Alexx Calise on Tracking Fat Power Chords - GuitarPlayer.com

Alexx Calise on Tracking Fat Power Chords

“FOR THE RECORDING OF MY NEW album, In Avanti, my producer Luigie Gonzalez and I used a power chord technique that was also used in the past by bands such as Def Leppard,” says “rocktronica” guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Alexx Calise.
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“FOR THE RECORDING OF MY NEW album, In Avanti, my producer Luigie Gonzalez and I used a power chord technique that was also used in the past by bands such as Def Leppard,” says “rocktronica” guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Alexx Calise. “To get a really fat sound, I played the tonics, the 5ths, and the high octaves of each chord on separate tracks, enabling the power chords to cut through the mix like a knife. Next, we doubled those tracks with synthesizers to give them a modern, almost electro feel, and then we quantized everything.

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“Another key to my sound is layering. We used Stratocasters for most of the main tracks, and Telecasters for extra bite, both run through Marshalls.

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To make them sound really beefy, we panned a pair of Strats right and left, and then did the same with two Tele tracks, but using different pickups for each track to vary the sound. Other than a adding a little delay to some of the Strat tracks, we kept the guitars very dry, which dramatically increased their punch.”

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