Monday, April 26, 2010

Artisan Guns Ep Release Party

I was doing sound at the Rising Sun on Saturday for Artisan Guns EP Release. The show went really well. I enjoy Rising Sun when I get a decent amount of time to setup and tune everything right, it usually sounds good and either the GL2400 or Midas they usually have there keep me happy. Subterranes were amazing as per usual and Artisan Guns played an incredible set.

I took the photo above at soundcheck when I had enough time to do that, Artisan Guns draped the whole venue in flags and put ducks everywhere it looked great!

What a lovely evening!

Monday, April 19, 2010

New Toys.

Yeah pretty cool huh.

Pink Pound Experiences

Had another session with the Pink Pound Experience yesterday, got another track in the bag. I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out so far, I think they were too. Before we stopped for lunch I think everyone was a bit concerned it wasn't sounding that good but once we got both guitars down and started tracking vocals everything tied together really nicely, its funny how these things happen.

Vocals and Drums were a bit of a challenge to get nailed right on this song but when we got them it was definitely worth it. We tracked a few of the Backing Vocals live in to one mic for a change, almost like a gang vocal but not really at all. Turned out quite nice actually, I was worried that it was going to be difficult to get everyone's voice sitting right etc but the sound of 2 or 3 people singing at once stood next to each other is great, so why not record it like that rather than recording them separately and then mixing them in Protoools.

Friday, April 16, 2010

More Chelsea!

We recorded lots of Tom today, with so many layers I didn't want the satisfyingly warm and full sound that the MD421 was giving so I opted for a good old beta58a instead to give me more attack and punch and then the Kiwi as a room mic.

Chelsea also "dropped some phat casio tone beats" and played some drone-y keys on Under. Plus various other vocal experiments, I played some jingle bells too.

We're recording in an almost modular way, everything is very flexible. We're tracking parts and then cutting them up, making loops, moving the songs around to be what they need. Its a really interesting process to see a song evolve and fun too.

I want to finish this asap so you can hear it all. (so I can listen to it on the train)

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Some time ago I helped mix and master a one week EP that Chelsea from Teacups recorded with Jono, Alex and Reuben from Artisan Guns. If you haven't heard her solo stuff before its very different from Teacups, lots more electronic and atmospheric but still very pretty.

We just started working towards her album and I am very excited. Very. Today we worked on a song called "Under" recording a whole heap of vocals and some piano and guitar and bass.

My converted Valve Radio guitar amp was made use of in to the Vox Cab.

I had exactly the same bizarre old guitar that James has just under my bed collecting dust. Now he has 2.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mali Mali Recording

Recorded some electric guitars for a Mali Mali song yesterday, Andrew ran his Ibanez AS200 through his fender twin and Peter used my Gretsch through my Vox AC15. Both such great combinations, barely any playing around with sounds, just stick a mic up and go!

Then we added another track of acoustic to a different song before they had to rush off, all in all a fairly productive few hours! We're slowly getting the peices of this puzzle in to place.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Bayonets EP Release

Excitement, The Bayonets are finally releasing their EP they recorded with me off and on over the past yearish, I think the EP turned out really good and this show is one not to miss with the wonderful Jocee Tuck and heart-warming Alaska.


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