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AC/DC’s “Ride On” SoloDallas Cover

29 Mar AC/DC’s “Ride On” SoloDallas Cover

You wanted original sounds, like the ones recored. Well, we promised you that actually.

 

So take this. Hope you like toons?

 

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Took me 5 days to accomplish.

At first, I was like – happens often – “this is going to take me one day only. Did it many times already, already covered, tutored, everything” (though it was years ago).

Additionally, I was thinking that given that these were the early days, it could be that Angus wasn’t as skilled as in the later years. So once can hope to nail his licks more easily.

 

Was wrong on all accounts, naturally. Been doing this for years – really – and I still fall into the usual mistake of overlooking things with this “simple” music.

Also, “blues is easy, ain’t it”? You still hear folks referring to these things this way.

Nah folks – brothers in sounds – not us. Not that it’s impossible, but definitely, these are “virtuoso things”, and we must be aware: to do it right, one must prepare himself.

So did I, once I sent Franz – banane – the first clips for sound tests, as we usually do every time.

As the hours passed by though, and I was rehearsing the solos (did the solos first), I realized I was making mistakes on a number of levels.

 

1.) Was using the 1959 with volume next to 10. Wrong: it has been stated many, many times that more often it was around 7. Took me two days to find out a-gain!

The volume naturally will translate into “drive” of the amp, and the original soloing done on “Ride On” is evidently “clean” (so to say: “clean dirty”, as Tony Platt called it).

2.) microphone position has always to be experimented for optimal results. And it’s so much fun to do as well. It’s really research, and it can be accomplished by any of us using time and some good common sense.

Used one Neumann U67 on the non slanted Marshall cabinet with 1969 G12Ms, and put the mike up left (facing the cab) with the mike tilted towards the outer edge of the cab, but still capturing sound incoming from the top left speaker.

Distance more or less 3 centimeters. In fact, besides it being a “dirty clean” solo sound, there is a terrific “Hollow sound” feeling in this – as in many other solo sounds from the same period – and this was surely accomplished by moving the microphone off axis, off centre.

You really can place the microphone in a number of fantastic spots on a Marshall 4×12 cabinet. Hard work at times, but always pays off.

3). The guitar here has obviously the tone control of the bridge pickup closed to some degree. I tried 2, 4 and 3, and 3 seemed to match the best (final result is what you hear in the video). WHY do this? I.e., why close the tone knob some? CUT THROUGH the mix was the answer.

Remember, at the time there weren’t stomp boxes or other gimmicks. Furthermore, it’s not like Angus would use them even if available. He’s always stated “he’d use the guitar”, and he always did. I think most of these things – including the inner concepts, the “philosophy” about all this, was passed on to him by his older brothers – namely George first and Malcolm second – early on, “forming and forging” him forever. Closing the tone knob some will make for a thicker body of sound, which could then be shaped even better with post EQ (tracking console and mix console). It is true.

4.) These were the years when probably Vanda-Young production used a lot Neve consoles. Therefore, if we want to emulate “that” sound, we must look for Neve plugins.

Used two here, one Slate Virtual Console emulator, and one UAD Neve 1081SE Equalizer module (emulation of a very famous Neve module). There are increasingly more and more plugins out there, for any giver DAW (digital recording platform). I use UAD (Universal Audio) but there is also Wave plugins out there, and they’re good and don’t require additional hardware (as the UAD does). I wholeheartedly recommend that you spend time recording and messing around with post-production (after recording) sound manipulation. I’m always here to help if you need me.

To my ears, it came out close to Angus’ original sound. They may have used some baffles – I hear certain notes resonating against something for sure – but I haven’t. I used open mic on the cab as most of the times.

 

I truly think “my” results are replicable, and this is why I have been writing all of this down for all of these months: I think one can replicate and even do better than me. Do it, it’s worth it!

 

Love,

 

Fil

 

 

 

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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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46 Comments
  • avatar
    Jeba
    Posted at 23:37h, 30 March

    Wow, this is as good as AC/DC covers can get. You have achieved amazing results in these years, and now I’m doubting there’s something you couldn’t nail. The way you make these videos with your days of research and practising, you should be featured on AC/DC’s website or something.
    May I also ask what kind of video editing software do you use? I couldn’t find it out anywhere here so excuse me if it has been told πŸ™‚
    Jerry

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    Angusrocks101
    Posted at 23:21h, 30 March

    Nice playing and tone. I have been playing the solo some like the last week. It’s a great bluesy solo.

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    AngusRudd1019
    Posted at 23:13h, 30 March

    i’m practicing this solo now…time to get to work

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    currentpeak
    Posted at 16:00h, 30 March

    What to say? Perfect as always πŸ™‚

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    Michael
    Posted at 13:52h, 30 March

    I remember your first version of ride on, it was in the old red studio.. great!

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    Ant
    Posted at 13:39h, 30 March

    Beautiful!, never cease to amaize πŸ™‚

    I like the cartoon affect, i can see you like to make full use of the effects in your software πŸ˜‰

    Ride on Fil πŸ˜›

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    Aaron
    Posted at 06:13h, 30 March

    Great vid. Always a pleasure.

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    SCgrad98
    Posted at 04:28h, 30 March

    Great cover, Fil. I love the video editing when your SG changed from Walnut to Cherry! I love the tone and feeling you out into this one.

    It’s also great that you were able to get that tone using speakers that weren’t even in existence back in ’76!

    Cheers!

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 13:27h, 30 March

      Thanks matey,
      I DID use the same speakers though πŸ˜†
      G12Ms, cabinet below (not in video), the pre-rola ones.
      True G12Ms πŸ™‚
      AC/DC at the time either used G12Ms or G12H30s.

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    sixstringslover
    Posted at 00:01h, 30 March

    Playing wise and tone wise, the solo totally blew me away !
    Thx for your passion and dedication … and of course for sharing it !
    R ‘n R is alive and kicking πŸ˜‰

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    Johnny
    Posted at 23:30h, 29 March

    AMAZING FIL!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

  • avatar
    Angusrocks
    Posted at 22:50h, 29 March

    99%times are over Fil πŸ™‚
    Now, every time and every song further you reach 100% !!!

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    Atomic'76
    Posted at 22:40h, 29 March

    Beautiful… what more can one say about such a wonderful song that is performed so well?

  • avatar
    rjofig
    Posted at 22:30h, 29 March

    Bravo, Fil! Brilliant performance!
    On to studying your playing to see how to play this one right πŸ™‚
    Cheers!

  • avatar
    Jase
    Posted at 22:19h, 29 March

    My favourite ever DC song.. Perfect cover

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    AngusRudd1019
    Posted at 21:43h, 29 March

    The number of times I’ve seen and heard you play this song is countless but this one is definitely the best. Are you playing through the replica?

    The solo is so perfect……

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    Hardrockerdave94
    Posted at 20:37h, 29 March

    I love this song, is there any chance sometime in the future you could do a tutorial for the solo? I can play the vast majority of it, just can’t get the little Angus Young intricacies you’ve managed to nail, would be much appreciated πŸ™‚

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    06AngusSG
    Posted at 20:03h, 29 March

    “Simply” Fantastic.

    I loved your last cover of tis but this takes the Cake. I thought the “cartoon” solo was Awesome but it makes it hard to see what your doing on the fret hand.

    Usually I miss new stuff but I’m off today due to working 44 hours already since Monday morning!!!! πŸ™

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    banane
    Posted at 19:45h, 29 March

    Really awesome, Fil. I saw and heard you working on this song this and you was working really hard on it, with terrific results. Totally awesome tone, epic solo playing and cool comic vid. Just great, bro πŸ™‚

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 19:48h, 29 March

      Well yes, you know everything alway in advance, including temporary desperation when trying to grasp results.
      Liebe bro πŸ™‚

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        banane
        Posted at 19:52h, 29 March

        And its a great experience everytime, and I’m learning a lot from it. Liebe back! πŸ™‚

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    nitroangus23
    Posted at 19:38h, 29 March

    You’re faking it!!!

    No wait….you’re just that epic πŸ™‚

    Great tone/playing here Mr.Dallas,

    Bon’s a grinnin’ ear to ear.

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 19:42h, 29 March

      Hihihi. Played the main solo for three days (and I knew the solo already!!!) to get it right in almost every nuance, every breath, every fart. AC/DC is easy? This is a blues. Blues is easy.

      Maybe, maybe both, but none of the two for me!

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    tpm
    Posted at 19:33h, 29 March

    Great as always. thanks.

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 19:38h, 29 March

      Oh thank you for watching it: I know it’s a privilege (for ME!) and I will always honor it.
      I really wanted to deliver the most authentic, accurate and passionate cover of this ever made. I hope this does it.

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