Filthy Savage

Last night I recorded Filthy Savage here. It was so much fun! I finally got to use my new soundboard, which kind of took over my bedroom.

I also got new overheads to use for the drums from Main Drag, the best music store in NYC.

How dumb is this– I was buying mics the day that I was supposed to be recording. It was just so lucky that Main Drag had what I needed– a matched pair of AKG C430s, which are small diaphragm condenser mics. And such a good price!

I also got a couple of new mic stands, which I needed. I used my shure condenser for the kick because I don’t have any other large diaphragm mics. Then I mic’d under the snare with a shure 57.

Here’s Vanessa at the drums:

Frank played through a DI box and he and Vanessa wore headphones so they could hear each other.

I ran out of eighth-inch to quarter-inch adapters so after I checked them out I just had to watch the tracks– no headphones for me.

Here’s the view of Filthy Savage from the “control room” (aka my bedroom)

I need more cables, more adapters, another DI box, and some good way of organizing all this stuff– I’m tired of un-spaghettiing cables, only to find that what I thought was a mic cable is actually an XLR to quarter inch.

But Filthy Savage sounded great– they’re so full of enthusiasm and they were happy to be recording with me– it was their first time recording. And they’re the ideal band for me to work on recording all by myself. With Imaginary Friends, Jason is the engineer, but I was definitely engineering this one all on my own.

I’ve graduated from singer-songwriters to punk bands LOL

Also a big thanks to Mike from Unstoppable Death Machines for dropping by and laying down some bass for their tracks– it added so much.
Recording Filthy Savage Part 2

Last night we just did instrumental parts because Rudy couldn’t make it. One less thing to worry about 🙂

I still am having so much trouble finding 1/8″ to 1/4″ adaptors! How come there’s like a million of them around when you don’t need them? They’re like guitar picks, or lighters. I bought a bunch of them online from Full Compass and they’ll be arriving soon. As god is my witness, I’ll never run short of adaptors again!!!

I made an entire Excel file of exactly where everything needs to be plugged in, and I feel confident now that I can hook up the mixer to the motu. I can’t believe I’m finally using all those ins in the back of the motu that I ignored for so long. That mixer is such a great addition to my gear.

Here’s what makes me crazy though about the motu, and what was so confusing to me for so long:

On the mixer, it’s channel one
On the motu, it’s channel one
In the software, it’s channel three.

Why? Because the motu has two mic ins, so one and two are for the built-in mic pre-amps. ARRRRGGGHHH!!! It’s just so hard to remember the minus-2 equation when I’m looking at the kick drum on the screen and then wanting to boost the gain, and I see the channel is 3 on ableton live and my hand goes over to the gain on the 3rd channel of the mixer. Maddening.

We did two songs last night, then Ron came over and put down some bass. This is my favorite pic of the evening, from ye olde celle phone of course.

It made me feel like my record label is real, bringing people together from two different bands I’m working with.

Oh, and we got the okay from 3 Egg Studios to do an entire Imaginary Friends album, not just an EP!!!!!!

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