The Project - Rehearse - Record - Rewind

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It was a pleasure to have Panos back in the studio. We had worked together over a year ago and I was delighted to hear from him just before Christmas. He is back with a new band - The Project - An Original Jazz Trio.

The plan was to record a live EP in one evening. Once everything was set we ran through the tunes and managed to get four tracks recorded. Getting a good live sound from the band in the room was key, once everyone was relaxed the performance started flowing.

Drummer Josh brought his kit to the studio. The kick and toms were nice and lively so I was very careful to preserve that in the mix. Panos on Bass insisted on recording his performance clean and add the effects later. This worked really well. In the mix session we plugged his pedal board into a send/return and were able to dial in the perfect amount of POG and Chorus.

The band are currently organising the Jazz Cube nights at Wharf Chambers. It is an excellent night of original and contemporary Jazz.

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Dilettante - (Cry For Me) John

I met Frankie just over a year ago. Having heard about her previous band I was eager to work with her. Just before Xmas I was delighted to be emailed a few demos and we got to work right away.

(Cry For Me) John has a fantastic groove and amazing arrangement. Frankie is a multi instrumentalist and was able to provide all the Piano, Guitar and Saxophone parts. Things got a little crazy in the percussion stage when we decided to add the sounds of a radiator and tape measure… Listen out for those.

For tracking nearly everything was recorded through a Warm Audio Tone Beast Mic Pre running a little hot. This definitely set the tone for the record and didn’t require too much processing in the mix.

I look forward to working on more songs by Dilettante! Find the tune on Soundcloud.

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Inca Tern - Sub EP

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A while back I had the pleasure of recording an EP for Inca Tern (formerly Standards) a two piece band from Leeds. Sean O plays does guitar and vocals, James H plays drums and some guitar.

I’m a big fan of two piece bands so this was a great opportunity to put to work some of the things I have learnt over the years about getting the most out of a primarily drums and guitar set up.

These two knew what they were doing so a lot of these tracks were recorded live using multiple guitar amps to get the best from the pedal Sean was using. Overdubs were mainly experimenting with multi tracking atmospheric loops. The third track “Strangers For Miles” saw us layering individual ‘micro loops’ to form the main guitar part. Mixing this was mainly automating these parts to build up the track. I was also very pleased with the lead tone Sean got out of his Mesa Boogie for the outro.

Sub EP is available on their Bandcamp

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Treeboy & Arc - Midnight Mass

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First post on the blog... Let's go!

Today I'm going to talk about a track the was released recently by Leeds band Treeboy & Arc.  I was impressed when I saw them support Team Picture recently so jumped at the chance to record them when they got in touch.  

 

Tracking

We recorded the song in a blisteringly quick 7 hour day.  This was made easier by the band being very well rehearsed to get the parts done with little fuss.  Initially we tracked the drum kit and bass guitar together.  Luckily we have enough room in the studio to have guitars track a guide part with a fender DI box.  This put us in good stead for the overdubs which was equally as efficient.

Mixing

What really set this mix off on the right track was the Waves Scheps Omni Channel.  After a quick balancing prep mix using the omni on the group channels really does a lot of work.  It includes Pre Amp, EQ, De-esser (x2), Compressor, noise gate and an insert slot to put another plug in anywhere along the chain.  Mixing the order of these components lets you get creative with treating the sound.

Automating the volume of the instrument groups into a Waves J37 Tape Plugin really let the track move.  

 
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Looking forward to recording more with these guys.  Check out Midnight Mass on Spotify Now

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