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From Baltimore…

28 Jan

Tracking the album is officially done!

Bass went by pretty smoothly, Ramon did a good job tracking his parts 🙂  After bass, we began guitars…

Tracking guitars was interesting because I had to write a lot of rhythm parts that I don’t really play on a regular basis.  Joel and I share some lead parts and I had to adapt some of what I regularly play to make solid sounding rhythm tracks for Joel to then play over.  After that I would record the necessary lead parts.  It was a LONG but definitely worthwhile process.

Once guitars were done, it was time for all synthesizer parts.  This flew by ridiculously fast.  Most of the violin and string sounds I had already programmed using MIDI (all notes were mapped out on a grid, perfectly matched to the tempo), so all that was left for Ricky to do was record the more unique sounding synth parts live.

Vocals…

This was probably the most challenging part of the whole recording.  I had all my melodies and lyrics rehearsed, but when the time came to begin to lay down some tracks, Justin began to revise the songs and take a different direction with some he thought needed some help.  This represented the challenge because he got me singing melodies I was not used to singing and he also exploited my range.  Again, the results were really good.  I’m pretty sure the rest of the band thought this was cool because it seemed we were in a point where everybody was already satisfied with all the vocal parts we had, and to hear these changes totally caught us off guard.  We were all happy with the results.

We finished tracking everything up to the last minute.  We listened to every song before leaving the studio just to get a taste of what the album would sound like and everything was sounding great.  I can’t even imagine how good this album is going to sound once its mixed and mastered.

Right now, Rhandy, Joel and I are at IBOT studios with our friends from the band See Camden which I mentioned around 2 posts ago.  They are recording some songs which are sounding ridiculously insane.  More to come on my next post 😀

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Studio Update

12 Jan

Hey!

We’ve been at the studio for a couple of days now, so let me tell you what we’ve been up to…

Justin Day is our producer and I will be mentioning him quite often so start getting familiar with the name 🙂

The first thing we did was pre-production.  Now let me tell you, I was nervous as hell for some reason and I screwed up a whole bunch of times.  For the entire first song we played, my guitar was completely out of tune.  After that it took us about 2 more songs to “get in the zone”.  Justin recorded all of our songs live.  We had no tempo track* or anything, we just jammed them out so that Justin could have something to work with.

After having all 12 songs recorded as rough drafts, Justin labeled the choruses, pre-choruses, verses, bridges, etc… Once the necessary parts were labeled, he began to cut out what he wasn’t so sure about, move parts around, play with the arrangement of our songs and put together new drafts for some of them.

We then got back in the live room and jammed these out just to get familiar with the songs that changed.  I immediately proceeded to record scratch guitars** over the tempo track so that Rhandy would have better guidance when recording drums.

The next day, Rhandy recorded the drum parts for 6 of the songs and Justin spent the rest of the day editing these.  Rhandy was TIRED when he finished.  He played drums for about 8 hours straight!

…and this is where this entry finishes 🙂  Make sure to check out this blog every once in a while if you want to keep track of what were doing!

Small Glossary 🙂

*tempo track:  The continuous “click” that keeps track of the pace of the song.  It is used to prevent musicians from speeding up or slowing down the pace.

**scratch guitars:  Guitars recorded over the tempo track that serve as more guidance for the drummer and bassist when recording their parts.

Update from Baltimore!

5 Jan

Hey everyone,

It’s around 3am here in Baltimore and I can’t sleep so I will write haha.

Just so we are all on the same page, we don’t get into the studio until the 7th of January.  Right now we are living in a dorm room that was kindly provided to us by a Panamanian friend who is going to college here.

These past couple of days have been pretty lazy.  We don’t really have any type of schedule going.  We sleep when we are sleepy and eat when we are hungry.  Every once in a while we walk around Baltimore for a while but we are definitely not used to this cold.  It’s still fun to walk around somewhere new.

We had a few beers with Rick from the band “See Camden” and had an amazing time.  This guy is great to be around; we talked about the music scene here in Maryland, his experience playing around and he also had some solid, constructive advice for us.  You can check out his band  following the link below (or just clicking on Rick’s picture)

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/SeeCamden

We’ve also been watching a couple of movies.  I highly recommend the movie “Seven” with Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt.  These guys have amazing chemistry acting together and the story to this movie is simply genius.  If you are into the whole “crime solving/thriller/ridiculously amazing story” genre then you will definitely appreciate this movie.

Joel had a few setbacks before arriving to Baltimore but he’s finally here and tomorrow the five of us will head over to our Producer’s (Justin Day’s) studio to meet up with him and hang out.  We couldn’t be more excited: D

I’ve also been doing a bit of last minute adjustments to some of the guitar and bass parts to take into pre-production.

Something interesting is that we made a friend who is our roommate in this dorm , her name is Gabrielle and she has a Chameleon!! How badass is that? We’ve been having a lot of fun watching him climb up our arms and heads haha!

Well that’s all for now!  I’ll be letting you all know when I update this blog via Facebook and Twitter.  Also, if you have anything you’d like to know about what we’re doing, go ahead and ask away in the comments section 🙂