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High Tide album progress

Well, it’s been a year-long process, but, Thursday and Friday my band managed to get the studio time to finish laying down all the tracks for our album. We started this process last October, and expected to have an album complete by maybe February, but, due to difficulty finding time with the studio and us, it was several months between sessions. But, here we are.

The first session, we did a live-off-the-floor recording to get the right sort of organic energy in the recording (an energy that track-by-track recording somewhat fails to capture). This was mostly to get the drums right, and, where possible, keep the other instruments unless mistakes were made; no vocals were recorded. The second session, we re-recorded the vocalist’s guitar tracks completely, as he had changed guitar and amp since the first session, and the new ones would separate from the lead guitarist’s set up better, and I fixed some mistakes in my guitar and bass tracks, and completely re-recorded the lead guitarist’s bass tracks (he plays bass in the live sets, but he’s no bassist… yet). Session 3 was tracking some vocals and fixing some guitar solos for a half-day. Finally, the past two days were completing the vocals, lead and backing, and re-working and rerecording some guitar solos and adding some organ to the background of a couple tracks.

End result, we left the studio yesterday with basic rough mixes of all the songs on the album, with every track where it basically should be. We opted to retain some mistakes in various parts of some songs, choosing takes that weren’t as technically good as others, to build a more “interesting” sound. We’re going to give the rough mixes a few listens and take some notes on parts to alter in the mix, and spend another half day in the studio with the mixer to get the mixes right.

With any luck, we plan to have a complete album in our hand next month Smile

Probably shouldn’t post it, but here are the rough mixes. Take a listen if you like.

10 blog comments below

Oh, how I remember those days in the studio (years ago) though my last time in a studio was back in February to do keyboards tracks for a friend's new album. Listening to the rest of the mix in my headphones and playing along.
Only time I have ever had a group together was for a rough cut. Usually each person was in their own booth or we did them individually.
I actually enjoy doing live (oops) concerts recordings but that is very difficult and co$tly.

I will give your tracks a listen when a get more time.
standready on Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:14 am
Just started to listen to the first track, pretty awesome stuff. Wow! Got something different and unique to the sound. Cool
deanhills on Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:12 am
Standready - We did the first take with the drums in the studio’s booth, then they other three of us in the studio lobby with headphones on, with partitions between the amps in three corners of the room to prevent mic bleed. The isolation actually worked pretty well, too!

Our front man has been doing live sound for a venue that, unfortunately, just closed. He bought a new soundboard, got a Sennheiser sponsorship with a bunch of mics, and some other gear. He started doing some live recordings of bands playing the venue. The results I’ve heard have been pretty decent. Definitely a different feel compared to studio recordings.

Dean - Thanks. Hope ya enjoy them all Wink I have some difficulty describing our sound to people when chatting… it’s kinda unique while being rather quite generic at the same time Razz
Ankhanu on Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:13 am
So when do I get to buy the finished product? I was immediately caught by the intro. Making my way down the list.
TheGremlyn on Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:16 am
Cool. That's actually the first thing that I'd composed on mandolin; glad it's worked out Razz

Hopefully we'll have the final mixes and albums ready to go next month. Our recording engineer/mixer is pretty busy this month, but, once we identify what needs editing where, it should only be a half-day somewhere to get the final mixes done. With that in mind, he said he'd probably be able to fit us in somewhere in a reasonable time frame.
Ankhanu on Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:12 am
Needs more mandolin Razz
TheGremlyn on Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:31 pm
You should consider putting together a video and submitting
Just make sure you have proper copyright of your material as many are going to check it out.
standready on Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:06 pm
We're ineligible.
CBS wrote:
2. Eligibility. This Sweepstakes is offered and open to persons who are: (a) legal residents of the United States ...

TheGremlyn wrote:
Needs more mandolin

Can't really disagree Wink
Problem is, Mike, our lead guitar player, doesn't really like playing bass... he doesn't quite get it, playing just root notes on the strong beats, which, admittedly, is a kind of boring way to play Razz Joe, our vocalist, has a hard time singing and playing bass at the same time... which I also understand, as I find it hard to play bass and sing too. For some reason it's easier to play guitar and sing than it is to play bass and sing.
So, for me to play more mandolin, we need one of them to voluntarily play bass instead of guitar, which doesn't tend to "just happen".
Ankhanu on Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:39 am
Oops, I did not read the their rules just knew I was excluded because of artists I have worked with.
standready on Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:56 pm
Yeah, as a Canadian, I'm usually excluded from US-based contests... so I tend to check, just in case there's an international component.
Ankhanu on Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:08 am

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