Thursday, July 17, 2014

RocketHub Update!

Thanks to all our generous RocketHub fuelers, in just a few weeks we reached our goal of $5000, and we are continuing the campaign for the next 69 days, please take a look at our RocketHub page, you can view the latest preview of Anamnesis from the DVD, and hear a live recording of Ravenswood from the upcoming album!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Isolated Guitar Track

Posted above is the isolated guitar from Belmonte, produced and engineered by Alan Parsons and Noble Street Studios in Toronto.
We used a Mack Heatseeker and Skyraider for amplification, Pigtronix Fat Drive, Echolution, and Envelope Phase for effects.
Alan prefers miking guitar with condenser microphones, we kept the 12 string electric guitar bed track, and added a second (detuned slightly sharp), and a third (detuned slightly flat), and added a solo on the Gibson ES175, so it was a very straight ahead session but with some great sounds and an old school recording technique thrown in!
We kept all of Alan's work with no additional overdubs added, Belonte was recorded in one day!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Album Release Party for the Laud Album

Album Release Party for the Laud Album
Thursday March 13, Doors at 7:00PM Show at 8:00PM
Whistler's Grille & The McNeil Room (upstairs)
995 Broadview Ave., Toronto, ON, M4K 2S1
Album download cards and t shirts will be available
Tickets $10 at the door

Monday, February 10, 2014

David Barrett The Laud Album

I have a new acoustic album featuring an instrument called the laud, it's also know as a Portuguese 12 string. The Laud Album is comprised of 11 solo tunes, some older ones from previous records, and some brand new compositions, most of which were written on the instrument in open tunings. 
Thanks to Paul Reid at HotHouse Creative Inc. for the awesome album art and Adrian Berkovits at Smoothwater Sound for mastering. It's one of my favorite instruments and a key songwriting tool for DB3, hope you like the minimalist nature of this album, it was recorded in one day in December of last year!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Dagmar Custom Guitars - Jane

A couple years ago, the brilliant Canadian luthier Pete Swanson and I had a discussion about guitars and the type of qualities I’d like to see in a simpler Dagmar design, including a Gibson scale, alnico humbucking pick ups, and a wrap around bridge. A year later Pete and I met up and he gave me his latest design to try, I absolutely loved it! 

It’s body and neck are hollow, and an awesome solid off white colour, there’s a carbon fiber truss rod that was given to Pete by J.B. Allred by way of a recommendation from the hugely innovative Ken Parker (Parker guitars). According to Pete, the neck is indestructible. The pick ups are outstanding, I’ve always preferred alnico magnets, and these are signature Phil X pick ups, PX3 (neck) and PX8 (bridge), they sound amazing and interestingly Phil put them in the mail an hour after he found out he got the Bon Jovi gig, he was on a plane right after that!

The mahogany neck was carved from a piece of wood that washed up on the shore of the Niagara River, and found by Pete’s late dog Demona before he was a builder. The back and rim is made from an old maple kitchen table, and the top is carved maple from a tree that was struck by lightning. Apparently there was just enough wood to use for the size of the guitar with almost none left to spare.

This is without a doubt the most original guitar I have owned, and it sounds absolutely monstrous, Pete has tweaked the neck and made the action ideal for my playing needs, it’s strung with D’Addario EXL 110 Regular Light. The guitar also features chrome Schaller tuners and chicken head volume and tone knobs in keeping with some of the other classic Dagmar guitars, it’s also what Les Paul had on his original guitar “The Log”.

My 1968 Gibson ES 175 isn’t retired but I’ve been looking for something like this for years to be my main guitar, much like Lindsey Buckingham’s instantly identifiable Turner guitar, I’ve found it with the Dagmar “Jane”. 
Thanks Pete!

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