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Then, Cory returned to The Long Play Listening Party today to get into the weeds about re-mastering “Pardon My Pretension, But Isn’t It Blackbeard’s Birthday” for modern listening, including on streaming platforms.
…Which has been up since at least January 2020, if not December 2019.
Signal path is:
Tuner > big gold bypass looper (duplicates the signal) > output 1 recorded in Reaper
Looper output 2 > Falcon Heavy Drive prototype > Wheeler Leveling Amplifier > ART Dual RDB passive transformer-based DI > recorded in Reaper
(The production Falcon with four white knobs wasn’t used)
It’s the second path that provides the main bass sound in the mix; not obviously distorted but super warm and even, inspired by James Jamerson’s Motown tone. The clean path is just for backup, blending in something punchier when needed, using with a virtual amp for something different, that sort of thing.
I had no idea when I set this up, of course, that it would last through most of a year-long global pandemic and a month-long minor basement flood issue. Tearing down rigs is always a bit of an emotional milestone – not sad, not happy, just a feeling of before and after – and while this one was simple and easy to re-create, a whole lot has happened while it’s been up.
And yet, onward. I need the space for some synth things, and will be setting up gear for “Fight Songs” guitars.
Last weekend a couple of new modules for my modular case arrived – a 2hp Tune and an EricaSynths Pico VCO – and in the course of learning to use them I made a quick Night Mode record, as one does, five pieces with the modular, MS-20, and 1776 Effects Multiplex delay pedal.
I’m using it as a reason to update the Night Mode timeline, below.
EDIT 2021 MARCH 25: Drew reminded me of the “Murder Mountain” session. After digging around, my best guess is that we recorded this material – maybe an album’s worth, or more – on two dates in May and June 2019
Feb – Dec ’15
Jan – Aug ’16
Duo (H/Damon) – (Untitled/Unreleased)
Trio – Load Exceedance Load Transcendance
Mar – Jul ’17
Your Pain Matters
?? – Jul ’18
(there’s a Drew/Damon noise / Marshall reamp / drums project in here somewhere
Jan – Apr ’18
Working Bears Or Barely Working (unreleased)
Jan ’18 – Mar ’19
Only Mostly Dead Come In Alone / Stuck On You (Sep ’18) (unreleased)
May 8 – Jun 6 ’19
Duo (Drew/H) – Murder Mountain
Jun – Nov ’19
Not One Person Left Out (unreleased)
Duo (Drew/H) – Capsule
Duo (Drew/H) – (Merritt/Unreleased)
Summer / fall ’21
Asterales x Night Mode “Orbital Debris Vol. 1” and “Extra Junk”
In progress: Digitone + 1 LP
In progress: Seen Heard and Known, Monotribe record(s) (Oct ’19 – ??), AX60 record (Nov ’19 – ??), Medusa record (Apr ’20 – ??), Noise record (Mar ’20) Frank-N-Puter x Night Mode (summer ’20 – spring ’21) MS-20/Pico (March ’21)