Universal Audio Dimension D + Electric Guitars

What’s up, guys. Welcome to a new video.

In this one, I just have — basically I was mixing this tune and I came up with this thing for sort of a solo electric guitar. Not really a solo, but sort of like a lead part, and I thought it was cool, and so I thought I would share it with you.

A couple of plug-ins we haven’t talked a whole lot about on the channel, so I figured someone would get something out of it.

Anyways, let’s go ahead and play the tune here. Here we go.

[mix]

Alright. So the part I’m talking about is this dirty electric right here, and this is what it sounds like soloed.

[electric guitar]

So let’s break down what’s going on. I’ll bypass some stuff. This is it without any processing on it.

[electric guitar, dry]

Alright. So we used the Neve plug-in…

[electric guitar with Neve]

Just kind of round it out. Took some of the brightness out. I think this was recorded with a 57. This was a part that an artist had flown to me when we were producing this track. Pulled out a little 3kHz to get rid of some harshness, boosted a little 110, a little more bottom, and then drove it a little on the line side I think. Then backed off the fader a bit.

[electric guitar with Neve]

Mainly for gain staging purposes, probably.

[electric guitar with Neve]

So then we go to a room verb. I’m sending that much.

[electric guitar with room]

Without.

[electric guitar without room]

With.

[electric guitar with room]

Right. Then we got a little eighth note delay, which is EchoBoy.

[electric guitar with delay]

Not a ton, but it’s there.

Then the cool stuff sort of happens on this aux track down here. Let me get rid of this for you.

I’m going full tilt into it, and then I have — it hits Phase Mistress, which I just use this preset that I think it’s under Guitar, BubbleWah, and I juice the output a little bit to feed into the next plug-in, which is this Dimension D.

[guitar with phase and Dimension D]

Just tried to give it some movement, which is basically what the Phase Mistress is doing. The Dimension D is a really cool plug-in. I haven’t seen a ton of videos on it on the internet. It’s got like, five buttons — six buttons technically, depending on if you’re using it in mono or stereo. You just click the mode button on what you’re using it. I’m in stereo, so the button is pressed in.

Then it’s got off, then it’s got one, two, three, and four, and you just pick the one that sounds like what you want it to sound like.

It’s a similar plug-in to, what is it, the Phase Mistress I think — no, that’s what’s there. SoundToys — I forget the name of it, but I’ve talked about it on the channel before. Anyways, it’s sort of like a width thing, kind of like the Eventide boxes, except this is like, modeled after the Roland Dimension D actual hardware unit.

Let me play it.

[electric guitar, adjusting Dimension D]

So that’s two.

Four.

Three.

Again, it’s a really subtle thing. Let me kill the bypass on the send altogether, and you can really hear the difference.

[electric guitar]

So that’s two. Here’s four.

[electric guitar]

That’s it. It’s a really cool plug-in. It doesn’t take up a ton of your processing — the DSP on the UAD system. Check it out.

And then here’s with the Phase Mistress in and out. It’s just to sort of add some cool phasey movement.

[electric guitar, with and without Phase Mistress]

Really subtle things. Here it is in the track.

[mix]

One more time, I’ll bypass it.

[mix]

And then of course, I had ridden the guitar automation prior to doing this aux, so all I did was — if you’ve never done it before, you can highlight and then right-click “copy special automation” — “copy all automation,” and then I can come down here and highlight the section, and “paste special to current automation type.”

So you can get that, and then you can trim the whole thing up or down with your trim tool and blend it however you want. And that’s sort of my workflow. There’s probably faster ways to do it.

Ideally, I would’ve grouped them and ridden them together once I got the blend I liked, but sort of an afterthought.

But anyways, I hope that helped you out. Subscribe if you haven’t subscribed before. Find me on Facebook, find me on Twitter, Instagram, and ask me a question. If there’s something you want to know, I’ll try to make a video over it.

Anyways, I will see you guys in the next video. Later.

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