Let's hear your band.

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godinpants
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Let's hear your band.

Post by godinpants » 21 Dec 2010, 10:24

So we have the videos thread, but youtube tends to play around with audio quality.

So lets play show and tell on your band, be it the new track you just recorded, an old classic, or just a jam you caught on tape/digitalmedium.
Rough demos to complete mixes are fine.
Tell us a little about what bass you used, what effects and post production was used.
How you made the mix work.

I just recorded this one last night, i posted a live video in the video thread, but here's a "better quality" recording.
For those of you who don't know my band is just me, a bass and a nintendo gameboy running a little sequencer/synthesiser called LSDJ. Video game consoles used as instruments is part of a subculture called "chipmusic" that i wrote my thesis on at uni. I've made my fair share of dance and hardcore in the past and decided i wanted to do something more live. Thats where i picked up bass again.
The title is a play on a reasonably popular chipmusic band called "anamanaguchi" Right now it's up on one of the larger repositories for chipmusic, 8bit collective.
http://tinyurl.com/2ed9yck (the board censored my original URL.)

Now for a bit about the track.
There are two bass channels both coming from my ric, using a rick-o-sound with a big muff on the bridge and T-Rex bass juice on the neck. Both came straight into reaper where i boosted the high mids a little and added a little (read: a lot) of compression. bass signals are panned slightly left and right with the muff sitting higher in the mix.
The drums are two parts, a sample channel playing cymbals kick and snare, with a little distortion on the already lo-fi 4-bit hits. Again these got compressed to bring everything into the land of balls.
The other drums are a squarewave kick and a noise snare, these didnt need any compression because i recordedthem really hot. Added some bass to the kick to make it thump a bit.
The result is a terrifying huge brutal mix that sounds like a messier lightning bolt with less technical ability.
Personally i like the sound a lot, but it may not be for you.

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Post by LimeB » 21 Dec 2010, 10:48

I enjoyed that a lot, bit of an adrenalin hit in there.

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Post by tom once dead » 22 Dec 2010, 13:38

Here is my band, our new song Bleed has me playing on the recording.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/CHOM/129008713806759 or You can watch the video clip for this song on youtube, if you set it to HD the sound quality should be a little better than on facebook


I used my ESP LTD Jm-500 to record this song. But we did the recording process a little different to normal. Instead of just micing my amp up and recording that, I recorded the line signal. Then used a re amp box to play that track back through my amp. There is a mix of 3 different bass tracks; one is my rig (Ampeg SVT 3 Pro & 410he) set to my usual live setting. The second is the same rig but with a BDDI in the chain with a little different eq setting on my amp, and the third is software tone, with the Ampeg emulator and similar settings to my amp which was pretty close but definitely had a different flavour. To mic my cab I had a JTS NX 7 set at a 45 degree angle at the centre of the cone and a Rode NT1-A straight in front of the cone. Not the best mics out there for recording bass. But I'm pretty happy with the result.

Also a note when listening to the song, at first you might be thinking the bass is totally lost in the mix. But its just sitting in a different place in the mix.

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Post by johnny bee » 22 Dec 2010, 20:45

godinpants wrote: http://tinyurl.com/2ed9yck (the board censored my original URL.)
Sensational. Loved it. Great breakdown before the big swoopup just prior to the end.

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Post by godinpants » 22 Dec 2010, 21:54

tom once dead: brutal tone there. And really clean playing, i wish i could play with that kind of precision and force. You guys are so tight in that last part. The opening of the track has a real mastodon feel happening there.
I like the idea of recording clean and then having unlimited potential of going back to different amp settings. I've never heard of a re-amp box, i assume it just drops the signal back down to a guitar level? any links to share?
As for micing up - assuming you kept the direct line in the mix, the mic'd up cabs are really just providing extra flavour to help the bass in the mix, the bottom end would be held down by that.

johnny bee - thanks, i've been working on a lot more high energy stuff that lets me hide my sloppy playing between walls of distortion and speed. The swoop is to give me time to breath before getting back into it.

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Post by slowlearner » 23 Dec 2010, 08:06

tom once dead. great song. and I'm not a huge metal lover, but I loved a bunch of things. VERY tight. loved the two vocalists (even though I couldn't get the words). and that clippy, fret clicking tone at the end was great. those LTD basses are monsta. bought one for a mate off ebay and the B string was humungas!
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Post by tom once dead » 23 Dec 2010, 09:00

Thanks!
When I recorded the last bit of the song, I actually used fingers so I could get that kind of tone.

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Post by Rude_Mechanical » 23 Dec 2010, 10:24

Oh okay - for the opposite end of the scale, here's a couple of REALLY rough demos (and I'm talking a pair of vocal mics in the rehearsal room):

http://www.reverbnation.com/desertghost

Desperate to do some better recordings, and get some promo shots etc etc but it's the tough end of the year to accomplish anything. I think one or both of these songs will be rotated out in favour of the newer stuff we've been writing in the last month or two, but I still dig them.

This was the TB600 + 215 Pro, playing my HWY1 franken-P with Chromes. Mid boost at about 1.4k for extra grind.

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Post by Tendollarcat » 23 Dec 2010, 11:19

This is my band -

http://www.younggriffo.com/

I play bass and sing and really from a bass perspective Blood to Bone is more of a representative track of what I'm trying to do. The songs were recorded on a Lowend Jazz hollowbody through an Orange Bass Terror and a Glockenklang 2x12. I use a Dave Hall VT1EQ preamp pedal almost always and also had a Dave Hall tube overdrive or a Fulltone Bassdrive mosfet running in parts. Recording was via both DI and mic placement. I wanted clarity in the upper register and dirt in the lower frequencies and got part of the way to what i wanted. No fault at all of the studio engineer - just a fact that I was still figuring out my tone in the band. These tunes really were intended as demos and for a band that was 6 months old at the time, I feel we got a decent outcome.

We've been gigging as a band for about 12 months now and seem to be developing a more complete sound as time progresses. The two tracks here are our first foray into the studio and they sound like we are trying to find our feet in my opinion. Early on, we played a bunch of lower volume venues and tried be a bit more versatile musically but we keep going back to a core influence of bands like Biffy Clyro and Manchester Orchestra. Since these were recorded, we've moved on to complete an EP and the new batch is certainly heavier and louder. It probably has something to do with the fact that both the guitarist and I are now running dual amp rigs and are actually looking to push some air :D
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Post by tom once dead » 23 Dec 2010, 18:49

here is a link to the Reamp box website http://www.reamp.com/
I think we recorded about 5 or 6 different bass tones even though only 3 were used and I think there were 10 guitar tracks.

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Post by james » 30 Dec 2010, 22:45

Hannah Shomali - http://hc.bloodyvelvet.com/files/70/01% ... 0while.mp3

Midas Come Down - {coming soon} :)

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Post by slashin_velvet » 31 Dec 2010, 06:02

www.myspace.com/amirala

Ignite and Clarity are both from our EP released at the start of the year with our old singer.

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Post by paulie » 02 Jan 2011, 08:14

http://www.myspace.com/shadybernstein

hi everyone... this what I do in my spare time. Mostly just me in my basement. Bass is either Fender passive PBass Special or Squier VM fretless with Nordstrand pups recorded from the DI of my Eden WT330 into one of the tube inputs of a Presonus Firestudio tube. Synths are an old ARP rescued from a woolshed and a Yamaha DX-7. Guitars are either a Strat through a Music Man HD 130 410 or Tele through a Roland GA-120.

all the best for the new year, paulie...
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Post by Classic5 » 02 Jan 2011, 16:19

I'm really lovin' hearing all the different styles here :yep

Great stuff Ozbassers :thumbup:

I may have something to contribute at a later date......still working on it though :D
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Post by apell » 13 Jan 2011, 14:30

Here a link to the Audio page of my Jazz/Funk/Soul band “Trumpet” website. The demo was recorded and mixed in 1 weekend at Salt Studios in Brighton (Melbourne) in May last year. The band was tracked live with the vocals, percussion and some solos were overdubbed later on. The mix isn’t perfect but not bad for 6 tracks mixed in 6 hours and the demo has got us a few gigs around town.

The tunes range from old jazz standards to a bit of Al Green and Harry Connick Jnr. Plus there’s a live sample of us playing “Use Me” by Bill Withers which is a great piece of 2 chord funk.

http://www.trumpetjazzband.com.au/melbo ... audio.html
http://www.apellmusic.com - bass guitar electronica
http://www.trumpetjazzband.com.au - jazz/funk/soul
http://www.bassguitarlessons.com.au - bass lessons melbourne

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