The next week it was the guitars. I was hugely excited for this as I love the tone of their guitars and it would keep us all very busy. We had already had problems with the state of the headphone sends so that the person recording in the live room will be able to hear what is going on and so I decided to combat this we would have Adam, Daryl and Shug playing in the control room and we would extend the wires so that they could reach the amp in the live room and so there would be no need for the headphone sends. To save time when recording I decided that we would try and record one of the guitars and the bass at the same time. My main worry when doing this was the prospect of bleed when both are playing, however, there was nothing. There was no bleed on either of the tracks which surprised me. Again the curse of recording the first song hit. Again it took a while to record it which affected the day as whole. We weren't able to record two of the songs on that day and so it had to be taken over and recorded the next week which was for the vocals.
So then it was time for the vocals. After we had finished the guitar tracks the vocals were started. Again we had Antonia in the control room to record but to tackle the feedback issue I connected the headphones to the desk so that we could both hear. The vocals actually sounded amazing. I used an AKG C4000B Microphone to record them. When recording I split up the parts so that it was easier to record them and was easier for Antonia to perform them.
The next week was keys. I will gloss over them because its a very boring thing to record just two DI boxes going into a stereo channel in Pro-Tools. Easy. The mixing of the tracks is always fun to do. You can do so much to it and try out different things and we all believe that what has been achieved with this project is brilliant! It may not be to the standard of many professional studios but the sound that we have is now distinctive to Diabhul. There is one thing that is really getting to be at the moment while I write this and that is the sound of the kick drum. In a metal song the kick drum needs to be very prominent but because of the drum kit we used wasn't the best and not really meant for metal so I'm trying to find a way to get it better and a lot more prominent.
However, it will be finished in the next couple of weeks and it will be awesome. I do hope that it will get things going for me and I also hope that Diabhul ask me to record another one of their albums again in the future!!
So thank you to Adam for giving me this amazing opportunity and I can't wait for everybody to hear the finished product soon!!
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