#1
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/androidred0100/music/

Well my band, H, finally recorded some legit demos today. We've been playing around at open mic nights a while now and making friends with other bands and one of them finally threw us a bone and asked us to open for them this Friday. They just needed a quick demo of us to give to the bookie as a formality, by tomorrow evening. The guy only informed us of this today. We haven't recorded anything together ever.

By the time we all finished our classes and got out of work we only had 2 hours to do this tonight before our agreed upon stopping time with our drummer's roommates (since we play at his place). So I busted out the laptop, the Duet and that shitty microphone I've yet to replace, spent a good 45 minutes setting up shop and got down to business after not playing together for over a week.

Had I had more time, Id've tried to find the best position for the mic in the room and tweaked my (horrible) amp (MG100HDFX Half Stack. I KNOW it's shit but my Class 5 is in the shop and this NEEDED to get done or we wouldn't get the gig) to get it sounding less bright and sterile, and tweaked the Behringer Half Stack that my singer uses as a PA to not feed back so much. But I didn't have the time so I had to make do.

We basically played a song once to refresh ourselves then recorded it twice and picked the better of the two for the final version. Since everything was recorded onto one track we couldn't really mess with EQ, Levels and Mixes properly but except for the guitar on Electric Funeral, and only because we didn't get to record a second version before the time limit, everything came out ok.

It sounds like it was recorded in a hallway by an idiot, but truthfully it was recorded in a mostly empty living room by a guy who doesn't really know much about recording. I really would have liked to rerecord EF with my amp louder but such is life. I'm sure I'm going to make us redo everything once my Class 5 gets back, so it's all good for now.

Kind of wish we'd taken the time to do this before it was asked of us though. Anyways, the tracks are up on my profile so check 'em out and please give me some feedback. We can't get better if people don't tell us what they'd like to hear. You crit me I'll crit you.

http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/androidred0100/music/

TL;DR - My band just quickly recorded our first demos with sub-par gear and recording techniques but I still think they sound not bad. C4C?

http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/androidred0100/music/
MY GEAR
Epi SG w/ Gibson Burstbuckers
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Warmoth JM

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DT EX-7
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Last edited by androidred0100 at Apr 26, 2011,
#2
Nice guitar playing, even though it's not a style of my liking - a bit too mellow and repetitive. However, where were the drums? They are completely buried in the production and the guitar is far louder than everything else. Your singer sounds pretty good but he too is drowned out by the guitar; as is the bass.

Overall though, from what I can hear of the music, you guys have skill and play well together. Improve the balance of the mix though, and you'll be fine. I'd like to hear a bit more variety in the song as well, but I assume that's just part of the style you're going for.

edit: that was for the first link only

Sabbath cover is pretty awesome actually. Could use wah as the original, but it sounds good anyways with the phaser (?) effect you use. Your singer does a good job. One thing I didn't like was the "solo" part. You blew it on the feel of that part. Maybe it was the production, but it sounded weak and sloppy. Your bassist also went off beat on that segment.
Last edited by AzureNight at Apr 26, 2011,
#3
I actually used a Q-Tron and some chorus from the amp. I probably shouldn't have used the chorus and just boosted the Q-Tron. And yeah we definitely fvcked that part up. I would have liked to redo it but we finished the first take at 11:57 PM and our drummer's roommates throw hissy fits if we play past midnight.
MY GEAR
Epi SG w/ Gibson Burstbuckers
Epi Casino
PRS Kit
Thinline Tele w/ SD 1/4 Lbs
Warmoth JM

Vox Nightrain
Marshall Class 5

Boss RC-20
DT EX-7
EHX Q-Tron +
EHX Big Muff Pi w/ Tone Wicker
Line 6 Echo Park

My PRS with SD P-Rails Build
#4
I wasn't crazy about the funk in Bm track... It was really lacking in most areas. Just kind of repetitive I guess. Electric Funeral was pretty cool though. You're singer reminds me a bit of Jim Morrison, I think he still needs to practice quite a bit on control and a bit of vibrato. It just sounds pretty sick though. I appreciate you taking a listen at my stuff too. I'll keep an eye out for anything else you post
#5
how could i resist clicking a thread called 2 funky jams and a sabbath cover?
of course i started with electric funeral, classic tune.
over all had a nice feel to it but....one critical element is just all wrong.
the drummer needs to realize he sets the pace for everyone else and not the other way around.
guitarists can't keep beat for anything, most of em anyway, they need your drummer to lock that BPM and lead the way for everything else to fall in place. it'll sound alot cleaner
the 4 basic rules of drumming are as follows.
1. and
2. and
3. and
4. and
a drummer should never anticipate guitar or vocals which seems to be the problem for at least the first half of the song, great guitar tone and playing as far as i can tell, nice to see someone cover an unknown song, you're on your way, keep it up.

next i listened to funk in Bm
love the riff, drums improved over the sabbath cover, like the vocals here, lots of soul, they seem improvised though, if they are cool, if they're not even cooler that you can achieve that feel, very nice jam.
i experienced the first bass i've heard around 2:45, i like the little solo thing going on there with the fuzz effect. but the whole rhythm kinda dropped out. perhaps double the drum beat i.e. 4ths to 8ths or 8ths to 16ths to keep it kinda flowing.

thanks for the tunes man

c4c? https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1436761
#6
Yeah Funk in Bm is constantly being tweaked. Lyrically, our singer has a general idea of what to sing but the actual words coming out of his mouth vary from playing to playing. Actually almost all of our songs are like that.... We're also going experimenting with cutting part lengths down and trying to make it less nauseatingly repetitive. Our thoughts are that everything is always a work in progress.
MY GEAR
Epi SG w/ Gibson Burstbuckers
Epi Casino
PRS Kit
Thinline Tele w/ SD 1/4 Lbs
Warmoth JM

Vox Nightrain
Marshall Class 5

Boss RC-20
DT EX-7
EHX Q-Tron +
EHX Big Muff Pi w/ Tone Wicker
Line 6 Echo Park

My PRS with SD P-Rails Build