Larry Van Fleet explains his techniques for recording "D''yer Maker"
What was your recording setup for “D’yer Maker”?
I recorded my interpretation of Led Zeppelin’s “D’yer Maker” on a ‘79 Gibson ES-347TD. All three guitar tracks, rhythm, slide and lead went through a Line 6 PODXT via USB to a Carillon AC-1 PC. The PODXT is equipped with the Effects pack, Bass pack and the FBV Shortboard pedal controller. I recorded the bass track using a Peavey Millennium bass also through the PODXT.
What’s your studio like?
Karaya6 Studio is a small den in my house in Omaha, Nebraska. The room is 9’x11’, carpeted, with bookshelves and no acoustic treatment. “D’yer Maker” was recorded entirely within this studio using the PODXT into the Carillon AC-1. I mixed the tracks on a pair of Alesis M1 active monitors and A-B’d the mixes with my car stereo and an old component system at home. Since this recording was digitally “in the box,” I had the advantage of working late at night or during the day without household and neighborhood noises destroying takes. I recorded without headphones, referencing the tracks through the M1s. Later, I checked the tracks and mix with a set of Sony MDR7506 headphones. I used drum loops from Siggi Baldursson’s “Drum Sugar” (Sony-Acid Loops). A particular intro loop caught my ear and the rest of the groove had the feel that I was looking for.
How did you record the guitars?
The PODXT lets me dial in every parameter of a particular sound and in the end gives a pretty convincing impression of a mic’d amp. I have several user-defined presets that I tweak and save, which generally helps me to overcome my audio engineering limitations and proceed with the music. For this track, I modified the presets for each of the three guitar sounds. I had intended to use a Hamer, but it was in need of adjustment at the time of the recording so the Gibson got the call. In the end I was pleased with the warm, attractive tone it imparted to the mix.
How did you plan the sound?
I was attracted to the song “D’yer Maker” by the slightly reggae vibe and the over-the-top delivery by Zep. Basically, the song is a ballad, and they sing and play it as an angst-ridden parody. I liked the tongue-in-cheek approach and the groove. Since I couldn’t get lost in the arrangement, and being a firm believer in the happy accident, I laid down the drum loops, bass and rhythm guitar and got my slide out.
The 347 is unadjusted and in standard tuning for the slide track. I used a slap back echo with flange and threw caution to the wind. The one plan that I did follow was to have the slide guitar “reply” to the lead in the B section. I wanted to use the volume pedal on the lead guitar, but once I played with adjusting the auto-swell, I was hooked on the way it made me phrase the lines and I just let it flow.
What’s on the horizon?
Recent projects from late-2007 and early-2008 included two pieces recorded for Bohemian Productions: a Jeff Beck tribute for which I interpreted “Water Down the Drain” from the ‘69 release, Beckola, and a Jimi Hendrix tribute where I caught up with “You Got Me Floatin” from the ‘67 Axis: Bold as Love. I make ongoing contributions to [film music libraries] Spider Cues, Editor’s Choice and DSM Producers of New York, and was recently featured in two independent films by D. Sawatski, The Grove and Running.
A Gibson 347 was a terrific choice for the song; I never would’ve guessed that he used a semi-hollowbody on the track. Coming from an old analog dog, it amazes me that artist like Larry can make a simple den into a functioning recording environment with just a computer and software. It’s just a sign of how far we’ve come; musicians can now create and record their ideas and tracks on such a full palate of options. Check out some great performances from Larry on the Led Zeppelin Salute CD, Get The Led Out! and the Jeff Beck tribute CD, El Becko from NuGroove/BHP Music on Sony distribution.
Emmy Award Winning Guitarist Brian Tarquin scored a Top 20 hit in the 90’s with “The Best of Acid Jazz, vol. 2” on Instinct Records and enjoyed several top 10 hits on the R&R charts. Founder of the rock/electronica band, Asphalt Jungle and has scored TV music for such shows as CSI, Smallville, MTV, Alias, 24, All My Children and many others.
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DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
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Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
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