The First Week in the studio

Hi everyone - thanks for checking in. Contrary to my boast of a daily video log, it looks like one a week is the best I can manage so far...

Many apologies in advance for the poor camera work.....I'm still learning.

So - October 10th, 10.40pm after around 30 hours of travelling i arrive at the quaint Rhinecliff station.....but in no time was at the studio with Justin Guip (producer, engineer and drummer) and starting to set up....


We got everything ready and spent Tuesday downloading all the demo tracks I had made and setting them up for tracking and mixing. I was seriously jet lagged......

Wednesday 12th we started recording Believe. Here's a little video of what I used on the recording. The electric guitar i used was curly......here's a photo.

Curly has a chambered mahogany body of real quality, a curly or quilted maple top, Bareknuckle, hand wound Mississippi Queen P90s, hipshot bridge and maple/rosewood D shape neck.......she sounds fabulous! Here's the video...



The studio is in the most picturesque setting.....this is a view looking back along the studio wall with the setting sun lighting those trees behind.

And this is from the trees looking back at the studio with the Hudson Valley and the Catskills in the distance..

This is straight out the studio door......with the sun shining in through the trees and without....pretty special.

So, after all the guitars were done on Believe it was time to do the drums on Terrorise - here's Justin on drums.......now, I have to say that, more than the pleasure of working with a legend in the business, Justin Guip is a good man, a great dad and its been a real pleasure sharing a bit of time with his really together and confident teenage kids and his lovely wife. I give thanks.

And just to show he is no slouch......yes people, 3 Grammys....


So, next day Thursday, the wonderful Jesse Murphy was in to do bass on Cold-Blooded Killer, Crossroads Ahead and Carmen lake where he introduce arco (bowed) bass into the track and well, the whole track sounds stunning now......here's some pics...


Jesse returned on the Friday for Believe and Tomorrow has Begun and both tracks sound so good thanks to the bass and drums....Justin and Jesse recorded Tomorrow together but because I was engineer I couldn't get photos (I was concentrating very hard not to press the wrong button.....).

I then did the guitar on Tomorrow that I've been wanting to replace using 'Bob's' Gibson and the Vibroverb. Good sound. I'll put photos up next blog.


Next I had to do the guitar on Cold-Blooded Killer and for that we used my Tele and a 60s Fender Bassman Amp........pure gold! For the techies - the guitar is a two-piece swamp ash body from 2000, with a two-piece maple neck that has a 12" radius. It has all Bill Callaham cold-rolled steel (hot steel needs a copper filler before coating which ruins pure resonance) and hand-wound Lindy Fralin pickups through a .1 PIO cap. Its a fabulous guitar and my main axe these days....



It went ok............but wasn't quite right and it was late Friday night and 140db!

On Saturday we did half a day and i did vocals for Cold-Blooded Killer, and the guitar again..................something is missing from this track....not sure what....

Sunday 16th Recorded the vocals on Today's the Day, Time Spent with You and Believe.......throat was pretty tired by the end of the day....and i had a brainwave for Killer.....watch this space....



 

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