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Work on new material begins: Fall Walk Run

Been busy this easter with the recording of new material for Fall Walk Run with Stuart Eaves. Check it out on the new Fall Walk Run blog!

Acoustic guitar recording mic’s SE2200a and AKG C1000s for better transient response due to smaller diaphragm. Perfect for acoustic guitars and percussion.

Fall Walk Run

After a year, we’ve finally got back to recording some new material. We’re not too sure whether it’s going to go towards an album or EP, we’re just going to take it a song at a time. Here are a few photos showing today’s progress! We’ll be blogging the whole recording process over the next coming weeks and months.

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Do they know it’s Christmas cover: Pro Tools HD

Before the Christmas break I was lucky enough to record, mix and master a cover of Band Aid: Do they know it’s Christmas using a pro Tools HD 3 rig and D Command 40 fader console!

The main recording setup labelled “Group vocal recording” shows the utilisation of two AKG c414 XLS’s in a spaced pair for close micing and a pair of AKG C451b’s in a Coincident-XY position to add ambience to the small ensemble recordings. The aim was to record vocals of as many students as possible to contribute to the Christmas project and ended up using 97 audio tracks, 3 auxiliary tracks, a click track and a master fader.

Standard “solo” arrangements for the song shown in “Double tracking eq compression” made use of Waves C1 compression and 4/7 band EQ to control the vocals tonally. The D Commands central control section allowed for easy and quick maipulation of these controls as displayed in picture “D Command EQ and Compression controls”. The rotary encoders for EQ and compression and subsequent paging controls allowed for full control of the plugins and easy adaptation to individual channels.

The solo sections we’re typically double tracked to add depth to the vocal sound often utalising extra send attenuation via D Command flip controls to parallel compression and reverb buses. The picture entitled “Pro Tools HD Edit Window” displays the use of multiple takes via the room mics (Stereo XY AKG C451b’s) to give the vocals that large choir effect towards the end of the song.

Photos :Submaster Reverb and Para Comp Auxs”, “Pro Tools HD Plugins 2” , “Bus setup window” display the extensive use of auxilary effect processing in the track. Using the D Command flip control the channel sends could be adjusted from the main fader controls to allow quick assignment of channel levels into parallel compression and reverb sends. Avid/Digidesign’s Impact bus compression plugin was used for parallel compression to the vocals and in particular to double tracked elements to allow great control of the effect in the whole mix. Similarly “Revibe” was used for the reverb send with detail representations of a warm church utilised to add a more live feel and blend the performance of seperatly recorded takes together in natural sounding and controllable ambience.

Finally “Pro Tools HD System Useage” and “Pro Tools HD Plugins 1” show the massive amount of TDM’s used to create the mix and was even such a high usage as to not allow HEAT (Avid’s Neve channel emulation) to be added to the mix in the mastering stage. Reel Tape Saturation and Waves V Comp we’re used to add additional analogue realism and light control of the mix and to take strain off the Waves L3LL Ultramaximiser to bring the levels up to a steady K12 mastering volume. Air stereo width was added while monitoring the Phasescope to allow for a full stereo field. Blue Cat FreqAnalyst was used for frequency analysis, Waves C4 Multiband for multiband compression and Blue Cat Peak Meter to allow the mix to be monitored to a K12 volume (-12dBfs RMS average).

To conclude the project was a great success and was even filmed whilst being produced! Please see below for some audio snippets. The plan is to utilise the recording/video in BOA marketing!

Vocal Recording

Check out Stuart Eaves’s post on the recent vocal recording sessions I’ve been involved with. Some great vocals being recorded for Lauren Wright with her vocal coach Carrie Garrett from Rockstar Vox.

Link: Stuart Eaves: Vocal Recording.

Lauren Wright Vocal Recording - Lawrence Harvey (left) , Lauren Wright (cen), Carrie Garratt (right) (Picture: Stu Eaves)

Lauren Wright Vocal Recording - Lawrence Harvey (left) , Lauren Wright (cen), Carrie Garratt (right) (Picture: Stu Eaves)

This weeks recording sessions

Recording every day this week for the BOA charity cover of do they know its christmas.

I’m using a spaced pair of C414 XLS’s set to cardioid and a coincident pair (XY) arrangement of AKG c451b’s. Getting some really good recordings so far and should hopefully have some audio next week!

Another 4 recording sessions on top. 1 jazz singer, 1 R&B and 1 Pop original performances in the bag and sounding great!

Lastly a recording session at Kidderminster college last night recording acoustic guitar with Stuart Eaves for Lauren Wright. Using a coincident pair of Rode NT1A’s arranged on top of each other with a single Shure 57Beta for added clarity around the 12th fret.

See below for pictures. More audio coming soon!

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Univibe studios – Drum recording – Bass recording

Thought I’d upload a few pictures of what I did for my birthday this year.

Recording session at Univibe studios for drums for Lauren Wright’s upcoming album. What a lovely studio right next to PMT music on Birmingham’s Eastside, a real gem with a vintage DDA AMR24 inline mixing desk routed into Pro Tools HD.

My particular favourite mic was the sub kick mic for the extra LF in the kick drum (I think it was similar to a Yamaha SKRM100).

Back recording bass and guitars at home in logic with plans to mix large amounts in Pro Tools 10 when it arrives. I’m recording my bass parts DI into Logic and use amplitube amplifier modelling to get an effective sound. Lots of comping here, have a look at the screenshots in the slideshow and a listen to the rough drums and bass sample below.

Lauren Wright album coming soon, stay tuned for more info!

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Fall Walk Run – Built To Last Video

Built to last by “Fall Walk Run” got it’s official video released today!

I helped compose, perform, mix and master this track with Stuart Eaves at the beginning of this year.

Find out more about Fall Walk Run , Stuart Eaves and bettinaloeb (film director)

Thanks to all involved

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