#1
Hey all, my band are thinking about recording an EP over the summer. We know of a place that could record us and another band we are friends with recorded a 4 song EP recently that sounds pretty awesome, particularly the drums. It cost them somewhere in the region of £500 for 4 tracks.


What I am thinking about doing is recording the drummer properly at the studio because it would really make the EP sound good, and then record the guitars, bass and vocals using my recording equipment here at home.

Does this sound like it could work? Because £500 equates to about £100 each, which I can afford but none of the other guys can. If we were to just record drums there it would be considerably cheaper, but at the same time I don't want to compromise the actual quality.

Any other ideas let me know, thanks

I would be using a Presonus Audiobox with a Shure SM57, and Cubase LE4.
Last edited by Random3 at Jun 29, 2010,
#4
Unless your skills are on-par with the engineer from that studio,
you're going to end up with some nice sounding drums surrounded by poor/questionable sounding guitars, bass, vocals etc.

if you are confident in your skills then your plan is a viable option.

would you be mixing the project yourself?

is your band practiced enough to actually make a record? people tend to forget that the performance is more important than any microphone or compressor.
#5
Quote by TheDriller
Unless your skills are on-par with the engineer from that studio,
you're going to end up with some nice sounding drums surrounded by poor/questionable sounding guitars, bass, vocals etc.

if you are confident in your skills then your plan is a viable option.

would you be mixing the project yourself?

is your band practiced enough to actually make a record? people tend to forget that the performance is more important than any microphone or compressor.



I would say we are tight enough to record but we would work on it beforehand.

I would be mixing it myself.

Here are some example videos of some recording and mixing I have done myself of me playing with a virtual bass/drum as a backing track to give you an idea of the sound quality:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS31eyrMTrw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyTH9_CwOCs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXZBKwjkcIQ
#6
Quote by Random3
I would say we are tight enough to record but we would work on it beforehand.

I would be mixing it myself.

Here are some example videos of some recording and mixing I have done myself of me playing with a virtual bass/drum as a backing track to give you an idea of the sound quality:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS31eyrMTrw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyTH9_CwOCs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXZBKwjkcIQ



I'll be honest, you might be better off getting it all done in the studio. Or at least get someone who knows what they're doing to mix it properly for you, absolutely no offence meant but you're not quite there yet in terms of engineering.

Keep going though.
#8
i would get it done in the studio.

it would be a really good idea for a demo because you don't have to spend stupid amounts of money on a demo 'cus after all it is only a 'demo'. but it's an EP and you want to sound your best.

it will be worth the money going to the studio.
#9
The only thing is, if we rule out recording parts of it here, we probably would end up not doing one for ages, as myself and the other guitarist are off to uni in September, and none of the other guys can afford to spend £100+ on recording, and I would rather not spend that much

I have now finished school so I have all summer to improve my recording technique, and if any of you guys know anything that could help me get a reasonably professional sound that would be helpful

n to the k, we havn't recorded a demo or anything yet either, so what I am talking about here is kind of our demo and EP in one.

We do know of a studio that we could use to record us, they are charging £179 ($271) a day to record, and we would be wanting to record somewhere in the region of 6-8 tracks. Each song would be between 3 and 5 minutes long, with a one minute 'intro song'. There are 5 people in the band.

If we are extremely tight and well practiced, any idea how many days of recording we are talking? And is £179 a resonable price per day? Having spoken to the guys from another band who recorded at this place they spoke very highly of it, it's just a case of whether the other guys can afford it
Last edited by Random3 at Jul 1, 2010,
#10
I can say that you have improved a lot from that thread you posted.

Your Pure Sincerity cover sounds a lot better now! Though it still sounds loose IMO (again, tubescreamer, new speakers, new tubes).

Though I agree you still not there yet. I'd go into a studio.