagine trying to program every single beat.

I woke up this morning thinking, "you know what, maybe I'll take a stab at doing a LAW today - if nothing else it'll be fun practice." then I heard yours and was like "NOPE!" :lol: Again, your range of talent never ceases to amaze me.


https://soundcloud.com/7-dying-trees/saw-season-4-week-1

Here's my entry for this week

Love this - could easily sit and listen to a whole album of your stuff and want to start all over when it's done. Dig the SFX - where did you find them?




God damn I wasn't ready for how heavy that came in, sounds great dude! :metal:


Thanks!




Managed to get some vocals done on this one thanks to COVID-19 and "working" from home :lol:

https://soundcloud.com/connor-noyes/deviate

Hands down my favorite thing you've ever done, and I really liked your other entires. More of this every week, please. :yesway:


....aaaaaaand I'm in. A bit of a Marshall Tucker Band feel to this one.

https://soundcloud.com/stevecolemusic/flatwater

While this isn't my thing, I love it simply because it adds to the dynamic range of music people created this week. Great job, as always.




Awesome! It's like totally different tone, everything is so much clearer and it's like a massive progression in how it all sounds, cool shit as always! Is that using the line6



Yeah, the HX Stomp. I dug the HD500X, but the Helix software is totally next level.

Great job everyone. This just might be my favorite batch of entries in one week we've ever had (except mine - not as tight as I'd like). I hope everyone can keep going and we have this many entries every week. Love it.

Now we need Bohmer, TGobbs, Rev and the rest of the SAW crew to get their's in. Too bad we can't figure out how to make a SAW Playlist, I'd love to just put all this on "play" and sit back and listen to uninterrupted MG.org jams for hours.

Connor
03-15-2020, 04:35 PM
....aaaaaaand I'm in. A bit of a Marshall Tucker Band feel to this one.

https://soundcloud.com/stevecolemusic/flatwater

That build to the leads was nice, I don't know why but I wasn't expecting it to go that way. Great pristine clean tone too :yesway:

Markus
03-15-2020, 04:47 PM
Alright some back story on this one, I just picked up another used multiscale Ibanez RG and it came tuned to fucking drop E (sort of, more like drop A on a 6 string + a low E). I usually tune my sevens to drop A so mixing shit tuned this low was new to me. My stupid brain initially thought "bass = guitar an octave lower" and let me tell you, it sounded fucking awful :lol: So then I hit duckduckgo to see if that's what other people really do, but it turns out that aside from some mental bands, they usually just tune the bass to the same octave, including Meshuggah. Holy shit, night and day difference in the ability to get a mix that doesn't sound like a muddy bassy mess. Shocking, I know.

Anyway, I have to say that even though it's essentially tailored for these kind of tunings, I really don't like the Aftermath very much. It is stupidly tight as advertised but it also has this jangly characteristic that I don't jive with. Strangely though, I do enjoy it for low gain leads, when I don't usually even play leads on the bridge pickup.

Managed to get some vocals done on this one thanks to COVID-19 and "working" from home :lol:

https://soundcloud.com/connor-noyes/deviate

Really cool that you can do something that sounds this polished in a week - great job. Very tight performance.


....aaaaaaand I'm in. A bit of a Marshall Tucker Band feel to this one.

https://soundcloud.com/stevecolemusic/flatwater


I love the clean tones here, and like Connor said the build-up to the lead is great. :yesway:

7 Dying Trees
03-15-2020, 06:16 PM
....aaaaaaand I'm in. A bit of a Marshall Tucker Band feel to this one.

https://soundcloud.com/stevecolemusic/flatwater

reminds me of pearl jam! when they were good! nice work, awesome!

Markus
03-15-2020, 06:20 PM
reminds me of pearl jam! when they were good! nice work, awesome!

You don't like the new electropop Pearl Jam? :shocked:

7 Dying Trees
03-15-2020, 09:13 PM
Love this - could easily sit and listen to a whole album of your stuff and want to start all over when it's done. Dig the SFX - where did you find them?

years of trawling the internet and collecting stuff!

bigdave
03-15-2020, 09:31 PM
Id tale an album of this please. :yesway:

https://soundcloud.com/7-dying-trees/saw-season-4-week-1

Rev Drucifer
03-16-2020, 01:08 AM
Just put the studio back together after the installers left. I completely emptied it out and started fresh because it was CRAMMED FULL OF SHIT and you couldn't move anymore.

Just threw dinner in the oven, opening Logic now and should be done in an hour.

Ugh....after uploading it I realized I didn't put anything on the master bus and it's quieter than I prefer and on laptop speakers the guitars sound way too bright. I didn't check this in my truck yet, which is where I reference everything. This is the most half-assed I've posted a song yet.

https://soundcloud.com/strokeface/corona-sotw

Iron1
03-16-2020, 10:42 AM
https://soundcloud.com/strokeface/corona-sotw

Totally worth the wait. Dig the opening/closing piano-esque parts and the bass popping near the end particularly.

Markus
03-16-2020, 01:18 PM
Just put the studio back together after the installers left. I completely emptied it out and started fresh because it was CRAMMED FULL OF SHIT and you couldn't move anymore.

Just threw dinner in the oven, opening Logic now and should be done in an hour.

Ugh....after uploading it I realized I didn't put anything on the master bus and it's quieter than I prefer and on laptop speakers the guitars sound way too bright. I didn't check this in my truck yet, which is where I reference everything. This is the most half-assed I've posted a song yet.

https://soundcloud.com/strokeface/corona-sotw

On my admittedly quite bass-heavy headphones the guitars sounded great! The bass tone is nice and gnarly too - would be cool to hear this with vocals.

Rev Drucifer
03-16-2020, 03:12 PM
Totally worth the wait. Dig the opening/closing piano-esque parts and the bass popping near the end particularly.

My wife walked by when I was tracking that bass part and called me a Mudvayne wannabe. :rofl: Iíll GLADLY accept that name if itís any reference to Ryan Martini! Thanks!


On my admittedly quite bass-heavy headphones the guitars sounded great! The bass tone is nice and gnarly too - would be cool to hear this with vocals.

Yeah, I tend to write everything with vocals in mind, which can sometimes lead to a less-busy song. If we end up getting quarantined Iíll have plenty of time for vox AND this weeks SOTW! I listened to it in my truck on the way into work this morning and it wasnít as bad as I was expecting. First time hearing the AxeFX outside of the studio and on different speakers and Iím fairly content with the guitar tone (JPC2+ model) but the bass and drums need some work.

On my lunch break Iím gonna dig through everyoneís entries. Iím so stoked over how many contributed this past week!

Rev Drucifer
03-16-2020, 10:10 PM
Damn, after listening to everything, one thought kept coming back in my head- I need to step it up!!!! It's so fucking cool to listen to these now compared to what we were all contributing when this started last year. Everyone has improved in different ways and that's just awesome. Whether it be mixing, playing or writing, there's a big difference in what everyone is putting out that's really fucking inspiring and endearing, while providing some healthy, positive competition!

I've been posting on forums since 1995/1996, this is easily the coolest thing I've ever seen or taken a part in in all that time.

scole
03-17-2020, 01:15 AM
Here's my entry for week 1. Wasn't sure I was going to dig tuning down from B standard to A standard on my 7 string, but I'm sort of happy with how it turned out...

https://soundcloud.com/iron1/modern-war-3-1-3

Really dig random gun shot effects thrown in and that section around the 3 minute mark.


Alright some back story on this one, I just picked up another used multiscale Ibanez RG and it came tuned to fucking drop E (sort of, more like drop A on a 6 string + a low E). I usually tune my sevens to drop A so mixing shit tuned this low was new to me. My stupid brain initially thought "bass = guitar an octave lower" and let me tell you, it sounded fucking awful :lol: So then I hit duckduckgo to see if that's what other people really do, but it turns out that aside from some mental bands, they usually just tune the bass to the same octave, including Meshuggah. Holy shit, night and day difference in the ability to get a mix that doesn't sound like a muddy bassy mess. Shocking, I know.

Anyway, I have to say that even though it's essentially tailored for these kind of tunings, I really don't like the Aftermath very much. It is stupidly tight as advertised but it also has this jangly characteristic that I don't jive with. Strangely though, I do enjoy it for low gain leads, when I don't usually even play leads on the bridge pickup.

Managed to get some vocals done on this one thanks to COVID-19 and "working" from home :lol:

https://soundcloud.com/connor-noyes/deviate

Love the intro section and the Nine Inch Nails-esque vocals throughout most of it


Just put the studio back together after the installers left. I completely emptied it out and started fresh because it was CRAMMED FULL OF SHIT and you couldn't move anymore.

Just threw dinner in the oven, opening Logic now and should be done in an hour.

Ugh....after uploading it I realized I didn't put anything on the master bus and it's quieter than I prefer and on laptop speakers the guitars sound way too bright. I didn't check this in my truck yet, which is where I reference everything. This is the most half-assed I've posted a song yet.

https://soundcloud.com/strokeface/corona-sotw

This mix is tight.

https://media.giphy.com/media/mCs8WaobJV80ot1drn/giphy.gif

It is a great mix, though. Funny you already mentioned the Mudvayne reference because that would have been one of mine as well. :lol: Other parts give me a Dream Theater Scenes from a Memory vibe the way the drums & guitar lock together.

Rev Drucifer
03-17-2020, 01:17 AM
It is a great mix, though. Funny you already mentioned the Mudvayne reference because that would have been one of mine as well. :lol: Other parts give me a Dream Theater Scenes from a Memory vibe the way the drums & guitar lock together.

From 2000-2003 all I listened to was SFAM and Mudvayne. :rofl:

scole
03-17-2020, 01:18 AM
Damn, after listening to everything, one thought kept coming back in my head- I need to step it up!!!! It's so fucking cool to listen to these now compared to what we were all contributing when this started last year. Everyone has improved in different ways and that's just awesome. Whether it be mixing, playing or writing, there's a big difference in what everyone is putting out that's really fucking inspiring and endearing, while providing some healthy, positive competition!

I've been posting on forums since 1995/1996, this is easily the coolest thing I've ever seen or taken a part in in all that time.

Completely agree. This has been a great kick in the ass to practice songwriting, play guitar, and get more experience recording & mixing. I feel like I have benefited greatly from it, and that's why I'll keep participating as much as I can.

Iron1
03-17-2020, 10:32 AM
Damn, after listening to everything, one thought kept coming back in my head- I need to step it up!!!! It's so fucking cool to listen to these now compared to what we were all contributing when this started last year. Everyone has improved in different ways and that's just awesome. Whether it be mixing, playing or writing, there's a big difference in what everyone is putting out that's really fucking inspiring and endearing, while providing some healthy, positive competition!

I've been posting on forums since 1995/1996, this is easily the coolest thing I've ever seen or taken a part in in all that time.

Couldn't have said it better myself and totally agree with all of it.