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Formations was forged in the year 2010, two short years before our very own world ends. Little did everyone know that this was the band that was going to bring the earth down to it's knee's in METAL. Formations started off as a joke with little intention but as time went on, more and more songs were created and better quality was achieved. Some people say the mind is a powerful thing but who knew that it could create an onslaught of awesome riffage and powerful rhythm.

Formations is currently in the process of creating a full length album due late 2011. Just enough time to enjoy it before the apocalypse.

Http://listn.to/formations (facebook)

Thanks for checking it out guys!
Quote by driftingshore
wow dude, super heavy. I think the song vin diesel is refering to is Mowgli but it doesn't really sound the same. Just the same effect on the lead guitar. BTW what effect is that?

Everything you create makes me wana bang my head man. Im so ready for you to have a vocalist lol, Where can I download the demo?


The effect is a sine chorus and to download my demo, just follow me on Reverbnation, I will be releasing a download link there real soon.

http://www.reverbnation.com/formations

Quote by brender
They sound very digital and like they have no life in them.by the way,what are you using for the guitars?


I used TSE x30 and Nick Crow 8505. For the leads I used pod farm.
whats fake about them? lol. I still need to add bass but yeah, All i got so far
You can hook up your amp to your interface if you really wanted to do it, but there's no reason you should because the pod farm software that comes with the ux will have the same amp models your spider amp uses. ux1 ux2 or gx all do the same thing. They just have more features the higher up in models you go.
You can use the ux2 for the interface and use different amp sims if you want better tones. Pod farm is eh, I just use it to track with 0 latency,pod tone never makes the final cut though.
The whole point of double tracking is to get different velocities. Always double track by playing it twice. Don't duplicate.

again...
Doesn't matter if one can do more then the other. They are both capable of making good songs. I prefer Reaper you might prefer Cubase. Its all opinion really, try them both and see which one you like more.
The whole point of double tracking is to get different velocities. Always double track by playing it twice. Don't duplicate.
I uploaded a more up to date version, master comp is off and all the levels are fixed enjoy
Yeah, I need to change a few things. I just wanted to post up something lol. I want to add vocals but I need to get good at them first or I need to find a good vocalist. There will be vocals eventually. The reason why all the volume levels are kinda jacked up is because I never turned off the compressor on the master bus. Just a quick fix, I will be mixing all 3 of the songs I have right now and when I'm done with those I will be giving away free demo's if anyone's interested.

Glad you liked it though, thanks
Just recorded a new song. Track 3 off the 2011 Formations album

Its in my profile called "Stowaway".


Thanks for checking it out <3
tips on fixing them?
I am just curious what you guys think about the vocals on this.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/979415/improvmyvoxplz.mp3
1/4-usb = no

interface =
reference monitors so you can hear your mix on a different setup.
buy cheap decent headphones and spend whatever you have left on a decent mic. Mixing with headphones isn't that bad of an idea as long as you can hear all the frequencies. Just make sure they are flat. Be sure to reference your mix on other sound systems/ headphones when your done. aka car, stereo, ipod, laptop speakers and see if it sounds good. You won't get any good monitors for 150 from guitar center lol. You might be able to get one Your going to have to decide whats more important to you.
mix x30 and le456 with TSE808 in front and your set.
rofl, x30 not deep enough? Your mixing wrong.
just start a new midi file, then double click it. You can also change it to drum mode within the midi editor which makes it a lot easier to write drum parts.
lol nothing is unpiratable. Don't do it though If you just starting, try using reaper and then get the hang of that. If you feel like you want to try protools. You can download a template from the reaper site to make your reaper look and act exactly like protools would. Then by the time you learn how to use it, you can afford it hah
Quote by GoIrish668
That's one of the things that compressing is used for...

no, that is not what compression is used for. Compression is used for many different things but should not be used for this reason. Any time you put a compressor on something, it kills some of the dynamics. If you just want to keep volume levels in check, lower them in the mixing process or use automation.
1) Edit your work.....

2) Read some articles from Google and learn.

3) Doesn't matter how loud it is, just don't let it clip.

4) For breathing learn how to slip edit. For awkward parts work on your song composition.

5) Write you drum parts according to your guitar riffs. To do this, you will need to take a lot of time to learn how drummers play the drums lol. Listen to your favorite albums and your favorite parts of songs and try to listen to what they are doing. If the guitar is fast, make the drums fast.

ps. nobody makes money from albums anymore its all about the live show.
Quote by Lovecannon
Awesome song man, it was very intense, I really appreciated the overall quality of the recording and technicality of the guitars - wish I could had the recording system you have lol.

The only bad thing was the lack of vocals , but the guitars did a good job of keeping me entertained through the song.

PS: Also I would greatly appreciate a crit of my song Sins of the Father. Thanks in advance.


Hey man, I'm glad you liked it but the recording system I have is sooo shitty. I can't even record songs in my room during the summer because its too hot and my laptop overheats lol. I use a line6 ux1 and a shitty laptop and reaper for my DAW. I'm actually interning at a studio right now but I'm not allowed to use it for my own recordings yet, but when I can, watch the **** out haha .

Glad you liked it though.

I couldn't find the song you were talking about. It's not on your profile, do you have a link?
Check out a fast paced metal song I wrote a while ago, never really posted on it. So here we go!

Its called "Our Darkest Hour"

http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/Formations/
Yes it's a good idea. Always high pass and low pass your guitars because the bass should be coming from the bass guitar and the kick drum and the highs should be coming from overheads and vocals. Guitar is primarily for the mids. Low passing will just cut away some lows from the guitar so the kick and bass will come through better. When you low pass guitars, it makes it so they don't have to fight for the same space. Trust me, if anything it will just improve your mix. Start the low pass around like 80(wont really notice it here) and just move it up until you notice the kick comes through better but all the bass from the guitar isn't gone. Then make sure to compress the kick and you wont even notice the low pass in the guitar because the punchy kick will hit you harder then the bass in the guitar would.

All mixing is, is trying to find ways to make every aspect of the song come through without overpowering anything else. This is a very good way to do that, way better then then raising and lowering volumes.

Either way, it never hurts to try.
windows movie maker, wrong forum though lol.
Cool guitar work man, you could have programmed the drums a little better. It sounds like the snare is the focus of your drums and everything is kind of in the background. I would lower the snare a bit and make the drums more well rounded. Bring the velocities down on the fast snare hits and randomize them a bit. Perhaps lowpass the guitars so the kick cuts through more and then compress the kick a lot for that punchy feel. Bring the overheads up 1 or 2 db as well. Overall a good mix though man, awesome groovy sound to it.

c4c? <3
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1390109
Take my word for it man. The focusrite is good but the mackie is so much better.
Dont get the Focusrite, for 50 dollars less you can get a Mackie Onyx Satellite and that thing slays. Youtube it.
1 word.
BEEFY

haha, tighten up the tone a bit and throw some vox on it and that would be an even sicker track.

c4c
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1390109&highlight=the+bearclaw
mannnnnn turn the drums up! Would sound killer if the drums were blasting with the guitar.


It sounds like you recorded only one guitar part and left it in the center 100% lol. You should record two guitars and pan them left 100 and right 100%. Also try using different amps on them or at least a different eq so you get a nice wall of sound. Don't copy and paste the track either, actually play it twice.

the riffs fit the genre pretty well though, cool off timing stuff. If you need recording tips just message me or something. I can try to help you out.

c4c <3
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1390109&highlight=the+bearclaw
Quote by swashbuckle50
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/swashbuckle50/ called mix crit

This was done in reaper, drums are EZdrummer. Guitars and bass are guitar rig 4 and amplitube.
The opening soundbite is the tripod from war of the worlds.

Let me know what I could be doing better...yes the playing is sloppy, this was a one shot recording that i use to try out different mixes.

C4C and thanks for looking.



It sounds like I'm listening to a live band from outside the venue lol. You should probably use different velocities on the cymbals/hi hat as well and throw in some fills in between riffs. For the guitars you should really hipass/lowpass all the nasties out. The bass is really wooshy so I would tame it with a compressor and maybe add some distortion to make it blend better. With those tips I'm sure the recording would sound alot better

Its a cool idea though. I liked it


c4c <3
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1390109&highlight=the+bearclaw
pro way is to record DI's and then reamp
lol for 1700 get more then 4 gb of ram.
Just finished the lyrics for it because everyone wanted vocals so I will probably end up recording them a little bit later on today, but here they are.

The lyrics start right after the first riff.


[Start]

There is a time,
where everyone must see,
that life does not always favor,
the ones in need.

What can we do?
Whats left for us?
Were stuck in this wasteland,
it's time to make some cuts.

[start breakdowny thing]
We will live.....
We will not give in.....
[end breakdowny thing]

So here we are,
waiting idly,
for time to pass us by,
expect no surprise.

What can we do?
Whats left for us?
Were stuck in this wasteland
it's time to make some cuts.


[let riff play one time then start on the 2nd time the riff plays]

We gave in.....
To all authority
Look where that left us...
In an endless sea.

[more breakdown]
Swimming alone....
No hope for land.....
Never wanted more....
Then a helping hand....

Swimming alone....
No hope for land.....
Never wanted more....
Then a helping hand....
[end breakdowns]

What can we do?
Whats left for us?
Were stuck in this wasteland,
it's time to make some cuts.

What can we do?
Whats left for us?
Were stuck in this wasteland,
it's time to make some cuts.

[End]
Hello everyone! I just finished writing the lyrics for this song and I will probably end up recording them a little bit later on today. I just thought I would share them with you before I do.

You can hear the song that these will go over in my profile. Just imagine how the screams will go over the song as your listening. They fit quite well

The lyrics start right after the first riff.


[Start]

There is a time,
where everyone must see,
that life does not always favor,
the ones in need.

What can we do?
Whats left for us?
Were stuck in this wasteland,
it's time to make some cuts.

[start breakdowny thing]
We will live.....
We will not give in.....
[end breakdowny thing]

So here we are,
waiting idly,
for time to pass us by,
expect no surprise.

What can we do?
Whats left for us?
Were stuck in this wasteland
it's time to make some cuts.


[let riff play one time then start on the 2nd time the riff plays]

We gave in.....
To all authority
Look where that left us...
In an endless sea.

[more breakdown]
Swimming alone....
No hope for land.....
Never wanted more....
Then a helping hand....

Swimming alone....
No hope for land.....
Never wanted more....
Then a helping hand....
[end breakdowns]

What can we do?
Whats left for us?
Were stuck in this wasteland,
it's time to make some cuts.

What can we do?
Whats left for us?
Were stuck in this wasteland,
it's time to make some cuts.

[End]


If you like what you see please follow my band on Facebook or Myspace and I will <3 you forever lol.