Our latest recording is up - "New wave milo", which is a new faster take on an old favorite (of mine anyway) "Meet my cat." Here, have have a listen-
After talking with my knowledgeable friend Jay and reading some blog stuff about simple microphone setups for drums, I wanted to try something different. First, I wanted to see if I could get good sound using just 1 microphone. But after trying a couple of different things I decided that wasn't going to happen, at least not with the mics I have, so I went with a 2 mic setup-
Audacity has been my primary software for recording and mixing because it is free and pretty easy to pick up and use. But, along with everything else, Jay convinced me to try out Reaper and showed me a few things in the tool. I found its real-time effect processing to be really useful, particularly since I feel rather limited by Audacity in that area.
Anyway, I'm pretty happy with how the drums ended up sounding on "New Wave Milo." I won't blame you if you can't hear the difference from the other songs, but hopefully at least Jay can. And in the spirit of the rawness of the song, I decided to mic the guitar and bass amps instead running the direct line out like I usually do. Recording all that ended up being really straightforward. I ended up doing 2 vocals takes, and I liked the second one best, but (at least in my headphones) also liked the sound of them layered together, even though it worked against the live/no-frills vibe I was aiming for with the song. So choosing between the 2 versions was difficult, and I ended up just posting the other one online anyway. Because why the fuck not?
In addition to this new song, I've been stealthily going back and tweaking the other 'Humble tracks' to round out their sound. That old willful refusal of mine to include bass to most of the mixes was an attempt to remain authentic to our origins as a duo. And maybe it was something different to do, but it just didn't sound that great either. Since we're a 3-piece now anyway, it became more clear that what was good for the live performance is better for the recordings as well. And now that I'm finally starting to figure out how to get the sounds I want, the temptation is definitely there to keep adding more new basement recordings and to keep tweaking the old ones. But I decided somewhere along the way that, at least for "Humble tracks", 10 songs was a good round number to leave it at, and I'm going to stick with that. And I think I'm all done tweaking and fucking around with them- this has been a good warm up, but I believe we are ready to move on and make a real record now, and that we need to at least try doing it with some real studio gear and adult supervision.
So consider yourself un/lucky to even have the opportunity to hear these, since everything so far probably should have never seen the light of day. Yet my heart and soul is in there, so I can't help wanting to share this stuff since it captures something I truly like, and it gives me goals to make all this feel worth doing.
Anyway, I'm proud of our rough basement recordings, the way I'd be proud of a crooked piece of furniture that I built from scratch- the way any amateur is proud of their amateur work. The way a child is proud of their finger painting.
I know it hasn't been easy to listen to, but thank you for listening anyway. Although we're still babies at this band thing, I see us closing out one chapter here and beginning another. And as excited as I am about 'New wave milo' and all the our other humble tracks, I'm even more excited for what's to come.
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