My Setup as a One Man Guitar Band - Pt.4 Blending it together

in #music3 years ago (edited)

All the signals i produce along the way have to blended together, no matter if it's live or recording.


In Live-Situations i use a mixer with built in effect (Drum Sounds), and an outboard effect (Alesis Quadraverb).
The settings on the image below are for rehearsals and streaming.
RED is the Boss VE-500 Vocal Pre-Amp (L/R) [Vocals] .
GREEN are Di and Pre-Amp (L/R) signal [Guitar]. Dark Green is the Octaver In [Bass].
BLUE [Drums] is the Guitar's C411 Microphone, and the Sampler out for the Midi Trigger (See Pt.1).

Basically it's the same i do when recording the parts of the guitar
Basic Track.JPG
This example is from the recording to "Goes down like a stone". The Guitar has the same In's like on the Mixer: Guitar (DI, Pre-Amp), Bass (Octaver, DI), Drums (C411, and Sampler).

On the live sound is always a spill over like the C411 adds some pure acoustic sound, so it has a more 'natural' feel.
When i do re-plugged songs, i have to take that spill over into account, and separate the parts of the arrangements to get a clean as possible recording.

Of course there are always a few other things you add on recordings to make it more interesting.
This is the Full Mix of the Song. There are some Percussions added and a strummed acoustic Guitar that comes in on Chorus and Outro.

Have a wonderful week and stay safe, Peepz!

I suggest to take a look at the other parts of the series too, to get the full overview of my setup.
Pt.1 The Drums
Pt.2 Guitar
Pt.3 Vocals


Can you show us more of your desk? I like to see how people set things up. I have a pair of monitors (different sizes) side by side. I find it hard to work with only one these days.


Hi @steevc, indeed i got a pair for the precise hearing, and one for a full mix/hifi feeling. A pair of Yamaha MSP 5's and a pair of JBL Control One (I know them since my early days, so they're a reference to me).
It took quite some time to find the right spot, as my room is very limited. When i sit in listening position i get near an equilateral triangle, with about 1.2 m side length.
The JBL's are EQ'd to compensate the deep mid boost from their location (their back is covered), while the MSP's got plenty of room. Of course, a few layers of foam to decouple the speakers.
I also use Headphones, especially on panning things, and final stages.
Have a wonderful week, Mate!

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I was actually talking about my screens! My monitor speakers are own-brand models from a UK supplier, but they sound good to me. I still have lots to learn about getting a good mix. I don't have any room treatment and I know that is considered important.

It looks like you have things well worked out and it's always useful to learn from others.


Ah OK, luckily they're on this article too :D I use two as you see. The lower one usually shows the Mixer, the upper one the arranger part of the DAW (on Pt.3 you see a screenshot taken over both monitors -> last image). When it comes to plug in's at the end of mixing, a third screen would be no mistake :).

The upper monitor is a Touchscreen and can be tilted. This way i can move it 'into' the rehearsing room, to control the DAW while recording.

Btw. i did a post on the rebuild of the room

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