When I first started recording my own music, I programmed a lot of the guitar parts with samples in Reason. Then Cakewalk bundled a demo version of Guitar Rig in SONAR, and when I tried it out with my then-new computer in 2010, it opened up a whole lot of possibilities for me.
I’ve since spent the last three years replacing those programmed guitar parts with real ones — where my limited technique can manage, that is — and generally improving the overall sound quality of my recordings. I called this initiative the Ex Machina Series. (“Ex machina”, as in “get the performance of these songs out of the machine.”)
I can now report that the first phase of this initiative is complete.
What went into phase one?
Well, by the end of 2007, I had at least 90 recordings scoped out. I had entire albums with fake guitar parts and very minimal effects processing. The Ex Machina Series pretty much involved me going back into each of those 90+ recordings and adding effects, replacing parts and cleaning up mixes. Better sample libraries powered drums. Convolution reverb added a sense of depth.
I wanted to establish a base where I could go back into these recordings and refine them.
In the last month, I created new mixes for the last remaining albums to get the Ex Machina treatment, and they are now all available in the Music section.
It feels good to some working material that’s closer to a finished product than I had back in 2008.