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Production Notes - "Family Tree (Kemper/ESP Remix)"

So the other day I was searching for stem mixes online and found this tremendous resource, This was at a time when I was reorganizing my Kemper profile collection looking to create a new cover, possibly RATT's "Dangerous But Worth The Risk", or maybe Megadeth's "Family Tree" from the Youthanasia album. Thanks to remixpacks I already had glorious stems for the Megadeth track which saved me from having to create the whole song from scratch. Could I beat Max Norman's original rhythm guitar production?

Standard stuff - broke the parts down into sections while recording rough takes with my ESP MH-1000ET. Didn't change the strings or replace the battery - I was going to do that after I had things figured out, and yes the guitar was perfectly in tune even though it hadn't been played in several months. I might continue on with this and end up replacing the bass, drums & Marty's solos as well, making it a true original cover like "Pandemic" was... but for now, on to the remix! Auditioned many profiles, but ended up using the same Diezel Herbert that served as the core of that track. Damn, it's unbeatable. Thousands of profiles have died to reach this point.

Special thanks to Bandlab for carrying the torch and picking up where Cakewalk left off. It would have been easier for me to have stuck with SONAR Platinum, except this is SONAR Platinum... just minus the extras goodies! Since I already have all of those, this project doubled as Bandlab's shakedown cruise and it passed.

You can find the original Jammit stems here.

CapnZilog used:

Instruments: ESP MH-1000ET, MXR KfK EQ, Friedman Dirty Shirley OD, Kemper, BBE Sonic Stomp, Crane Song HEDD 192, V-Picks "1980"
Softsynths: None
Additional Effects: 2CAudio Breeze 2, iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced, Slate Digital VCC / VMR / VTM, Waves S1 Imager, Zynaptiq INTENSITY
Audio Editing: Cakewalk by Bandlab (it's free!), MAGIX Sound Forge Pro 11.0.345
Mastering: iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced,  Insight, Waves L316 Multimaximizer
Encoding: Sonnox Pro-Codec Manager 3.01.0
Monitoring: Mackie HR824 active nearfields, Logitech LS11 2.0 PC speakers, Sennheiser HD-600 headphones, Roland STUDIO-CAPTURE


P.S. It's worth noting that the Jammit stems, like Dave Mustaine's ~3.7dB hotter 2004 CD remaster (which has widened vocals), are 1% faster than Max Norman's original 1994 release. They're also not super-bright like the original,. what a hyped mix that was!


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