Today we're back in the studio with our producer Justin Abedin recording bed tracks. We thought we would describe what a day in the studio with a "real producer" is like for anyone who is curious!
A day in the life of this record:
9:30 am the rhythm section (keys, bass, guitar and drums) load their gear into the studio and the engineer starts checking and positioning all of the many, many mics. Drums alone have 15 mics on them! Oh, and a fresh pot of coffee and tea get brewed, obviously! Horns and vocals will be recorded separately on a different day.
10:30 am the producer starts "getting sounds" meaning he has everyone play a bit to get a rough mix in the protools recording file. After he gets individual instruments going, he'll ask the band to play together to be sure everything works in the full context.
11:00-2:00 track the first song of the day. One of us sings what's called a "scratch vocal" along with the band to keep the energy up and have it feel like a live performance so the band brings their best. There's a lot of psychology that goes into capturing a great studio take because it can feel a bit like being under a microscope!
Maybe there's a small break... but likely just enough for coffee and high fives. Then it's back for track 2!
2:00-4:00 record track 2, this might involve some instrument and mic changes. We try to rotate who is on scratch vocal duty to preserve everyone's voices over the course of the day.
Break We musicians can get hangry (hungry/angry) by this time of day, and it's important to fuel up to keep the creative juices flowing.
4:00-5:30 record track 3, like track 2, but with carbs in our bellies!
5:00-8:00 record track 4 and add any extra layers and overdubs that are left from all 4 tracks.
At the end of the day the players will pack everything up, or leave stuff behind for the next day so we can get right to recording on day 2. And then the oh so important process of backing up all of the session files happens. The rule of thumb is that if it's not saved in 3 places, it's not safe! And there's nothing sadder (or more expensive) than losing a day's work in the studio.
We'll be sure to post more updates on our upcoming studio days. Tomorrow is bed tracks part 2 and then later in May we'll be laying down the vocals and horn tracks.
Alex, Maggie & Lizzy