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Production Notes - "H.I.M. - Rip Out The Wings Of A Butterfly"

H.I.M.'s 2005 album "Dark Light" was the one that converted me. It was everything a hard rock album should be - excellent songwriting, great production, fine melodies and an album cover that looked like a poster from a Tim Burton movie. That album also raised my bar for tone, and pretty much everything I've been working on since has been influenced by it. Remaking this song gave me an excuse to get comfortable recording with some New Gear, including a PC that could finally run SONAR 7, an AMT tube preamp, and a Toneport UX8 to replace the multiple audio devices I'd been using on prior projects.

This track was very much a Tone Production Experiment. How close could I come to matching the warm, fat guitar sounds of the original without using any mics or amps? I think you'll agree that this comes pretty close. If I had more time (and patience), I'd be obsessing over the drum tones and gimmicks - but this ain't that track! Note that while I'm using the Line6 Gearbox Plugin throughout, it's only being used for the FX. All of the amp sounds on this track, and I do mean all, came from the SS-20.

Enjoy the cover!

CapnZilog used:
Instruments: Peavey EXP "V-Type" hardtail w/EMG's (rhythm), Ibanez S2170FW (lead), Line 6 Variax 300 (Coral sitar)
Line 6 TonePort UX8, Stewart Electronics ADB-1, John Cuniberti REAMP, AMT SS-20 tube preamp, M-Audio Axiom 49
Mackie HR824's, Sennheiser HD-580's
Editing: SONAR Producer 7.0.2, Sony Sound Forge 9.0e
Softsynths: Cakewalk/Roland TTS-1, Spectrasonics Trilogy
Effects: Rocksonics Subfilter II, Sonitus Gate, Oxford Inflator, iZotope Ozone, Line6 GearBox Plugin, Blue Cat Stereo Gain
Rocksonics Subfilter II, Oxford Inflator, PSP Vintage Warmer 2, iZotope Ozone, D82 Sonic Maximizer, Voxengo Polysquasher, Waves L3 Multimaximizer
Encoding: Sony Sound Forge 9.0, Mp3tag 2.41

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