Tracking via tape

July 20th, 2009
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Tale of the tape…

posted by Ray on Jul 17, 2009 2:19pm

Each time we call up a new song, the engineers at the studio put this tape on the board so they can sort out all the tracks. Thought it’d make a good picture…

Yes Ray, that is a word…

June 29th, 2009
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Quick studio update

posted by Ray on Jun 29, 2009 10:26am

Sorry for the lack of updates, but it actually is a good thing, because we’ve been crazy busy. I think we are almost finished with the greatest song we’ve ever written. Its coming along incredibly (is that even a word?) and I think it will be the standard for every other track on the record. In a way, this is really helpful, because now we can make each song the best it can be, in a sense taking each song as its own entity and reaching for the stars with each track.

Weekend off, so getting some much needed rest and thinking about how to make what we have even better. You guys are in for a treat…

More tracking news

June 22nd, 2009
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Tracking continues…

posted by Ray on Jun 22, 2009 5:29pm

After a few days of tracking guitars and bass, G has moved on to vocals for a few songs. Everything is turning out great. Me, Frank, Tom the engineer, and Peter and Kevin, the assistants, spent a few late nights getting great tones and having a lot of fun playing.

While G is doing vocals, me and Mikey are watching Frank play Fallout 3. He somehow ended up completely by accident creating a character who looks exactly like the guy who played Truman Capote in the movie that WASN’T “Capote.” I’ve attached a picture of him…

I think Frank is about to smash some guy’s head in with a tire iron…

A Day off from the Studio

June 17th, 2009
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Day off…

posted by Ray on Jun 17, 2009 8:41am

After 5 (6?) great days at the studio, we got a day off today. Bob flew through the drum tracks, and we move on to guitars, bass and vocals Thursday. We have a few more songs to finish up, but Bob has tracked the songs where the arrangements are more set in stone first, so we can get moving on them and then return to the songs that are in a more unfinished state later this month.

I can’t say enough how happy I am with the band. The roughs sound UNBELIEVABLE, its crazy to me how much better and tighter as a band we’ve gotten. It makes me feel really good in the age of “digital performers” that we could go in and track live and still have it sound amazing…

What else is going on…Been having a great time with my Palm Pre. I know I was supposed to write a review, but honestly don’t have the time for it. I guess my quick review is that its an amazing device, with a few shortcomings. Small shortcomings mind you, I’ve been having a lot of fun on it and can’t wait to see what else the team at Palm have in store…

Oh and Ghostbusters came out! I played a little last night before bed, I kept getting slimed! Its a lot of fun busting ghosts, but damn’t Venkman why do you have to keep blasting me?! Kudos to everyone involved with this game, as it really plays out like a sequel to the films. Its still crazy to me that nearly the entire cast got together for a VIDEO GAME. Awesome stuff…

Day 3 of Tracking

June 14th, 2009
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Track Day #3

posted by Ray on Jun 13, 2009 1:58pm

Day 3 of tracking. Things are still motoring along. Bob is playing great, so we’re continuing the fast pace. Great vibe here at the studio, Brendan is a lot of fun to work with, and is very focused and energetic. Rest of the band is playing great too. The time in rehearsals really paid off, as we’re getting a good idea of what songs will sound like when the rest of tracking is done. Off to enjoy a frosty Cola!