If you pay any attention to my Facebook timeline at all (and I certainly don’t blame you if you don’t), you’re already aware of my fondness for isolated music tracks from a given song. It’s really interesting stuff to listen to, and you can find tons of examples on YouTube.
I did something along these lines with a previous production of mine, “Fallen Angel”. However, I didn’t think that blog post turned out very well, so I decided to try and improve the process using my new cover of “Ballrooms Of Mars”, released just a couple of days ago…
This time, instead of posting all 19 individual tracks that make up this particular song (for any sane human being, just way too much to listen to), I thought to isolate just the main busses. You may have to crank it up to hear them clearly as they’re parts of a whole, which ultimately make up the overall volume level of the entire song.
Following these, I’ll present the final mix, which of course incorporates all of this.
- Guitars bus – Gibson Les Paul Studio, Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Fender Jazz bass; Stratocaster guitar solos at 02:05 and 03:40, into the fade-out:
- Drums/Percussion busses – DW drum kit, mixed with various other percussion instruments added later in the recording process as a few final touches:
- Keyboards bus – Split into two sections, played during the guitar solos:
- Guitar solo 1 fill – Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer:
- Guitar solo 2 fill – Yamaha MX49 digital synthesizer, into the fade-out:
- Lead and backing vocals bus
Sometimes, what’s great about recording music is, once mixed, a number of sins get covered up and forgotten. The layman may not pick up on that, but I surely do, and it seems I’m never satisfied with a given final mix because of it. Eventually, you just have to put a fork in it, and call it done.
So, without further ado, here’s the completed mix…Which you may find surprising once everything is put together.
Hope you like it!