Indoctri-Nation’s “The Banned” Album

Production and Recording | August 9th, 2008

Indoctri-Nation - The Banned album (2002)

Production Date: spring 2002.

My Duties: co-producer, engineer, mixdown, mastering.

About the Production

V. L. Visq recorded the electronic tracks at his home studio, using Propellorhead’s Rebirth program. He rendered the drum, bass and squeaky squawk synths into separate WAV files, which I brought into my DAW. We consulted about the album, and I made some rearrangement suggestions to him. After getting the song structures finalized, he recorded his guitar tracks using a Boss GT-3, playing his solos at half-speed, which I resampled back up to normal. He cut his vocals through that same GT-3, using an ingenious processing technique he invented, utilizing the “intelligent” ring modulation effect, pitched down an octave, with the mix at 100% for both the the effect and the raw signal. It was a daring alternative to the standard fuzzy vocal distortion.

After I gave Visq the final mixed version, I thought I was finished with it, but he hired me on to master the album, which I thought was a mistake in the final analysis (you should really have a professional do it).

The only thing that I heard about the record after I finished the job was a great quote from an online review: “[V. Lenin Visq] spews political nonsense [with a] voice that sounds like he gargles with razor blades.”

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My Own Commentary

While it’s a great album by itself — political industrial at its best, I ain’t no professional mastering engineer; I’m not too proud of the job I did, even though Visq thinks its just fine. But I was able to use that experience for the production of my own industrial album in 2003, All Flesh’s New Revelation.