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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FP Quickie Update: 10.21.2014

FP Quickie Update: 10.21.2014:

Another round of main vocals on 'Rabbit Hole' are finished and ready for mixdown. I sang them yesterday and then 'graded' them today and made my selections. These parts were especially fun as they're a loud falsetto thing...a blast to sing.

Here's a quick low-down on the mics and gear used:

1) Joly-Mod Oktava MK219  >>  Antelope Audio Zen Studio Mic Pre

2) Shure SM57  >>  Cloudlifter CL-Z (for impedance mismatching)  >>  Vintech Dual72

3) Shure SM58  >>  Cloudlifter CL-1  >>  TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 (for tone shaping only...No cheating via pitch correction...Don't get me started on a rant against 'auto-tuning'...)

Oh yeah...and a pop-filter. 

Moving forward...

Good times!

~ Todd

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FP Quickie Update: 10.14.2014

Just a quick post to celebrate! let everyone know that Rabbit Hole's main Verse Vocals are sung and selected! I actually sang the new vocal verses last week and then stepped away from them over the weekend before doing any selecting of the various takes. The crazy thing is that I sang all three verses in one morning/afternoon (before heading to work) and then it only took one additional morning/afternoon (again...pre-work...today) to do the selection process. I think that may be a personal record for me...Dang.

So what's up with the telephone picture? Glad you asked! It's a quick shot of a modified telephone handle that I used as a microphone for the new Verse sections. I spent a couple days last week (before my singing sessions began) setting up various mics and mic preamps so that I could have plenty quick-and-ready options for tonal colours. This little telephone/mic hybrid won the shoot-out for vibe and tone for the Verses. And then I ended up using a Crown Royal whiskey sleeve as a pop-filter. From there I ran the telephone/mic through an older slightly-modded Vintech Dual 72 mic pre for grit and colour. Sounded great and was real easy to sing into...  :-)

Also worth mentioning here is that I came up with a brand new set of lyrics for the 3rd Verse. Since we first began writing 'Rabbit Hole' I've had several lyric variations for the 3rd Verse, none of which I have been completely happy with. Last week, mid-vocal-session, I realized that I didn't have any 'keeper' lyrics for the 3rd Verse that I could live with. So I put the telephone/mic down and penned the 'official' 3rd Verse lyrics. And they are completely new and different (and better me thinks) than the previous lyrics I had been singing...I like them lots!

So things are moving forward very nicely now and nearing completion. Dang. I've learned/grown so much over the past couple of years (especially from doing several side recording jobs) that I feel like I've got my stride on things again...Finally. And it feels good...

Until next time...

~ Todd

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FP Update: 10.1.2014

"It is Finished..."

Well, at least the guitars to 'Rabbit Hole' are officially done being tracked/re-tracked. And that means that Robert and I are done playing said guitar parts. I may need to 're-amp' a couple tracks 'here and there' if some of our amp tones don't jive well during mixdown, but that would be a quick and easy fix and won't impede progress or cause any real delays. So the rest of this week I am doing some final documenting and housekeeping duties (i.e. finish jotting any tracking notes, make sure computer files of guitar parts are properly named and indexed, write down anything else that needs notated, etc). It's kind of like doing your taxes at the end of the year...kind of boring but essential and necessary. And in the case of Rabbit Hole's guitar tracks, the track count is well over 120(+)...Four mics per guitar performance/take can add up quickly. Dang.

So the plan, as of right now (once I finish 'housekeeping chores' for the guitar tracks), is to start re-singing certain vocals as needed...starting next week. Not sure how long that will take but I'd say those vocals are the Last of the proverbial Mohicans on 'Rabbit Hole'...

Moving forward...

Stay tuned...

~ Todd