Posted on Jan 31, 2005 09:20 am
another day another ray of hope
Member Since: Oct 14, 2004
Right, so I'm recording my band, bass, drums and guitar down first, would seem pretty straight forward, right?
The studio has been hard wired from the control room, through two rat holes and into the rehearsal room: these are XLR leads and head phone extension leads.
OK... so I plug mics into their respective leads set up around the kit... mic up bass cab... DI guitar amp... hey presto ready to go... not. Nothing was working, not a single lead. This can't be possible that every lead has stopped working!! So I check the headphone leads, they don't work either... bugger.
No time to waste, so I get the stage snake out, I have about 50 metres spare and none of the doors now shut because the snake is a 24 lead loom and wedges every door open, great!
Still, tonight I am recording and nothing is gonna stop me.
Plug the snake in, it works!! this could be a success after all.
Guitarist plays drums, well, hits them very gently whilst rolling a fag and texting his girlfriend, so professional, while I get everything in phase etc. etc.
Bass man, lets get a sound on you.
"hey man" he says "I need new strings... forgot to get some".
Nice one!! Well at least he remembered to bring his bass, pointless as that was. He then looks at me and smiles. I remind him that he is not a puppy and that even looking at me at this moment in time is not a good idea.
OK, so it's now 2 days later and the bass player has re-strung his over sized chop stick and we are back on track.
A week or two of tuesday and thursday evenings later and everything is going quite smoothly, bass and drums done, lovely, guitar tracks done... sounding good... hang on, what's that clunk sound? Noooooo! it's on the tom track, and it's hardware knocking the mic stand.
Can I fix it?? dunno yet... can't think about it... if only hitting the bass player would help.
So I decide to move the control room around instead of dealing with the problem, it's the sort of thing that gets me excited and takes my mind off of things that I need to deal with.
It's great, Ive put up damping, changed the position of the desk and monitors, something I had meant to do for a long time, cleared a load of stuff out. Oh, and now I can get to the rat holes, let me check them out to see why the leads don't work.
It turns out that we have had a rat living in a hole that was ready made for him... the right size, hidden away, quite warm... the only problem for poor little ratty was that someone had filled those holes with cables, this would never do. Luckily for ratty, he has a set of handy teeth with which to remove such hindersome wires, that's good then. And remove them he did, every single one.
So while I ponder the placement of monitors, damping etc, and think about solving my "clunk" problem, it occurs to me that our little ratty squatter, although there without permission, got things done. He didn't mess about with excuses, he had no time to question the wisdom of chewing through cables, he just got on with it...
Hmmmm.... now if I could only teach him to play bass
Still pondering the clunk
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