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Sunday, December 26, 2010

"The Trooper" Iron Maiden Isolated Guitars

Here's a dose of metal for your Holiday Monday with the isolated guitar tracks from Iron Maiden's "The Trooper." The song is from Maiden's 1983 album Piece Of Mind and is featured in Guitar Hero II. Here are some things to listen for.

1) Each guitar part is doubled pretty closely, which thickens an already thick sound considerably.

2) To eliminate guitar amp noise, producer Marin Birch used a noise gate the the tracks, which you can hear working during the verses.

3) In an excellent bit of mixing technique, take notice that the solos are up the middle to stay out of the way of the rhythm guitars, and also have a slightly different tone to differentiate them more.

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Marco Bucci said...

this blog is fantastic. Thanks for all the work (and love) you put into it, Bobby!

Gian Nicola Beraldo said...

Thank you Bobby!
What is the noise during the solos? And then, why he gated the reverb too? It seems to me too close to the end of the notes (you say something like this both in tRacks and in the Mixing Engineering Handbook). I hope I am clear enough :-)
Gian Nicola

Brad said...

This is great Bobby! I bought this album when it came out back in 1983. I saw them in concert on that tour and they were on fire. Note for note live! Things were a lot different 27 years ago too. These guys SOLD OUT Arenas! I think there were 15,000 people at the show I went to. Other than pop stars and a few country acts, most of the established acts nowadays do well to fill a 3,000 seat Theatre.

Mojo said...

I'm amazed at how thin & weak the pre-master recording sounds. Very interesting to hear them isolated! Thanks Bobby! I always enjoy your insights.


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