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AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” (New Series)

05 Aug AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” (New Series)

So, here I am, doing my debut right here on my space at solodallas.com.
I wanted to do this with a classic of rock and roll, one piece I have been in love with since it came out: exactly 30 years ago (just a few days ago AC/DC announced the 30th anniversary of publication of Back in Black, July 1980).
So this video – and another one, tomorrow – want to be both a tribute to that astounding album – second best seller album of all times – and a new, fresh start for me here, with you all.
A lot more info are a-coming for this recording, please stay with me and come back later if you would. Please check back periodically for updates.

Thank you for watching this, I hope you will like this “right in your face” fresh performance from me,
Yours,

SoloDallas :)

Technical Information

Backing Track is a multitrack recording of the Live AC/DC concert held in Donnington, circa 1992.

All Angus’ parts wer muted and replayed.

Two separate parts and recording sessions were used in this one.

Rhythm Track was recorded with an original, 1961 Gibson SG Standard (please see below for images).

Solo Track was recorded with an original, 1969 Gibson SG Standard.

Reason: to vary as much as possible both the sounds and the looks of the video. Mere experimentation, no particular reason.

The tone of the guitars was carefully recreated after the original tone of the 1980 Back in Black Studio Album.

An amplifier modeler was used for this recording, namely, the recent Avid “Eleven Rack” (soon to be covered with a review, link to be added here).

Special care was put in the choice of the Amplifier model, microphone model, reverb and delay, equalization and compression (in depth details to follow).

Audio Recorded with ProTools LE 8.0.4 and Eleven Rack.

Video Recoded with a Canon 5D MkII, 50mm f/1.2 lens for added depth of field.

Images and characteristics of the two guitars used in this video:

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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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75 Comments

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    Anonse Radom
    Posted at 11:11h, 02 November

    Anonse Radom…

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    headwhop26
    Posted at 02:53h, 26 October

    …Fil…. *sigh*… you make it look so easy :)

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    Braindoge
    Posted at 02:12h, 26 October

    Man who cleans all your guitars :p
    They all look like they were bought yesterday lol

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    HagusYoung
    Posted at 05:13h, 13 September

    Fil,

    ive got a serious question for you, ive got the black reissue of this kind of les paul sg (maestro vibrato) and id like to ask you, what strings do you prefer ? (ive read your article about that technical stuff and lots more) but im not really sure if i want to keep 9s on it, it plays like a dream (its a new guitar) and bends are so easy and you get that vibrato right much easier BUT im worried about the Rythm Tone, its like i need two of this guitars one for solos with 9s and another one with 10s for rythm parts. I guess you had the same problem years ago and id like to hear something from your experience.
    Thanks,
    Hagus

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 05:24h, 13 September

      To any serious question, a serious answer: I seriously think 009s are perfect. YES, even for the rhythm! REMEMBER that you NEED to learn properly how to play rhythm with 009s. You should learn even with 10s: EVERY string gauge has its own difference. Do NOT be fooled by the “feeling” that the strings bounce too much: see me do the recent collaboration with André: I was BANGING seriously on the guitar with no issue at all. It’s only a matter of being delicate while pressing, but still being determined. 009s will give you ALL: they attack in a much crunchier way because of that “bouncing”. They do that “WaaAAaaw”. 10s won’t. Adjust carefully the height of your action. I have it as low as I can – like Angus!!! – but it does NOT have to buzz. email me at solodallas@gmail.com for longer descriptions OR let’s skype it.

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        HagusYoung
        Posted at 06:25h, 13 September

        is solodallas at gmail.com also your skype account? anyway i added it, thanks mate. Yes ive been plaing 9s since ive started, but that guitar seemed to sound much bigger with 10s when i got it, its like this guitar is the first REAL guitar that i have, my recent sg standards just sound totally different no way to compare them, they even react different the wood is so resonant that you can feel the tone (youve got the point, i love it). The Action, yes im as low as i can im limited by the maestro and bridge, its something like a millimeter on the high and two on the low e at the 12th fret after my resetup, no buzz, at least almost, when you strike it realy hard (to hard) it will give a buzz for a split second, with 9s. im happy that you re going to take the time to talk about that, i realy need that help because every guitar tech says “naaah no 9s on such a shorter scale instrument, 10s are fine and sound better”… im confused 😀

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 06:30h, 13 September

          Nope, skype is fil.dallas@gmail.com
          Let’s get on skype – even video, will help us with YOUR guitar at hand – fix it.
          When?

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            HagusYoung
            Posted at 07:50h, 13 September

            im @ college right now. afternoon would be perfect

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            HagusYoung
            Posted at 08:12h, 13 September

            even better would be if you tell me the time … and i will be there 😀

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              SoloDallas
              Posted at 08:14h, 13 September

              Could be a problem today and tomorrow. Lotsa work. Wednesday?

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                HagusYoung
                Posted at 08:27h, 13 September

                Perfect, sir. I found you on skype. Im lookin forward to meet you live 😀
                thanks man !

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    Hyce777
    Posted at 23:07h, 07 September

    Hey fil, this is a bit random but I can’t seem to find Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise pollution done by you anywhere here. I want to learn the solo, and tabs aren’t available, and neither are your videos. I prefer the videos to tabs anyway, you get the feeling of timing with them. Are you going to upload them at some point?

    Thanks, Mark

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 05:25h, 13 September

      Sorry for the late reply! Being submerged. That one was deleted by Youtube. Will have to re do it. Will do it even better!

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        Hyce777
        Posted at 15:23h, 13 September

        Ah, I see. Better late than never, don’t worry about it. One guy can only answer so many questions…

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    SoloDallas
    Posted at 10:16h, 17 August

    More like a POD, if not exactly like a POD: it’s hardware. It’s a “rack unit” (google “Eleven Rack”). There is also a software plugin, but requires protools.

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    cupcake
    Posted at 11:50h, 13 August

    Hi SoloDallas, I registered here because your Youtube page got deleted (sorry about that, btw). I like the site, keep up the good work.

    I saw your “getting the ACDC sound” video, but I just can’t get the right settings for You Shook Me All Night Long. It just sounds wrong :( Please help me out!
    (any help from other users is apreciated too)

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    WholeLottaRocker
    Posted at 18:47h, 12 August

    Simply Awesome! Never saw a SoloDallas motivated like this. Great.
    Im going to visit the website everyday for sure (problably more then 1 time)!

    I know your busy at the moment, but I have a question:
    Im just trying to record some things; bought Guitar Rig 4.
    BUT can´t use it as a VST Plugin in Reaper or Cubase LE or other programms. Dont know what to do?? Seems like it has no input actually. Any idea?

    Tell me please, if something is not clear to understand, since I´m not the best in english LOL.

    Greetins and all the best from Germany!

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    SchoolofRocknRoll
    Posted at 16:35h, 12 August

    do you actually have the multitrack files for this song, is there some kind of feature in pro tools what make that possible?

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 17:06h, 12 August

      I have the multitracks. These were files floating around the web (google “multitrack mogg files”). You open the file with – for example – audacity and see the individual tracks. You can mute them, re-mix them and so on. Really interesting.

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    286luca
    Posted at 16:03h, 12 August

    …..that fool! i was so excited of my discovery that i did’t listened with attention to you cover!! sorry! :)
    p.s. i prefer to speak in english so everyone can understand what i write in your web site. i don’ want to be the stereotyped italian that pretends to be understand all around speaking italian, i prefer to show my bad english!:) and in this way i also practice it for school!!:)

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 17:06h, 12 August

      No worries. English is a great language and very useful to stay in touch with the whole world!

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    286luca
    Posted at 15:49h, 12 August

    hey fill, it’s great!!!…I hear that malcom’s part is played only during the solo, i have an advice for you!!
    I have the same “.mogg” file that you have and I’ve found the way of how to make play malcom’s part during all the song; you don’t have to mute all the “guitar” track, you only have to pan it on left side, then mute the track only during the solo because there is some angus’ feedback. I do all with audacity.
    hope to be usefull!
    p.s. sorry for my english, if you don’t understand what I’ve said I can re-write it in italian!

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 15:52h, 12 August

      Luca your ENglish is good and you make yourself perfectly understood. Thanks for wanting to speak English even between you and I (two Italians :) ). Malcolm IS there even during the verses. But I made the mistake to raise my guitar part on the right too much. Bad mix. So, he can’t be heard much. I brought him out too much on the solo. Another bad mix! This was the first video after a while with newer technology (and on my laptop!) so I made a few mistakes 😛

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    Kinglance
    Posted at 11:33h, 09 August

    Congratulations with your website Fil! I don’t know Eleven Rack… I have Guitar Rig 4… It’s more of less the same? It’s difficult for me to let sound the C-chord the same as yours :(
    Greetings from Belgium! J-L

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    TheBrowling
    Posted at 10:31h, 09 August

    Great cover Fil, but I really think the solo for this one would sound better if you played the pinch harmonics you can listen at the record. Try it! 😉 Good luck with this project mate!!

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 10:41h, 09 August

      Thanks mate. Pinched harmonics? When are they happening? Never heard them .Can you please give me exactly the minute:second they happen at, on the original recording? Always looking to learn more 😀

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        TheBrowling
        Posted at 19:41h, 09 August

        It’s in the part of the beggining in which you play double stops. In this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bomv-6CJSfM I can listen at least two notes that are pinched in 2:26 to 2:28. If they are not pinched harmonics they’re other kind of them, but I can hear harmonics happening. Take a look at it! rock on mate 😉

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          rjofig
          Posted at 12:45h, 13 September

          I have the same impression listening to the studio version; seems to be Bb (3rd fret, G string)? cheers,

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          Derreck
          Posted at 05:32h, 03 January

          I know what you’re talking about. I don’t believe they are pinched harmonics though. I think it’s just the amp and guitar and the way Angus presses and releases on that note adding a slight bend. It happens on accident most of the time.

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    rugster
    Posted at 12:17h, 08 August

    Great, thanks mate.

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