Grace Poured Out

This is it…the last tune in the Resonate 2010 series of recordings! I’m book-ending this series with another tune by Matt Horner. He has a unique and very listenable voice, even though he recorded this at 8:30 am that fateful day last July. Here is the rough track…

Grace Poured Out – Original Rough Tracks

I added drums, fixed the keyboard parts a bit, and started tracking acoustics. I kind of went overboard with the acoustics and ended up not using a lot of those acoustic tracks. Then I did a bunch of guitar swells and stuff like that, which I mostly discarded. I replaced some of the acoustic parts with electric and for this I pulled out my Fender Custom Classic Stratocaster and the Tone King Metropolitan (pictured above). This is the first time the Tone King has made it on these recordings. I was looking for a really shimmery clean sound and the amp did not disappoint. Normally I play the Strat with a blocked vibrato bar but I thought it might be nice to give the parts a bit of motion with the bar so I removed the wood block and extra springs that keep it immobile. Blocked tremolos give you a lot more sustain on your Strat.

Strat

At this point the mixed sounded like this…

Interim Mix

I sent a version to Kat to listen to and she suggested I add a string pad a la Marc Jordan. So I listened to some Marc Jordan tunes. I thought it would be fun to create a string section using separate parts for each instrument. I recall Gary Brenner talking about how he did this when I remarked how realistic I thought a string section sounded on one of his recordings years ago. This method allows you to impart feeling and dynamics uniquely to each instrument. So off I went to try my hand at orchestration. I started just before dinner and by 11:30 I had completed the parts. The bridge is using a Pizzicato part which cost me most time because of the delay inherent in the patch. I’m not liking the Dimension Pro Pizzicato string patches I have so I’m open to suggestions. Here are the strings for the intro by themselves…

String Intro

And here is the mix with the strings…

Grace Poured Out

BTW: No AutoTune was used on this recording.