This song was released on Sept. 12, 2023. I used Ardour version 7.5.0 to record, mix and master.
I am still learning how to record, mix and master. I’ll detail what I learned to use for this recording.
Musically, the song consists of 3 guitar parts, an electric bass, vocals recorded with a mic, and synthesized drums. The solo guitar part is heard at the end of the recording.
I used AIDA-X Amp Model Player on the lead and solo guitars. AIDA-X models both guitar amplifiers and speaker cabinets. You can download AIDA-X configuration files to model a specific amp and speaker cabinet. The configuration files I used were recorded at a 48000 sample rate. I record at 44100 sample rate. Therefore, to lighten the load on my computer, I used ffmpeg to convert the configuration files to 44100 sample rate. To differentiate the lead guitars from the solo guitars, I used different AIDA-X configurations.
The lead guitars are recorded on 2 mono tracks. One track panned to the far left, the other panned to the far right. To enhance the lead guitars further, I used the LSP Parametric Equalizer x16 MidSide . With the LSP equalizer, I set the higher frequencies to the sides ( left and right). I set the lower frequencies to the middle.
The rhythm guitar is recorded on one mono track panned to the middle. I used the Bluedream on the rhythm guitar track.
For the drums, I used the LSP Multi-Sampler x24 DirectOut . The LSP sampler allows you to customize the sound of each individual sample ( a short audio recording of a instrument, drum or cymbal ). I shortened the length of the kick drums and cymbals. I had read that shortening the kick drum reduces contention with a bass guitar. Shortening the cymbals reduced contention with guitars and vocals.
Song writing: I definitely like the riffs you play, but IMHO there’s not much distinction between verses and chorus. Yes, the chords are a little bit different, but the general groove and drum rhythm is basically the same through the whole song.
Suggestion for starters: in the choruses, make the drums use the ride cymbal instead of the hi hat.
Vocals: they could use some more compression, because (IMHO) some quieter words almost get lost behind the music and therefore become hard to understand.
Drums: the kick does some punching, doesn’t it? However I think it’s a little bit too much which also might be the cause of a little pumping effect I think I hear on the music (most likely caused by a compressor which is “hit hard” by the kick?)
Just keep going on with your musical journey!
Thank you so much for the feedback. It really helps!
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I like the lyrics and the sentiments they express, I like the minimalism and the quasi Lou Reed (or other non-singer type) spoken/sung vocals.
To expand a bit on what @slash said it’s a bit repetitive because so may things stay the same, minimalism isn’t necessarily a bad thing but if you are going to have such a rigid structure without a well defined chorus or even a bridge then there are other tricks you can employ to give some variety…
Do the first verse acoustically and then bring the electric/bass/drums in on the second verse.
In the middle of the song drop out the snare and have a quiet ‘breakdown’ verse…
Put some stops on at the beginning of a verse where the music stops but you keep singing
Add drum builds instead of fills
Do a Verse or chorus in ‘half-time’ where the tempo stays the same but the drums play half time
If you don’t necessarily want a guitar solo then add a new part with a riff or chords that is something different but musically relevant…
Just some ideas, you want to avoid keeping the structure and dynamics the same for very long, people have gnat-like attention spans these days and even a good beat and righteous chugging guitars will only sustain interest for a verse or so…