Recording Journal: Day 18-19 – Guitars, Keys, Programming

Hey dudes,

So we’ve been playing a lot of awesome shows lately, hanging out with great friends (dudes from Streight Angular, Footsie/Parasol, etc…), but in between practices and driving to shows we’re still pushing ahead with the record.

The last two days have actually been really productive, with guitars nearly finished and bass all done except for one song. We have also been working on Chelsey’s keyboard parts for the songs.

For guitar I finally found a really great distortion tone for the octave parts that were giving me some trouble sonically. I went with our MXR Distortion + pedal, a pretty cheap but surprisingly rich sounding effect, into Trevor’s Marshal JCM 2000 tube combo. For most of the octave and more distorted leads I have been using my Fender ’72 Telecaster Thinline. The humbuckers just seem to work better for higher gain parts. For rhythm parts we’ve pretty much exclusively been using Trevor’s Fender American Telecaster. It has a really rich strummed sound and is incredibly well intonated.

I also finished up bass and organ for “Xmas at the Winthrop”, using the Alesis SR18 drum machine for the bass, opting for a nice, clean, round bass sound as opposed to the snappier tone of a bass guitar. For the  organ I used the “Glass Keys” setting on Chelsey’s Alesis Micron. Chelsey finished up the keys for “American Buffalo” and “Flora/Fauna” as well.

Here is a list of what we accomplished over the last few days:

“Flora/Fauna”
Rhythm guitars completed (Fender American Telecaster, Marshall JCM 2000) – Chad
Lead guitars completed (Fender ’72 Telecaster Thinline, Marshal JCM 2000, MXR Distortion +) – Chad
Keys completed (Alesis Micron) – Chelsey
Organ completed (Alesis Micron) – Chad

“Goldenrod”
Keys added (Alesis Micron) – Chad

“Xmas At the Winthrop”
Organ completed (Alesis Micron) – Chad
Bass completed (Alesis SR 18 Drum Machine) – Chad

“Washington Irvng”
Guitar completed (Fender American Telecaster, Marshall JCM 2000) – Chad

“Your Bronzed Apple”
Guitar added (Fender American Telecaster, Marshall JCM 2000, MXR Distortion +) – Chad

“Summer Olympic”
Guitar added (Fender American Telecaster, Marshall JCM 2000) – Chad

Thanks dudes!
Chad

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