thanks to Col Dawson, who came across these pictures from our Borderline gig last year – and of course all credit to Oran Tarjan for his skills.
Below is my favourite one of Elsie singing her heart out and the rest can be found at Oran’s blog –
One of the highlights of this week was an early trip over to Ben Bell’s home studio to work on refining one of the drum tracks for Fusion Orchestra 2’s new releases – this time it was the turn of Secret Shadow.
Ben had already done alot of work on the sound and I was just there to ride as co-pilot and make annoying and obvious observations!! Still, it was another good insight into the whole recording process.
My top learning points were definitely around how important it is to get the right balance between kick drum, snare and toms and place this right up in the mix. It seems my preferred snare sound, for those interested in such things, has a slight compression on the bottom mike, a plentiful amount of volume from the top mike, tweeked with a dash of reverb and plenty of ambience from the room mikes. Serve warm but dry with relish.
Even slightly tweaking a high tom made a whole lot of difference to the overall sound so it was well worth the time methinks. Hopefully the tracks will be ready soon so you can judge for yourselves!
Small Mercies met for a rehearsal this Monday and I’m looking forward to our evening at a local pub on the 15th – more to follow I’m sure.
Future Fiction (Find us on Facebook) are stalled slightly while the tape machine is fixed and we will have to wait a couple of weeks before the final two tacks are mixed and ready for delivery. In the meantime we are auditioning a keyboard player and have started work on the last four tracks for the album.
That’s all for now,
‘Til next time,
- Future Fiction Album (rattledrum.wordpress.com)
- Pushing Energy Onto Tape (rattledrum.wordpress.com)
- “How Was That?” FO2 Video (rattledrum.wordpress.com)
- Future Fiction – first track! (rattledrum.wordpress.com)