We’ve gotten the masters back from Sky Onion and they sound amazing! For those who don’t know, mastering is the process by which an engineer takes a good-sounding mix and makes it sound professional and consistent. It corrects minor issues and enhances certain sonic characteristics.
Gus at Sky Onion says:
My approach to mastering depends on the source material and the needs of the artist. Sometimes the goal is to enhance and color a mix to make an otherwise “flat” sounding recording come alive on the speakers. Other times it’s about maintaining the sonic qualities of a mix while making minor adjustments in the most transparent way possible. I try my hardest to achieve whatever sound the artist is after while subjecting every recording to the highest possible level of quality control.
Wanna hear a couple of before and afters? Sure you do.
Catrina played “I’d Rather See You” on Rock 103’s Memphis Made this past Sunday, so that was very cool. We’re investigating having the album mastered and have sent a song to a couple of places to see what they can do with it, then we can make an informed decision. If we do decide to master, it’ll be another $300 – $350 and a slight delay regardless of who we choose. (Well worth it if my suspicions are confirmed.)
Mixing went much faster than I thought it would, and we got it all done in one day. I touched base with Catrina Guttery at Rock 103. She has the first two singles now should she feel the urge to play us on Memphis Made. Lee at WEVL played “I’d Rather See You” a couple of days later on his regular Friday show. I’ve begun contacting folks at The Commercial Appeal and Memphis Flyer to see about some press, so that ball is in play. The last thing I want to mention is Distrokid. I expanded my subscription to include two bands for $35 a year. They say to give it four weeks to launch an album (Amazon, Apple Music, MediaNet, Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, and YouTube), so May 12 is out. We’re prolly looking at the end of May, depending.
Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we mix! We are frustratingly close to a finished album. In other news, we made our official debut on WEVL this morning. Modern World (Lee Grant) played “You Won’t Hear Me Say It” and then Lee and John Beifuss were nice enough to say our name a few times during the pledge drive. I’ve set up Facebook and Twitter accounts to go along with this site, and I made a couple of videos for the first two singles and uploaded them to our YouTube channel. The PR part of this is fun, but we need a bio.
Richard got “Close Call” done and now we head into final mixes. So the plan is to make notes, let Harry do his thing, and then see what we think. The good news is that all the master files should fit on a 32GB flash drive. For someone who remembers the good old days of recording to tape, this is some science fiction shit. One other thing I want to do before we mix is fix the vocals on the choruses for “Don’t Let ’em In.” That one is still pissing me off.
We popped back in the studio last Sunday for more tweaking. Mostly vocals, but one bass line was redone. We ran out of time before we could get to “Close Call” to redo vocals. Not really sinking in yet that we’re almost done.
John met us at the studio yesterday and we cut Richard’s new one, called “Better Than Me.” Took us a bit but we nailed the rhythm tracks, then finished overdubs same day – well, except for some lyrics in the bridge. John recorded some percussion before he had to take off.
Richard re-did the guitar part at the end of “After So Many Years” and dropped in a harmony on the chorus of “Temporary Problem.” Everything is sounding pretty damned good. There are still vocal parts of “Don’t Let ’em In” that are bothering me, not sure of a solution yet.
Back to the studio this evening to keep plugging away on vocals and whatnot. I’ve got an organ part for “Temporary Problem” and Richard wants to have another go at the bass line. Not sure how much we’ll actually get to as things usually take longer than I anticipate. It’s really starting to feel like we’re getting finished with these songs. Of course, we still have to track Richard’s new one, but still …