Lightnin’ Man (full band)

Advanced contributor spadanny
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I’d really appreciate any comments on this song. I’ve uploaded it before but it was acoustic. I’d especially appreciate any comments on drums. Thanks for the listen!

This old heart, this heart of mine
runs on lightnin’ and dynamite
but this world I’m livin’ in
can make a man feel so uptight
were gonna crank it up
up the juice
dig em up
and turn em loose
were gonna get on down
paint the town and paint it red
were gonna get on down
start a fire and wake the dead

Firewater and dynamite
T bone Walker and Bukka white
I’m a red hot pistol, I’m your jelly roll
and I got more rhymes than the devil got soul
I got a mojo hand
I’m a lightnin’ man
Make you dance and shake
at least that’s the plan
were gonna get on down
paint the town and paint it red
were gonna get on down
start a fire and wake the dead

you hear a red owl hoot
that’s the call
were meetin’ at the cemetary
gonna have a ball
were gonna get on down
paint the town and paint it red
were gonna get on down
start a fire and wake the dead

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8 Responses to Lightnin’ Man (full band)

Hi Danny,

I just started tracking live drums. So, I can appreciate the time and effort it takes to record them. I think it’s one of the toughest instruments to record. Your drums sounded great in this song and sits well in the mix. For my taste, I would experiment with getting a little more attack and maybe eq the upper register of the kick to make it a little more present. The kick didn’t cut through like I was expecting. I’m looking for a little more punch here!

Since I’m not a drummer I won’t comment on the performance.

Being a newbie to drum tracking, I’m interested in your process. How do you mic individual drums and what mics are you using? How to you minimize the bleed between them? What additional processing are you using during mix down? Are you getting enough natural reverb from your room or are you adding more (to the snare?)? How are you using Compression / Parallel Compression? I like the stereo separation in the crash. I heard some mixed in the right channel and other more centered. How about moving the center one a little more left? Are you getting this stereo effect with 2 overheads?

I’m using SM57s for the snare and toms. Beta 52A for the bass. A pair of AKG 214s as overheads. If anyone else would like to chime in, I’d love to hear what works for you.

Thanks for sharing you process!

Bob

    Thanks for the comment Bob. Actually this is a drum program not live drums. I really worked hard to try to fool the ear by putting tempo and velocity variation throughout the track so I’m glad to hear that it’s working 🙂 It would have probably been easier to get a drummer to do the real thing but I like tinkering with it.

    I think I hear what you are saying about the bass drum. I just now uploaded a new track and tried to address the bass drum tone by transposing it higher. Thanks again for the feedback.

kessmonsters
Commented:  April 6, 2013 at 12:16 PM()

i really like your guitar sound. the drums are cool but just don’t cut through enough. i think you need o break up your song structure. basically you play the same chord progression. there’s no definite verse or chorus. but i really like what you’ve done here. kess

    I agreed with your assessment that the drums were too buried so I turned them up and re-uploaded the song.

    As far as structure, I know what you mean. It’s a bit of a drone but its a blues song paying tribute to old blues in particular and those old blues guys were pretty repetitive so I guess I was going for that. Thanks for the helpful feedback.

    Danny

vincenti
Commented:  April 6, 2013 at 3:22 PM()

I liked not expert in recording look perfect don’t have problem with the drum,good job

Great bar tune. I liked the guitars alot. I expected a heavier solo.
No biggie though theres lots of room in this song for playing live.
Overall I thought was a pretty tight performance.

Oh I liked the sound bight of the old blues in the beginning, I don’t think it transitioned to well in to the main song – I can’t really put my finger on why.

Nice job – Jim

I thought the musicianship was really good. Usually in my playing I always come down hard on the down beat out of habit, so the bass drum in my recordings always seem faint, because of my guitar and vocals are usually stronger on the down beat. So, my point is, as long as you can feel the down beat, that’s what’s important–anyway, that’s what i think–about the kick not coming through–I have the same problem a lot. I liked the song but after a quarter the way through i though it a bit predictable, but I’ve listened to so much stuff I can predict pretty good. Anyway, I enjoyed it. Gordon

rllewis999
Commented:  April 21, 2013 at 8:26 PM()

Very energetic! Like the hook.

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