My first recording client in a while (most of my business is from mixing/mastering at the moment, but I'm trying to change that!) started last weekend. They are a death metal band local to me called Obscene Entity, and they are fucking badass. I'm producing their 5 track EP. They are really classic death metal a la Death, Dying Fetus etc. but they still want a modern sound.
I thought I'd keep an update of things as and when they occur since musically they are up quite a few guy's street here, and we can share in the gear-love as we go along!
We went up to the studio and tracked drums on the 9th and 10th of June. First day was setting up for the most part, and starting to track. Second day we finished up.
Here are a couple of snap shots from the control room.
Excuse the shitty phone pics, one of the guitarists brought along his digital SLR, and the other filmed a lot of it as part of a vlog/update thing, so when I get those I will upload them too.
I mix from home, but the studio seen here is one local to me. It's a complex of empty studio rooms, all kitted out with control rooms etc for producers/musicians to rent. So I take all my gear up there, but some gear is dotted around the place to use too.
For pre's I used my Focusrite Saffire Pro40 and Octopre.
I used my Audix mics for all drums: D6 on kick, D4 on floor tom, D2's on rack toms, and i5 on snare bottom (used my trusty Sm57 for top!)
Overheads were my Rode NT5's, and I also used an additional pencil condenser on the hats (I can't actually remember what it was now, one of the studio's), and a Shure PG81 for ride/china (a surprisingly clean mic).
There was a Roland RT-10k trigger on the kick which was lined into the Alesis DM5 drum module seen under my Octopre ^. From that I took the MIDI, and a kick sample from the Alesis. Never ended up using the MIDI but I always track it just in case!
Anyway, been editing all last week, and the last few days I've started to mix them a wee bit too. Here's a quick snippet of where I'm at:
There's clearly some sampling going on there too, trying not to be too heavy on most of it though, but toms were.. err... fairly problematic on the day, so they got 100% replaced unfortunately. Fuck it, this is death metal after all right?
Well, I was going to say the toms sounded pretty kick ass!
Good luck with it, man. Just remember to have fun!