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How to get that good ol' Delta Blues sound ?
Ok for those of you who would suggest me to get old vintage equipment, well, it could be nice but no thanks.
Since last year iOS musicians got really spoiled with apps for LoFi effects, tape emulators etc... I am especially thinking about Klevgrand apps like DAW cassette, DAW LP, or even REAMP. Also thinking about those vintage delay emulation like Kai Aras amazing RE-1. K7D seems also really good, just bought the app but didn't have the time to experiment.
Anyway, as a long time guitar player, crazy about open tunings and fingerpicking technique, you can imagine the love I got for all those amazing guitar players from the 30s. I am currently working hard on Blind Blake's right hand technique. Gosh! I don't think he was human 😃
I have tried to recreate the sound of these old recordings using a combination of a few apps I mentioned above. So far it goes like this in AUM:
FAC Maxima ->
Fabfilter proQ2 (cut both high and low frequencies) ->
RE-1 (delay time to zero, 100% wet and add only Wow, flutter, saturation and hiss ) ->
DAW cassette ->
DAW LP ->
Another FAC Maxima to maximize this seriously damaged sound.
You can listen to the result here:
Listen to Mayday by JanKun #np on #SoundCloud
The guitar part itself is played in open D tuning. I quickly put it together after listening to Sylvester Weaver's "Guitar Rag" and Mississippi John Hurt's "Payday"
Not talking about the playing itself, what do you guys think about the effect itself? Did some of you already experiment this kind of things on iOS ? Any suggestions ?
I am adding here a second experiment I did, this time using my National Resophonic (the first track was played on a nylon string guitar)
Listen to The Birth Of Little Blake Johnson by JanKun #np on #SoundCloud
For those interested, here is my revised AUM preset:
(you will need FAC Maxima, FabFilter pro Q2, Numerical Audio RE-1, Klevgrand REAMP, Klevgrand DAW vinyl (optional DDMF NoLimits on the master track). I think the result is much more convincing, please judge by yourself:
Listen to Mayday v2 by JanKun on #SoundCloud
Listen to The Birth Of Little Blake Johnson v2 by JanKun on #SoundCloud