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D8 Skills #13 & D9 | Unit E | Recording Band, Loft | Session #2

D8 Skills #13 & D9 | Unit E | Recording Band, Loft | Session #2

Today was a day off college to make up for the time tutors spent with us on Saturday at Sixty Million Postcards, therefore it was the perfect day to come in and record. There would be no one else around meaning we'd have the whole place to ourselves. We agreed that we'd record the drummer. One person from our tech group was ill and wanted to stay home that day, another said they live too far away, another said nothing, and another said they were too tired, so it was just me and the drummer. I quite liked this as I had plenty of space and quietness to make everything perfect. I arrived very early and set everything up. I tidied the whole room so that it was the best atmosphere for the drummer and so that we could be off to a swift start when he arrived.

I asked some people about what the best drum kit to use was, and this one was arrived upon, so I moved it into Studio 1 which is where we were going to record. I set it up on the carpet facing the control room window so that the drummer and I would be able to easily communicate with each other.

After everything was set up, I went into the control room to set up the tracks in Pro Tools and to check whether all the mics were getting a consistent signal. The OH-L on channel 3 was crackling, so I moved it to 5 and also moved the OH-R to channel 6 so that would be able to easily tell which was which at the desk.

The recording process took 1.5 hours and we ended up with a good take. We packed everything up and left the studio considerably neater than we found it. Later that evening, the drummer messaged me to ask whether we could do some more recording on Monday so that by Tuesday (when the rest of the band would be in), we'd have a take that we were totally happy with. I accepted and suggested that I arrive at 09:15am to set everything up.

Equipment List:

  • AKG D112
  • Shure SM57
  • Samson CO2 x2
  • Headphone Extension Cable
  • Headphones
  • XLR Cables
  • Boom Stands