The Naysayers Recording in Benalla Or How to Record Your Own Band in Seven Simple Steps
UPDATE: We have just released two of these songs: Hear them here
Step One: Pre-production - 8 March 2014
We recorded the guide tracks to a click at Harrie’s place weekend. They had been played as a whole band with the structure all worked out.
Step Two: Set-up - 14 March 2014
We left Melbourne at 8:00pm. We arrived in Benalla at 11:30pm. Set the drums up in the lounge and clipped mics onto the snare, PG 57s, rack tom and floor tom, placed a mic into the bass drum and put two overheads above the kit; one directional (a Shure SM57), one condenser (a Rode MT1). Harrie set up his laptop with Logic and a Swamp Industries 12-channel mixer with six inputs.
Step Six: Mix
The first part of mixing is cleaning all the tracks up. You zoom in on all the tracks and look for all the quiet spaces, such as big section of no playing or singing. There may be some noise on these parts, such as breathing and background noise. You mute all these segments. Then you equalise each track, adjust volumes, amplify or even overdrive some tracks, add reverb, pretty much play around until it all sounds as good as you can get it prior to mastering. Harrie and Nathaniel spent long hours mixing the recordings. Almost daily they would email exported mixes to the rest of the band for a listen. They would in turn email back with feedback on the mix. Harrie spent the most time on this since the mixes were on his laptop. Nathaniel spent some time on weekends at Harrie's house helping. They've both got very good at this job. (We recorded the Dee Eye Why EP by ourselves and mixed it ourselves too. And you'll get to hear these recordings soon enough.)
Crystal Mastering be mastered. At this point we have got the single available for free download at Bandcamp, and are giving out 'bootleg' CDs at our launch. We would normally get the CDs printed at Implant Media in Melbourne; we did with our first two EPs, It Goes Like This and Dee Eye Why.