Layin’ Bricks – New Record Update 2

Bricks, at least the first few you lay, will improve the longevity of your building. Our building has been coined “Toro Toro”. We figured the only only thing tougher than one bull is two bulls.  Steelesque drummer, Bruce Virtue, has our bricklayer.  With mortar still being mixed we’re happy with foundation thus far.  We’ve knocked out drums for Seeking and Hiding, Ferriswheel, Bury Them Bones (maybe) and Mon River. 

You never hear what I’m saying-I know you prefer it that way- you know you starve what you won’t feed and empty pockets never pay now- such a treasure never found the “X” must’ve blown away- no need to look in other towns-there’s no real estate- sometimes your lost and never found- a search party is on it’s way-sometimes your jewels underground- see the sparkle use your spade- plant the seed and let it be and soon you will need a vase

-Seeking and Hiding

Plug Ins?  We use Logic X.  Well during the tracking we take this approach. We have the kit fully mic’d with 5 microphones. With some simple EQ and Compression on each mic (in that order in the chain as well). EQ should come first with drums followed by compression. Guitars and bass go direct with one scratch vocal input (simply a Shure 58 Beta). We also have a submix into the last track.  The submix, in a separate room, handles the percussion and mandolin.  That is a total of 10 tracks we track simultaneously.  Of the 10, we are mainly focused on capturing the drums, and use the other tracks as reference tracks. We’ve been able to capture the energy that way, and feel it won’t be lost when we overdub.  Of course this only possible because of the very awesome Apogee Ensemble. It is the first Thunderbolt 2 audio interface to offer superior sound quality, the lowest latency performance and the most comprehensive studio functionality all in one box. Made for the professional home or commercial studio, Ensemble features legendary Apogee AD/DA conversion, 8 Advanced Stepped Gain™ mic preamps, front panel Guitar I/O, and digital connectivity for a total of 30 x 34 I/O. Video feed is provided of both rooms meaning that we can see each but there is some latency between sound and video we are trying to sort out.

Last night I mixed four of the tunes w very little time spent on EQ-ing.  Mixed a stripped down version (bass-drums) and a full mix for reference and rehearsal.


Plug Ins?  We use Logic X. I also through the following plug-ins on the stereo output for kicks: CLA 76, PSP Vintage Warmer, EQ, MultiPress, and 1.3 Soft Plate Reverb (not this order in the chain).  I dig the Studer J37 Abbey Road-Plug-in. I really gives the drums a driven warm sound. I add it to the drum bus.

Till next time folks.  Comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

Sealed In Wax,

Robby-Songwriter – Steelesque

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