I've gotten some great feedback/advice in the past at Gearslutz, so I thought I'd post some material to see what y'all think.
I have recorded an album at home, and am going to be going into a proper studio with a great recording/mix engineer to record vocals and have this project mixed. I'm really looking forward to getting in the studio, but I would like to make sure that my tracks are up to par right now. They are folk songs, instrumentation is generally studio grand piano, acoustic guitars, upright bass, cello, drum set, etc. I'll put a quick list of how everything was recorded at the bottom of the post.
FYI, these are completely raw recordings, all levels at 0, no effects, and no vocals. Guitars may be re-recorded, and some overdubbing may occur between now and the recording/mixing session. Let me know what you think!
Thank you in advance for all of your help and advice. Cheers!
Recordings: Drums - Glynn Johns, 4 tracks Piano - 2 LDCs about 12" above strings pointed at bass & treble hammers, + 1 Ribbon directly above pianist's head Upright Bass - Ribbon off axis about 1.5 feet from treble f-hole & SDC up near fingers Cello - LDC about 3-4 feet away, pointed slightly above the bridge Guitars - LDC pointed at 12th fret, about 2 feet away from guitar
Sounds like a great starting point to me. I thought the drum sound was really good for the genre in particular. Personally I prefer a tighter, less roomy acoustic guitar sound but I tend to record acoustic guitar used in the context of a rock mix so your sound will probably work well here. As far as the performance goes I thought it was very tight.
Thanks! The gear used was pretty modest for the most part. Here's the list:
-2 MXL 9090 LDCs over hammers - 1 into a GAP PRE73 and the other into a Great River pre
-1 Apex 205 Ribbon over player's head - straight into my interface pre (Tascam 1641)
-Apex 205 on f-hole, into GAP PRE
-Neumann KM184 near fingers, into Great River
-MXL 9090's as overheads in Glynn Johns style, both into 2 GAP PRE73s
-SM7B on snare, into Art Pro Channel
-Shure Beta 52a on kick, into my interface Tascam pre
Cello & Guitar:
-MXL 9090 a few feet out in front
Some room treatment was used, but not too much as I wanted to get some natural room sound but just control it with the baffles. I like the natural sound of an instrument in a room and prefer it to a completely dead sounding recording, which I've been through in studios in the past...just doesn't sound natural to me at all.