Last modification: 01/19/08 19:26

Production Notes - "Still I'm Sad"

Back last October I had a desire to record something strictly melodic, not shreddy, with strong guitar themes. It really cuts against the grain of modern metal to create anything pleasant that doesn't involve the words "brutal", "extreme" or "jaw-dropping", which is why I had to reach back to 1975 to redo this instrumental from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. Originally written by Paul Samwell-Smith & Jim McCarty, this was a very unusual Yardbirds vocal track before being covered by Ritchie Blackmore not once, but twice -  the second time in 1995, on "Stranger In Us All" with RJD on vocals.

This is what six weeks of work sounds like. Everything was transcribed by ear, then recorded & mixed meticulously from scratch - with real bass for a change! I'm not Blackmore, but I hope you approve of this updated version. Enjoy.

CapnZilog used:
Instruments: Fender YJM Strat (rhythm), Ibanez EGEN18 (lead), Ibanez SR605 bass, Korg nanoKey, Fishman TriplePlay, Jim Dunlop 46RF51 & GT Power Picks, MAB & Fretwraps string dampeners, Elixir Nanoweb Custom .009's
Reamping: Kemper Profiling Amplifier, Crane Song HEDD 192, Scuffham Amps S-Gear 2, Roland Studio-Capture, John Cuniberti REAMP
Pedals: MXR KfK EQ, BJF SparklingYellow OD3, Mad Professor Amber Overdrive (12v), Xotic X-Blender, BBE Sonic Stomp, ISP Decimator II G-String
Sound Libraries: Precision Sound Angelic Vocal Pads 2 & 5, EastWest Quantum Leap Goliath
Slate SSD 4.0, Cakewalk TTS-1, SFZ+

Audio Editing: SONAR Producer Platinum, Sony Sound Forge Pro 11.0, Melodyne editor 2.1.2
Additional Effects: iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced, Waves L1 / CLA Bass / RBass / S1 Imager / Center, Sonitus:FX compressor/gate, P&M TransControl, Slate Digital VTM / Revival, Fielding Reviver, 2caudio Breeze, SoundToys Little Microshift, BBE H82 Harmonic Maximizer, SHEPPi Spatial Enhancer
iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced, Slate Digital VTM / Slate VCC / VTM, BBE D82 Sonic Maximizer,Waves L316 Multimaximizer, Melda Productions MMultiAnalyzer
Encoding: Sonnox Fraunhofer Codec Toolbox, MP3Tag 2.69

Monitoring: Mackie HR824 active nearfields, Sennheiser HD600 headphones, Logitech LS11 2.0 PC speakers


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