Recording A New Album

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  1. manco53

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    We finally started recording our second record last night. Not that anyone really gives a shit lol. But I’d figure I’d post some pics to chronicle and keep this, if only for myself, as a memoir for the interwebz.

    After a couple months of laying down scratch tracks, and the better part of 2 years writing all this music, actually some songs are even older than that, we managed to get our first drum recording of the first tune on the record, a 3 minute instrumental.

    We are recording in our rehearsal space. We have two Focusrite sapphire interfaces going into logic. And I want to say 13 mics on the drums. Kick, snare (top and bottom), 4 toms, 2 overheads, hi hat, a mic on each ride (my drummer has 2 ride cymbals) and another condenser in front of the kit about 10’ away for some ambience.

    The drums are sounding really good. I’m sure things will change once we start adding other frequencies from the bass and guitar, but we have everything pretty balanced and levels up pretty good and loud, no clipping.

    The biggest issue was connecting the interfaces and then having them talk to logic. Lots of learning on the job and YouTube vids lol. Either way, it’s fun and I enjoy recording. I scratched a guitar track along with the drums, went direct out from the headphone jack of my drummer’s Micro Terror.

    Hopefully we pick up the pace a bit and can get 2-3 drum tracks a night going forward. Then do everything on bass and then guitar. Vocals last.

    We spent most of last night leveling and troubleshooting hardware/software issues. Ideally, I’d like to get solid recordings and have them sent out for mixing/mastering to help keep costs down. But we shall see! Fingers crossed they won’t suck!!
     
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    Here’s some pics from last night!
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    Before the rides were mic’d
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    I could/would live in that room forever and never leave.
     
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    I hear ya... when I first got my interface (which happened to also be a focusrite, but they’re all the same) it seemed to take forever to get the interface to logic working right.

    What’s the burst? Good luck with the recording.
     
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    manco53 Well-Known Member

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    It’s my drummer’s crib. He lives in the sticks on top of a mountain. This was his one and only prerequisite when he and his wife were looking for a house. Our rehearsal space is a separate 3 car garage off the main house, which has a 2 car garage. It’s legit.

    Believe it or not, it’s actully a little worse than our old rehearsal space at his old house lol. I’ll see if I can find some pics.
     
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    It’s an Alchemy Guitar Werks LP replica. There’s a couple threads around here. I’ll find it.

    I just recently upgraded the pickups to Bare Knuckles.

    And thanks! We’re gonna need all the luck the recording gods can bestow!
     
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    First things first. Get yourself your own rug.

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    Second, somebody needs to take out the recycling.

    But seriously, Dude...

    I just started reading Glyn John's book Sound Man. One of the first rungs on his ladder was a 3-track recording of the Rolling Stones. That's where I was before I dropped the kindle last night when I fell asleep.

    Good post. Keep us updated.
     
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    manco53 Well-Known Member

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    You think the carpetpissers did this?

    Dude, I totally agree. The place is gross. I offered to have a little cleaning sesh before we kicked off. It wasn’t received lol.

    I think we need to hire a maid/masseuse/admin/masseuse
     
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    Break a leg and keep us posted!
     
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    That is awesome!!! Congrats and hope it all goes well for you!
     
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    Did another round tonight and got two more drum tracks done, so we are up to three drum tracks complete! It’s slow going! At least we aren’t paying a for the time. It feels good to be able to take our time and also feel really good that we are getting great quality tracks and they sound great.

    We have this one condenser, that we’ve used for vocals in the past, which is being used for a room mic, and it’s amazing how much it helps the overall presence and brightness of the track.

    Also purchased new tubes for the Mesa from Doug’s Tubes. I got the Mesa Triple Rec hard rock kit.....this amp has never sounded better. I can not believe how much this tube kit has tightened up everything on this amp. It sounds exactly like you think a Mesa should sound. Wow I was blown away!

    Here’s a couple pics!

    It should link to Instagram.

     
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    So are you just doing bottom mics on those toms?
     
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    Yes, I tried to get him to mic the tops, but he said he couldn’t fit them. They sound decent in all honesty, but I know it’s unconventional. We will see if there are any frequency issues once other instruments start getting added.
     
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    It's cruel to post recording stories describing how great everything is sounding before there are any samples to hear!! :wink:

    I'm looking forward to hearing some tracks as they get finished!
     
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    I fully agree with you! I think we were going to try and find a way to Dropbox the drum tracks. Nothing is mixed yet at all, and we just have acoustic, unprocessed, un-EQ’d drums. I’d like to post them if I can get my hands on them!

    Anybody know an easy way to export something like this from Logic without spending a ton of time?
     
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    As long as it works, that's really all that matters.
     
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    You should be able to export the stems as wav files from Logic. Or do a quick mixdown if you want the whole kit.
     
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