Garage Session March 16th 2012
The journey had to start somewhere…so we began on March 16th and recorded 5 songs. Of these I have only uploaded Blue Light so far.
I lugged up some equipment to set up a studio in Folk Fathers workshop (crappy cellphone photo below). The main recording area is upstairs and while it has low ceilings at least they are covered in pine.
For this session I experimented with a few various microphone placements before deciding to use a mid/side configuration. Since Folk Father is a natural performer, very dynamic and is not used to headphones for tracking I thought this would give a decent natural representation of his music played live.
Kel HM-7u (Mid)
Oktavamod Apex 460 and/or CAD M179 (figure 8 side mic)
Hand Crafted Labs Velvet (HCL) Mid mic – straight to tape
Alto cheapie mixer preamp as side mic – to ART VLA II compressor – to tape
Revox PR99 MKIII
Recording speed 15ips
Tape: RMG SM900
Technitian: All technical support, maintenance & calibration etc: Roger Ginsley of Tekx Electronics
Noise Reduction: None
Monitoring and Mixdown:
Yamaha N12 Digital Mixer
Sennheiser HD 280 Headphones
KRK Monitors (will have to check model – these belong to Folk Father)
This track is presented here in its raw form. It was tracked as described above using the Kel Hm7U as the main mic and the CAD M179 as the side mic (although pictures show an Oktavamod Apex 460 – which was used later). It was tracked live to tape and no eq or other effects were added. One single VST was used on the digital mixdown to add approx. 2 db of limiting and raise the overall volume a bit.
I hope you enjoy this song as I hope to record many more and improve my techniques.
The moon’s gone past my shoulder…I suppose it must be late
And a breath of wind just stirring, whispers something in my ear
Yes I guess I’d best be on my way
Even in this land of fat, sometimes a life gets lean
Can you hear a sound through all this noise?
Do you know when no-one’s home I sometimes call up your machine
Just so that I can hear your voice (….get back to you as soon as possible)
There’s a blue light through the window to a silver moonlit night
From out here at the border on the pavement just between
No point in looking into what it’s looking like inside
Sometimes things are not quite as they seem
There’s a blue light through the window from a glowing tv screen
I saw that as I paused a moment just across the street
All the lights are on…the curtains drawn back…it’s plain enough to see
Everyone’s at home it seems but me
There’s a blue light through the window from a glowing tv screen.