12.23.12

Christmas Medley 2012

Posted in Christmas Medley, Instrumental, Rock at 12:24 pm by Martin

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Merry Xmas and Happy New Year! This year’s medley contains two different versions of the German traditional Christmas carol “Alle Jahre Wieder”, which roughly translates to “Every Year Again”, and “Sleigh Ride”. Enjoy!

Just like last year, all the guitars in this medley were recorded clean and straight into the computer without microphones. Various guitar amp software plugins took care of making the guitars sound as they do. It’s pretty impressive technology, and a lot less hassle when it comes to recording guitar tracks, because there’s no need for microphones (and with that the hard-to-get silence required everywhere else in the house while recording).

Also, a first this year is that I pretty much worked out and recorded all the drum tracks live, going straight from my electronic Roland TD-9 drum kit into the computer. The drum sounds come from the Superior Drummer 2.0 drum plugin, which conveniently has a MIDI mapping set up for the TD-9 out of the box. In previous years, my drum skills weren’t good enough to do all the fills on the drums, and so I would still set them on the computer. This year, however, I didn’t manually set any fills on the computer, but rather just played them in via MIDI straight from the drum kit, along with the rest of the drum track 🙂

2 Comments »

  1. Jacke Karashae said,

    January 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    This was fantastic! I’m trying to figure out a 100% plugin-based electric guitar setup using Logic 8 for my sophomore rock album, and I would love to know which plugins/combinations of plugins you used for the rhythm guitars starting at 1:43, if you don’t mind sharing some of your secrets! You really nailed the special feel of the post-2000 rock rhythm section–the guitars have gut and grit without competing with the bass or cluttering up the upper frequency range. It’s incredibly encouraging to know that such a thing IS possible with today’s emulation technology. Bravo!

  2. Martin said,

    March 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for your nice comment. Sorry my reply comes so late. I didn’t see your comment until just now.
    The rhythm guitars starting at 1:43 come from the Overloud TH-2 plugin. It’s a factory preset called “Cut Through” and it’s bank 001 sound 01.4. I did modify the EQ, mostly to take out some bass and high frequencies, with a slight push in the mids, and the guitars have a slight reverb on them.

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