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*This was re-uploaded due to me accidentally uploading a backup save from a few hours earlier before some of the bass and vocals were mixed.
This is the third rendition of Choo Choo, with probably the best production of the 3 (and I've ever done). I mainly did this to test how good I (still) am at producing Post-Hardcore stuff with tons of layers and stuff. Enjoy! Oh, and here's some quick info on the track:
None of the vocals have changed lyrically since "2.1", but the vocal production DEFINITELY has. I think I've finally found a sound I'm happy with for both singing and screaming. I would like to apologize for the mediocre cleans. I'm not great at them in the first place and this is NOT in my range at all.
Guitars were all tracked through a Pod X3 using the Noise gate and Tube Screamer effects models only (no amps). I used the LePou 456 head and LeCab 2 with a Mesa cab impulse sample for the actual tone, as well as a little extra compression. Bass was also tracked through my Pod X3 using the 2003 California amp with the Doubleshow cab. Additionally, I used a Tube Screamer emulator as well as the Heptode Deep Crunch pedal to add some grit. I used Kontakt for choir, strings, and piano while also running the piano through some reverb and a tube EQ. Synths were done through Absynth and extra percussion/explosions were done via Battery 4. The drum sound is too good and I will not share my methods for creating it. Interesting enough, besides your regular compression, band pass filter, and EQ for vocals, I used Guitar Rig 5 Pro's stereo tune mod to get a much more "wide" and powerful vocal sound.
As far as production, this is one of the most heavily-edited song I've done to date. It's not like I couldn't play the guitar parts (most of it is chugging, obviously), but I wanted to really get a good, stereo guitar sound that was very even. I usually don't heavily chop up and synchronize the bass parts perfectly with the guitar, but this time I did. It makes the bass guitar more of a "layer" for the guitars, which I am moving more towards in my mixes rather than having a really distinct tone that stands out too much.