Friday night's session took longer to kick-start as the students went to set-up the recording gear in the isolation booth. Good thing too, since it was discovered that the AKG 414 microphone we had been using previously was actually blown out and not operating at its peak efficiency. Who'da thunk? So, though what we recorded sounded good on Thursday - everything sounded much better on Friday. Go fig.
It was the night to get some of the backing tracks for songs with vocals down - so I tackled these along with a few that were drifted into the mix because it seemed like a good idea at the time. Recorded were the bed tracks for:
One Way Ticket
(another run at) Swing Low Sweet Chariot/He's Got The Whole World In His Hand
Polly Wolly Doodle
(another run at) The Old Black Cat Couldn't Catch A Rat
and a decision to record "Why Walk When You Can Fly" - not to release, but just to have.
We got overdubs of Charles on "En Evant Deux" and "Polly Wolly Doodle", then the session wrapped earlier than we had expected. All in all, I think it went well - it'll become more evident when they send the .wav files and I can go through, pick and choose, do some EQ. The Artist Sessions will pick up again and we can bring those files in to do overdubs - plus, I'll be doing some recording here at Dark Studios. Somewhere out of all that will come the material for the first album, which I hope to have done by the fall.
The students had a good time with our session - apparently they get a lot of bad metal, and it was a refreshing change to have some acoustic music without blaring guitars and screaming going on. Well, we're happy to oblige.