For anyone interested in guitar, jazz or blues - below is a link to the first song in a project I'm currently working on to record an album of jazz standards and originals in my home studio over the next 6 months or so.http://soundcloud.com/steef-reid/jumpin
The song is an original slow blues consisting of two guitar parts; one playing chords and one playing melody. It's a very stripped back arrangement allowing for lots of space.
The gear list:
Aria FA-80 archtop guitar (re-fretted and setup by Chris Melville in Brisbane)
Engl Screamer 50 combo
Legacy Axis 70 ribbon mic
Apogee Duet 2
Logic 8 Express
Genelec 8020a monitors
AKG K240II and Extreme Isolation headphones
Gear I have but not used on this recording: Shure SM57, Rode NT1-A, Ibanez TS-808, Boss TR-2 and DD-7
The recording process:
The guitar playing chords was recorded first into Logic without a click. A click track was then mapped to this tempo and the melody was overdubbed. Both guitars were recorded with a close mic (Axis 70) placed around 15cm back from the edge of the speaker and a direct signal from the Di box. The Di is delayed 6ms in Logic and EQ was used to remove excessive bass and gently tame lower mids. There is no compression on the uploaded track. I'm fairly happy with the sound of the recording considering it was recorded in an untreated room. Ultimately I'd like to have the recordings mixed in a studio using outboard gear to try and recreate the sound of 50s and 60s jazz recordings.
Drop me a line if you have any advice or criticism for the recording. I'm using this project as a way to improve my playing and engineering skills to get the most out of the gear in my studio. Additionally if you're a musician in the Sunshine Coast area and would like to collaborate on a song I'd love to hear from you.