Author: SoloDallas

01 Jun AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” “VEGA” Series

Well my friends, it’s night here and I have prepared all day long for our departure tomorrow to go “back to the States”.

We’ll be in San Diego, CA, for a month. The 4 of us.

Didn’t want to have you hanging for nothing though. So I did this.

Latest effort in replicating “Back in Black” sound. Using a newly acquired Neumann U67 and all the Universal Audio plug-ins you see in the image. Carefully crafted.

Will update this post with more info. For now, you get the video.



Fil 🙂

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23 May Superb “Black Ice” Article: The Making of, by Mike Fraser

A must read.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mike Fraser

AC/DC Black Ice

People + Opinion : Artists / Engineers / Producers / Programmers

How do you capture the essence of pure rock & roll? For Mike Fraser and AC/DC, the answer was simple: get the sound right at source, track to analogue tape, and don’t mess about with the results!
Paul Tingen

Mike Fraser at the Neve desk in Warehouse Studio Two, where Black Ice was recorded.
Black Ice, AD/DC’s first album in eight years, debuted at number one in an amazing 29 countries, and within 10 days of its release on October 20, had already outsold its predecessor Stiff Upper Lip (2000) by five to one. Black Ice was recorded and mixed by Mike Fraser. Known for his work with heavy rock acts such as Aerosmith, Metallica, Van Halen and Joe Satriani, but also with Elvis Costello, Kelly Rowland and Norah Jones, the Canadian engineer and producer has engineered and mixed all AC/DC’s studio albums since The Razor’s Edge, enjoyed a mix credit on Live (1992) and also clocked up an additional co-production credit for Ballbreaker (1995).
Canadian legend Bruce Fairbairn produced The Razor’s Edge and Live, Rick Rubin and Fraser co-produced Ballbreaker, Stiff Upper Lip was produced by George Young (the older brother of the band’s guitarists, Malcolm and Angus), and Black Ice is produced by Brendan O’Brien, well-known for his work with Bruce Springsteen. With different producers involved each time, one might expect the recording process for each of these albums to be rather different. However, according to Fraser, there was not much between them.
“Each producer had a slightly different working method,” explains Fraser, “but the band play the way they play, and they know what they’re doing, so there’s not a lot of coaching to be done. They have good instruments and the sounds come quickly, and because they pretty much do the whole record live, with only a few overdubs, the whole thing doesn’t take a lot of time. We recorded and mixed Black Ice in eight weeks!


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19 May Mr. Ken Schaffer responds to solodallas


Mr. Schaffer decided to reply directly via email.

Found his email this morning, upon waking up. Useless to try and describe what he told me and what I feel.

Let’s just say that he is willing to help me.

For now, an exclusive present of his to us: the original sticker that was affixed on each receiver of the original SVDS unit. You can barely see a round circle in pictures of the original SVDS, on the left side of the receiver looking at it from the front.


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16 May 10 Things All Guitarists Should Be Able to Do (Premier Guitar)

10 Things All Guitarists Should Be Able to Do

Steve Ouimette

10 things that amateur guitarists can do to play more like a pro.

Premier Guitar May 2011

For some reason, I’ve been getting out more often lately and experiencing live music. It’s been a mixed bag. Some have been national acts in large venues, while some have been at the local bar and club level. Most recently, I was a judge in a local guitar competition. After seeing the more polished national acts, I got a little spoiled hearing well put together sets that paced themselves and built up to a peak in the evening. All the musicians’ playing was spot on, and they were great experiences. Coming down to the local level, I witnessed a lot of similarities in players that were quite different from the national level acts. Of course this is to be expected to some degree, but it was overwhelming how many fundamental aspects of playing seemed to be overlooked. Here’s what I witnessed on the local level. It’s not a representation of everything that’s out there, but it hasn’t been pretty. Therefore I’m compelled to present my list of 10 things every guitarist should be able to do. It’s not too tall of an order, but it is an important list. (more…)
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16 May Avid’s Chris Townsend Talks about SoloDallas

Although I think egotism, self appreciation and stardom have to be strongly fought (inside of ourselves, for first) I am pleased to tell you that Mr. Chris Townsend – Lead Guitar Products Architect at Avid – has compiled a “definitive Eleven Rack Tracks List” – in Avid’s Eleven Rack Blog.

A few of my renditions with the Eleven Rack have been added: You’ll see the list right there.


And here’s Mr. Townsend comments on SoloDallas:

Special recognition should go to a few users in particular who are phenomenal players and really show off Eleven Rack to its potential.   Fil Oliveri, also known as SoloDallas (solodallas.com), can get the best AC/DC tone of anyone I’ve ever heard.  So much so that you might even swear you are listening to Angus and Malcom.  If you’re interested in how to get that kind of tone yourself, his site is full of great tips.

Do I feel proud? Yes, I do.

BUT I always look forward to successes for the community. As you know, I do NOT have an interest for myself for a “music” career. I did my choice years ago already.

However, being recognized more and more as a Rock point of reference, fills me with hope.


Yours, always,


Fil 🙂

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12 May Fractal Audio “Axe FX II” is out.

Great news for the modeling community.

Building up over the past version(s) of Axe FX – guitar amplifier modeler (in the likes of Eleven Rack, Guitar Rig, Amplitube, … ) – a new Axe FX was released.

I am not talking about a new version of the firmware; I am talking about a new, improved modeler.

Curious to try one myself.


Fractal Audio FX II

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