AC/DC’s “Shot Down In Flames”, The Schaffer Replica™ Series (SoloDallas cover)

22 Oct AC/DC’s “Shot Down In Flames”, The Schaffer Replica™ Series (SoloDallas cover)

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Details details… God is in the details, they say.

Before you proceed in reading this one, I ask that you read my previous one. The album “Highway To Hell” has naturally many things in common song for song first and foremost being, naturally, the way the guitars were recorded. So please make sure you read here “Walk All Over You” before continuing the short remainder below.

Having worked for so long on the previous “Walk All Over You”, has given me quite an insight on the whole album. You go back and forth listening to one song hundred of times, in mono, stereo, left channel, right channel. Everything can count to get it right when you are looking for hints (for your sound to match).

So I started with the same or very similar microphones positions. I just changed slightly the settings of the amp giving more bass, Master to 5 and pre amp back to 7. Guitar volume 10, and tone always 5.

Also, the “console” EQ was different than WAOY. So in the end, changing little things can result in having quite a different sound (I mean, the sound is actually very similar, which will stand of course in the context of the same album sound, which used to happen a lot back in the day and was expected and appreciated).

So remember, some of the defining aspects – for Angus – of Highway To Hell will be:

2203 played almost exclusively (rhythm and solos)

– most likely G12Ms for most of the guitar parts

– SVDS on all solos

– Rhythm guitar with tone knob somehow closed, starting at 5 (guitars are all different, … ).

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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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19 Comments
  • avatar
    AngusRudd1019
    Posted at 07:45h, 30 October

    Any EQ Settings that you can share Fil??

    This is a question for everyone, how important is the Audio Interface System that is used? I have a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20, I made a good purchase with this, right?

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 10:53h, 31 October

      Me? Sharing??? 😆
      Well of course! I am posting right after this comment the entire signal path I use usually. It may look scary to you, but it really isn’t; quite common for professionals using ProTools “in the box”, i.e., doing everything within protools, with no outside outboard (console, compressor, mixers, etc.). I will detail the image as well – please check back and let’s comment it together – Fil

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    madmax
    Posted at 20:15h, 23 October

    can’t wait to hear HIGHWAY TO HELL :-)
    gREAT JOB FIL !!!
    All the best from another Filip from croatia!!!

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 21:11h, 23 October

      Incoming :)
      (Ciao Fil!)

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        AngusRudd1019
        Posted at 22:01h, 23 October

        Was just about to ask about Highway to Hell but I can wait I guess :). Did Ang play this whole album with Preamp around 6 – 8?

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 22:09h, 23 October

          Honestly I think so. I am sure of Walk All Over You, because I spent a month with the Master on 5/6 and it NEVER worked right – ever. Only when I got the master to 4 and the pre to higher (before kept it at 6) it started working. While you can maybe just barely hear it “live”, with the microphones you have a “micro-world”, where everything is macro ( 😆 ) in the sense that, you do hear wild differences accentuated. Microphones can be like lenses; you “see” way more, as you focus on certain details. So, when we record, the minor details can stand out like a sore thumb. I could hate this concept, I almost refuse to admit it (I remember people asking constantly of the settings, happened for years to me… sigh) and now more than ever, I realise that the damn settings truly play a huge part. I suppose results can be emulated in several ways, but the closer we get to the settings that were really used, the more satisfying the final result. And it really is pleasing when you hear it match (almost). Playing with headphones on can be an orgy of emotions… priceless.

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    rjofig
    Posted at 18:18h, 23 October

    bravo, Fil!! keep’em coming :)
    Cheers!

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    ar2619Rob
    Posted at 17:24h, 23 October

    It seems (to my ears) that you’re now able to recreate authentic tones from different albums, that’s a fantastic achievement!
    The solo and outro are exact, that’s so satisfying to hear. :-)
    The SG for the rhythm part is possibly my favourite, it’s old tatty and scarred, just like me! For me it’s the Powerage tour SG.

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 21:18h, 23 October

      Took me 5 mins to write you a reply and got wiped out for freaking good… sigh. Thanks Rob…

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    jjRocker
    Posted at 17:24h, 23 October

    AWESOME playing & guitar sound !!! Perfect HTH sound !!!
    What pickups and electronics (volume & tone pots) are you using in this SG ? Just curious what parts you use.
    I would very like to have such a great guitar sound with a software simulation like Amplitube. I´m not sure if it´s possible but you´re the person which has the knowledge to give useful advices.
    Fill, have you thought about teaming up with IK multimedia and release a AC/DC package like they did with Slash ?
    I´m sure lots of people would buy such an edition.

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 21:18h, 23 October

      Thanks JJ! What SG you refer to? The AM or the vintage one? Yes, I have thought about doing packages – absolutely – and I will try and do at least with one vendor (for example, creating a real plug in of the TSR!). There are LOTS of things to be done… I have just scratched the surface. I may succeed and succeed not; this I know. For sure I can tell you one thing flat out: I’ll be working as hard as ever to get these things done and done well.

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        jjRocker
        Posted at 00:11h, 24 October

        Hi Fil,

        great to hear that you plan a plugin of the TSR !
        I refer to the vintage SG.
        Btw how did you manage to remove the guitar parts from the original tracks so you can play along.Or are these special Backing Tracks ?

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    MisterScary
    Posted at 05:44h, 23 October

    Great job, Fil. The tone was outstanding and I enjoyed your video editing too. :-) Your fingers were flying at the end! I’m (as always) amazed!

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    KyleSG
    Posted at 00:34h, 23 October

    Great Job! One thing I just experienced which Fil if you have not already you must do as it will blow ones mind. Get your self a Highway to Hell Aussie version (Record) not cd and it MUST be a first pressing of the record…… I recently listened to a friends and he played a regular version uk/us/can doesn’t matter made year 1979 of the album and then put on the Aussie one and it was literally like hearing HTH for the first time there’s no comparison to how much better and even different it sounds. I just bought one on ebay myself so can’t wait till it gets here!

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 17:30h, 23 October

      Kyle, you NEED to sample a copy of those for me. Please?

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        KyleSG
        Posted at 22:55h, 23 October

        Fil when my record arrives in the mail I bought from Aus I will try to get sound sample’s of both so we can compare. I will also keep an eye out on ebay as the first pressings don’t come up that often and shoot the links your way if one does. I only listened to highway to hell and compared both at the time with friends record and it was a noticeable difference for sure so can’t wait to hear the rest.

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