Ex 'Pressions Session

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Ex 'Pressions Session

Postby allanlummox » Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:12 am

I was booked for a recording session at Ex'pressions - a college for digital media here in the East Bay. A free shot at a multi - million dollar studio, but the engineers are students. My crack about it has been that I'm going to the Barber college for a very big haircut.

Well, the kids did a pretty good job. Given the facility - and my requirements, which were to record the vocals and guitar "LIVE", Together, and with as much attention given to the interplay between the two, they simply set up a forest of mic stands - one of them asked me what I thought of an SM57 with a pop screen beeing "somewere near my mouth - since you're loud" and I told him I had gotten great results like that in the past. Of course, that was because I HAD to do that. I was broke.

I had a Neumann tube mic. Rode was in there. Sennheisers were ready. I mean there were 11 mics set up all around me. The teacher reminded the students that if I was PAYING for the session, they'd be wasting my time. I smiled and banged on the guitar, waved my hands every time they tried to put a mic Too close, and sang snatches.

The students were surprised that I didn't want to work on one song over and over- poor hometraining, I guess. I wanted to get as many tracks as possible - I'd rather pick and choose between songs than takes.


The teacher made a crack that if they wanted to record every song I had ready, we'd be stuck in the room for days on end. Made ME feel damn good. Also made the kids move faster...which made me feel old.


4 hour session - 11 tracks. a good beginning for my next CD. Listening to it now on my computer speakers. My bud, Mike Hudson, a damn fine Slide guitarist, said I should give it a few days, but I have a program.


I want to take it to a local small studio, do some EQ, make a few decisions about compression, and record 2 or three tracks with a different guitar (my old Gibson flat top), and then take it to the guy that mastered "Please and Thank You"


I'm still strapped for production costs, but I could manage a small run and still pay for the royalties for the covers.

In the mean time, damn, I played the Farmers Market this morning, recorded in a beautiful room this afternoon, heard my buddy's show this evening and I'm listening to some surprisingly good mixes this morning. With Whiskey in the Jar.
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RE: Ex 'Pressions Session

Postby allanlummox » Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:21 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Feb-15-06 AT 06:21 AM (EST)]Oh, and I can't decide between the album titles.


"Streetwise"


or


"Heart of Iron - The Slide Guitar of Dan Lange"


Suggestions, helpfull or not are welcome.
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RE: Ex 'Pressions Session

Postby nizer » Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:26 pm

Streetwise
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RE: Ex 'Pressions Session

Postby allanlummox » Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:31 pm

Yea, that was the " working " title.

But the timing - the moment - i'd love to put the whole project in the can, get it to the point of production, and put a heart on it while Jane is out of town. As a Valentines day gift.

Not gonna happen, but I'm miserable to be around while I'm doing this kinda crap.




Yea, I should stick with Streetwise.
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RE: Ex 'Pressions Session

Postby ricochet » Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:49 pm

Streetwise, for sure.

I'm anxiously awaiting its release!

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