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STUDIO SNAPSHOT : “Recording Guitars”

We’ve been lucky enough to work with some AWESOME guitarists. George Bikos from East Coast USA band Embers of a Dying Flame and ex-Cruxshadows needs no introduction. His absolute punk attitude and drive screams through in his guitar takes. His surgical precision allows scathing guitars to sit seamlessly in a mix with complex synth lines.

We’re using three techniques to record the guitars:

Straight Re-Amping:
We’ll record the guitarist’s raw signal. Cut it up, then go into the studio and play the edited guitars though Graeme’s big guitar stack. This is recorded with two mics to give a stereo sound.
Pros : It’s accurate and it’s easier to fix up mistakes in a “raw” guitar take than a distorted guitar track
Cons: It can sound a little flat and might lack energy. When a guitarist is recording a track live (with massive guitar amp plugged in) they play with more attitude.

“Bent” Re-Amping:
Ditto as above, but after the raw signal is recorded, we patch it through the modular and screw with it as we would any other synth sound. We’ll add Amplitude or Filter modulation to give it extra bite. We then record it through the guitar amp with 2 mics.
Pros: It gives you a wild and chaotic guitar sound
Cons: Because of all the modulating, the tonal output is “unstable” – frequencies are going everywhere and it take a little extra work to keep the guitars sitting in the mix.

Rock Guitars 101:
Mix equal parts:
1 * rock pig guitarist
1 * massive amp
2 * mics
1 * backing track
Stir vigorously!
Pros: Sounds MASSIVE. High energy. It’s pure ROCK!
Cons: It can be a pain to clean up the guitars and edit stuff out….but that’s a minor gripe.

HINT:
Try and use all 3 (an more) on an album.
After you’ve recorded one track, re-position the mics to give a slightly different sound on the next track.
Try close mic’ing (putting the mic very close in the amp) and far mic’ing (putting the mic more than a metre away). This can give an awesome stereo result.
If possible, use different amp. Graeme uses a marshall stack, a Vox, plus a crappy Peavey Bandit practice amp…and the Peavey adds a fantastic top end definition to the guitars!

BOTTOM LINE:
It comes down to Punk Vs Perfection. How much raw punk energy are you willing to sacrifice in the quest for perfection?

*MORE* ANGELSPIT 2015 USA SHOWS ANNOUNCED!

spit_live-600*MORE* Dates have been announced for Angelspit’s new live set and stage show!

With special guests The Gothsicles

May 21st Columbus, OH @ The Shrunken Head : DETAILS
May 22nd Phila, PA @ Dracula’s Ball (The Trocadero) : DETAILS
May 23rd Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions : DETAILS
May 24th Detroit, MI @ Small’s : DETAILS
May 25th St. Louis, MO @ Crack Fox : DETAILS
May 26th Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room : DETAILS
May 27th Chicago, IL (TBA) : DETAILS
May 29th Cleveland, OH @ Fastbacks : DETAILS
May 30th NYC (TBA) : DETAILS
May 31st Albany, NY (TBA) : DETAILS

…more coming!

View all the details here.

Studio Snapshot: Editing Guitars

Our new album is shaping up to be dark, raw and PUNK AS HELL. Guitars and synths battle it out whilst heavy metal drums, modular bleeps and industrial percussion go head to head in all-out WAR…it’s shaping up to be a killer!
A major feature in this album is the way BIG GUITARS and BIG SYNTHS co-exist…there’s only so much “sonic room” a sound can occupy, and when two massive “frequency hogging” sounds are playing the same riff, things can get complicated…

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ANGELSPIT 2015 USA SHOWS ANNOUNCED!

spit_live-600

Dates have been announced for Angelspit’s new live set and stage show – and more dates TBA!

With special guests The Gothsicles

May 21st Columbus, OH @ The Shrunken Head : DETAILS
May 22nd Phila, PA @ Dracula’s Ball (The Trocadero) : DETAILS
May 23rd Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions : DETAILS
May 24th Detroit, MI @ Small’s : DETAILS
COME COMING!

Studio Snapshot : SCI Prophet 5

Brand: Sequential Circuits International
Model: Prophet 5
Link: http://www.vintagesynth.com/sci/p5.php

BLURB:
This synth is hailed as a classic. It is a stunning machine. It can make gentle pads, hollow whispering leads, thumping basses and screeching horrific noises. It’s sound is absolutely glorious! We have owned ours for about 8 years, in this time it’s dropped it’s memory several times, broken down, almost set itself on fire and breathed AWESOMENESS into every track it’s touched. The Prophet 5 is a very temperamental Diva, but when she works, Gods and Demons run for cover…!

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Studio Snapshot : Doepfer A-189-1 Bit F*cker

Brand: Doepfer
Model: A-189-1
Link: http://www.doepfer.de/a1891.htm

It’s shiny! It’s new! It fucks up yer shit REAL good!
Doepfer finally make a bit-crusher and it’s AWESOME! it does a bunch of other stuff as well…no idea exactly WHAT it does, but it does them with that clinical precision we’ve come to expect from Doepfer.

You can control 2 functions via CV, and when it comes to BitCrushing…that equated to some lovely alien DOOOM!
When we first got this thing we put a random CV through it as you would a Sample’n'Hold to randomly open a Filter…but we were randomly controlling Bit Crushing – I’ve never heard anything like it – fantastic!

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Studio Snapshot : Doepfer A-129 – Vocoder’o'ROCK!

Doepfer A-129 : Vocoder’o'ROCK!

Brand: Doepfer
Model: A-129
Link: http://www.doepfer.de/a129e.htm

BLURB: Vocoder = Awesome blah blah Cylons, Earth Wind and Fire blah blah blah afro stevie wonder hot juicy sex with a Synthi blah blah blah…

F*ckin’ awesome. everyone needs 2! We also have a WARP FACTORY which is great, but the Doepfer is seriously AWESOME!! It paints your voice in a thick layer of luscious “vocoder honey”. We only have the very basic set up. We would buy the complete set up, but we keep spending all our money on huge elaborate photoshoots…and whores and drugs and fast cars…

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MASSIVE GUITARS

…you need:

1 Demon Childe Guitarist
1 Demon Guitar, Pedal and Rig
Lashings of ROCK
Killer Riffs (to taste)
2 * condenser mics
2 * SM57s

Place guitar rig in the middle of the room. Position so the back of the amp is 3 feet from the back wall with the speakers facing the room.

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HARDCORE PONG CHALLENGES THE YOU TO A NICE GAME OF GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR

hp-sqr-4 copyRock the USA for $8K….
The Electrified collaboration of Angelspit and The Gothsicles team up to form HARDCORE PONG – an album of pounding 4bit beats with ten new tracks and remixes from top artists.
Aided by a Kickstarter video which features a shot-for-shot remake of two iconic scenes from The Matrix and War Games, The distorted duo have already funded their campaign in three days. HARDCORE PONG  now train their aimbots at more ambitious goals.
After hitting their initial goal of $2000 in 2days, with the Cyclopean stretch goal of $8000 on the horizon, HARDCORE PONG announces a US tour of cosmic dimensions! Synthetic blips & scorched out chips mutate the nation! Shows will be “live” in name only, as the concepts of time and space will be sonically compressed inward.
We are working on some very cool live interactive ideas to massively involve the audience – so the crowd become a part of the band“, says Angelspit’s Zoog Von Rock. “Our Kickstarter takes audience participation to an insane level”, adds Brian Graupner from The Gothsicles, “from personalised ring tones (AVATARI), to inviting fans to send an abusive video messages to be spliced into a song (15 Seconds Of Flame), to writing a track based on your theme and contributing vocals and appearing in the video (U R HARDCORE)
Check out the HARDCORE PONG Kickstarter today!

HARDCORE PONG: ANGELSPIT’S DOEPFER MAQ16/3 ANALOGUE SEQUENCER

Doepfer MAQ16-3ANGELSPIT’S DOEPFER MAQ16/3 ANALOGUE SEQUENCER $1,100

Zoog’s Doepfer MAQ16/3 Sequencer. Used on Hardcore Pong and EVERY Angelspit album from Krankhaus onward. Also comes with Merch Pack + Signed Hardcore Pong Poster Hardcore Pong Tshirt + Digital Download.

“Absolutely love this sequencer. This is the grey version with MIDI and CV/GATE. I use this for bleeps and complex pads – you can do so much with it. ”

- Zoog.

* This item will only ship to the USA *

Read more about it here

Check out the Hardcore Pong Kickstarter here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thegothsicles/hardcore-pong

 

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