Journal - May 4th, 2009

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Today, I added a bass guitar to accompany the rhythm guitar after the intro. While this may at first sound like a simple process, it was not.

Originally, I had intended to use synthesized strings instead of a bass guitar, because I could not find a good MIDI bass sample to use. However, I did not want to be redundant and do the same thing to Peach Tree Street that I had done to Summer Love. So, I experimented with many different samples, including various strings, pianos, a dulcimer, a harpsichord, bells, chimes, choirs, and African singers. Eventually I went back to bass guitars and found a good sample of one, which I then used to incorporate a bass line into the song.

Although I believe that I had the right idea, I think that the bass guitar is too "present" in the mix. My goal was to have a slow bass line that was understandable, contrasted the rhythm guitar, and did not distract from the piece. However, because the bass line is too noticeable, I believe that it fails this criteria by being too distracting. Regardless, the rest of the song is mostly complete (although I just thought of adding a rainstick at the end of it to produce the same wind effect that I created at the beginning of the song).

I would like to rerecord the bass line using a real bass, however I currently have no access to one. Once I do, I should be able to lay down a good bass guitar track that will be able to be mixed into the rest of the song with ease. After that, I simply need to add the rainstick to the end of the song to give it resolve and it will be finished.

  • Click here to listen to this recording of Peach Tree Street. (You made some decent speakers - i.e., not a Macbook'c internal speakers - in order to hear the bass guitar properly).
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