Recording a Band #6
Recording a Band #6
Drums – microphone choice & placement, alternative options, preferences, live room characteristics
Guitar & bass – amp head & cabinet setup, microphone choice & placement, phasing, isolation, DI, signal blend
Control room – Neve 8068 console, routing, outboard gear, sample rate, bit depth, metering, headphone mix
Drum treatment – preamp levels, gain staging, phase, console & Pultec EQ, dbx, Fairchild, & SSL compression
Bass – amp volume & tone, ribbon vs. dynamic microphones, DI signal chain, level blend
Guitar – phase issues, headphone mix alteration, final microphone setup on amps, lack of processing, advice
Live band recording – level blend, tempo change, mic signal leakage, production, arrangement, choice of take
Guitar overdubs – instrument & setup change, mix buss parameters, bass EQ advice, solo alterations
Vocals – microphone choice, processing, section takes, doubles, harmonies, vocal tracking workflow
Rough mix – details of effects used, recording session recap, goal setting, next steps
We are proud to present our first ever series on tracking with star mixer Chris Lord-Alge! Hosted at studio B of the world-famous Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CLA tackles a recording session with rock band Phil X & The Drills. Our detailed footage of the experience shows every step of the process – live space considerations, microphone choice and placement, instruments, amplifiers, DI boxes, Neve 8068 console setup, signal routing and processing, gain staging, phase correction, headphone mix creation, recording the band live, adding overdubs, production and arrangement, level metering, sample rate, bit depth, monitoring, and finishing the rough mix. Aside from sharing invaluable technical knowledge, Chris Lord-Alge imparts the reasoning behind his practical and efficient workflow, while advising on how this approach can be adapted to other environments and equipment.
Chris Lord-Alge’s talent is exemplified by his AllMusic credit list containing an astonishing 1100 entries, with huge names such as Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Avril Lavigne, Cher, Muse, Celine Dion, Michael Bublé, Aerosmith, Madonna, Green Day, Meat Loaf, U2, Snow Patrol, Sheryl Crow, Savage Garden, Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, Black Eyed Peas, The Rolling Stones, Smashing Pumpkins, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance and many more
He has won six Grammy Awards, and with his position as one of the world’s leading mixers, has been nicknamed ‘Lord of the Mix’.