More Back in Black Attempts- Update

27 Oct More Back in Black Attempts- Update

Update: Listened to you guys and re-did the drums levels. Plus added some compression on the drums, too (helps the punch). Huh?


If you’re wondering why I have been rather silent, it’s because I was still trying, and still trying, …

Back in Black. Probably one of the hardest songs to nail, ever. Two days – not full days naturally, as work is also there an’ all… but is it hard to play! Sounds “easy”, those three chords, but the timing is so groovy and physically unnatural to play (not to listen to and to hear, but to play) that I must have re-played it as a whole (bass, three guitars, including the Gretsch on the left side) maybe 10 times. Yet still, it’s not like the original.

I have to say that these drum loops I am using are really not good. Not punchy or groovy enough I think. Still. this is it.

I played it with the 1976 Super Lead, with an Ultimate attenuator at bedroom levels. Used the 1960B with blackbacks inside. This time I used two microphones, and the difference is amazing. I positioned them – I tried – the same way that Platt described (link here). Will post a picture asap. It MAKES a huge difference.

Then, I had to separately equalize the microphones, which means coping with six equalization patterns, two per guitar for all three guitars. I used the same EQ’s for the SG (on centre and right), but different, very different for the Gretsch, which has a totally different sound. Also, the amp settings for the Gretsch were altered, it required less “Volume”, down to 5.

Actually, I used the same volume for the SG but “boosted it” with a volume stompbox, just a volume boost, no extra gain, and I set the “tone” of the box (similar to a Klone) in the middle position, to try and boost mids.

You judge the results.

Will add more details later

FIl 🙂

Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri

We Are Rock 'N Roll People.

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    Posted at 02:27h, 05 November

    I think the second one sounds better. The first one sounds a bit, I dont know… weak(?). Both of ’em are a piece of art though!

    Im listening to the begining of
    “Back In Black” right know, and the big difference between your versions and the real one is: The sound. On the original, you can really hear the raw chords played by Mal’ and the magic lick played by Angus. It’s just somethin’ indescribable… I can just describe it as raw. Like a bite!

    Still Fil, your one of the worlds best guitar players and your a great lad!

    Wish you the best mate!
    Cheers x /Anthony

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    Posted at 18:29h, 31 October

    Well it doesn’t sound exataully like the album, but does that matter? It’s full of feeling and really rocking! Not sure where to post random questions, but what are your guys thoughts on ‘Airbourne’ a band that clearly has been inspired by Ac/Dc?

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      Posted at 15:42h, 01 November

      I had actually mentioned Airbourne on a different post. I had heard them playing in Best Buy and the two guys working in the music section thought it was AC/DC! I like their sound a lot, although most people would agree that their skill is no where near AC/DC’s (as stated by Fil). Some of their songs are just WAY TOO FAST and I think they need a lead guitarist rather than having a singer/lead guitarist. Other than those few things I think they’re a rockin’ band. I would definitely go to see one of their concerts.

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    Posted at 09:53h, 30 October

    I think the 2nd one sounds better.

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    Posted at 03:22h, 30 October

    awesome i cant tell which is better… Really good job… does the cab have the stock speakers in it? curious cuz i hav a 1960B 2

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    Posted at 14:37h, 29 October

    What would be good is to put the original recording on the page along side yours to help us compair, that way is makes it easier to listen and comment.


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    Posted at 18:34h, 28 October

    Hey, I posted some more ideas on Soundclick. Don’t know where to post them (maybe we need a topic for own ideas/songs from users). So here they are: AC/DC-idea 3,4 and 5. http://www.soundclick.com/kinglance Feel free to comment and be critical! Greetings from Belgium, J-L

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      Posted at 22:52h, 28 October

      Sounds very nice. Where are you from in Belgium?

      Greetings from Belgium too 😉

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        Posted at 23:29h, 28 October

        Hey, thanks for the comment! I’m from Vichte, close to Waregem and Kortrijk, West-Flanders :p I study in Ghent! U are from?

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          Posted at 23:37h, 28 October

          Ostend. Studying in KATHO Kortrijk. Are u using guitar rig on the recordings?

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            Posted at 16:39h, 29 October

            Ik gebruik Eleven Rack voor de opnames. Maar guitar rig 4 heb ik ook.

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              Posted at 18:12h, 29 October

              Nice. Eleven rack is nog redelijk duur zeker? Klinkt wel mooi. Wat voor gitaar gebruikte je?

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                Posted at 18:19h, 29 October

                795 euro voor Eleven Rack. Mijn gitaar is een Gibson Angus Young Signature SG , zelfde als die van Solodallas, maar dan zonder handtekening en niet aged.

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                  Posted at 21:50h, 29 October

                  Dure apperatuur! Ik speel met een malcolm young sig. Speelje in een band?

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                    Posted at 21:58h, 29 October

                    Nope, kben aant zoeken naar de juiste mensen… Je mag me anders gerust toevoegen op msn ze… jl_demurie@hotmail.com Wel sjiek zo een malcolm young sig :p We kunnen anders op msn wa kletsen, en op facebook Jean-Luc Demurie intypen en ge vindt mij ook…

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      Posted at 09:51h, 29 October

      All 5 sounds very nice, number 4 is my favourite. Seems to be a good idea to play along a bit to self recorded tracks.

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        Posted at 16:50h, 29 October

        Thanks for the comment mate! If u want the files, to pay over them, or if u want to add bass or drums too it, no problem. Give me a sign or say me how I need to put them online and I do it… jl_demurie@hotmail.com if u want to have my personal mail!

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      Posted at 10:12h, 29 October

      Very good in fact: I played on track and let it running while reading and browsing, and my son is playing with his grandmother. The first track it was, even relaxing. Tres jolie! Recording ourselves is one of the best practicing presents we can make to ourselves.

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        Posted at 16:53h, 29 October

        Hey Fil! If u want to do something with my songs (adding a guitarline or adding drums or bass)… no problem. In fact I would be honored! If u want my files, give me a sign… jl_demurie@hotmail.com or if u ciuld say where I can put them online…

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    Posted at 17:50h, 28 October

    Maybe a silly question, but what headphones do u use? I want to buy myself a new one…

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    Posted at 05:27h, 28 October

    Closer still, but it’s still too bright I think.

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      Posted at 21:44h, 28 October

      The brightness is fine. It just needs more drive.

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