Recording Log: July 6, 2011 (Second Session)

rob, dave and andy clapping

clap your hands say wha?

Our second recording date on these demo sessions focused on vocals, percussion and guitars — and getting some rough mixes to listen to. Our first session ended a bit prematurely because of the weather; those of you in East Tennessee know that we’ve been experiencing some crazy weather this spring and summer! With winds and some lightning flashes, we didn’t want Tony risking any of his equipment, so we called it quits before we could get a mix to study. Well, we have one now … and it’s “educational” to say the least. Suffice it to say, it’s been awhile since we’ve made a record, and there’s a few things that we remembered that have stood us well, but also a few things we’ve forgotten.

Before I get into the “lessons” from the sessions so far, here’s the “business” we got done last night:

  • “Rock and Roll Band” – Dave’s lead vocals (double-tracked); percussion – hand-claps (see pic), double the cowbell (how can you NOT add more cowbell?), first run at harmonies (will probably redux – we need Josh, who had work commitments)
  • “Pet Rock” – Rob’s lead vocals; Rob’s acoustic guitar

Listening back to the rough mixes, I think I can say that the things we knew going in that have held up are the following:

  • don’t go in any studio, demo or not, with half-assed songs
  • make sure your equipment is in good working order
  • have a plan for every session, and a contingency plan if that plan doesn’t work
  • forgive mistakes and move on

But here are a few things that we (or at least I) should have remembered that would have served us even better:

  • slightly out of tune sounds more out of tune every time you hear it
  • “close enough for a demo” is never close enough to make anyone happy in the long run
  • we should try to record as close to ‘at our best’ as we can … and tired/cranky is probably not at our best

About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

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