Yet another unplanned set of circumstances and yet another happy ending =) Unfortunately Darcy fell ill and couldnt attend the session and Eliot wasnt able to come in until 11.00 which meant I had 2 spare hours with no one to record. Fortunately for me Gemma Sharp (excellent drummer) and James Shelly (superb basist) were recording in the other recording room. I had words and persuaded them to come record their parts in my studio session and in return the would record the Bass and Drum parts for my track. Of which make up the top two tracks within the view of the Pro-tools session below.
Using exactly the same Mic setup for the Drum recording as used with my first piece I recorded a two minute section of Gemma playing a Dance music style beat, 4 to the floor, occasionally throwing the odd drum fill. Having recently had the Drum kit in the studio upgraded I was unsure of the sound. The Kick did not sound any where near as powerful as it had in previous sessions nor did the Snare but maybe it was simply the style of beat and Gemma wasn’t playing the kit as hard. An image below shows Gemma in the studio, notice the AKG 414 on the Lo-Tom, and Hi-Hat, the SM57 top and bottom Snare, Neumann top right Over-head and lastly the Senheisser 604 for the Kick.
For the Bass I got the chance to use the AB setup using a pair of DPA condensor mics. I recorded a left and right mono track for a mid bass riff and the same for a low bass riff together I would bounce down into a single mono track in the style of Phil Spector, notice the 3 mono channels shown below, EPiano, Bass & Drums. I have one more channel for either Lead Guitar, Synths or Vocals.
Which ever I don’t choose will get bounced together with one of my previous. I.e. EPiano with Vocals or Bass with Lead. Baring in mind this will limit my production options so best to keep similar group sounds together. In this case I might put my EPiano with a Synth line as they are most likely to harmonically match.
Onwards and Upwards…DJ