The first step in recording Blue Christmas was to get a backing track with everyone playing the song in time. Sonar wouldn’t work so it was done on a small digital recorder instead.
After that we would record each part separately so it could be mixed and balanced without worrying about bleeding between microphones.
I spent Wednesday getting the studio ready. The mic’s were checked and then the headphone amps to make sure each musician got his own mix. We didn’t have enough headphones for 4 musicians and the engineer.
The guys started to arrive around 7 pm Thursday . They were getting tuned up and we ran through the song a few times. It sounded sweet with a light country flavor.
Tom LeClair brought his upright bass which was inspired. We tried a few mic set-ups until I settled on a large condenser for the bass.
Ronnie brought himself and brushes. Turned out his boss just closed the shop due to health and Ronnie was in transition to another real estate office. Continue reading →
Does Nickelback tune with an iPhone? Chad Kroeger with Gibson app
Unlike millions of people who pay for iPhone apps, the only one’s I like are free. Added to the short list is the new Gibson Guitar iPhone app.
Now your iPhone can include a tuner, metronome, and rudimentary chord guide. Included for good measure are some decent video lessons and a link to the Gibson site which is pretty slow.
The weird thing is the graphic of a Gibson guitar headstock is not included.
The tuner works in a reasonably quiet setting, which is a limitation of iPhone audio. It would be handy for practicing acoustic guitar or tuning a banjo, mandolin or other instrument. No 1/4″ plug in so it is not going to work for your electric guitar.
Les Paul musician, entertainer and innovator dies at 94
Les Paul invented the Les Paul Gibson guitar and multi-track recording
Les Paul was a great musician and enjoyed over 30 hit successes from 1945 to 1961. He often recorded with his wife Mary Ford as vocalist. Their song “How High the Moon” is still revered as one of the great recordings of all time.
In the clip from the TV show Les Paul is demonstrating the multi-track recording technique he invented. Today we take multi-track recordings for granted.
A California court has tossed out Gibson Guitar’s patent infringement lawsuit against Guitar Hero maker Activision, saying Gibson’s arguments “border on the frivolous.”
The iconic guitar manufacturer filed suit in March 2008, charging that Guitar Hero’s mock guitars infringed on a 1999 patent, U.S. Patent No. 5,990,405 (PDF). (Credit: Activision)That patent, also known as “The ’405 Patent,” covers “a system and method for generating and controlling a simulated musical concert experience.” Specifically, it details a head-mounted display that includes stereo speakers and is worn while playing an instrument along with a simulated concert. Continue reading →