m.A.d Production Thoughts

 

    m.A.d was composed back when I was sixteen years old and recorded later on when I got my first studio around nineteen. In the era where metal and soloing was hated by everyone in the mainstream media. I remember MTV declared war on metal and tried it's best to burry it with alternative music. I never cave in into that style and left many bands that did. I always said, either I do what I want or I don't want any part of it. So, I focused on my idea, a new kind of metal, progressive industrial to be exact. Which is not the kind of industrial people were use to. But, something that has never been done before and I think it still hasn't. So it just felt right for me to work on m.A.d.

    Though, I have to admit that I held back on my technique a lot, do to the fear of going too far in a world where almost no one was interested in any kind of progressive music. But, of course that wasn't enough. I also had a very limited budget unfortunately. So, I was not able to purchase the expensive synthesizers that I needed in order to achieve that industrial sound I wanted, which was a mixture of pantera meets frontline assembly. Without those synthesizer sounds the album would've sounded like any other traditional metal album. So I used a very unusual, untraditional guitar sound in order to achieve that industrial sound I wanted. An idea inspired by ministry. Think about it, what makes ministry's sound so industrial if they don't use any synthesizers for the most part? Their untraditional guitar sounds and that's what I did and that's how the sound of m.A.d came about.

    After I was done with the album and it was time to master it I decided to keep it as honest as possible. So, I used no compression in the mastering and pushed it as loud as I could maybe distorting the sound a bit as long as it wouldn't clip in the audio. I did sacrifice a bit of the overall volume peak of the record do to not using compression in the mastering. But, dynamics and quality was more important to me at the time. I wanted the listener to hear what every instrument provided to every piece and know when they kicked in or stopped playing. I wanted the record to feel alive. I wanted the needles to jump enough to move your heart. That is m.A.d

 


 

Meaning of The Name of The Album
 

    Funny thing and true story, When I was recording this album I was going for my masters in classical guitar and a minors in sound recording engineering. I was taking classes with a good friend of mine back then, teacher Jose A. One of the things he taught me was to stay away from playing any kind of electric guitar. He said the technique from one will conflict with the other. Of course, I didn't listen but, not because I didn't respect him or believed him. I just loved the electric guitar as much and I was not going to turn my back on it. So I kept quiet and never talked about it again. But, over a short period of time I made friends with other teachers and I realize that it wasn't him only saying that rumor. In every school you go you will notice a common silent, almost peaceful hate between classical guitar players and modern electric ones. That got stuck on my mind until this day to be honest. But, I studied both none the less and got good at both the same way, as I expected. Fact is, you can study as many instruments as you want and one instrument will never affect the path of the other instruments in a negative way. Anyway, one weekend after I finished one of my piece. I was celebrating with a few friends from college and we were arguing which technique is better classical or electric. After getting nowhere I jokingly said, "this arguing reminds me of the Cuban missile crisis. Two styles, one as powerful as the other....no one ever wins the argument...and everyone has to live in common grounds in the end". Next day I thought about that and since the album has both styles it felt right to name it m.A.d. But, if you care about my opinion on which style is better since I play both. I believe both are different and truly cannot be compared. They both provide many techniques that will make you a better player over all. But, you do have to sacrifice some techniques on each instrument if you are planning to play both equally. One example of a technique you won't be doing a lot in electric if you do classical is tapping and mostly that's do to your long nails. Well, that's my little story about the name of the album. I hope you liked it.

 


 

Equipments Used

 

Roland VS1680 Expanded Workstation

Modded Jackson PS4, Modded Dean DS92, Carvin DC727 Electric Guitars & Vantage Classical Guitars

Zoom 3030 Guitar Processor

Zoom 234 Rhythm Machine

Yamaha YPG225

Sure Mic SM57

Dunlop Original CryBaby

Monster Cables

AKG K240 Headsets

Technique amp and Monitor Speakers

Ernie Ball Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings (10-46)

D'addario Classiccal Guitar strings (Extra Hard Tension)

Dunlop Jazz III Picks

 


 

m.A.d

 

1. Crying For Freedom

2. Metal Strength

3. Dying

4. Technaryth

5. Prelude

6. Death Metal

7. Thrash It Down

8. Just One Fix

9. Love At First Sight

10. Lagrima

11. Rhythmically Insane

12. Paradise Lost

13. Political Statement

14. Influences

15. Pavan 6

16. Funk You!!!

17. Cuba

18. Etude 6

19. The Evil Inside Me

 

Arsenio Oro. Feb 1st, 2003.