Jump – Van Halen cover by Craig Frost

Garageband Challenge – All sounds and effects are from the free set included with the program. Mixed and mastered in Garageband.

With original vocals

Instrumental version



Sound Design:

Main synth chord and solo sound –
“Bright Synth Brass” was used from the synthesizer category. I added overdrive effect, doubled it on 2 tracks with Ensemble, Exciter and Sample Delay effects. Then I boosted 10k frequency in Channel EQ. The overdrive gave a good crunchy quality (especially in the low end) while the EQ made it sound less brassy and (closer) to the original sound from the Oberheim OB-X. It’s not perfect but I couldn’t get it any closer.

Drums – 
Alexe’s drums are tuned up so I had to use the vocal tuner to up the pitch of the snare and toms. None of the included kits came close so I also layered a high tom with the snare pitched up while boosting the low mid range in the EQ. The snare was then noise gated to chop off the end making it snappy. I probably should have noise gated the toms too but just now thought of it. Every note in this song was entered on a Mac computer keyboard. I had bad latency so I had to quantize and then move each note forward or back so it didn’t sound so robotic. The hard part was the bridge where they dragged and then rushed (purposely I suppose) so I followed that.

Guitar – 
I just used the hard rock guitar with Tube Burner, Monster Fuzz and Vintage Drive pedals. I only used guitar in the bridge and at the very end. I tried to do the solo but it sounded so horrible I just cut it out leaving the synth solo. Synth guitars just can’t cut it with my limited time. Maybe If I spent hours on it but no thanks.

Bass guitar – 
Just the muted bass. Nothing special here.

“Jump” and the breakup of the original Van Halen

This stylistic change was further cemented when it seemed to create severe tensions between Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth. This conflict eventually ended in Roth’s departure from the band. In the 1995 Rolling Stone cover story on/interview with Eddie Van Halen the circumstances surrounding Roth’s leaving are discussed. In this interview Eddie claims that the main reason for the split was that Roth and [long-time Van Halen producer] Ted Templeman both disliked the fact that he had built his own studio and was able to work on music away from their influence. He said that “the first thing I did up here was ‘Jump’ and they [Roth and Templeman] didn’t like it. I said ‘take it or leave it’, I was getting sick of their ideas of what was commercial … At first [Roth’s solo EP] Crazy from the Heat was great because Roth laid off me a bit. Little did I know he was testing the waters. Then he called me up and asked me to go to his house and said he was going to make a Crazy from the Heat movie. He had some deal that fell through. But at the time I was depressed. I cried, then I called my brother and told him the guy quit.”

Nevertheless, Roth and Templeman did work on “Jump” at Eddie’s disputed new studio, with Roth providing the lyrics and the vocal melody.

Ted Templeman recalls that “‘Jump’ was recorded at Ed’s studio. [Engineer] Donn [Landee] and Ed put the track down alone in the middle of the night. We recut it once in one take for sonic reasons. Dave wrote the lyrics that afternoon in the backseat of his Mercury convertible. We finished all vocals that afternoon and mixed it that evening”.

The song was listed by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as one of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”

Live performances of “Jump” are preceded by Eddie’s synthesizer solo “1984”. During the reunion tour with Roth, the two songs were used for the band’s encore. Roth often waved a large red flag during the synth section while the stage was still coated in dark cover lights.

According to Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates, “[Eddie] Van Halen told me that he copied the synth part from ‘Kiss on My List’ and used it in ‘Jump.’ I don’t have a problem with that at all.”

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