>How much do you do live recording? (Obviously the vocals, but how much besides?) The jazz combo instruments on your Armageddon Man mix sounded very real...
The Armageddon-man piano was recorded in three takes (with some half an hour of practice before
), the first part without the drums was recorded free without any metronome. It's a midi-piece, with Steinberg's The Grand as the instrument. Very nice VSTi, I should say! The piano-part at the end with the drums was recorded and it was also quantized "not to disturb the rest of the sounds"... I touched a few notes here and there afterwards, but "the feeling" was from the original take!
The strings at 1:45 are sample-CDs, with a cello.
At 2:07 there is a very low "angel choir" in the background, to fill out and give a dreamy atmosphere. Also a sample. As well as the drums, which are 9 different sample loops, mixed and combined to give a live feeling.
I added some extra percussion sounds at 2:40, these are 3 different sounds with 3 layers of volume. These are sounds you'll hear at 3:15...
The bass was a giga-sample patch of a contra-bass. I think that's the instrument I would change if I was to make another version of this remix!
>Also you have a very good sense of space and separating the instruments... careful use of stereo? EQ to drop off certain frequencies and isolate sounds? Super duper software? All of the above?
Reverbs, I think. I used 3 or 4 different reverbs for this remix. Two for vocal. You can hear the longer one at the start of the song, and at 3:15. The shorter one is for the faster, improvised parts.
EQ? Well, the bass is kind of limited, I think it was a lowpass EQ to make room for the other instruments.
Stereo? As usual, the bass and the vocals in the middle. The drums a little bit separated. The piano very wide and some of the extra percussion spread as well!
>Sorry to pick your brain, but I had to try!
Hope I gave you some answers that you can live with! If there's anything else, just ask!