20. Re-Recording Chorus
Class Introduction01:56 2
Avast! Studio Overview & Walkthrough07:26 3
Sylvia's Recording Philosophy10:07 4
Introduce the Band, Thunderpussy07:53 5
Drum Setup & Tuning18:21 6
Drum Mic Placement09:21 7
Drum Micing - Mid-Side Overhead Technique04:11 8
Drum Micing - Room Mics41:25
Drum Micing - Toms22:10 10
Drum Micing - Kick and Snare Final Tuning10:59 11
Bass Setup20:20 12
Guitar Setup36:13 13
Vocal Setup17:32 14
Band Mic Check26:05 15
How Sylvia Plans a Lesson07:29 16
Budgets, Time and Planning a Session13:17 17
Recap and Intro04:17 18
Recording the Band, Thunderpussy32:32 19
Mixing the Recording of the Band09:08 20
Re-Recording Chorus13:46 21
Process for Editing18:42 22
Guitar Solo and Overdubs52:35 23
Vocal Overdubs32:12 24
Creative Studio Techniques1:00:11 25
How to Mix: Drums43:56 26
How to Mix: Add Bass & Guitar13:34 27
How to Mix: Add Vocals36:24
I listened to the tracks and I found that there's some over-recording going on on one of the rack toms. It's a little bit ugly, so much so that I think that we need to rerecord, we need to readjust the levels on that rack tom mic. The top mic on the rack tom. And while we're doing it, we're gonna do kind of retweak the snare tuning. I think we can make it a little better, and I think the guitars needs to be in tune, also. So, you guys check your tuning. In the meantime, we'll check the drum tuning and drum mic levels, and we'll do it again. We're gonna have to do at least the front half. We might as well do both halves again. Okay. Alright. So, you guys tune, and you and I will work, let's see. Let's see, how do we wanna do this? If you could play the chorus part where you're doing boom bum ba da boom boom ba da ba do do do, that beat, that would help me to dial down the mic pres on those toms. The part with the bell? Yes, it's the, I believe it's the chorus. Yeah, we're kinda hi...
ttin' both toms, yeah. Yeah, okay. Awesome. Come on. I'll double check the position of the mics. Okay. So, I wonder if this isn't a setup thing with the guitar, because I've been checking the tuning like pretty religiously every time and since I'm playing open chords high on the neck, it's a little sketchy. You know what I mean? I have some recommendations that would help right away. Please. Go ahead and tune it to the tuner. K. And when you're playing, don't dig in. Don't dig into the fret board, don't hit too hard here. Play lightly, but with as much, as light as you can play and still get the feeling. Lighter. You know what? That should help keep it in tune, at least for this, and the first couple takes, no problems, but that last take I did hear tuning issues, so I think-- I wonder if you remember if I was like bending it a little. Could've been. I think it was in a strum chord, though, that I heard the tuning. See, it's all strum chords, you know? (laughing) So, yeah, like, it's hard to not do that. That, yeah. That's exactly what it is. Okay. Great. I'll double check the top mic here, looks good. Okay, so if you wouldn't mind, just with your headphones on playing that chorus beat over and over again, and I'll just dial back the mic pre on that. (doors close) Okay. Do you want a solo direct on here? Nope. Okay. Alright, would you go ahead and play, Ruby? (calming drum solo) Yeah. Bring the pre down a little? Yeah On the top, and then I'll push the fader up a little bit. How's that? Still not good. That's better. How's our level now? How's the snare? Is the snare okay? I see the snare bottom's kinda blowin' up a little bit too. Yeah. It's okay. Alright. Thank you. I think we're good. I'm gonna go out and work on the snare tuning now. Okay. So, hang on you guys. I'll be right out. Yeah. (doors open) Okay, let me get back there, and I'm gonna work on that snare a little bit. Thank you. (drum beating) Alright. (steady low drum beating) Well, that one, dead. That's a problem tension rod, here. This one went flat before, too. I think this snare has a bit of a loosening problem on one of the tension rods and we started with this one really loose, when we started working with this snare yesterday, so something to keep track of. (drum beating) That's better Still low. This'll make the drum sound so much better. (steady low drum beating) Right here, this is loosened up, too. I'm trying to match all the tension rod pitches. This one was really low, and now it's brought up into the same pitch. (drum beating) Bring that one down. Pretty close. (forcefully drum beating) I think that's gonna be better for us. Alright. And here's your key. Oh, thanks. Okay, all the mics lookin' good, lookin' good, lookin' good, boom, boom, okay? Alright. Alright, we're back. And you're in tune? Everyone in tune? Yes. Okay, here we go. (imitating instrument noises) Okay, you ready, Scott? Just about. About 20 seconds. K, you guys ready? 10, nine-- Alright. And we're back at our slower tempo for the first half. Four, three, two, and it's good to go. And he's recording, great. Here we go. (smooth rock music) Alright. Okay, hang out there for a moment. I'm gonna listen to these toms, make sure we're good. Okay, I'm just gonna grab this little bit right here, and take a listen. (smooth rock music) Much better. Much better. Okay. Alright. Much better, so I think we're good to go for the second half. Okay? Dropping the tempo at 1:58 here. Yes, thank you. And, we should be ready to go. Great. Here we go. (smooth rock music) (moves into heavy rock music) Alright. Hold on, hold on, whoa, whoa, whoa. Try that again. A little bit rushing going into that. Let's try it again. We'll save that little chunk. Here we go again. (smooth rock music) (moves into heavier rock music) Okay. Alright. How'd that feel? I thought it felt good. Did it sound like it felt good? It sounded like it felt good. I think we've got somethin' to work with. Come on in. Alright, I think it's editing time. We'll put those two pieces together and see what we have.
Ratings and Reviews
This Studio Pass episode with Sylvia Massey covers a lot of ground. From fundamentals like correct mic placement and phase to experimentation with amps, cell phone delay and a few extra parts, Sylvia makes it fun! I have been lucky enough in my career to work with a number of great engineers and producers. I haven't had the opportunity to work with her, but Sylvia is certainly in that category, and anyone who gets a chance to work with her would be a lucky person. This broadcast is the next best thing. Great job there at Avast Studio and fantastic camera work! And as for Thunderpussy; you guys rock!
Wow, that was such a blast. Thanks so much Sylvia and everyone else for making this such a fun experience. I picked up so many new ideas that I can't wait to try out! Sylvia is such a creative producer, it was so much fun to be a fly on the wall watching everything. Loved it!!
Awesome! A great opportunity to pick into the creative mind of one of the greatest and get that kind of knowledge that you can't acquire otherwise. Highly recommended!