Rick's Rap - August 2006
Unplugged got together again this past Tuesday after a long layoff promulgated by various personal situations, and picked up where we left off with the basement tapes. We finished Big Railroad Blues, Evangeline, Don't Ease Me In, and Shake A Hand. I finished the mastering yesterday and posted them.
I've been using the speakers on my pc for monitoring the mix, and that seems to be fine for whatever I'm going to post on the web. Just to check the regular mix, I burned a cd of what we've got so far. My wife is doing some substantial renovations to our house and I don't have a stereo at the moment, so I listened to it in my car - way too heavy on the bass. At the moment, my automated mastering program is makeing two mixes for each tune, a highly compressed mono mix (which is what I'm posting for the basement tapes), and a high fidelity stereo mix suitable for online posting of anything good enough to be a demo. It's evident that I'm going to have to expand it to also produce a cd mix. Oh good, another project.
I've been off line for a while now, due to home renovations that included the room our net connection is in. I just got a wireless setup configured, so at least for the moment, I'm back.
Bob and Joe came by last Thursday. We got off to a late start, but we managed to finish up Dire Wolf and Knockin' On Heaven's Door. The lesson I learned from this time, was punch-in's pretty much have to be done right after what's going to be the final track has been laid down. After knobs get twisted it's pretty much impossible to match levels and tones, which means I have to do some manual pre-massaging to the tracks before I can master them, and manualy working on one track pretty much doubles the amount of work necessary to master the cut.
It's also getting to be pretty clear that having us all in the same room when we're doing the recording is a pretty inefficient use of our time, because most of us spend most of our time waiting for somebody else to finish up what they're doing.
Bob and Joe came by this evening. We listened to the stereo masters of what we've done so far, and then finished off Jack Straw. That took care of all the scratch tracks we had accumulated so far. Bob is going to email me dummy proof instructions to his house and I'll go up this weekend with the recorder and we'll get as many cuts as we can with a final rythmn guitar track, and a clean vocal track.