Cover Tune

Posted in Cover Tunes with tags , , , , , on November 27, 2016 by The Buddha Rats

Warts & all…

#Beatles #ADayInTheLife #music #covertunes

Let Me Take You Down…

Posted in Cover Tunes with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2016 by The Buddha Rats

I’m Back.

Posted in Uncategorized on October 30, 2016 by The Buddha Rats

I put all my instruments down in 2014 and barely played a C chord since. I had enough and it was time to stop. I couldn’t even listen to it.

Cut to 2016, and my kid got her first proper acoustic guitar. I love the sound of nylon strings and a spruce top. I tuned the guitar to D A D G D F# and off she went, strumming away like she didn’t give a damn about anything. No Hilary. No Trump. Just a girl and a guitar.

It was inspiring to see her play  and I hadn’t thought about making music in a long, long time. My girl didn’t ask me to play with her, but the stuff she was playing on instinct was really good. It got me thinking… So now I’m back playing again.

Funny, innit?

Happy Halloween,

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xo-The Buddha Rats

#TheBuddhaRats #FuzzyPoet #rock&roll #music #diy #indie #lowfidelity

New Song

Posted in MP3's, Music with tags , , , , on December 18, 2015 by The Buddha Rats

Happy Holidays!

Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted in Happy Holidays on December 27, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope the new year brings you all peace, love, health and happiness.

Cheers,

D

Recording At Home: A Little R&R.

Posted in Commentary, How To's, Making Music with tags , , , on December 7, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

Writing and recording at home is challenging. Resources are scarce.  My room is all but untreated (unless you count the odd painting on the wall, a kingsize bed in the room, no echo chamber, no mixing board, no vocal or drum room and no access to real tape other than Scotchtape). I just read an article in which someone thought that his Mom’s cooking rivaled or surpassed anything he’s had in a “proper” restaurant. Oh yea, peasant cooking… rustic cooking at it’s best is a real pleasure. Same thing with Rustic Recording.

Here are tips for getting the most out of your recordings. You won’t win a Grammy, but isn’t Coldplay nominated this year?… You see my point?

1) Use mic distance to your advantage.

Recordings aren’t just stereo or mono.  Create depth using multiple mics as well as by using reverb and EQ to great effect. The brighter the sound, the more up front it appears. Using lo-pass and hi-pass filters as your “go-to” tool will keep things sounding natural and make sounds that compete for space easier to manage and fix.

2) Go DI for bass.

Bass signals plugged in direct to your daw will end up lifeless, but you can “fix it in the mix”. I always go DI and end up duping the original track 2x. Now that I’ve got 3 bass tracks:

  • Leave the DI track as is.
  • Route track 2 through an ampsim.
  • Route track 3 through a fuzz or distortion box.

Blend these tracks to create a tasty bass track.

3) Perfect your performance before you hit record.

If you can’t play it all the way through without that red light on, you’re not ready to have a go at it. Seriously- learn your material. Make sure you can sing it and play it.

4) Buy the best instruments you can afford and use them.

And this doesn’t mean that you have to subscribe to the myth that your guitar needs to be a 1959 Les Paul in order to be considered “best”. I like Elliott Smith and was pleased to learn that the entire Roman Candle album was recorded using a cheap Domino parlor guitar.  Best= what works best for the material. New instruments might not work as well as something old or beat up even (have you seen the hole in Willie Nelson’s Martin?).

5) Drum machines suck.

They’re repetitive and lack soul. Pepper any drum machine track with real tambourines, claps, woodblocks, etc. anything that sounds real- even shaking a key ring full of keys will go a long way to impart that touch that only a real human can. Or better yet, just find a real drummer.

6) Don’t marathon mix.

Take breaks every hour. Let your ears rest for 15-20 minutes. It will make a big difference. Ear fatigue, especially when listening to high volume rock tracks, is a death sentence for quality.

7) Audition your mixes before and after.

There are people who can actually mix well using headphones. Just be sure to A/B them on car stereo, home stereo, etc.

8) Elevate you demos with proper mastering.

Home recordings can sound cheap because they often aren’t mastered properly. Even Ozone (when used sparingly) can yield great results.

9) Mistakes= Happy Accidents. Keep Them.

You are making music for real live flesh and blood people to hear. Your music should sound like it was made by one. Mistakes happen. Nothing is perfect. Remember that.

10) Always, always experiment.

Do something you haven’t tried. It might make your song better.

The Beatles Isolated Vocal Track to “Nowhere Man”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 14, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

I’ve always loved this song. This is another outstanding vocal track by an obscure band from Liverpool. A for effort, boys.