Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FP Quickie Update: 10.14.2014

Just a quick post to celebrate! let everyone know that Rabbit Hole's main Verse Vocals are sung and selected! I actually sang the new vocal verses last week and then stepped away from them over the weekend before doing any selecting of the various takes. The crazy thing is that I sang all three verses in one morning/afternoon (before heading to work) and then it only took one additional morning/afternoon (again...pre-work...today) to do the selection process. I think that may be a personal record for me...Dang.




So what's up with the telephone picture? Glad you asked! It's a quick shot of a modified telephone handle that I used as a microphone for the new Verse sections. I spent a couple days last week (before my singing sessions began) setting up various mics and mic preamps so that I could have plenty quick-and-ready options for tonal colours. This little telephone/mic hybrid won the shoot-out for vibe and tone for the Verses. And then I ended up using a Crown Royal whiskey sleeve as a pop-filter. From there I ran the telephone/mic through an older slightly-modded Vintech Dual 72 mic pre for grit and colour. Sounded great and was real easy to sing into...  :-)

Also worth mentioning here is that I came up with a brand new set of lyrics for the 3rd Verse. Since we first began writing 'Rabbit Hole' I've had several lyric variations for the 3rd Verse, none of which I have been completely happy with. Last week, mid-vocal-session, I realized that I didn't have any 'keeper' lyrics for the 3rd Verse that I could live with. So I put the telephone/mic down and penned the 'official' 3rd Verse lyrics. And they are completely new and different (and better me thinks) than the previous lyrics I had been singing...I like them lots!

So things are moving forward very nicely now and nearing completion. Dang. I've learned/grown so much over the past couple of years (especially from doing several side recording jobs) that I feel like I've got my stride on things again...Finally. And it feels good...

Until next time...

~ Todd


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FP Update: 10.1.2014

"It is Finished..."

Well, at least the guitars to 'Rabbit Hole' are officially done being tracked/re-tracked. And that means that Robert and I are done playing said guitar parts. I may need to 're-amp' a couple tracks 'here and there' if some of our amp tones don't jive well during mixdown, but that would be a quick and easy fix and won't impede progress or cause any real delays. So the rest of this week I am doing some final documenting and housekeeping duties (i.e. finish jotting any tracking notes, make sure computer files of guitar parts are properly named and indexed, write down anything else that needs notated, etc). It's kind of like doing your taxes at the end of the year...kind of boring but essential and necessary. And in the case of Rabbit Hole's guitar tracks, the track count is well over 120(+)...Four mics per guitar performance/take can add up quickly. Dang.





So the plan, as of right now (once I finish 'housekeeping chores' for the guitar tracks), is to start re-singing certain vocals as needed...starting next week. Not sure how long that will take but I'd say those vocals are the Last of the proverbial Mohicans on 'Rabbit Hole'...

Moving forward...

Stay tuned...

~ Todd

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FP Update: 9.24.2014

Another Day At The Office...

I've finished tracking my guitars for Rabbit Hole's chorus sections and only have one section left to deal with (FYI...'tracking' is the official name for 'recording' in studio-speak). I'm also editing these guitar parts today which can ironically take longer to do than actually playing the guitar parts themselves. Go figure. But the editing is easy work...it's just boring and requires a lot of critical listening and decision making as to which takes sound the best, grafting sections seamlessly together as needed, and being on the prowl for any weird noises that need to be eliminated (although these days I've been prone to leave more noises well enough alone rather than fix them...lots of those weird noises are awesome...especially in headphones...you can thank me later). So in between editing the various chorus sections, my brain needed a quick break, so I'm blogging.  :-)


Here's a screenshot of what I'm doing today:





And here's a quick pic of my homemade 'scorecard' sheets that I use to keep track of which parts are 'keepers' and which ones are 'questionable':





Good times. For someone with slight OCD tendencies...

So that's all for now. Time to get back at it and wrap these sections up...  :-)

Until next time...

~ Todd