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"I Dream of the Autobahn" by Raw Refined

Monday September 12, 2011
Like 'the Botanists' I am also a one man operation. All instruments are written, performed and recorded by one guy, Henry Moss....
"I Dream of the Autobahn" by Raw Refined

Like 'the Botanists' I am also a one man operation. All instruments are written, performed and recorded by one guy, Henry Moss.

I record through an Mbox into Pro Tools Le. I started with sampled drums and constructed a beat for the whole song. I programmed the beat to be what I would actually play on a drum set. Then I add the bass track. For this song the bass is mostly in the sub range. Then I recorded the guitar. I used an old Fender Tube amp through an sm57 placed equidistant between both speakers.

Next I added some synthesizer layers. After that I ran the vocal tracks. I sing through a Shure KSM 27 that I bought used a year ago. Singing is definitely the biggest struggle for me as a musician and the vocal track took days of takes to get anything I was satisfied with. After the main vocal I added a couple of background layers with a reverb or a chorus on them. I don't use any Autotune because then I wouldn't sleep at night, but I did use a pitch shift plugin to add a single faint harmony at a point or two in the song, (the very final harmony on the last chorus is all natural though!)

Finally I recorded the lead guitar part after the second chorus. Once I had all of the tracks down then I mixed and remixed after listening in a couple of different settings and on different speakers (My apartment bedroom, my parents' house basement, my school's media lab, in a car). This is what I came up with.

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David Mellor has been creating music and recording in professional and home studios for more than 30 years. This website is all about learning how to improve and have more fun with music and recording. If you enjoy creating music and recording it, then you're definitely in the right place :-)
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