Happy *late* New Year

I hope the new year is treating y’all well!

On Jan 3 I went to the studio to start tracking the drums. I’m really excited with the way they turned out. 😁

Getting the best sound for an album requires being very particular, and setting up the drums takes a pretty long time to begin with.

Of course they have to actually be set up. They aren’t always in the right spot. Then you need to tune them and mic them. The mics have to not phase each other out, and there’s a lot of them. I’m sure it’s more complicated than that. 😂

🤷‍♂️I don’t understand it, but whatever these guys do is magic. 🤩

So once we’re ready to record I get locked away in a side room with my uke, some headphones, and a simple mic. Then the real work begins.

The first thing to do is make a scratch track. So the drummer and I just play the song with a click track til we get it right.

I mess up the words. We mess up the order.

Yes it’s written down. No I don’t know why I can’t get it right after so much practice.

This is my song, right?

Anyway it’s totally new and we need to give it life. Eventually we get into the groove and it starts to really work.

Then I’m done.

I go to the control room because we have enough voice and uke to play along to.

From this point it’s the drummers chance to really polish it up and give it some oomph.

So the producer and I are sitting and listening and giving critiques here and there. The drummer is clearly committed to getting the groove really solid and plays many more takes.

Theres a constant, creative, back-and-forth throughout the whole process. Every now and then whole sections get re-written.

He threw in some colorful, reverbish, reggae snare hits that were just 😘.

Oh and then we did the whole thing over again for a second song. 😅 It took about 6 hours in total.

So that’s a quick summary of what it took to get the drum tracks for two songs. We have to do that for the uke parts, keyboard parts, bass parts, guitar parts, vocal parts, and anything else we think of along the way.

The nice thing is that we don’t have to make another scratch track for these two songs. Now we’re recording the final product.

There are a few more songs to go after this, though, so we still have scratch tracks to make.

I can’t wait to hear it all come together!

Here’s a little sneak peek of a song while the drummer was laying it down. The producer stepped out for a moment.