Red Carpet Studio has a few projects in the works. Very excited to have some of these projects released and out in the real world. Stay tuned!!!
Last session I had 2 mic techniques i tried that worked really well.
- AEA R84's in blumlein as a front of kit mic, no processing needed, unreal sound. The natural slope down in the frequency curves of the mic really helps tame the cymbals. Trick is to offset a bit so the kick and snare are centered
- EV 635a as a "wurst" mic. I stole this from Moses Schneider although I've read this from Sylvia Massy and Greg Wells as well. Put any mic right above the bass drum between the snare, toms, and kick (ideally equidistant). Greg and Sylvia recommended an omni mic (the EV works perfectly), Moses uses a 57. Then you compress the crap out of it and add any smiley face EQ curves or nasty distortion (devil-loc was great). Blend to taste with the other mics (check for phase of course). Insane character to a vanilla drum sound.
Next steps for my studio - new computer (my 2010 macbook pro is showing it's age) and new monitors (haven't decided which ones yet). Does it really have to be tax season now?!
Generations Group - what a fun group, exploring the music of Django Reinhardt. If you've never spent time delving into his music you are really missing out regardless of the instrument you play. Such hip forms/harmony/melodies. Way ahead of his time.
My own group - in July I'll be doing my own stuff at Cafe Blackbird. Going to be singing a few Daniel Lanois songs as well as some fun instrumentals and original compositions.
Guitar stuff - the gear purge is on. Really trying to downsize my setup. Such a hard thing to do but it is time to change things up. I was fortunate to watch Bill Frisell play solo two nights in a row. He had 5 or so pedals on his two pedaltrain minis taped together and had such a wide range of tones just from using the toys he had (his fingers and brain are the real heroes, I forget that sometimes). It's really better to know your gear well rather than have a massive arsenal of pedals you only kind of know.
New toys - bought an old Yamaha solid state bass amp, 15" speaker. Built in compressor and parametric eq on top of the standard eq. Such a cool amp, weighs a ton though. Thank goodness I'm not a gigging bass player!
I think that's all, I should really post more.
Most importantly - GO OILERS GO