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Dweezil Zappa - Silver Plan

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    Black Napkins #1
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    Black Napkins #1

    (Seattle/Tuscon 2020)

    This performance contains elements of two live performances. I liked both versions for different reasons. The first part of the song is from Seattle and has some nice melodic moments. The (Ship Ahoy) section and the ending is from Tuscon. I don't normally end the song with that sound but for some reason, I did in Tuscon.

    One of our very own community members (I can't recall who at this moment) made an astute observation, proclaiming that we are now forced to wear Black Napkins on our faces. This version of the song was performed a few weeks before the pandemic lockdown.

    Eran Ben Zur - F.O.H Mix

    Dweezil Zappa - Lead Guitar

    Adam Minkoff - Rhythm Guitar and Vocals

    Scheila Gonzalez - Keys and Vocals

    Kurt Morgan - Bass and Vocals

    Ryan Brown - Drums

    Kevin Bents - Keys and Vocals

     

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    Black Napkins #2
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    The 1988 Horn Arrangement of "Black Napkins" Performed Live in Bloomington Illinois 2017.

    Eran Ben Zur - F.O.H Mix

    Dweezil Zappa - Lead Guitar

    Scheila Gonzalez - Saxophone

    Kurt Morgan - Bass and Vocals

    Ryan Brown - Drums

    David Luther - Baritone Saxophone

    Chris Norton - Keys and Vocals

    Cian Coey - Vocals

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    Black Napkins #3
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    Black Napkins # 3. The final track of this threesome is filled with metric modulations and live band interplay. As an added oddball thematic coherence bonus, I culled this performance from 3 different concerts, highlighting moments that excited the audience. 3rd song of the threesome in 3 parts from 3 locations. We sometimes venture into outer space!

    At different times you will be hearing Austin TX, Warrendale PA, and Glenside PA.

    Eran Ben Zur - F.O.H Mix

    Dweezil Zappa - Lead Guitar

    Adam Minkoff - Rhythm Guitar and Vocals

    Scheila Gonzalez - Keys and Vocals

    Kurt Morgan - Bass and Vocals

    Ryan Brown - Drums

    Kevin Bents - Keys and Vocals

     

Three Flavors Of Black Napkins

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tim b.

Dweezil: What are the L.A. tone secrets (EQ) for getting the sound you get here, without the high strings being too harsh, and for the low end to stay crisp and not flabby? The segment of 5150 with Paul Gilbert had that same quality - tight, and not piercing anywhere along the neck. I assume some that is due to compressor usage as well?

Dweezil

Hi Tim,

I'm using the Fractal Axe Effects III on these tracks. That unit provides complete control of every aspect of my sound down to exacting detail, and the sound is fed directly to the PA and to the F.O.H. recording system, no microphones involved. In general, I start with simple ingredients. The guitar (Roxy SG) going into 2 axe fx modeled Marshall amps set with different gain stages and eq. One with more gain and darker eq and one with less gain with brighter eq and more transient response. They go directly to a few different cab impulse responses. The ones I use were made from impulse responses of my dad's actual speaker cabinets (Marshall cabs filled with JBL speakers) he toured with in the late 70's (my favorite tone era of my dad). That already creates the realism and depth I'm looking for without have to do much overall eq adjustment. This distorted sound doesn't use compression in the signal path. I do use compression for a lot of blended sounds especially when I have a clean sound mixed with a dirty sound. On those occasions I use parallel compression (studio style compression not guitar pedal compression, mixed in with the rest of the signal) because it allows the transients to pass through but also adds sustain and control. For Black Napkins there's no compression on my guitar but there is compression on the mix which controls peaks and brings out the detail in the sound.

As for Paul Gilbert's tone in the episode, I did add compression from both a virtual tape machine and a mastering compressor to bring out the detail of the reverb.

Keeping frequencies manageable starts at the guitar and amp, making sure nothing is too harsh or too muffled out of the gate. After that it's about enhancements instead of corrections.

justin2508

Sounds lovely..gave me the old goosebumps there..

Vegetable, (Call Any?)

I had a thought just now. It's about the sheer clarity of virtually ALL of the works that Dweezil has posted to the site so far.
It is hard to describe. Especially now that I finally have a killer audio system for play back from the old Macbook Pro 17" screen. Dweez has it SO DIALED In!
Here's what I'm talking about.
I've maintained this computer since 2010. Opened-er right up as time's passed, and replaced a mouse pad, battery pac, SPEAKERS because I keep frying them....

So just now in my dimly lit, "Off the grid", satellite internet home, (NO wires to here from the outside world), I completed a sweet, specialized maple shelf for all my computer sound gear! I made it from trees I harvested for my (Hopefully) new log home next year when all the snow melts!
 
So all the audio drivers are now at the PERFECT listening height, and separation for "MY" ears! (Took me almost week to precisely pinpoint!) It is Bose Audio equipment, (Not the Bose pro equipment like my PA system), but the better of the 2 they offer for computers, (REALLY sound clear and thumping!). Then in between those, a Bose Wave Radio  which has brilliant, ongoing years of sound wave research gone into it.. Between the 2 systems and a simple Belkin headphone cable to divide one headphone jack into 2 separate stereo outputs, it supplies both  Bose systems systems! Never had sound like this from anywhere on my computer until tonight! Dweezil tops amazon streaming for quality a hundred times over! OR YouTube OR Vimeo Or.... U get the picture.. If you need it... DO IT! U won't regret it.

Vegetable, (Call Any?)

I just can't hear this amazing musical perfection enough! Ohhh it's SOOOO good! SO innovative . Just the finest music EVER!

Eric C.

BN #1- the ship ahoy section brought tears to my eyes Mr.Zappa. Thanks 

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