Wednesday, March 28, 2012

1st Album Gear Part 2: Amps, Mics, Computer Stuff

In continuation of the last blog, I'll be covering the last few elements of our recording setup, enjoy!

Guitar Amps:

We really only have one rig to describe, mine, and I'm sure it will probably provoke two distinct reactions--either you will find it Interesting, or you'll decide it's crap because of its motley makeup and lack of big brand appeal. I hope you're either the former of the two or somewhere in between. What's important is sound, and I love what I've got going on at the moment! So here it is, and I apologize for some of the ambiguity in the details (if that makes sense, ;p )

Cab: Late 70's Traynor 4 x12. Not much info available on the cab itself.
Head: Marshall 50H. A Basic, mid-grade Marshall head with a tube-driven preamp. It's more of a hybrid because it's basically a solid-state amp, but one that makes use of a tube in the preamp. It doesn't scream like some, but it's got great, balanced sound, and that Marshall distortion everyone loves.

I decided to record bass direct, so no amp description for that!

Mics: We had an array of microphones at our fingertips for this project, some good and some not so good. Joe used the AKG 420 Perception for vocals, which is a gorgeous sounding mic. Andy recorded drums with a Shure Beta 52, Shure Sm91, Rode Nt5 condenser mics for overheads, an old value pack of Audix drum mics, and an SM 58. Nick did all of his recording with the trusty Sm57. While I wasn't present for the final drum track recordings, I would say that all of our mics performed as well or better than we anticipated.

Computer Arsenal
: Like all DIY rock bands these days, Within a Reverie needed a strong tech arsenal to make it through to the end. During the course of this recording project, we made use of two fairly outdated PowerBook G4s (but they took it like a couple of champs!), a fairly current MacBook, and a new iMac. Obviously there are Mac people in this group, and it should then come as no surprise that we used Apple's Logic as our DAW (we began with 8, and upgraded to 9 midway). We had our quibbles with Logic through the course of recording and mixing, but overall it proved to be a very dependable piece of software. Also, as noted in the last blog, we used Superior Drummer 2.0 for triggering samples to augment the drumkit's natural sound.