Check out my new Sonic Savage track, "Season of the Virus".
Yes, it's basically Joe Satriani fronting Black Sabbath. So what?
I basically spent all spring on it, and it was a tough one to get right. The riff came to me right away, but I completely rewrote and retracked the melodies once and retracked the rhythms at least twice to get the sound I wanted.
Rhythm guitars are my '85 Soloist. That thing sounds fucking amazing with a Wolfetone Timbre Wolf in the bridge.
Leads are Soloist Jr. (with a Duncan Distortion in the bridge), except for the first verse, which I had to retrack with my SL7 (also with a Distortion in the bridge) due to a fuck-up I hadn't detected initially. This was after I had started trying out different pickups in Junior, so I couldn't use that guitar at that moment. Since I tracked the leads with Junior tuned down to C# Standard with 11-52 strings, for the first verse I just played the melody one string down on the SL7 with a 9-54 7-string set to replicate basically the same string gauges. You really can't tell the difference.
Amp sims are Neural Fortin Cali on the rhythm guitars and the solo, and Neural Omega Granophyre on the melodies and the breakdown rhythm part.
Bass is my Spector NS2000/5 through the Neural Parallax plugin.
Drums are SSD5 with a custom kit based off of one of the Deluxe 2 presets.
Although I tracked in Reaper, this is the first song I've mixed in Harrison Mixbus 32c. Mixbus replicates the workflow and sound of mixing in a real Harrison analog console, and the sonic difference was massive as soon as I dumped the WAVs into Mixbus. I found that I had to do much less tweezing to get a rich sounding mix, and I was able to get away with a lot less reverb.
I'm extremely happy with the way this mix turned out.