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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Weekly Update 11-28-09

How time flies....

1) As many of you know, we posted a preview of 'Sycamore' on our blog by way of a YouTube video. Nothing fancy, but it should wet the appetite for what is to come. I really can't say this enough that 'Sycamore' is just the tip of the iceberg. We have a ton of material on the back-burners waiting for adequate time to finish writing and recording. As such, I keep coming up with more lyric ideas as well as basic riffs and arrangements. So we literally just try to capture a 'sketch' of those things on my iPhone or whatever else is handy at the moment. But if you could 'hear' the ideas as we 'hear' them....More and more, FP is becoming a well-oiled machine and the more we work on stuff the more fun it gets.

2) Matt and I have been tracking his drums this week for the second song 'Some Other Year' and all I can say is 'wow'. In 10-12 hours of sessions we have literally knocked out over half of the drum sections, including the editing. Amazing really. And to give everyone a better scope of how much work and data that is...we are currently have 7.49 GB of hard drive space taken up over the span of 992 individual files. Granted the bulk of those files are out-takes, but it takes a while to record that many pieces. We have been recording and editing as we go, and we are using 15 mics on his drum kit this time around: 3 mics on the snare drum, 1 mic/each on the three toms, 1 mic on the hi-hat, 1 mic on the ride cymbal, 4 mics on the kick drum, 2 overhead mics above the entire kit, and 1 omnidirectional mic in a air duct that is connected to the drum room. Fortunately, we are getting much more efficient at mic selection/placement, and so things are sounding pretty stellar.

3) I'll continue singing sections for the 'Sycamore' this next week. Also, FP is rehearsing this week to iron out a few kinks in the bridge/last chorus section of 'Some Other Year' before we actually continue recording Matt's drums. But the goal is to have the drums wrapped up in the next 7-10 days (depending on everyone's schedules of course). Then the bass tracks will get recorded along with a bunch of the guitar parts. I actually plan on using my Line6 Vetta amp head for a lot of the guitar tracks in this one, largely due to a nicely syncopated stereo 'tremolo' effect. We'll see how that goes. The Vetta has always done well in the past...

That's all for this week. Again, I am most likely overlooking something...

Peace....

~ Todd

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