Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Studio Day 5

Last night we got focused on recording. We spent about 3 hours working on drum sounds using Can't Say No as our guide track. So far we are pretty pleased. We have much better fundamental sounds on the recording than we have had for any of our previous demos. We still have a little more work to do, possibly close mic'ing the ride cymbal and the snare has a little more room for improvement.

Oddly enough letting the snare ring and loosening the snares gave a much better recorded sound than naturally what sounds good to the ears in the room. However it doesn't matter what we hear it matters how it sounds on tape, not that we using tape, but recording to a hard drive doesn't sound right.

Mike G and Katie left around 10 or 10:30 but Mike V and I talked a good bit more about arrangements. We had some good ideas about letting the song breathe a bit more and altering the changes and breaks so each one isn't identical and predictable. He warned we may have a bit of a struggle convincing everyone to change parts but I'm pretty confident it makes the recording much stronger.

Not sure if we will get together on Thursday or not but if we do it will be another hour or so of working on drum sounds, maybe trying an alternate snare, and playing with the ride cymbal. Once complete I should be able to start recording tracks. By the end of next week I should have some tracks completed.

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