Rich (friend, legend and indiegogo donator) dropped in to the studio today to see how things were going as part of his donation perk. Good times all round!
Day 5 of recording is about to commence. The bass and drums for all 10 tracks are complete and sounding magnificent! Next on the agenda is guitars…
So we’re onto day four of recording and so far so awesome! We’re ahead of schedule as Rob and I have already recorded the drums and bass for eight tracks with two left to do!
So today will involve finding the right tempos and bashing the hell out of the two remaining songs, drinking an unhealthy amount of brews and once we’re done we’ll set up the monstrous guitar rigs!
The word “monumental” keeps coming to mind when we’re listening back to the takes. We cannot wait for you all to hear this record!
More updates coming soon!
Andy is going through his bass takes with a fine tooth comb……he combs his teeth on a regular basis…..
The progress chart is filling up very nicely. Good work Andy and Rob, punishing work!
Its still early days here at Bryn Derwen studio. We feel completely at home with Dave (Eringa) and Tom, who are producing and engineering this record. So far we’ve tracked bass and drums for 4 tracks, and are currently smashing our way through a 5th! Sounding grrrreat. Once we’ve done all 10, its time to get guitar sounds. Really BIG and MASSIVE guitar sounds
There will be many more updates to follow so watch this space….
So the recording process started officially today, the first half of the day was all about getting all the drum sounds. There was lots of moving microphones, tuning drum skins, trying different snare drums and retuning drum skins, I thought all you had to do was the hit the drums until they sounded good but ‘apparently’ there’s an art to it
We also tried setting up Rob’s drum kit in two different rooms, one room was a big high ceiling room and the other a very small low ceiling room. We decided for now that the smaller room sounded the best; open sounding but a bit less harsh than the big room…perfect.
In the meantime, many brews were drunk, many photos were taken and erm… many Wimbledons were watched; topped off by an expertly made vegetarian lasagne by Matt.
The second half of the day led into doing the first takes, focusing on getting good drum tracks but also recording guide bass, guitar and vocals, just so it feels like we’re playing together like a band and it feels more natural than hearing a drum kit by itself for 4 hours.
If like me your a bit of a music nerd then the way we’re doing it at this stage is recording the guide tracks in the usual way but splitting the guitar and bass signals to Di’s, so that if we do a really good take with the drums then the performance can be kept and the signal re-amped. This can be played back through lots of different amps at a later stage to find a great sound to match the performance…hopefully this will make a bit more sense later on as we get more pictures and videos of setting up the main guitar and bass rigs.
We finished the day at half past midnight with light drizzle, high spirits and drums, bass and rhythm guitar done for a song provisionally titled ‘empty bottles, early hours’, 1 down, 9 to go.
Tracking is underway at Bryn Derwen….. Guide vocals jimmers…?
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