I'm a guitar player, but nearly every song that I record begins on keyboard. I generally create a click track, or basic drum groove on an MPC 2000, then I play through a series of chords until I find a combination that moves a melody within me.
I then record those basic elements, pick up my guitar and let the groove speak to me. Once the melody is clearly defined, we're off and running. I'll record the melody on acoustic guitar.
I record my acoustic classical through an AKG C3000 run through a Focusrite Green mic pre. Then I'll arrange rhythm guitar tracks to support the melody, followed by a solid bass line.
The structure is fortified when I begin building counter melodies utilizing one instrument at a time. I'll enhance the chords with support tracks from various synthetic instruments, then I'll replace them with live musicians.
That's the exciting part of it. My song serves as a model for the other musicians who are encouraged to expand on the idea using their own creative processes.
I use a five drum mic set up, micing the kick, snare, high hat, and two overheads, or I'll mic an often used tom and use one overhead. The configurations change based on the project.
I have been known to use two kick drum mics at one time to add more punch and texture to the kick. I've also actually recorded an entire drum groove, one drum at a time.
I don't advise anyone to try that, unless you enjoy driving drummers crazy. The rhythm section solidifies the groove, and the original building blocks are removed.
I record on a Pro Tools LE system with 32 tracks. I have a ton of plug-ins, and I make ample use of them, particularly my focusrite compressors, EQ's and various reverb units.
To save processing power I'll set up one reverb setting on a stereo auxillary channel, and bus tracks over to it using the channel bus faders to control how wet each part becomes.
I mix the project starting with the vocals if there are any; otherwise I'll start with the drums, them the rhythm section, then the solo instuments. At present, my mastering is outsourced.
Hopefully that too will be done in house very soon.
Peter Moore, Producer/Guitarist/Composer
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