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How I Did It

Mint & Whiskey
by Admiral Bob
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Thu, Sep 9, 2010 @ 7:50 PM

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Tools I Used

1962 Fender Stratocaster, piano, organ, my trusty BOSS drum machine, p-bass, Reaper, Wavosaur, Chordata

Samples I Used

I am a Star Trek nerd. And when I saw that ldb's Mint & Whiskey was about one of my favourite Star Trek episodes, I knew I was eventually going to have to mix it.

Original Samples

organ, vibes, piano, guitar, bass, drums

Process

I took Lisa's acoustic guitar and plowed it through Chordata so I could figure out how to play it.

I started with Lisa's guitar and voices. I put down a smooth organ part just to hold down a mellow and dusky mood. Then I added the drums, accenting in the places I knew I wanted to build with the guitar later. Then I put down the vibes.

I put down a real piano. I usually play a MIDI part and render it with a VSTi, but this time, I wanted the full dynamics to happen. I wanted this mix to be dramatic somewhat. Then I put down the bass, and two electric guitars.

For the lead part, I played it into my Fender Twin with a tube screamer. Then I put on a 2000 MS reverb and a slight slap back in stereo.

No compression was used on this, other than a limiter at the end. Dynamics were very important to me, and I didn't want to compromise them.

Other Notes

"You belong in the circus Spock. Right next to the dog-faced boy!"

I know every other song I have remixed seems to do the call and response with the guitar, but there was a lot of open space on this. It seemed right to do!