Well, I’m sitting here in the train on my way home while typing the last few words of this blog. What a trip it was. I started this blog with saying that in two weeks I would be home with the masters. It became 4 weeks, but it was more than worth it. I hope I still feel the same when we get the final invoice of Rich, hahaha.
When I woke up around 9am, Rich was already working and after a quick cereal and running through the shower I joined him in what is the last day of the whole process. Tomorrow I will fly home, so we NEED to finish it today. And also because of the dealine the label gave me. I need to upload the masters today, or else the release date could be in jeopardy. We planned on finishing up around 4pm, and have the evening off, so I finally could see something of the area. We where planing on having diner in Hollywood and drive around all night and have fun, sleep a few hours, and then drive to the airport around noon so I could catch my flight back home. Boy, did this day change…
After a very late night (went to bed around 4am) we started working around 1pm again. This afternoon we printed the last few mixes to tape, we started to master the final mixes. For those who don’t know about mastering – it’s the process that happens after mixing.
Using analogue tape is a blessing, but can also be a curse. After each run we need to clean the tape heads, and check the biasing. And today the machine decided to be a little bit difficult on us. So after a run of more than 6 minutes or so, one side of the machine started to loose it’s level. And with six songs longer than 6 minutes, that proved to be a challenge. So it took a lot of time printing the songs, but in the end we got there. Continue reading →
Today we had a long day of working. We finished another three songs, pre-mastered them through tape and sent them off to the others. This process took all day. We are half-way the album now, so we’re getting there! Joe Holmes was suppose to come in around 6pm, but in the end they did not start recording until somewhere around 10pm or something. They where recording bass with a very famous bass player, who’s name I am not allowed to mention here (or did I already mention his name in this blog earlier?). All I can say now he’s in one of the most successful metal bands of all time. You know, the one with the sandman? 🙂 I did not meet him unfortunately, they where to busy recording. I tried to sleep but they went on working up until 4am or something. Crazy! It was their last day in the studio, so from tomorrow on until I leave we will have all day to work on our album. And we will need the time – so much still to do.
When I woke up Rich was already working on the last minutes of the bonus tracks. So we where almost done. That is, all first mixes where done. Now it is time to revisit those mixes with the list of remarks in hand and fresh ears. I had quite some remarks, and Rich had even a longer list in his head. So now we where getting even more tedious. Things like: “this 3rd hit in this fast tom fill at 03:14 should come up by 0,5 dB”, or “that last word of the chorus sounds a little harsh, can we EQ the first part of that word, and smooth it out a bit?”. You can imagine that it will take for ever to get through the songs like that, and indeed, it took us all day to get through only 3 songs. Continue reading →
After finishing up Harmagedon it was time to dig into the bonus tracks. That should be an easy day – since they are less complicated, and fairly straight forward. We have a full band one, two acoustic ones and a compilation of only the orchestra. So Rich was blazing through them, and made them sound really good. Still it took all day to finish, but Rich is Rich. Once he get’s into it, he’ll just goes in deep and before you know it you are spending hours on little details. But it’s all those little details that will make the album sound good or not. So by the time Joe Holmes came in, Rich was almost done with the bonus tracks. This means that tomorrow we are done with the basic mixing! Can’t wait to move on!
Today when Rich came in, I was still having breakfast. Rich has picked up my repaired laptop at the Apple Store. And I was just in time. It was the last day of the warranty – so it was a close call – but it worked out! It got a new track-pad so I can work on this laptop for some more time (while waiting for the new Mac Book Pro to be released, somewhere this year). Rich and I started talking about the deeper stuff of life and the moment we realized that we better do some work before Joe Holmes and his team came in, they where already there. Where did time go? Before we knew it it was 3pm. So no mixing work done today, but I don’t mind. You can’t say no to a good conversation now and then, right? Continue reading →