Enjoy the silence

Hey HRS fans!
You’ve probably noticed there hasn’t been a show in a while.
Ryan and Jon have both been working on a ton of projects and enjoying the work while it is plentiful.

We expect to be back to regular podcasting in September. We will have lots of new stories and things to talk about.

Thanks to all writing to us with concern. We’re fine! Just super busy working professionally with audio.

10 thoughts on “Enjoy the silence

  1. “[…] working on a ton of projects and enjoying the work while it is plentiful.”

    uh-huh.

    Three words:
    Epic Porn Binge…

  2. Congrats guys, it is always good to get more work done and get paid for it. But I am finally at the 209th episode and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the great work. Thanks guys.

  3. Glad to hear the work is flowing, guys! Just to precursor this post – it’s gonna be long, and you DON’T have to read it on air 🙂

    I wanted to share a pretty cool recording experience I had a couple weeks ago, which also ties in to some questions I’ve heard in previous comments sections. I have a little “beer-league” family cover band…we get together a few times a year in my studio to record covers. Last month we all went camping, so I put together a portable recording rig and we tracked a song outdoors on the campsite!

    Here’s the final master (complete with slideshow of us recording it!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wodXTi-raj0

    I stripped my recording rig down to the bare basics. This is what I brought to the campsite:
    -Macbook air (with garage band, baby!)
    -Roland Duo-Capture Ex
    -SM57
    -Rode NT4 stereo condenser
    – Small microphone stand
    -A pair of cans, and a pair of crappy iPod headphones
    -Cheap 1/8″ headphone jack splitter (so I could plug two headphones into the one output jack on the interface)

    All that gear literally fit inside a regular backpack, which I double-bagged to ensure it stayed dry. With only about 10 minutes of setup, I had a fully-functional outdoor studio.

    I had my Macbook fully charged, but with no external source of power on the campsite, I could only work until my laptop died. This gave me maybe 2 hours to track as much as possible. I originally thought of recording it all live, but instead, I opted to record each SECTION live, so I had something to mix later back home in the studio. I tried to keep everything as simple as possible.

    The percussion track is about 5 of us sitting around a campfire with various instruments: a hand drum, two shakers, some bells, and some beer cans. I set up the players in a semi-circle around the fire, and mic’d it in stereo with my Rode NT4. We did two full takes through the song (I played guitar and sang very quietly, so the percussion people had reference), and I chose the best take to use in its entirety (no punching in). The NT4 turned out to be a great choice for capturing the stereo image that was actually there during the live take. The tricky part was getting the players to sit in the correct distance from the mic (shaker player was close, while hand drum player was farther for example. This gave me a built-in mix).

    The rhythm guitar section is me on the guitelele, and my cousin on 6-string acoustic (see 0:40 of the slideshow for a picture of us recording the part). Again, that was mic’d up in stereo with the NT4, giving me both the mix and stereo panning for free. We did a few takes, and again, I chose the best take to use all the way through the song, with no editing. Thankfully, there was no wind that day, so I didn’t have to contend with wind-screening.

    The lead guitar was recorded on its own track, and I used an SM57 on that. You can see a photo of the setup at 1:44 in the slideshow.
    Lastly, while the 57 was still set up, I gathered up some people and recorded some hand claps samples, which I later edited into the song.

    And that was the instruments (no bass guitar). By the time we were done, I only had 10% battery left, so I opted to record vocals back at my studio. I made sure to use the 57 (which sounds good on my voice anyway), to keep the mic choices consistent.

    I mixed everything back in the studio. Essentially, all I did was bus every section to its own fader, and put the waves SSL channel strip on each bus. A bit of EQ shaping, compression, and I also created one reverb that each track is sent to for a little more space. I was pretty surprised with the sound I was able to get outdoors, with zero acoustic treatment, and god-knows-what working against me. Another testament to the tried-and-true technique of getting good parts, and good takes (I didn’t mention that we rehearsed about 10x as much as we recorded). I did my own mastering on this one with Ozone 5.

    As a mini product-review, the Roland Duo-Capture Ex is actually quite a great little box. I got it for under $200 here in Canada. Here’s a link to it on sweetwater: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DuoCaptureEX
    I’d recommend it to anyone wanting a portable interface, as well as people who are building their first home-studio. It’s got two mic pres, a DI, MIDI I/O, as well as zero-latency direct monitoring. It even works on an iPad!
    If you want more built-in pres, Roland also makes the Quad-Capture Ex, which has 4 pres.

    Thanks for reading, and I hope you guys enjoy the final track!

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