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.
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.
And then of course, I had to spend like two hours playing around in Logic Pro turning this into an electronic song. 😁 I duplicated the guitar track three times and applied different effects to each one, very pleased with the result.
The drums were slightly annoying because apparently my Roland drum kit uses different MIDI notes than the defaults than Logic uses for a bunch of the individual pieces. I always end up having to manually edit the drum kit within Logic Pro so a quarter of the notes are even playing anything at all, and then I need to change another quarter of them because things like the toms and crash cymbal have ended up being weird effect sounds instead.
I made another song! This time it was just straight up recording a track on the drums, then playing guitar over it. Definitely doing significantly better in terms of staying in time now. 😛
For the guitar, I used my new Ibanez and switched it to the split between the bridge humbucker and the middle single coil, and it's SUCH a nice sparkly sound! I added some reverb after the fact in Logic Pro as well, since I don't have my reverb pedal yet, and man it's amazing how much of a difference it makes. The whole guitar just sounds more... open, I guess? It's hard to describe but it's quite a noticeable difference.