Studio Blog 6

Posted in Bands, Recording on October 11, 2010 by WeeMann

19:00. Got back to the studio to find that Mike had arrived. He likes it all except the flamenco bit as it overlaps a drum fill he wants left quite open. The idea was conceived between Steve and Nev, both agreeing that the bass needed just a couple of extra notes before finishing. Of course, both started on the “We told you it was a bad idea” type talk when Mike came in!

Just finished 2 tracks using my fretless. Surprisingly these have proved the quickest to track so far. I’ve had the fretless almost as long as I’ve been playing (about 22 years) but I don’t play it very often, so I worry about my intonation, but I seemed to be pretty much bang on all the way through these songs. Steve’s got a good ear, so when I was out he was almost ahead of me in realising and re-starting the recorder.

One more to do then we may call it a day then come back to the last couple on Sunday.

Below you can see Steve getting confused by a lack of frets on my bass!

Studio Blog 5

Posted in Bands, Recording on October 11, 2010 by WeeMann

15:00. Had to pop out to get my daughter from school. Working on Queen Of Pain now. The main line went down really quick and then we started on a little overdub – almost a solo. Steve and Nev, who has now joined us, both agreed it needed a few extra notes at the end.

Before I came out we got a little double tracked flamenco style arpeggio run down recorded which I’ll tidy up when I get back.

Studio Blog 4

Posted in Bands, Recording on October 11, 2010 by WeeMann

13:20. After We Fall basic tracking done, but again sounds ahead of the beat in places. Need to do 3 or 4 overdubs. Getting into the groove nicely though and it’s handy to have Steve producing as he plays bass too and also knows what I’m capable of so won’t let me give up.

Below are a couple of clips recorded as I start to get into the groove. As you can see, the first take was going well until I lost which chord was coming next…

Studio Blog 3

Posted in Bands, Recording on October 10, 2010 by WeeMann


12:30. Start To Wonder done. Seemed to be consistently ahead of the beat but we’ve got it sorted now.

For some reason Pro-Tools was playing the tracks slightly early despite all our best efforts and this is one of those tracks where the bass really needs to be a little behind the beat. Not sure how Steve fixed it, but the result works. Now it’s up to Mike to decide if he wants to use the whole track or cut and paste.

Studio Blog 2

Posted in Bands, Recording on October 9, 2010 by WeeMann


The tracks we’re recording are for Mike, guitarist with Usual Suspects. He’s written a few and has been working on recording them for a while now and I offered my services. Although Mike is an accomplished bass player he prefers the idea of different musicians adding their own personality to the songs.

So, to the session.  We’re using 2 mics on the cab, an Audix D6 and a Sennheiser 421. We may have to play with the positioning of the cab as I could hear some rattling in the room while I was warming up.

First track up is Start To Wonder which is a straightforward repeating riff which we may cut and paste to get really tight (depending on how well I play it!)

Studio Blog 1

Posted in Bands, Recording on October 8, 2010 by WeeMann


10:30 and I’ve been here for an hour while we struggle to get Pro-Tools working. Last night it was playing up but I think it’s working now. Just letting it update at the moment.

The amp’s set up and waiting for the mics and will tune my guitars shortly.

It’s Been a While…

Posted in Bands, Rehearsals on September 15, 2010 by WeeMann

…Again! I just don’t get round to blogging, although I’m finding it easier to use Twitter now that I have finally got a Smartphone.

So. Music & bands. Not with Usual Suspects any more. Not entirely sure why, except to say it seems to be bloody Lead Singer Syndrome. Mike and Steve were blamed, but both have been fine with me since (we started on Mike’s songs recently). As someone said, with singers it’s all Doh Ray Me Me ME!

Still, it means I can be more relaxed about my commitments with Alchemy, which involve a Country and Western party in a couple of weeks. Country…? No, too easy! This weekend should be interesting with various songs from outside our comfort zone being rehearsed.

Beyond that, I have plans for a new band, it’s just a case of finding the right people…

More to follow. Soon.


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