Granted I was already mostly done when I took that last photo and it mostly just required tweaking and mixing, but I present to you the finished product! Very happy with how this came out, and I'm even happier with the fact that Logic Pro's quantise functionality also works on audio files to get them into time as well. 😅
I called this "Alchemy" mostly because the genesis of it was me playing around on my MIDI keyboard with the "Alchemy" plugin when I discovered that female choir preset. I also played around more with getting the reverb right, added compression for the first time (I'd never really played around with that before), and made very good use of the new "Mastering Assistant" feature that came with latest Logic Pro update, it really made a hell of a difference in how good the final mix sounded.
We had our combination barbecue/jam session today, it was great fun!
It was hilarious though, my friend's younger brother is an actual muso and can legit play, to the extent that he's actually playing a gig tomorrow. He kept trying to tell us stuff (like "So you want to start with a diminished fifth" or whatever) and it was just WAY over our heads and I kept saying, "Look, you're very much overestimating how much skill and knowledge we both have." 😂
We're going over to a friend's place in a couple of weeks for a barbecue and some music-playing, which I'm very excited about because I haven't actually played guitar with anyone else before. I realised that I didn't actually have any safe way of transporting said guitars though, so ordered a couple of guitar gig bags. I got a properly nice official Ibanez one for my JIVA since that's the expensive one, and a cheap and cheerful $50 one for the bass guitar which ought to do the job sufficiently for that.
Naturally Beanie had to give them a solid sniffing.
I did some more musical mucking around last night and today and recorded this! I did the guitar first, then bass, and finally drums, and it was a lot easier to fit the drums to the guitar tracks first than the other way around. I made more use of the guitar pedals this time, I had nearly everything on! Reverb and analog delay as always, but I also had the SD-1 Super Overdrive on and feeding into the DS-1W Distortion, plus the flanger in front of everything, and I quite like how it came out. I did the same thing as last time with the scooped mids, partially because I love the tone but also because I haven't figured out the best settings for a good crunchy tone yet.
It's funny how I can mostly play drums along to the track fine, but as soon as it comes to actually RECORDING I keep overthinking things and being overly nervous about fucking it up, and end up not doing nearly as many fills as I mean to. This was my first time recording a "skip note" (the extra snare hit right before the kick drum on beat 3) and I missed a bunch of those, as well a lot of the open hi-hat hits right at the end of the bar too.
(Yes, this is still using basically the same handful of notes that my last song did, in much the same progression. 😛)
And the end result! 🎉
I used the "dirty" channel of my amp, with both the amp EQ and the EQ pedal with scooped mids so it sounds a bit more on the metal side, and I actually ended up recording a whole different guitar track today from what I was doing originally because the first one was very boring (I realised upon playing it back that I was just playing on every quarter note with basically zero variation). I also had to go in and copy/paste in a handful of sections in the bass track fix some cocked-up notes on the bass guitar that ended up being REALLY obvious when playing it back, oops.
The guitar track is still a bit repetitive since I'm playing all of three notes on each of the low E, A, and D strings — I guess four if you count the open string as well — but in my defence I'm still working my way through the basic chords part of my guitar course and haven't done ANY of the play-awesome-lead-guitar parts yet. 😛 I definitely notice I'm getting much better at keeping in time now too.
First recording with my new bass guitar! 😁
The Orange Crush Bass 25 amp I have doesn't have a direct output but it DOES have a headphone jack with a speaker cabinet sim built in, so I plugged it into the audio interface and recorded through that. This is the same song I posted back in December (https://virtualwolf.org/media/posts/2232) but with a shiny new bass track now. It's definitely a different feeling strumming with your fingers versus doing it with a pick like I do on the regular guitar.
Birthday loot! 😁 The book was a surprise gift from @yayKM, the reviews are glowing so I'll definitely be starting that next when I finish my current book.
And I've gotten the bass all nicely wall-mounted already. Very excited to start learning it, I've heard very good things about the Bassbuzz course (https://www.bassbuzz.com/lessons/beginner) from LOTS of people so I'm going to start with that.