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Old 02-15-2013, 11:24 PM   #1
AudiblePlasma
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Living Colour - Cult of Personality Cover with Improv Solos

Here is my cover of Cult of Personality, some of the solos are mindless but thats how it was in the original song too. I used a backing track for those who were wondering. I hope you enjoy! Thanks in advance! C4C please

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPn2teU4Yo8
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:22 AM   #2
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Couple of common mistakes.

Too much distortion.
Too much compression.

During the Double time lick in between the verses/ pre-chorus, you were concentrating on simply playing the notes rather than keeping the groove.

Gotta play fast & with the groove.

As for the solo, I don't even think Vernon Reid ever played it the same twice, so I wouldn't worry about improvising.
Something fast and impressive is all the song needs, Which you delivered.

Gotta good beat, I can dance to it........

BTW I can help you out with Effects pedal ordering.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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Thanks for your input. Yeah I just got a digitech rp 355 not too long ago and I am having trouble getting a decent sound out of it, any help would be great.
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:14 PM   #4
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The RP355, is a great pedal, I have one. Actually it's what I use 99% of the time now. I go direct to the mixer, I don't even bring an amp any more. Plus the RP is cheap enough now I'm probably gonna get a second one as backup.

You have to remember the order of Effects is the same when using a multi-pedal as when ordering a pedal board/rack unit.

you have to be aware of

Pre amp - Stuff the guitar is plugged into & effects the signal BEFORe the amp.
&
Post Amp - Sound Effects that take effect after the amp and before the speakers. (commonly known on amps and mixers as EFFECTS LOOP.

When building a patch, Think of the sound you want as a final product.
Billy Gibbons: Mid-range fat grind?
Joe Satch: Compressed, chorused & delayed?
Brian May: Creamy brit distortion.

There are a lot of Guitar Rig walk through's on Premier Guitar's youtube channel.

Research first, Then Patch build.

For Vernon Reid; You gots some issues right off the hop: He has always used a LOT off effects. Also he uses amps and Cabinets that a lot of players do not.

He uses, (now) Crate amps with 4x12 cabinets
Roland and Boss multi-effects units and stand alone pedals all in one massive chain.

But to play this one song it's easy to strip it all down.
After watching a video of him playing the song live (LIve is always better)


You can clearly see 2 Mesa Boogie 4x12's in the back behind Reid.


So start your patch build there:
01 Mesa Boogie Dual rectifier (it's in the RP already)
I'd leave the gain about 50-60% so that any distortion pedal I chose has an effect

Then your Pre-amp effects.
Pickup simulator - defaulted to off, this is where I'd leave it unless you're trying to get a weird sound from your humbuckers

Wah - will be defaulted to crybaby. change it if you want.

Compressor - Some players swear by it, some swear at it (I am in the latter group, I hate it)
If you are going to use it, make sure you set it properly: Here is a good tutorial:


Distortion.
The 3 I like the most on the RP is the Boss OD-1 and Digitech Redline, & the Tube Screamer.
Or Use the Amps distortion. remember, a little goes a long way. Recording is unforgiving, so record yourself, listen back and make adjustments.

EQ: This one is vital
Really take time to play with the Eq settings. rolling the highs down slightly can make a massive amount of difference in your sound output.


Post Amp Effects: (Effects loop)
Noise gate:
I love these.
Being a single coil kind of guy, these make life wonderful for me. I can crank the volume without ear bleeding hum or squeal.

Adjust settings as desired.

Chorus/FX: For this patch I would not use any.
Delay: I would add a little delay in the solo sections as it really fills out the sound.

Reverb: I would use spring reverb at around 30%
Expression pedal; assign this to your master volume. (read the manual on how to do that)


Save your settings in one of the user patches, & I always put the unit in Stompbox mode, so it operates like 3 stomps & a wah pedal.

Then it's select patch before playing a given song, put into stompbox mode, then play way.

Good luck.

BTW; There's lots of free pre-made patches available at digitech's website for the RP355:
http://www.digitech.com/en-US/products/rp355

Go there and click on the tab: TONE LIBRARY
Free downloadable patches you can add to your unit with the X-Edit Software that came with it.
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