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Studio Update

12 Jan


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.