I've recently completed my first real studio recording and absolutely loved the
experience. So many things to take in, aside from trying to put in a good performance.
I specific item I wanted to share was recording piano and drums in the live room.
Our setup was:
drums: mic'd in the live room
e.gtr: DI + amp in
another room, player in live room
bass: DI + amp in anther room, player in live
vocalist: in booth with video feed
When it came to acoustic piano the
engineer mic'd up the grand which was in the same room as the drums. This worked well for
the sections of the songs where the drums weren't playing too loud, but once things wound
up the drum spill into the piano mic's was badly affecting the sound of the drums.
The solutions (we used 2)
- track on digital piano and over dub the acoustic
(see link below, we did this on Ode to Richie)
- re-track the loud section on
acoustic (Lonely Life)
Both worked well, really kind of the same solution, just
in the second we minimised the amount of over dub.
As the guy who had to play it, the
experience was kind of strange at first, somehow playing along with the track (with the
original part muted) was just a little harder than playing it live. Perhaps it's just an
Anyway, the sound is what count and we were pretty happy. The
singer who also plays acoustic guitar had foreseen this problem for his parts and tracked
accordingly, we hadn't expected it for the piano, but will next time.
site with samples for the tracks mentioned above: www.mu-theory.com