So, last night, at the instigation of the drummer, we again did “improv” recording. (I gotta getta better name for that, because they’re really a little more structured.)
In a exchange of emails during the week, he indicated how cool last week’s session was, and let’s do it again.
This time, while I brought my head and bottom, (and my amp and cabinet), I left the bass stuff in the truck, except my Hohner B2B j-style. Tom had his 30 w. Peavey Classic (what a sweet amp), also, but we never plugged it in. I DI’d and I gotta say, the hi-z input on the Zoom R16 is really, really good, with this bass – I get a very convincing and inspirational grind out of it what rules for monitoring in cans, altho’ I typically re-amp or at least heavily EQ ifd I keep the trax.
I have a cheap Zoom 505 multi-FX and so I had Tom dick wiffit whilst I set up the drum mic’s, what were typical but slightly altered in that there were only 5:
E6502 on kick;
SM57 on snare;
SP C4’s in XY for OH’s (again on that imaginary snare/kick bisexting line opposite the hats)
RE320 looking across the rack toms, pointing at ye olde floor toms
The eighth track on the R16 was a SM58 for yo’s vocal styleeings.
Aiight, and since we agreed to do this as of Thursday, I got up at 8:30 AM Friday (I took the day off already) and by 10:15 I had the lyrics to 5 choons.
1 6-pack Lagunitas IPA – like, yum.
So then, wif me seated behind the recorder and Tom to me right as we faced the kit, we started on each song. First, we either chose some chords (“Hey, Tom, what’s yer fave 3 chords?”) or used a word (one song as FAGG for the verse) or started witha bass riff inna single chord. Then I would take a cupopla minnitz to fit the bass to the lyrics, and then we’d write the chorus and whatever bridge. Going thru the parts we’d work out the derrangement, and also candy-shite like where to put stops and breakdowns and one choon even opens wif just bass and vocal.
Then we’d do a practice partial-run of the parts.
Then – and half the time the other guys didn’t know – we’d be recording the take. Most were first takes, of 5 we did do two fecund takes.
The results? Mebbe I’ll post a ruff inna while as I have 58 minnitz of 8 tracks I’ve just started on, but, I think, as far as the drums go, stellar. And that was the idear, to get drum tracks to the songs to what we will in the coming weeks overdub the guitars and the bass and the alleged singing and do all the sweetening and mixing and masturding, etc.
We have so much stuff with Tom, now, I am gonna publish some tracks of just me and Mark (and a couple with Herr Grankenspoine) as MVx2 separately, and come up with a new project name for this aggregation.
Did I mention we’re having a blast?
Azza aside, we recorded between 6:00 and 10:30, and then sat around until 1:00 AM tellin’ war stories.