Yes boys and girls…things are finally moving full speed ahead on the new SMC record.
We had two (thats right TWO) sessions in the studio this week and made quite a bit of progress. Here is a pic of the Frenchman saying hello to all of you who are paitently waiting for this album to be completed.
So what is it exactly that we spent our time doing? Hell, we spent it working on what I am now going to call “The Modern Metal Drum Paradox” or TMMDP for short. TMMDP is the insane problem of using programmed drum sounds with your live drum performance so that the sounds match up with what is currently standard for the metal industry. The paradox comes into play when you then have to try and make the fake sounds sound LESS FAKE…WTF.
If you are scrathing your head right now wondering “what the fuck…” then you are on the same page with the rest of us. So we make Darren play this $8,000 dollar midi kit with real cymbols so that the kick, snare, and toms are not recorded as audio, but as MIDI triggers that we can plug any sound in that we want to later. This gives us access to all those great drum sounds that are used by Arch Enemey, Trivium, etc…you name it. But then, we don’t want this to sound like a $200 dollar drum machine so we have to tweak it to make it sound more human. If we would have just recorded Darren playing a real drumset…then everybody would say that the album sounds like a demo because the “drums don’t sound PRO.” What a fucking mess. So I guess the trick is to take a real guy playing and make it sound like a drum machine and then make that sound like a real guy. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
But we have made huge strides for acomplishing this goal. This was in part by my “re-amp the snare drum” trick that was taught to me by a buddy of mine that had graduated from the Conservatory Of The Recording Arts in Arizona. In a nutshell, Bundrick and I placed a PA speaker on top of one of his snare drums and piped the “snare track” back through the drum itself. We miked the snares on the bottom of the drum and recorded it. I remember Bundrick saying “Dude…it sounds real” to which I replyed “That’s because it is.” Here is a picture of what this nonsense looked like:
Now we have great sounding snare, kick, and toms. Since all the cymbols were “real” we are done with those too. Bundrick helped me get ProTools 9 to function on my laptop…so it looks like I am in the clear to finish the bass tracks…finally…haha. I’ll post another update after our next quantizing session the week after next.
Oh yeah…the Frenchman helped me tweak out my rig for the NS/STICK…it is freaking crazy. Here is a final pic taken at the rehersal room on monday of Don running his guitar through the lead half of the rig to work on its settings.
Everybody waiting for this record…you just have to keep waiting…sorry. Stay Moist.