It’s been forever and a day since I’ve released something. Time constraints, Sandy, Sound of Humanity project, etc. have all sapped away my time. So this song has been in progress for about 8 weeks now.
This is my take on the song Soul Man. It doesn’t follow any particular rendition (Sam and Dave, Blues Brothers, etc.) but is instead my own interpretation.
The drums were done in Jamstix 3.5 (64-bit). Everything else is live.
I’m most proud of the bass tone, which I got by squashing the hell out of it in my tube pre / compressor. I did no special EQ on it in the outboard gear. In Cubase I simply applied a bass cabinet to it via Guitar Rig 5.
The guitars were sent through the same outboard gear, much less compression, and then through Guitar Rig 5 for the final tone.
Vocals were recorded on a Neumann TLM103, no pop filter, 6" back slightly off-axis and into the same outboard gear also with much less compression, but more than the guitars.
I’m trying a new mixing technique for the vocals that I hope you think successfully added some density to them. The backup vocals were two mono tracks panned left and right. The left track had a send to a mono delay, 11ms, feedback 2, panned right. The right track had a send to a mono delay, 13ms, feedback 2, panned left. The lead vocal, both backups, and the FX channels were sent to a stereo group channel that simply had a stereo delay (11ms left and 13ms right, feedback 2). Finally it was sent through the 120Hz HPF EQ preset.
Thoughts are appreciated.