Monday, January 27, 2020

Week 1 at Progressive Enterprise Sound Studios

Week 1 at Progressive Enterprise Sound Studios

Monday - 2.5 hours
Sat in the control room while a young band (10-12 year-olds) tracked generic rock tunes (Foo Fighters, Skillet). They have a program called Immerse (or Immersion, something like that) where they bring in a bunch of younger children and teach them how the studio works and go through the process of recording. I mostly just watched as Jay (the engineer) tried to remain calm and not lose the last of his patience. He uses an old Roland mixer with it's proprietary DAW.

Friday - 2.5 hours
Organized receipts and invoices into envelopes and a binder, respectively, by month. Took pictures of Jay's set up so it could be re-done after a Sunday session.

Sunday - 10 hours
Worked with Ryan Frantz, an LVC alum and fellow bass player. Tracked drums for a Christian rock song by Brett Trout. Watched Kevin (the drummer) and Ryan set up mics for drums and helped plug them in. We did one take to get levels, lay down scratch vocals and guitar, and then make any necessary adjustments. We ended up turning room mic down (to match the overheads) and pulled the main kick mic out about an inch (to get more low end and less clickiness). It only took one more take after that.
Then we tracked a marching snare style part, which probably took longer than the kit because it had to be precise.
Next, Kevin tracked drums over an older tune of Brett's that they had recorded at Progressive about a year ago. I went to pick up food for the homies at that time. When I got back they were finishing up.
We tore down the drum mics and got ready to track acoustic guitar. Ryan comped a guitar track and we called it a day. Wrapped some cables and vacuumed the studio.