In The Lightness Of Being, we like our guitar pedals.
So Devi Ever’s Console project is pretty exciting news. If you didn’t know, Devi Ever makes pretty cool fuzz pedals and this open-source cartridge guitar fx (reminds me a little of the Atari games) sounds like a wicked project. Unfortunately, we just only found out about this (after the fundraising ended). But the good news is that the goal has been reached and we’ll be looking forward to this possibly in 2013!!
We recently completed the first part of drum recording for a new batch of songs Instead of heading into the recording studio we decided to be adventurous and did it guerrilla-style. We found a nice warehouse in North London: The ceiling was high, as it is a furniture warehouse it was filled with carton boxes and old furniture displays but it had a fantastic sound. It was a little cold during the night and on Sunday morning... but nothing a few cups of coffee and cigarettes can't fix. On Saturday morning we moved into the warehouse a DDrum Dominion Maple kit, loaded with Evans heads on the toms and Aquarian on the snare and Zildjian Zxt cymbals. As we did not have the pressure of studio time ticking away, there was ample time to tune up the drums, find a good spot to set up the drums and to experiment with mic placements. We used a matched pair of RODE NT-1As as overheads, tom and snare were miked up with SM 57/58s, and the kick was miked up with AKG D112. Placement-wise we used the Glyns Johns method with extra mics on toms (as toms were crucial in some of the tracks), and the spaced pair technique. In all, we are pretty excited about the unmixed result and look forward to laying down the guitars and vocals next. In the meantime, you can enjoy some of Sergio's drumming here.
Here’s a look into our studio, where we’ve been readying our compositions for our recording sessions starting next week!
We’re running Logic 9. The Alesis USB Pro drum kit is run through Toontrack EZdrummer and the midi keyboard utilizes Logic’s awesome sound library and several other plug-ins.
Audio instruments goes into the very nice Focusrite Saffire Pro 40.
Put all this together and we’ve got close to the jamming equivalent of silent disco. We say close as electronic drums still makes some noise. The volume is equivalent to hitting your drum sticks on an office chair and the kick drum can still send vibrations down to the ceiling of the neighbour downstairs. We’ve fixed that by building a drum riser and adding extra under-carpet. With the materials we’ve also put to together some DIY-acoustic panel! We’ll talk about that in another post…
Thanks Greg K for the photos!