iTunes Featuring for Seirenes
We got a nice surprise this morning when our friend sent us a screenshot of “Seirenes” sitting comfortably in the “New and Noteworthy” section of iTunes. There are a lot of good and bad things about the music industry in 2013, but it’s pretty damn cool that we can put out music by ourselves and release it to the world. The direct link to the EP is https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/seirenes-single/id598796684
This is an interesting article (and quick read) from Graham Cochrane over at Recording Revolution. The take home message is that digital recording programs are transparent and don’t make your tracks sound “cold”. Overuse of your DAW (digital audio workstation) is what makes your music robotic. It’s OK to let mistakes through and you don’t have to quantitize everything. Most people won’t hear your mistakes.
Making of “Seirenes”
I’m going to do a couple blog posts about the process and recording techniques we used to make “Seirenes”. I’ll try to be descriptive and provide some helpful links to anyone who has interest in recording songs at home and how to get the best sound possible. Hopefully someone can learn from all the trial and error that we’ve already been through and can benefit from our lessons. I’ll start off with the basic gear:
Microphones: Shure sm57, Sennheiser e835, AKG Perception 220, Audio Technica At4047sv
Audio Interface: M-Audio Fast Track Ultra
Pre-Amp: Studio Projects VTB-1
DAW: Logic Pro
We tracked both songs in a very similar method so I’ll just do a rundown for both.
DRUMS: We used the “recorderman” technique on drums to get a basic balance in the overhead mics. For the mics, we used the AKG and Audio Technica (both large diaphragm condensers) and then close mic’d the snare (SM57) and kick (Sennheiser) for some extra punch. The drums were treated with some software reverb and parallel compression during mixing.
GUITAR: The guitars went through a modified Tube Screamer and then an Egnater Tweaker head turned the entire way up. A 2x12 cab with Celestion Vintage 30’s was close mic’d with the AKG. For leads, a Big Muff was also used for extra gain. An old Boss chorus pedal was used on clean guitars.
BASS: Bass went direct through a DI and then the VTB-1 pre-amp. Some cabinet modeling software was used during mixing.
KEYS: Keys were tracked in MIDI and software patches were used for tone. ”Leaving Her Behind” features a piano sound that was created during the making of “Party Monster”. ”Crashing In The City” is a take on a Hammond B3 through a Leslie cab.
VOCALS: All vocals were tracked with the SM57 through the VTB-1. All compression and effects were done through software.
Mixing was done with Logic Pro and Presonus Studio One was used for mastering. Whew, that’s a long post. Hit us up with any questions or comments.
We have just released two new tracks, “Leaving Her Behind” and “Crashing In The City.” We would love for you to give them a listen and grab a download. Pay whatever you want for them. If you are short on cash, just enter $0.00. If you like the songs and want to throw us a dollar or two…thanks!
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