Just finished recording the band Dollface this weekend, got a cracking sound for their backing tracks as we did all the rhythm section live in the same room. The spill really gave the tracks that AC/DC, Led Zep thing with loads of energy and excitement. I guess it really helps that they didn’t have to wear headphones, so were able to play as a band.
Gotta say, I think this is the way to record a rock band, although it helped that the band could play, we got a really tight sound and the very little spill from the guitar amps really helped to make them sound massive. I didn’t find the spill a real problem but we did space the amp really quite far from the kit and we screened it off a little so there was near no direct sound getting into the drum mics.
I’d have preferred to have been able to track the band on tape because I know it would’ve sounded better but in the long run I’m glad I didn’t because we did loads of editing. If I was in my own place this wouldn’t have been an issue, but because the band were paying for studio time and I expect wouldn’t have had the budget to have me razor blade the song together. The vocals were also heavily edited. I did the usual thing of recording about 4 takes and then comping the best bits together then we went back and fixed any straggling bits. I wouldn’t have been able to track that on tape, could’ve done loads of punch-ins or could’ve synced pro-tools to SMPTE and tracked and edited on digital. Would’ve run out of tracks if I was working on tape though.
Couldn’t find a website for the band, might come later.
Overhead X-Y 414’s, guitars 67 57 and 441, bass C12