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I've heard of those, tesco, but I wouldn't know where to begin to work one. Is it a standalone that you daisychain into your pedalboard? I know people must use them though. I saw a Mute Math show where all the element and overdubs from the original songs was played, and there's no way only 4 guys could've played all that in real time.
The way I tried before was so ghetto; I take the original song in the software and strip it down to just the string tracks and click track. Then I burned it to a CD and fed the click track /strings version into my monitor and the just strings version into the house mix. But it didn't really go over that well because my monitor is so muffled and low volume, I couldn't hear the metronome, so I was off here and there and it was a nightmare trying to finish the song decently. Very embarrassing. So I just went back to playing raw.
I am saving up for a vocal pedal, preferably the T.C. Helion VoiceWorks. Amazing stuff it can do.
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I only do live stuff sporadically, mainly because I busy with school, and mainly because clubs and bars and stuff really want bands, not solo people. (The singer/songwriter coffee house thing maybe still goes over in like Seattle or wherever, but not really in NYC nowadays.) I've played live for other people before, but never really done like a whole set of my own stuff with a full band. I just met a drummer and a guitarist in Brooklyn, though, so all we need is a bassist and we might have a band. We'll see if it works out. We've rented a practice space in Manhattan and had a couple jam sessions, but not real writing sessions yet.
Yeah, the wonder of email. The Postal Service did something similar sending stuff back and forth. The girl lives in North Dakota
(which I will never go to) so without the internet and musicians forums I would have never known about her.
I've actually been experimenting with a way to play back the string files live, but I can't ever play like exactly in sync with them. You can feed a computer into the sound system but my monitor doesn't really output that great, so it's hard to hear them welll. Plus, if you miss half a beat here and rush the tempo a bit there, the whole thing is screwed because not being played live they're going to a mechanical beat. A keyboardist dude played with me once and tried to replicate some of the part but it sounded really cheesy and fake.
I mostly just played by myself and "She Ran The Light" just doesn't sound the same with only piano.
I record the basis (rhythm guitars/keys, bass) with a click track in my home studio, then email it to my drummer friend who owns a real studio. He sends back a couple version back to me and I pick the one I like (which pattern, fills, intensity, etc). Then I record the lead vocals. Then I work on overdubs: I send it my other friend who plays violin.cello and she does an arrangement and lays down string parts (she also loops live recorded sections and sends them to me as individual files if I want to use them in wichever part of the song I want.) She sends it back and I put the final guitar/keys overdubs and bgv's. Then it's pretty much done but I have crappy mastering software so it doesn't get much volume.
(Why am I ever explaining my life to anonymous douchebags on the internet? I'm done.)