My name is Hamilton Belk, and I'm a session musician. I record acoustic and electric guitar overdubs from my studio for bands and artists all over the world.
I do overdubs for $100 per song, and I will play most genres. My wheelhouse is folk, indie rock 🤘🏻, americana, rock and country. Take a listen to my samples and you'll get a good representation of my skill set. I can play rhythm and lead. I'd like to be upfront about my limitations - I don't know how to play metal or face-melting solos, but I do well in most situations that call for tasteful, musical guitar parts (including solos, just not the face-melting variety).
Hopefully you'll hear something that resonates with your project. If not, drop me a line, and I should be able find a sample that does.
GUITAR RECORDING PROCESS
DECIDING WHAT TO PLAY: I'll take a listen to any song references and specific instructions you have in order to get a sense for the playing style and sounds your going for. I'll listen from start to finish to take in the lyrics, the tone, and the energetic arc of the arrangement. This will help me decide where to focus on more supportive material and where the guitar can be more prominent. With rhythmic tracks, sometimes it helps to double track. We can handle things like that. Lead playing can vary greatly depending on what the song is asking for. I'll do my best to write and play parts that elevate the emotional tone of the song. I'm also happy do dig into the effects processing. If I nail it on my first draft, great! If not, we can work together on honing it in until it's perfect. Once I get the green light on the track, I'll send dry amp and DI signals, as well as any effects prints you'd like for your mix. I can tailor the delivery to meet your technical needs.
ELECTRIC GUITAR SIGNAL CHAIN: Here is my typical signal chain for recording guitar. Mid 90s Fender Strat > Sarno Black Box (a vacuumm tube pickup driver) > Radial DI Box (this is where I split the signal in order to provide a clean DI) > Roland JC 40 or Ampeg VT40 (two excellent guitar amps) > Royer 121 Ribbon Mic/SM57 > Neve 511 Portico Preamp > Warm Audio EPQ (a pultec style EQ I usually use in bypass mode for the extra tubes)> Apollo x8p interface > Pro Tools 12. Sometimes I'll record with overdrive/distortion/saturation pedals before the amp. Occasionally I'll record with reverb and delay pedals though I tend to save those types of effects for the mix. I have an extensive collection of plugins for post signal processing.
ACOUSTIC GUITAR SIGNAL CHAIN: Gibson L 50 or Yamaha FG200 > Royer 121 Ribbon / Rode NT5 Condensor > Neve 511 Portico Preamp >Warm Audio EPQ (a pultec style EQ I usually use in bypass mode for the extra tubes)> Apollo x8p interface > Pro Tools 12.I have an extensive collection of plugins for post signal processing.