maanantai 31. tammikuuta 2011

Day one: tracking drums

What's up peeps, it's Julf (aka Starvin Marvin) taking over! Feels nice to be in Hämeenlinna once again, so many good memories from this place.

Janne came to the studio in the morning to set up mic's for the drumkit, and pretty quickly we were ready to do a soundcheck. I had changed the heads and tuned the drums last night, and obviously did a good job since everything sounded killer right away. Actually we didn't change the tunings at all, just added some dampening here and there. Just a tad. This is my first time recording with the Pearl Ultracast snare, and man does it sound good!!! I thought Janne had added a sample or something to the sound because it was so great, but no it was just the drum itself. I'm using the 13" wooden Reference as a secondary snare this time, so that I have two different snare sounds in a couple of songs. The rest of the kit is the same Pearl Reference setup that I've recorded the two last Amoral albums and the Shear EP with. Needless to say, it sounds great! Cymbals are all Sabian like last time as well (AAX -series), the only difference is that I have a little bigger crashes now (two 18" and one 17").

So yeah, since it only took a couple of hours to find a good sound we could start recording pretty early. The result is 6 recorded songs in the first day. Not too bad, eh? This kinda reminds me of the Decrowning session (it took 1,5 days to record drums on that one). Ben provided the right vibe and punk-rock attitude by playing guitar while I was recording. It's funny how big difference it makes to the feeling when you're not playing the songs alone in the recording room.

I'm more than satisfied with today's results. We have a killer drum sound and 6 recorded songs already! We were aiming for 4 songs in the first day, so things are going way smoother than expected. Janne went home so now it's time to relax and maybe jam some songs with Ben. I'll get back to you tomorrow, peace out!


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