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August 29, 2011

Recording On The Road, And In Forest

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One of the stranger aspects of living on a mobile recoding studio is that you become confronted with different ways of recording your music. While we were posted up in forest of South Carolina during Warped Tour 2011 , it allowed an opportunity me to reflect on how each of the engineers that live on board can utilize the aspects of the bus to our own creative advantage.

There were a series of obstacles that were posed to us while we were in South Carolina. First of all, we were there because the generator of the bus was getting repaired and thus, we were deprived of most of the electricity that we would be normally. Second, we were also in a forest, which was an environment that is not normally akin recording good takes.

With the M-Box, however, I figured out that recording off of the bus is not only a viable option but also can be a part of the recording workflow. I discovered that the following workflow through usage of Pro Tools 9 allowed for a seamless passage between creativity and output.

Step 1: Demo guitar on M-Box. Thanks to the M-Box being bus powered, I found out that it was effortless to record the guitar through DI and then listen back to it through the outputs..

Step 2: Play back drums to the demo-recorded track. Once the basics of the track was laid down, I could either put down drums by using the electronic drum kit on the bus or by recording percussion in the woods. The electronic drum kit was pulled in through the DI inputs of the M-Box or percussion was simply brought in by microphone inputs, adding a bit of ambiance to the project.

Step 3: Rerecord guitar over drums. By putting the guitar back over the drums, it makes the entire track sound tighter while letting the guitar loosen up over the drum films.

From there, it all went on like recording a normal track. The guitar/DI inputs on the M-Box make brining in other guitar parts and bass simple and it was all the files were Pro Tools 9 so editing and mixing were effortless.

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