Afterbirth (Baby) Blues - part 1 (one take)

il sviluppatore e amici on July 07, 2013 21:38

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When my family was preparing for arrival of my twins about 3 years ago, I was really excited to find out some information that there is a real kind of depression which parents suffer and it's called afterbirth or baby blues. Of course it's a great name for the song.

Thus I started to crystallize my parenthood experience humming this tune. There shall be several parts, this one is more dramatic and others are more lyrical depicting other sides of being a father.


This track is merely sound check. I just set my environment, plug an acoustic guitar and played it one time to see how it will sound. It's just one take and one one guitar was played. I cut the second part off because it was performed not very evenly :-) However, I rather pleased with what I got for the very first attempt.

So I plan to redo the whole song shortly with other parts and release it soon.

Since there are questions about the sound -

I have standard 6th string Fender acoustic guitar with a built-in Fishman preamp and the guitar itself sounds rather good. However, I feel that the sound is a bit dry while recording via preamp, so I put EHX MicroPOG octaver pedal in front of my sound card. The pedal has 2 outputs, one for bypassing an original signal and another one where you could blend octave down and octave up with your signal.

So for After-birth Blues I added a bit of octave down to my acoustic guitar sound and record it in parallel with an original one from the bypass output, since my EMU sound card has 2 inputs. Thus I had recorded 2 tracks: one with literally 12th string guitar sound (but with really deep octave down blend) and original 6th string one. After that I applied different kind of reverberation to each track and shifted one track far on the left channel and another far on the right channel, but since it's almost the same guitar part they sound virtually in the center.

Actually, I love MicroPOG for its versatility and I liberally used it in different styles, especially when our third Manager left the trio and we tried to sound as a full band performing as a duo. When the octave up is added the sound becomes similar to keyboards, and I have an unrecorded blues where the guitar line is dubbed with some synth sound. The other examples you have already heard below on my SC page.


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