Assembly Required Project

Discussion in 'Other Member Recordings' started by paparaptor, Dec 23, 2018.

  1. paparaptor

    paparaptor The Central Scrutinizer
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Messages:
    5,487
    Likes Received:
    7,223
    In the VJR, I posted the bass, drums and Stratocaster for a backing track and then used the first 12 bars of my 335 solo from this video. It was more of a technical exercise (audio and video editing) than a music project. Having said that, I would be lying if I said I wasn't pleased with the results, both technically and musically. For your dining and dancing pleasure, here it is, warts and all. The only thing on this recording that isn't me is the drums.

    https://youtu.be/4mOVx7xmJpo
     
    #1 paparaptor, Dec 23, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2019
  2. Davy

    Davy Biking+Blues=Bliss

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2010
    Messages:
    1,290
    Likes Received:
    1,058
    Enjoyed that Papa.(y):)
     
    paparaptor likes this.
  3. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2012
    Messages:
    5,954
    Likes Received:
    3,697
    Very Cool!
    Well done in every aspect.
    Loved it(y)
     
  4. sloslunas

    sloslunas NM Blues

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2009
    Messages:
    1,851
    Likes Received:
    3,950
    With the exception of the pink strap, that was very well done. You done good brother...

    Steve
     
    paparaptor likes this.
  5. JestMe

    JestMe Student Of The Blues

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2015
    Messages:
    1,131
    Likes Received:
    551
    I bet that was fun. Super job!
     
  6. FrankL

    FrankL Mr. Bites Off More Than I Can Chew

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Messages:
    315
    Likes Received:
    498
    Well that was really good. But a keyboard needs two hands. :ROFLMAO:
     
  7. paparaptor

    paparaptor The Central Scrutinizer
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Messages:
    5,487
    Likes Received:
    7,223
    I left it at one because I didn't want it to sound too busy. It's actually more difficult for me to just play one hand. Without both in use, timing is more of an issue.
     
    FrankL likes this.
  8. jmin

    jmin San Francisco, CA

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2013
    Messages:
    1,809
    Likes Received:
    1,324
    Great stuff Papa!
     
    paparaptor likes this.
  9. PapaBear

    PapaBear Guit Fiddlier

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2011
    Messages:
    3,718
    Likes Received:
    3,002
    Sounded great Lloyd!
     
    paparaptor likes this.
  10. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2012
    Messages:
    5,954
    Likes Received:
    3,697
    Loved the keys!
    Guess that accordion training had some positive residual effects.
    (y)
     
    paparaptor likes this.
  11. OG_Blues

    OG_Blues Guitar Geezer

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2013
    Messages:
    1,876
    Likes Received:
    2,095
    Very nicely done in all respects. I'm sure that was a bit of work.
    I would be very interested in a description of the process that you used to create this.
     
  12. jackderby52

    jackderby52 Prehistoric blues knob (not newbie)

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2009
    Messages:
    983
    Likes Received:
    1,076
    Seriously, that was fabulous!! Also really enjoyed the one handed piano playing!! You have some real talent!! keep em coming...

    p.s. you have a roll duck tape coming your way for those ripped cargo shorts... Should get a few more good years out of them... :)
     
    paparaptor likes this.
  13. blackcoffeeblues

    blackcoffeeblues Student Of The Blues

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2014
    Messages:
    1,049
    Likes Received:
    765
    That's pretty darn good there Papa----enjoyed it.
     
    paparaptor likes this.
  14. paparaptor

    paparaptor The Central Scrutinizer
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Messages:
    5,487
    Likes Received:
    7,223
    You noticed that?
    The guitar tracks were recorded at one shot and the piano was recorded the next morning, right after the barn chores. I tore those pants open on a sharp corner of my manure spreader just before I finished chores. Since I wasn't going out that day, I didn't change out of them.

    I did the bass track two or three times and I think I got the wrong video for it. Since I finished it, I think I synced the wrong bass video to the audio. It looks like I'm perfectly in sync at some points and there are other points where my fingers are definitely not playing what is heard on the recording. The two guitar tracks were done in one shot, as was the piano, so they are all sync'ed up properly.
     
  15. paparaptor

    paparaptor The Central Scrutinizer
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Messages:
    5,487
    Likes Received:
    7,223
    Audio:
    The mechanics of it are actually very simple. I started with the base drum track as a backing track. In my DAW software (I use Cubase, but any DAW will do this pretty easily), I created a track for bass and armed it to record.
    Recorded the bass track.
    Created a new track for the rhythm guitar. Recorded that.
    Created a new track for the lead guitar. Recorded it.
    The piano was slightly different in that it was a MIDI track and I used a synth plug-in within Cubase, but otherwise the same thing.
    Mixdown Audio for the final product.

    Video is just as easy.
    Recorded each video track as I played it, so I ended up with 4 separate video recordings.
    The video software I use (Magix Movie Studio Platinum 15) lets me load all video recording on their own track along one timeline. Using their Picture-in-picture feature on each video, I resized the windows and placed them as you see in the final video. Loaded the mixed audio track.
    The only part that takes any real time is manually syncing the videos. Each video recording also has an audio recording that is perfectly synced to the video from the mics built-in to the camera. The audio quality stinks, but it works very well for sync'ing to the mixed audio. Once everything is synchronized, I mute the audio from the cameras, Do a simultaneous fade-in on all videos at the beginning and a similar fade-out at the end. Render and done!

    The bass and guitar parts were all done through the Eleven Rack directly into Cubase. The amp model for the guitars is a Mesa Boogie, through a 4x12 Greenback cabinet into a condenser mic (I forget which one). The bass was through an Ampeg SVT emulation with an Ampeg 8x10 cabinet and the same condenser mic. The piano is a MIDI input directly to Cubase, using Cubase's Halion synth plug-in. I don't remember the exact patch I used, but it was based on a Fender Rhodes studio 88.
     
  16. OG_Blues

    OG_Blues Guitar Geezer

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2013
    Messages:
    1,876
    Likes Received:
    2,095
    Very cool - thanks for the description.
    That Ampeg SVT emulation in the 11R is pretty highly regarded for bass I believe.
    When I grow up and learn to play I'd like to try something like that. :)
     
    paparaptor likes this.
  17. paparaptor

    paparaptor The Central Scrutinizer
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Messages:
    5,487
    Likes Received:
    7,223
    I want to do more of these this year. It forces me to practice bass, rhythm and lead (and maybe the keys a little bit). It's also a hell of a lot of fun. I need to get something to assemble drum tracks. There's actually a drum plug-in with Cubase. If I took a little time it shouldn't be that hard to learn.
     
  18. Cleotis

    Cleotis HKT48 Wota

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2016
    Messages:
    301
    Likes Received:
    191
    That is very cool!
     
    paparaptor likes this.
  19. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Blues Newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2018
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    4
    Lloyd, your description really helps! Really enjoyed it.

    Gene
     
  20. Dr. Ron

    Dr. Ron JUST FEEL IT AND PLAY!

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Messages:
    2,204
    Likes Received:
    1,283
    Just heard it Papa. Good stuff. I guess I shouldn't be surprised you could play some keys.
    That was enoyable. Kudos!
     
    paparaptor likes this.