Magazine article Guitar Player

Carl Verheyen's Cranktone Chronicles

Magazine article Guitar Player

Carl Verheyen's Cranktone Chronicles

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I ONCE DID A MOVIE TRAILER for a young producer who played me an industrial-sounding track to "get my direction." The tune sounded vaguely familiar, but I couldn't place it. My sonic instincts told me it was a Les Paul though a battery of pedals, so after dialing in the right amount of grunge, I went to work on the "wiggle" effects. There seemed to be some Rotovibe swirl and vintage phase shifting in the reference track, and I also added random beeps and squawks with an Electrix Filter Factory.

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But the producer wasn't satisfied. After every tweak I made, he'd play the reference track, and insist that something was missing. I'd go back and adjust my distortion, pedals, reverbs, and delays. The engineer would move his mics, change EQ settings, and fine-tune compression levels. And the producer just got more and more upset that we couldn't achieve the sound on his reference CD. …

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