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Cover Tune

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

Warts & all…

#Beatles #ADayInTheLife #music #covertunes

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New Song

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

Happy Holidays!

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.

Life Is Good

Posted in Commentary, Music with tags , on June 1, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

Spent all day Saturday with some very close friends and a bunch of wickedly talented musicians. Partied responsibly, played all night and#lifeisgood.

TG Mastering Pack Presets

Posted in Plug Ins, VSTi Presets with tags , , , , on January 3, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

I’ve been meaning to make these presets available for a long time. They are so f’ing awesome and I should charge for the download, but then I said to myself, I said: “Self… you should give these away”.

And then I did. So here is what you get in this bundle of awesomeness:

  1. Acoustic Guitar 1
  2. Acoustic Guitar 2
  3. Acoustic Piano 1
  4. Acoustic Piano 2
  5. B3 Organ Warmer
  6. Drum Overhead 1
  7. Drum Overhead 2
  8. Drum Overhead 3
  9. Drum Overhead 4
  10. Electric Bass 1
  11. Electric Bass 2
  12. Electric Bass 3
  13. Hi Shelf Brightness
  14. Lo Shelf Boost
  15. Master Mix 1
  16. Master Mix 2
  17. Master Mix 3
  18. Master Mix 4
  19. Percussion Claves
  20. Rhodes 1
  21. Rhodes 2
  22. Vox Backing 1
  23. Vox Backing 2
  24. Vox Female
  25. Vox Male

Grab them all here then send me an email and thank me at TheBuddhaRats@gmail.com.

One more thing- do not re-distribute or sell these presets. And don’t be an a**hole by uploading these to some shite pirate/torrent site.

Peace and Music,

The Buddha Rats

Ring in the New Year With 5 New AD Presets!

Posted in Addictive Drums Weekly Presets with tags , on December 30, 2013 by The Buddha Rats

Greetings, People! Hard to believe that another year is up. I hope that time is being good to everyone and that you are all able to spend it the way you want, and not the way you have to.

I’ve been so busy with side projects for the past year and a half that I haven’t posted any new AD presets. I decided to get 5 new ones out to ring in 2014 right. So without further ado:

  • Bjorn in the 70s
  • Crisp Around The Edges
  • Disco Crackerjack
  • I Rode In On Yo Momma’s Ass
  • Lets Be Natural

You can grab them all here.

Happy New Year! Peace and Music to all.

-DG (Head Rat In Charge)

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

Posted in Seasons Greetings with tags , , on December 24, 2013 by The Buddha Rats

I hope everyone has a great time this Holiday Season. Thanks for another great year and hopefully 2014 will be even better than 2013.

Remember: Nobody wants a Charlie In The Box.

Very best regards,
Drew