So Fast, So Numb New Adventures In Hi-Fi | 1996
One of my early quesitons was “how long should I take to reacord each song”. I think “So Fast” will be a good average at one week. I could easily tweak any of these tracks forever. Without making myself move on, I won’t learn as much.
So I’ll shoot for a week per song. Nothing that Im holding myself to. There’s no knowing what will come up. But at least I have a ballpark.
It was so much fun to live inside a single REM song for an entire week. I kept “So Fast” on repeat each night to soak everything in. WHen it came up, I had no idea how well I could get a big rock guitar mix together. After this one, I’m eager to try another rocker from “Life’s Rich Pageant” or “Accelerate”.
I’d also like to see how I do on another fast drum track. After using that loop, it shouldn’t take much to build my own.
Final Tracks (19)
Vocals (7 tracks)
- Main Composite Lead
- Lead Vocal doubling with different composite
- Main Vocal Delay on some lines
- Callback “Woahs” for main vocals
- Four tracks for Mills Macking Vocals
Instruments (12 tracks)
- Piano (midi)
- Drum Intro (midi)
- Drums (Apple Loop “Headbop Drumset”)
- Two Shaker Tracks
- Organ (midi)
- Lead Distortion Rhythm Guitar
- Lighter Distortion Rhythm Guitar
- Lead Guitar Solo
- Acoustic Guitar Soft
- Acoustic Guitar Loud
This was a good song to do a fairly straight cover for. It let me focus less on arrangment than the engineering. Not to mention setting up the initial space.
For future songs, I may not follow the recorded version as close. I’d really like to get creative with some of these.
As a closing for each song, I’ll be making a single take version of the song with me singing and playing one instrument. Likely acoustic guitar or piano. This way, I’ll have a “live” version of the song without any studio shenannegains.
Here are some things I learng from my first song:
- Garageband can do a lot more than I expected. Especially with the built-in effects and the amount of customizability around them. Its still so much clunkier for some common tasks like gain clipping and aux sends. But there are ways around them.
- Get the initial song tempo right
- Record dry vocals. I need to do some sound tests in the closet to see how dry I can get the signal. The bathroom booth was OK for “So Fast”, but that initial effect on tape won’t always work.
- This is so much fun and rewarding. Even if no one listens, I’m enjoing making these.
I had Zoey hit the button for the next song. It’s “Near Wild Heaven”. Looks like I’ll be shifting vocal gears.