New MP3, Day 1: "Shadows in the Moonlight"

Posted on Mon, Oct 29, 2007:

The WEEK OF ROCK is now officially in full force. The offering for day one is called "Shadows in the Moonlight". It's purrty and fun, and I do hope that you enjoy it muchly.

Shadows in the Moonlight: ( MP3, Lyrics, Share)

Production Notes:

A few oddities on this one. The vocals are doubled through the whole song and panned about 35%. I used an even bigger 900hz boost than normal to give it an analog-y quality. Each one has my usual delay, but to keep it cleaner, I panned the output. The right mic (panned 35%) had 9% mix in the right channel and 2% on the left (and vice versa). I also pitch-shifted the right channel up by 12 cents to give it a little more texture.

I wanted a duller and woodier guitar tone with less pick click, so I used the Martin on this one, and miced it at the saddle instead of the usual neck-body joint. I also used a technique I've been experimenting with: an XY stereo mic configuration, but vertical rather than horizontal. The vocals are doubled and panned, so I wanted a narrow stereo spread on the guitar to avoid a big hole in the middle of the mix. This gave me just enough spread to make it sound alive on headphones.

I got to use my new glockenspiel! This makes me very happy. It sounds so much better than the samples I was using. There's actual note definition rather than just a bright "ding". I used spaced mics (since phase cancellation isn't exactly a big concern here) and used Waves S1 to narrow the stereo field.

Oh, and there's cello on here. Real cello, played by me. Don't listen too closely. :)

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