Bob Martyn's Boston Covers
Thanks for taking a look and a listen to these Boston covers I've recorded. In the following paragraphs, I'll try to explain how these were recorded, why they were recorded, and other details that may or may not be interesting to you. If you still have questions after reading this, then you can contact me at Webmaster@RockmanCentral.com.
Here's some new covers I've started working on based on the "Rock Band" game source files. These were recorded using Tom's layered "wall of guitars" approach. For example, More Than A Feeling has 17 individual guitar tracks, recorded one at a time!!
More to come later, but for now, enjoy the music!!
After returning from Japan in 1992, I once again started playing guitar. I enjoyed playing, but didn't like playing by myself. I started getting into recording using a Tascam 4 track. That didn't work too well, so I invested in a Fostex 8 track reel-to-reel. I finally synced it up to the computer, and I got into sequencing the backing tracks (drums, bass, piano's, organs, clavinet, etc) into Cakewalk and playing them back on a Roland D-110. I eventually got the entire "Third Stage" album sequenced in, and just over half of each of the 1st 2 albums. I also finally got a pair of Event Electronics "Gina" soundcards which gives me 16 outputs for playback!
Becky Asbury had been hosting "Bostock" parties in Ohio for a number of years, but I had never gone to one. I did get a chance to see a little video of the house band "Whoa Cosmic!" playing some Boston covers, and decided that it would be fun to fly up and play at the next party. As the date of the party approached, I still wasn't sure if I could make it, but decided to try. That was the beginning for these recordings.
For the technically curious or, How to make a Boston cover CD in just 3 weeks…..
What I set out to do was to record all of the backing tracks onto CD's so I could play along with them at the party. To do this, I started by recording a single track with me playing all the parts I planned to play live. Once I had this track down, I went to work learning and recording all of the other parts that I wouldn't be playing. For example, since I would be playing an intro lead live, I had to record the rhythm track behind it so it would be there while I played the lead. After I finished the lead, I would be switching back to rhythm, so I would figure out where I was going to switch, and the recorded rhythm track would end where I came in. Also, there are many harmony lead parts, so I would record those as well. It took me about 2 or 3 weeks to learn and record all of the backing guitar tracks for these CD's. Once they were recorded, I had to mix them down.
The process for mixing these tracks down was a little different than a normal mix down. The reason was because I had to mix them down WITHOUT the main track that I would be playing live. So, I monitored the mix WITH the main track, but recorded it without. Besides playing with these tracks at the party, I have gotten a great deal of use out of these CD's since then. They are so much fun to play along with!!!! I have my own band waiting for me whenever I can get a few minutes to play!
I must say that the best compliment I got at the party was a single word, "Damn!!!". I am a "sit-down player" so I had my little spot set up in the back corner where I sat and played my parts. While everyone was there singing along and having a good time, one person noticed me in the back playing. He stopped, listened to the music for a second while watching me play, and seemed to realize something was up. He looked at me and asked if I was playing that. I said yes, and his response just put a big grin on my face. Once again, I must say, "Thanks!" BTW, many people ask me why there are no vocals on these tracks. I can respond with 2 words: "Brad Delp!". I can't sing like him and I'm not ready to try!!! Although, I hear many people that get a copy of these tracks just can't help trying!!!!
After returning from the party, I thought that some of those that attended, and the many that were unable to attend, might like to have a copy of me playing these covers since many seemed to enjoy it. However, I wanted them to have something fairly representative of what I sounded like live, so I intentionally left many mistakes in the final mix since that's just how I play ;-) Although I have received many compliments on these covers, I have NEVER claimed to be a professional and realize that I probably never will be. I am well aware of my limits so this is just a hobby that I enjoy, and I enjoy sharing.
Partial Equipment list….Backing Tracks….