Last modification: 01/19/08 19:26

Production Notes - "Sunshine And Happiness"

"Synchestra" was my introduction to the world of Devin Townsend back in 2006, but it was the uncredited hidden track "Sunshine & Happiness For All" that made me want to take it apart and see what makes it tick. I eventually mocked up a MIDI arrangement and began noodling around the vocal melodies with an eye to creating a David Letterman-style "guitaraoke" cover. The Kemper was used mainly for dialing in reference sounds; it didn't take long to come up with something similar with on the S-Gear, which ended up replacing most of the scratch tracks. An early demo of the track as it was morphing out of its MIDI arrangement can be found here.

CapnZilog used:

Instruments:        Ibanez KIKO10P (lead), Fender YJM Strat / Zakk Wylde Epiphone (modded), Ibanez SR605 / SRC6 (bass), Korg nanoKey
                             Fretwraps string dampers, Elixir Nanoweb Custom .009's, George L's cables, Schaller Tremstop
Picks:                   FatTone pick, GT Bass Power Pick (guitar & bass versions)
Reamping:           Scuffham Amps S-Gear 2.5.2, Kemper Profiling Amplifier
Softsynths:          XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2, Cakewalk TTS-1
Sound Libraries: XLN Audio Fairfax Vol. 1
Field Recording: Kodax Zx5 PlaySport camera

Audio Editing: SONAR Producer Platinum (Lexington), Sony Sound Forge Pro 11.0, Melodyne editor 2.1.2

Additional Effects: Audiffex GK Amplification 2, BBE H82 Harmonic Maximizer, Cakewalk Channel Tools / Sonitus Delay, Fielding Reviver,
                                iZotope Ozone 5 & 7 Advanced, Melda Productions MMultiAnalyzer, Rob Chiarelli Parallel Drums, Scuffham S-Gear 2,
                                Slate Digital VCC / VMR / VTM / FG-Bomber / Revival, Waves L1 Limiter / RBass

Mastering:  BBE D82 & H82 Sonic Maximizers, Cakewalk Channel Tools, iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced / Insight, MeterPlugs Perception,
                    Melda MMultiAnalyzer, SHEPPi Spatial Enhancer, Slate Digital VBC / VCC / VMR / VTM, Waves L316 Multimaximizer

Encoding:    Sonnox Pro-Codec Manager 3.0.1., MP3Tag 2.74

Monitoring:  Mackie HR824 active nearfields, Sennheiser HD600 headphones, Logitech LS11 2.0 PC speakers, Roland STUDIO-CAPTURE

 



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