I wrote this tune a few months ago. Finally, got it in the can with the Old Dawgz. And, those old hounds did one hell of a job with the tune.
We've set up a couple of rooms in Big Joe's house as a recording/rehearsal studio built around my Zoom R24. And, we're learning to make it work.
Incredible backup vocals from Puppy John Filipponi. We've been doing harmony for four years!
This was our second shot at recording this song. I wanted to lighten up the instrumental backing this time around. If you want to hear our first take, click here.
Here's our tracking setup on the Zoom R24:
- Ambient Drums/Ride
- Bass Guitar
- Lead Guitar
- Backup Vocal
- Lead Vocal
I duplicated the Kick, Lead Guitar, Backup and Lead vocal tracks, so I ultimately ended up with 12 tracks in the mix. On the duped vocal tracks, I used a moderate reverb FX. Digital delay FX on the duped Lead Guitar track. Compression and reverb FX on the duped Kick.
Get it? One track of the Lead Vocal remains raw. The duped track carries a reverb FX. Reverb has a tendency to bury sound. I think that this duping process maintains the ability of a track to project.
Mixing is a mess nowadays, because we listen to music on crummy computer speakers. For God's sake, please listen to this tune through earphones!