This is a first for me. I have written a lot of music over the years and have done a fair amount of recording, both of my own material and with others. This is the first time I have taken a song I wrote and recorded it entirely on my own, playing all the instruments. It’s not perfect, but I’m pleased with the results.
I’ve been experimenting with mic’ing techniques for recording my drums. I really like the results from my 4 mic setup.
Mic #1: AKG D112 mounted inside the kick drum.
Mic #2: Blue Encore 100 over snare drum.
Mic #3: Audio Technica AT3035 overhead left (hi-hat side).
Mic #4: Blue Encore 300 overhead right (floor tom side).
The mic’s are connected to a Steinberg UR44 where I apply a small amount of EQ and compression using the Yamaha morphing channel strip onboard DSP. From there it goes into Logic Pro X where I further tweak EQ and compression as needed.
The result is a very natural drum sound. Great tone! In my case the cymbals are a little loud because I play such large cymbals, but since that’s part of my sound it works out fine. Once mixed in with other instrument tracks it all blends very nicely.
Overall very happy with my little recording setup, especially the Steinberg UR44. Of course, it helps that my kit sounds amazing anyway. I love these Tama Starclassic BB shells and Sabian AAX cymbals.
Lacuna Coil at The Knitting Factory in Boise, ID. Hot, hot, hot show!
I am in love with this album. If you like rock music I highly recommend it. Little bits of Blondie, Heart, The Runaways with a whole lot of hot, steamy sex in a modern rock sound.
I hate “edited” or “clean” versions of rock albums. Rock and roll isn’t supposed to be edited or cleaned up. Rock and roll is supposed to be about raising your middle finger to the system. It’s about sex, and not the under the covers in the dark with your jammies on kind of sex. It’s about sex in elevators, public restrooms, on pool tables, and all the other places where you aren’t supposed to have sex. Censoring rock lyrics is like hanging posters of grafitti instead of using spray paint, or putting a pillow in your lap during a lap dance. It’s not supposed to be politically correct. It’s not supposed to be mild. I’m not against rock lyricists that write music that is radio or family friendly, it’s their choice, but when a singer has something to say that you don’t want to hear you have the choice to not listen. Music censorship is just wrong.
Sometimes Amazon.com can be really… well, stupid. I ordered two mic clips from them recently and was surprised when I received two mic clips that did not look like what I had ordered. The product number was correct, but the item looked different than what was pictured on their site. The top photo is what Amazon shows for the mic clip, but bottom photo is what arrived.
Here is where it gets really messed up. I requested a return. They would not allow a refund, only a replacement. I told them in the return request message that the product number was the same but the product itself was not. They overnighted a new pair of mic clips. They were exactly the same as the first pair and not at all like the one in their photo. They didn’t read the message, obviously.
Fortunately for me I decided that I like the one they sent me better than the one I had, which looks like the one in their photo, so I simply returned one pair and kept the other. All’s well that ends well, as they say. It’s just odd that they don’t pay attention to the product photo to make sure it’s what they are selling.
I ordered a Nady Audio SSM-3 shock mount for my Audio-Technica AT3035. As you can see it is not exactly a perfect fit. In fact, when I first looked at it I thought there was no way this microphone was going to fit inside the inner collar. However, with a little work I was able to get it in. I would not want to go through this process repeatedly so I think I shall leave it in the mount permanently.