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. 😛)
I bought myself a new and properly chonky power supply for my guitar pedal board, because the old one had five outputs and I had eleven pedals and was doing lots of daisy chaining and if I had the looper and MIDI controller pedals going at the same time as everything else, the voltage would sag and the volume would massively drop.
Check out the size different between the two. 😅 (Old one on top, obviously.) The new one has eight outputs, but the price increase to go up to the one with twelve was _significant_ so I didn't bother. It's got a USB-C out so I can run the MIDI controller off that instead of taking up an output, and the daisy chaining isn't a problem for the noise suppressor/overdrive/distortion/fuzz pedals because they collectively use a TINY amount of power compared to most of the others.
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.
I recorded another thing! It's a slower, swing kind of thing, with the guitar just plugged directly into the audio interface rather than going through my full amp+pedal board setup because I couldn't be bothered getting it out. 😛
I'm aware I cocked up in a couple of places, and this is after I rejiggered a couple of parts of the drums because I realised I was starting the fill in the middle of a bar, oops.
Yesss, very excited about this! All the reviews have been glowing and it'll be wonderful to just plug into the guitar, pop headphones on, and not be tethered to one place when I just feel like doing a bit of guitar noodling rather than anything serious that'd warrant the full tube amp setup.