Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I've been silent for a while!

Well, I know it's been a while since I posted, but I have good reasons for it. Work picked up a lot, and I've been working non-stop at my job for months. It's tiring, but feels good.

With my band recording our music for the last year, all of our home improvement projects had to get pushed aside, because weekends are the only time we have to get them done, but the band consumes our weekends.

So I've just not had time to write anything of substance. But there is good news to report.

The Band will soon be releasing it's first CD. My next post will be notes on the tracks, plus samples and info on buying it. It sounds really good, and isn't just another ren-faire busker's crudely made recording. It ended up sounding much better than we anticipated. Oddly, I appear singing on more tracks than I do playing the bagpipes! Don't worry -- my voice is excellent, from what I've been told.

Be patient, and I'll reward you!


Gaston de Clermont said...

Looking forward to your CD. What did you use to record your band?

Matt Fedak said...

What equipment do you use i am currently using a uni directional rhode nt3 condenser about half a foot away from my my andys pipes. Hoping to put my results on mine and also his homepage here soon bagpipes4alloccasions

Gaston de Clermont said...

You went quiet again :(

David W. Irish said...

For the big pipes and rauschpfeifes, we use a Sure SM-57 Mic. Drums and strings use a Sure Condensor mic (I forget the model number, cause it's not mine). We had a Sure SM-58, as well, which we used for vocals and other instruments. I heard that condensor mics are not good for loud pipes, but they're certainly good for smallpipes and buzzy-sounding pipes.

The device we recorded on was a Korg 7000 series multitrac. I hate the thing, personally, because it started malfunctioning, and needed to be erased and have the software re-installed. I think we'll likely record directly into a computer the next time to save time and sanity.

Drums are the hardest thing to record, believe it or not. The drummer has to hit with the same exact velocity for each beat, or the drumming doesn't sound consistant. This isn't easy when you consider that normally, he hits the drums hard, outdoors, and the velocity never needs to be precise, since there's so much noise.

Also -- the drums that you THINK would sound big and deep actually didn't. We used small frame drums for the deep drum sounds. The drummer had a difficult time trying to get the right sound to get recorded. He'd be there taping a drum, putting a towel over one side, and other tricks of the trade, but in the end, it was small drums that mimmics the big ones. Weird but true.

When recording, we start out with a everyone playing at once to one mic, as a reference. Then we record each part separately, using the reference recording for cues and timing. Then we eliminate the reference track by the end of the recording.