T H E S P I E L.
If you would like to learn about improving your technique and tone, playing and writing grooves, theory, time feel, locking with drummers, recording/production, learning songs quickly, finding your sound, making great clips for Facebook and Instagram, or about how to use shiny expensive boxes to make things that go wub wub BLARRGH. I would love to help you.
A B O U T M E
I am a bass player, live show MD, producer and songwriter. My working credits include Rita Ora, JP Cooper, Heather Small, Alfie Boe, B*witched, Jess And The Bandits, and my own electronic band Sleeping Dragon (Hand picked to support Mike League's Forq.) I am also a content creator and have created videos for Alpher Instruments, Gamechanger Audio and Newtone Strings among others. I am based in Liverpool, love dark beer and slow roasting anything, and I am a complete gear head, especially with old fenders and crazy pedals.
If anything on here has interested you, please drop me a message, I'd love to chat about how I can help you.
I am in the process of re-recording my bands title song from 40 years ago. I have recorded a guide and then the drummer has sent me midi from his electronic kit, vocalist has sent vocals and I'm waiting on final guitar tracks.
The song has a silly fairy story in the middle, and I my son recorded my granddaughter reading it which I have then cut to fit.
Just got the vocal tracks and a rough mix, and he's done it again. 🙄 ...and I know the drummer is going to be pee'd of with the changes.
A few years back one of our fans from back in the day asked if he could play a track of ours at his wedding. We decided to e-record it for him as a surprise. Backing tracks were done here and sent to vocalist in New Zealand, but when we got it back he'd completely changed the way he sang it, so it was a nice gift, but not quite what said fan really wanted ☹️
Now to be fair vocalist was the songwriter / lyricist and used to bring ideas to rehearsal, but he didn't play an instrument so songs were written from jams at rehearsal and developed from his 'it goes something like this' dum di dums. Not that it has ever been an issue, but I know if there had been any money made from a song we'd probably have ended up with difficult discussion re ownership.
Whilst we might like a fairly faithful rendition of the original version, he has revamped the vocal lines - not as much as with the other song - but I suspect there will be mutterings from the ranks 🙄
Not sure myself. Played a rough mix to wifey this morning and she loves it, so what do I know 🤣
So as the headline says, what relatively cheap but decent microphones will I need to mike up an acoustic drum set, when I only have 4 tracks at my disposal to record on, for a bass and drums duo where I play the bass?
I am thinking a kick drum mic, a snare/hi-hat mic, a crash/tam mic and then an overhead/room mic, but other suggestion that will likely give better results are welcome, and I am completely at loss when it comes to choosing the actual microphones for it.
I am planing to buy a Tascam DR-680 MkII for recording the drums and bass live, which can record on 8 tracks total, but only got 4 XLR inputs and 2 Jack inputs, intending to use the 4 XLR inputs for drum microphones, and then 1 of the Jack inputs for a DI recording of the bass and the other for miking up the bass cab, running it through a microphone preamp, and then transfer these 4 recorded drum tracks + 2 recorded bass tracks to my DAW later for mixing and adding vocals and eventual additional programmed and physical secondary instrumentation.
I am open to the suggestion of using 5 tracks for the drums if it will give a considerably better result, and then just using a single DI'ed bass track though.
The reason why I chose to use a small recorder is for ease of transportability to our rehearsal place, since I don't own a laptop or a car and I don't need the recordings to be super hi-fi.
I'm selling my Zoom R16 which has only been used for one evening at my home. It's a compact digital recorder which can be used as a USB control surface for your favourite DAW or to record 8 tracks simultaneously. I bought it for that latter feature as our band had done a few storming gigs and I wanted to try and get a live recording down. Of course, the band imploded before I could do this and it has sat in its box ever since.
It comes with all manuals, leads, PSU etc that came with it along with a 2GB SD card and Cubase LE which I have not downloaded so can be yours.
These are £317 at Amazon & £329 at Thomann (with delivery on top). Save yourself a bundle at £200 including postage to you or same with socially-distant collection from Croydon.
For the bass cover of the week I chose this time to go into a pop song by the young superstar Dua Lipa to see how the Tribe behaves also in this musical context. For this cover I only used the single coil in the 60s position (the one near the neck) and the tone at 70% ... good listening!