Jam on toast...
This. This is how a Dragondreams track usually starts. This is here so I remember to come back to it, but also because I've been asked a few times how my tracks develop. Well folks, this is the raw process in action.
The equipment here is a Schecter Omen VI straight into my pedal board, into a Dragondreams custom-built valve amplifier, into a Crate 4x12, miked up with a Samson C01 condenser (hence the hiss). The guitar is fitted with a Roland GK3 hex pickup running into a Roland GR20 controller. The Samson and the GR20 are running into a tiny Tapco Mix50 mini mixer. From there into the soundcard. All recorded in Reaper. The guitar and synth parts are live, improvised, simultaneous, and full of mistakes.
The drums are a loop I've had kicking around for a while, just dropped into Reaper. Bass is my Ibanez 5 string, running through a slightly modified Dragondreams T'Watt valve amplifier. One cycle through, then copied and pasted along with the drum loop.
Then I hit record, stop thinking about what I'm going to play, and just let my fingers move where they want to go.
What would normally happen next is I sit down and listen to the results a few times, picking out bits I like. I'll loop those parts in Reaper and try to learn them. Then I'll consider where I want the track to go next after this bit. And pretty much rinse and repeat all the above until I have various parts I'm happy with.
The next step would be to build the backing track based on all the ideas that come about from this process. Then the last thing I usually do is set it running and attempt to drop my guitar part back in, live and in one pass to get the "feel" and "emotion" into something that otherwise could start sounding very clinical because of all the production stages.
It's quite long...
Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.