Sunday, 19 May 2013

James Richmond,Irene Ketikidi: Pro Series - Recording Irene Ketikidi's Martial Arts & Magic Tricks

Irene Ketikidi Ripping it up!

James Richmond talks about the process of recording Irene Ketikidi's Martial Arts & Magic Tricks album for the new Pro Series. The article should give you some insight into the recording process and techniques used in production.

Recording Irene Ketikidi's Martial Arts & Magic Tricks

James Richmond: Martial Arts & Magic Tricks (MAMT) was an interesting album to make, mainly because people were rarely in the same place at the same time (in fact I've never once spoken to Darby Todd, the drummer, face to face). We chatted a lot on Facebook though.

It took around a year all up I think, although there was a lot of work before that going on in the background.

Irene Ketikidi made demos of all the tracks, using sequenced drums.

Studio gear


The rhythm section (Bass and Drums) were tracked together to Irene's rhythm and lead guitars demos.

And this is the point where I came in - before that point, I didn't do much other than request a couple of things in terms of how the drums and bass were presented.

Dave Marks did a great job tracking the rhythm section and it is much easier to mix a project when the performances were so good. He also did some great work with the hammond/electric piano parts. Very talented guy and Darby - man, what a drummer!
Irene then re-tracked her guitar parts against this new rhythm section takes.

The differences from her demos to the final copy were sometimes subtle but it was something we all agreed was necessary.

Irene did this tracking on her laptop, completely dry - monitoring with Amp simulator plugins.

I then took all of Irene's dry guitar tracks and re-amped them through the Axe FX.

Some small parts were done here in my studio but the for bulk of it Irene did it solo.

Because Irene is so diligent I received 3 takes of all the leads - most of the time I used the first take.

One of the funny things about the record was Fractal Audio kept updating the firmware of the Axe FX so with each new firmware update I found I was going back to the early songs and reprocessing the guitars. That took a lot of time but I am glad we did - each firmware update got a little closer to the sound of an amp in a room and the album is better for it. The Axe FX is an amazing bit of kit!

I do a lot of sound design and avant-garde music where I make the guitar sound like other things and it is perfect for that, as well as good old, balls-to-the-wall guitar tones.

There are a few instances where what sounds like a synth is actually a guitar processed in the Axe FX using pitch and modulation effects. The end part of Distance for example.

Part of the challenge of a record like this is getting it to sound like it was a band playing in a room together, because this didn't happen and some of the songs were worked on in different environments.
The drums were augmented (but not necessarily replaced) with some samples - for instance I blended Darby's wonderful sounding Pork Pie snare with a multisampled DW Craviotto that I recorded some time ago. The mix of the two snares, one bright and one darker give a really nice snare sound - I spend a lot of time on the snare tone- it is really important to me to sound right and fit well. 

I then mix around that snare sound and I try to get the snare sounding consistent from track to track. Similar techniques are used on the toms and the kick - the stereo overhead signal and room mic is untouched. The former is lightly compressed and the room mic is crushed and mixed in at quite a low level. The compressed room mic gives weight to the drum sound, making it bigger and more powerful.
in the studio
In terms of the mix - I mix "in the box", meaning I don't use a console, but I do process audio in the analog domain and then re-record it into my DAW (I use a mix of Pro Tools and Logic, the mix was done in Logic 9). Plugins are a lot closer to the analog hardware than they used to be though. I spend a lot of time on the drums- it is really important for the snare to come through- there are a bunch of techniques to allow for this (sidechain compression, various EQ curves) but it takes time. Also getting consistency from one track to another is something I pay attention to.

Irene was with me for a lot of this - we'd get together for 5-10 hour sessions when time allowed. As time went on this was more regular- we tried sending files back and forth over the internet but it was a very slow way to approach it when it came to mixing.

We have a great rapport and I think she's incredibly talented and a great player.



The guest players -Justin Sandercoe, Phil Hilborne and Dave Kilminster all tracked their parts in their own rooms and emailed the performances to Irene, who sent them to me. All very professional and well recorded- it made mixing a pleasure. I knew Justin before this project, his studio is around the corner from mine but this was the first time mixing Dave or Phil.


Irene... "what it's three takes for every solo?!"

The album was mastered by Andy 'Hippy' Baldwin at Metropolis at my suggestion.

Andy did a great job on it- I wasn't present for the mastering but Irene and I talked about what sort of treatment would be best. I'm not a huge fan of 'crushed' records- they are exhausting to listen to. I'd rather sacrifice a bit of loudness to preserve the dynamics. He nailed it.

James Richmond: You asked about me and my playing/services etc. Well I started as a gigging/touring guitar player in Australia - I started in the industry back in the late 80's/early 90's and quickly found my way into recording. I've worked in Oz, UK, USA, Switzerland on a variety of projects in that time.

These days I mostly produce and engineer but there is still a bit of playing in there as well as teaching. I've also done commercial house music, remixing, sound design, voice-over work and I was a writer for Australian Guitar Magazine and various other music/audio tech magazines.

I work out of my own studio in West London- I don't advertise, everything is word of mouth and I only work on projects that I find interesting.

I've recently started building guitars- I'm particularly interested in ergonomics of guitar playing and I'm studying acoustic guitar lutherie at London Metropolitan University in London.

I like to keep busy so a lot of this stuff all happens at once and the task is juggling, keeping all the balls in the air.
another view of the studio
I find the best work happens when under a bit of pressure and this is one way of keeping the pressure on. The danger with working digitally is you can literally tweak forever and never finish anything.

I see this a lot on internet forums- hobby musicians previewing their latest song and always end with a caveat of 'it isn't finished/mixed yet'. Well... finish the damn thing!

Having said that- my computer has loads of unfinished things on it- maybe I should take my own advice?

One thing I kept saying to Irene throughout the album is "You don't finish an album, you give up on it'.

It is slightly tongue in cheek but there is an element of truth to it- you can tweak forever you always get to a point where you aren't improving the track, you are just changing it.

You have to get to a point where you say 'Enough... it is done'.

That takes a bit of courage because at that point you are committing to this being the best that you can do at this time.

There is always the tendency to go back and say 'oh, just one more thing'.

That is the road to hell.

Working with Irene was great in this respect because she doesn't try to rush things, but also she doesn't dither about. She is very focussed and driven and I think she is really going places.

You can connect with James Richmond on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sevendeadlyguitars

James Richmond did a great job with the mix and his work combined with Irene's song writing / guitar playing have garnered some great reviews... including the awesome Greg Howe!

Greg Howe: "Damn Girl.. you mad shred! and I love the whammy pedal stuff! awesome album"

You can purchase the album online (reviewed on Shreddelicious)

Irene Ketikidi - "Martial Arts & Magic Tricks" album release

Leonardo Guzman: with his funky fusion band Sweaty Knockers.



Leonardo Guzman with a great band!

Sweaty Knockers LIVE IN turpentine, original song Hiromi Uehara THE ALBUM "SPIRAL" (2005) Battery: Leonel Rojas Guitar: Leonardo Guzman Bajo: Jose Luis Castillo Hiromi Uehara's cover from SPIRAL album

SWEATY KNOCKERS LIVE - THE RETURN OF THE KUNG FU CHAMPION ( HIROMI UEHARA COVER)


SWEATY KNOCKERS EN VIVO EN TREMENTINA INTERPRETANDO EL TEMA DE LEVEL 42 - MR. PINK

Per Nilsson: Guitar Messenger - the latest news!


Per Nilsson / Guitar Messenger SOLO CONTEST FINALISTS UPDATE:

Due to discrepancies in the voting system, we've decided to expand the finalists to the TOP 50! The jury - myself, Ola, Jeff and Ralph - have a daunting task ahead of us narrowing it down to a TOP 5 who will be winning some amazing prizes!

Among the 430+ there are some incredible entries that didn't make it on to the TOP 50, I will pick out my own personal favourites of those for a short list of "honorable mentions" - no prizes but you will have my stamp of approval :)

Winners will be announced in the next few days!!!

Thank you all for entering the contest and many thanks to our amazing sponsors Randall Amps, Ibanez Guitars, Toontrack, Seymour Duncanand Recabinet!

Alan Holdsworth,Bunny Brunel: Supreme Allstar Jazz Fusion baked potato gig date!


Friday June 7, 2013  http://www.thebakedpotato.com/Calendars/Jun/June13.html


Two Very Special Nights
One Of The Top 10 Guitarist In The World 
Holdsworth…Brunel
Wackerman…Forman
Alan Holdsworth …Guitar
Bunny Brunel…Bass
Chad Wackerman…Drums
Mitch Forman…Keys
Supreme Allstar Jazz Fusion
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Saturday June 8, 2013

Holdsworth…Brunel
Wackerman…Forman
Alan Holdsworth …Guitar
Bunny Brunel…Bass
Chad Wackerman…Drums
Mitch Forman…Keys
Supreme Allstar Jazz Fusion
For Advanced Ticket Click Here And
Purchase Tickets On-Line
$25.00

Anouck André: Fun Country-Rock lick for Guitar

Anouck André

A little lick recorded yesterday while practicing a bit of hybrid picking. This is not the hardest one but I like the bending section :)
I cannot remember exactly from which video it is but I transcribed the main idea from Guthrie Govan... For sure he plays that 10 times faster...and 100 times better xD.
The tab is in the video.
Cheers everyone !

Fun Country-Rock lick for Guitar w/Hybrid Picking


Anouck André - Musikmesse

Gruv Gear endorsement - Anouck Andre  www.anouck-andre.com

Anouck is currently working on her first solo album, and is sponsored by such renowned brands as TC Electronic, Toadworks effects, Awe in One picks, Guitar pro 6, Wyres strings, Intex cables, Wide Ride Straps, Reunion Blues and Gruv Gear.

Anouck proudly endorses FretWraps and the Stadium Bag.

"Since I've been using the FretWraps, my old rubber bands are now only for tying my hair!"

Steven Wilson, Guthrie Govan: sounding awesome in Chile 2013



So stoked to be going to see these guys on tour in the UK... here on fire in Chile. Tickets and tour dates for Steven Wilson shows are here: http://stevenwilsonhq.com/sw/tour-dates/

Steven Wilson en Chile 2013 - Drive Home


Steven Wilson en Chile 2013 - The Holy Drinker


Steven Wilson en Chile 2013 - Luminol

Lyle Workman: Oscar's Guitar Shop Interview



On the 14th episode Oscar's Guitar Shop (4-5-13), Oscar hangs with guitarist, session cat, and film soundtrack composer Lyle Workman. Oscar gets down to brass tacks to discover how a guy from Northern California can go from being in the one hit wonder band Bourgeois Tagg, to playing with Sting, Todd Rundgren, and writing film music for The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, Get Him To The Greek, and Superbad.

Donate to the Oscar's Guitar Shop Kickstarter fundraiser:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1...

Oscar's Guitar Shop needs your financial support. Help me keep the program running.

Tune in every Friday at 2pm PST at LaTalkRadio.com.

Listen Live at: http://www.latalkradio.com/

The show can be downloaded the next day for free on iTunes here:

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Under the podcast section look for "Oscar's Guitar Shop" and Subscribe to get the new show every week, plus download archived shows.

The show can also be downloaded from Stitcher.com, and is available for Apple, iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle devices.

Find out about other guests on Oscar's Guitar Shop by clicking "LIKE" on Facebook:

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Lyle Workman Oscar's Guitar Shop Interview

Joe Satriani, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann: Opening concert - Unstoppable Momentum - Live in Istanbul



The set list
Cool #9
Devil's Slide
Flying in a Blue Dream
Unstoppable Momentum
The Weight of the World
Ice 9
The Crush of Love
A Door into Summer
Lies and Truths
Satch Boogie
Shine On American Dreamer
Three Sheets to the Wind
Can't Go Back
Cryin'
Jumpin' In
Jumpin' Out
A Celebration
Always with Me, Always with You
Surfing with the Alien
Encore:
Crowd Chant
Asik Veysel
(excerpt)
Summer Song
Rubina


Opening concert for Unstoppable Momentum Tour 2013
Recorded with a Sony DSC-T100

Joe Satriani -04- Unstoppable Momentum - Live in Istanbul


Joe Satriani -03- Flying in a Blue Dream - Live in Istanbul


Joe Satriani -01/02- Cool no.9 / Devil's Slide - Live in Istanbul

Hussein Haddad: Air intro - Jason Becker



My facebook http://www.facebook.com/husseinhaddad...
Air - Jason Becker By Hussein Haddad

Joanne Shaw Taylor: smoking set at Doheney Blues



Joanne Shaw Taylor with a favorite from her smoking set at Doheney Blues

Joanne Shaw Taylor, Manic Depression at Doheney Blues

Wayne Krantz: Oscar's Guitar Shop interview



On the 20th episode of Oscar's Guitar Shop (5-17-13), Oscar gets real with New York fusion wizard Wayne Krantz. They get into his early influences, playing with Steely Dan, breaking out of confining boxes on the fretboard, and how to be fully present on stage during live performance.

Donate to the Oscar's Guitar Shop Kickstarter fundraiser:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/179595928/oscars-guitar-shop

Oscar's Guitar Shop needs your financial support. Help me keep the program running.

Tune in every Friday at 2pm PST at LaTalkRadio.com.

Listen Live at: http://www.latalkradio.com/

The show can be downloaded the next day for free on iTunes here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/o...

Under the podcast section look for "Oscar's Guitar Shop" and Subscribe to get the new show every week, plus download archived shows.

The show can also be downloaded from Stitcher.com, and is available for Apple, iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle devices.

Find out about other guests on Oscar's Guitar Shop by clicking "LIKE" on Facebook:

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http://www.oscarsguitarshop.com/

Oscar's Guitar Shop Wayne Krantz Interview

Fayeed Tan: Slow RnB Jam - GMC Lesson



For full lesson, backing tracks & accurate tabs go to this link

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/S...

GMC Lesson (Slow RnB Jam) by FT

Rob Chappers: Chapman Guitars Update



Chapman Guitars can be ordered worldwide fromhttp://www.andertons.co.uk
USA ordering page at http://www.andertons.co.uk/chapmanusa

Plenty more Chapman videos to come. Please let us know what you'd like to see in the comments below ;-)

Chapman Guitars Update

Davide Carraro: Waves Of Shred



my entry the the waves of shred guitar competition!

check out my band The Moor

https://www.facebook.com/themoorofficial

http://www.themoor.org/website/
Waves Of Shred Entry - Davide Carraro


Tom Quayle,Yiannis Papadopoulos: Waves Of Shred Competition closes 1st June 2013

Apernit Singh: waves of shred - India!

hello friends, this is my designed solo over the backing track for waves for shred guitar competition,played it on suhr s3 guitar, the tone is a mix of two pedals(jekyl and hyde and allan holdsworth signature pedal) along with flashback delay, recorded on zoom q3hd camera via line in,i hope u like some indian classical blended with modern shred, warm regards and cheers to all, :-)

waves of shred entry-Apernit singh (india)


Tom Quayle,Yiannis Papadopoulos: Waves Of Shred Competition closes 1st June 2013

Darin Dykstra: Waves of Shred



This is my entry for the Waves of Shred Competition 2013. Enjoy!

Waves of Shred Entry - Darin Dykstra


Tom Quayle,Yiannis Papadopoulos: Waves Of Shred Competition closes 1st June 2013

Vasilis Milios: Waves Of Shred



My version for this great backing track
I m playing a Kramer Striker with Dimarzio Tonezone,Fast Track 1,PAF 36th'

Waves Of Shred - Vasilis Milios


Tom Quayle,Yiannis Papadopoulos: Waves Of Shred Competition closes 1st June 2013

Brennan Dylan: Waves Of Shred



Here is my solo for the Waves Of Shred Contest. Hope you guys enjoy!

Waves Of Shred Entry-Brennan Dylan


Tom Quayle,Yiannis Papadopoulos: Waves Of Shred Competition closes 1st June 2013

Nobby Conrad: Waves Of Shred

Thanks big time @ Tom Quayle, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Laurie Monk, Wampler Pedals and Tsakalis Pedals for this great competition! Good luck to everyone! Keep Rockin'!
Waves Of Shred Entry - Nobby Conrad

Sergey Pomerantsev: Waves Of Shred



My entry for Waves Of Shred guitar contest !

Waves Of Shred Entry - Sergey Pomerantsev


Tom Quayle,Yiannis Papadopoulos: Waves Of Shred Competition closes 1st June 2013

Kostas Pylarinos: waves of shred



Hey guys this is my entry for this great competition.Hope you like it.
I used an engl fireball with orange cabinet boosted with t-rex mudhoney and my jackson sdk-1.
Good luck everyone.

waves of shred entry kostas pylarinos


Tom Quayle,Yiannis Papadopoulos: Waves Of Shred Competition closes 1st June 2013

Filipe Paiva: Waves Of Shred


Hey guys, I'm Filipe Paiva, this is my solo for waves of shred contest, hope you like!
Filipe Paiva Uses: Ibanez Guitars, Laney Amps and Dean Markley Strings

Waves Of Shred Entry - Filipe Paiva


Tom Quayle,Yiannis Papadopoulos: Waves Of Shred Competition closes 1st June 2013

Brunno Henrique: Dedicated to Wellen Rodrigures - Waves Of Shred



I want to thank everyone who supports me. I want to thank my friend Rafael responsible for capturing and mixing the video. Thanks for watching!
I dedicate my interpretation for my girlfriend Wellen Rodrigures

Waves Of Shred Entry' - Brunno Henrique


Tom Quayle,Yiannis Papadopoulos: Waves Of Shred Competition closes 1st June 2013

Hard Alexandre: Waves of Shred competition



My modest participation one great hug for all and good luck

``Waves of Shred´´ Guitar Competition - Hard Alexandre


Tom Quayle,Yiannis Papadopoulos: Waves Of Shred Competition closes 1st June 2013

News: Lick of the Day App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch



TrueFire.com has partnered with agilepartners.com for the re-release of the phenomenally successful "Lick of the Day" app.  A new ad for the app features a lick from Angus Clark's "50 Radio Rock Licks You Must Know" which was released through TrueFire last fall.

Angus is a member of the Hard Rock band DareDevil Squadron and plays guitar for the Platinum-Selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  He will soon be releasing "50 Hard Rock Licks You Must Know" through TrueFire, which will also be available through the LOTD app.

DOWNLOAD NOW FOR FREE: http://tfir.es/LoTDapp
Learn more: http://tfir.es/AboutLoTD

NEW! Lick of the Day App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Felipe Praino: Hot Wired - Brent Mason - Country guitar


Felipe Praino - Hot Wired (Brent Mason) - Country guitar
My take over this amazing country tune from one of my favorite guitarists, Brent Mason. One of the greatest tunes to learn and practice some cool chicken picking licks and open string lines. I hope you enjoy!
Gear:
Fender Telecaster
Dimarzio Twang King pickups
Brunetti XL Revo Clean Channel
Palmer PDI 03
Wampler Ego Compressor
Apogee Duet 2
Logic Pro 9

Felipe Praino - Hot Wired (Brent Mason) - Country guitar

Fred Westra: free downloads of Severe Damage



Please visit www.fredwestra.nl for free downloads of my album Severe Damage.

****NEW****Awesome Guitarist: Fred Westra


Nili Brosh about my album Severe Damage


Dave Martone: with the DV Mark Multiamp from Italy.

Dave Martone with DV Mark's Multiamp

Dave Martone with the DV Mark Multiamp from Italy.

Gabriel Marin: No Touching - Consider the Source


No Touching - Consider the Source - Multi-Cam (03-29-13)
No Touching by Instrumental band Consider The Source, a trio from NYC consisting of the talents of Gabriel Marin on guitar, John Ferrara on Bass and Jeff Mann on the drums!
Filmed at Neitzsche's in Buffalo NY on 03-29-2013. Panzerballett opened the show.. check out the panzer set here.. http://youtu.be/EgJbvDDAlmE
also here's a good Playlist with some of the best CTS vids on youtube..http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL661E99E436DBC695
Filmed by Dawn Mullen and Douglas Caskey.
Post video and audio production by Bene Torres
A Jam Garden Studio production 2013.

Chris Bieniek: Economy Picking Lick with tab

Economy Picking Lick



PDF for this lesson is available at www.soundscapemusic.com.au

I recently found a bunch of licks I composed a with economy picking a while back and thought I'd record and share them. Personally I have found this technique useful for minimising pick strokes and playing lines with wider intervals.

This lick uses Economy Picking or Sweep Picking the most efficient way to articulate every note. The challenge is crossing strings with rest strokes.

This Lick uses kind of a cliche R&B type language A C D Eb E F# G A ( A minor blues with a natural 6)

The Synth is playing an Em11

The guitar featured in this clip has an EverTune bridge installed. It is incredible!!!!!
I can't go back to playing guitars without them

More licks to come :)

Leonardo Guzman: announces clinic Universidad del Tolima!



Leonardo Guzman
31 de Mayo! Universidad del Tolima!
Recuerden apuntarse al evento
https://www.facebook.com/events/328664480593424/

Sam Coulson: ENGL interview

Shot at the Academy of Sound in Stoke on Trent

Sam Coulson ENGL Interview


plus revisit the test

Sam Coulson Rips on Massive ENGL Rig

Angus Lamb: Siggery 7 String spanked



Haven't put anything up here in ages so I thought I'd let you all know I'm still alive...! This is a clip from some new material I'm working on, 3 more exams and then I'm hoping to get all of these tracks recorded in full at long last... I'm using my Siggery 7 string with Bare Knuckle Nailbombs (AEADGCF - drop A in perfect 4ths!) into Guitar Rig 5's Van51 model.

Siggery 7 String/Bare Knuckle Nailbombs/Guitar Rig 5