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Post by Shine Studios » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:33 am

signal chain was 2 kel-audio HM-1 mics (the old ones, they have newer versions now) and an Apogee duet (again, the older one). tracked in cubase and mixed in nuendo back at the studio. the loop that goes throughout was some serendipitous power glitch from the doric organ that happened when we were starting el capistan.

everything was overdubbed to a click, starting with the drums. the only time the band recorded together was in the bridge section when the red lights go on (the crews use those to simulate night so they can sleep), and that's overdubbed on top of individual tracks playing the same (or similar parts).

we figured there'd be opinions on the level of indie hipsterdom and what not, but hell - it looked and sounded really interesting in there and we (mostly) had fun.

i don't know if it's more or less indie-shmindy, but the studio version of the song starts with a 1/2" 8 track tape loop i made on an old tascam reel. here it is if anyone's interested: ... -premiere/

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Post by Electro-Voice 664 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:59 am

Cool, thanks for the details.
Seems like a very portable set-up.
I'm thinking you used some kind of distortion plug-in on the drums?
They sound great to me.
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Post by Shine Studios » Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:20 am

yup, good ol' decapitator!

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Post by Capt. Tripps Ballsington » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:11 pm

That is really, really cool. And however the hell you managed to convince the Cavalla Historical Association to let you do this - good job!

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Post by thunderboy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:16 pm

I kind of want just a teensy bit more close-mic drums in there, but overall it sounds pretty awesome to me. It's also a great video for a cool song. I like it, and I hate everything. I might even check these guys out now.
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Post by percussion boy » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:52 pm

Slightly off-topic, this has got to be the quintessential TAPE OP FORUM thread title.
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