My very first attempt at recording my full band

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My very first attempt at recording my full band

Post by Crocoduck5000 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:24 pm

I'm semi-new to recording, and I've had some experience recording myself and helping others out in a studio, but I wanted to know what you guys thought of my first attempt at a full-band recording with my own gear entirely. My band is deciding if I have the abilities to create a 5 song demo CD (we're a new band) to hand out at shows and have as a free download, or to pay for studio time.

It's also my first time at tracking/mixing DI bass and a drum kit. Oh yeah and I know my band sounds ridiculous :) Also the guitar has not been recorded yet, though for this particular track it isn't that necessary.

http://www.filedropper.com/lovecakebouncepreguitar

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Post by Jitters » Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:44 am

Hell yeah! I wish my first attempt had turned out half as well as this.

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Post by Crocoduck5000 » Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:01 pm

Jitters wrote:Hell yeah! I wish my first attempt had turned out half as well as this.
Thank you! Such comments make my day. I tried to do the best with what minimal cheap microphones and such I had :D

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Post by Trick Fall » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:20 am

+1...I'm hoping to do the same soon and I hope it comes out this good. Post an update when you record the guitar. I'd like to hear it.

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Post by Crocoduck5000 » Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:07 am

Trick Fall wrote:+1...I'm hoping to do the same soon and I hope it comes out this good. Post an update when you record the guitar. I'd like to hear it.
The trickiest part was the drums. I had only three microphones to work with, since my guitarist didn't come over that day (which is why there's no guitar) and he had the SM57 collection I was going to leech for the snare, toms, and kick. So I just used an MXL 990 and 991 for overheads, and some cheap 60s electro-harmonix (Hi-Z) dynamic inside the kick drum on a pillow. The kick obviously needed a lot of work :) but I was able to manage. I checked the TOMB for drum techniques and I tried pointing the overheads at the snare, at an equal distance, which sounded the best. In fact, I almost prefer fewer microphones on the drumkit, since it sounds far more natural and makes a drummer actually sound like a drummer!

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Post by Trick Fall » Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:19 am

I have done very little drum recording so far, but the best results I have gotten are with only four mics. Kick, Snare and overheads.

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Post by Grahambo! » Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:34 am

what gear were you using? (e.g. software, preamps, interface, etc.)

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Post by Crocoduck5000 » Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:58 am

Grahambo! wrote:what gear were you using? (e.g. software, preamps, interface, etc.)
The interface is a Mackie 1202 Onyx with Firewire, recorded with Logic, and I used the built-in preamps. Vocals were recorded with the MXL 990, and my Squier bass was DIed and I used the built-in Logic bass amp modeler. Drums were done with an MXL 990, 991, and a 60's EH (no model number on it) mic. The synth was also using Logic's built-in softsynth. I know I gotta upgrade but all my money goes to UC tuition :(

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Post by mcdisease » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:16 pm

can't download files. do i need an account. don't want an account.

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Post by Crocoduck5000 » Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:22 am

mcdisease wrote:can't download files. do i need an account. don't want an account.
Looks like the download expired. I uploaded it to a few more (I don't know what the best place is to upload...any suggestions for MP3s in particular?)

http://rapidshare.com/files/312604147/L ... _.mp3.html

http://hotfile.com/dl/18718403/f7270db/ ... ).mp3.html

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Post by Crocoduck5000 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:43 am

So I've got new tracks up on myspace.com/bigbluebus09

The only thing is that the song "Computers Don't Cry" is abysmal as I need to learn to use Logic's vocoder properly. I can't seem to record with it directly, and the mix is terrible, and the guitarist hasn't played on it so I just shoved a guitar track in there on my own.

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