Thursday October 25, 2001 – 9:28 pm
Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.
So anyway… I got cut off there because John came home with dinner. Like I said, the little recording session with Jim went really well. I was getting slightly flustered trying to engineer the session; it’s a lot to think about. He used John’s guitar amp and set that up himself, so at least I didn’t have to worry about that. Still, I had to mike him up, get the recorder going, get two pairs of headphones working simultaneously, and set the levels for the pre-recorded stuff versus the live sound. I used my old SM57 mike, both to record the amplifier’s sound and to record Jim’s fiddle (without any amp). Plugged that right into the D8 and it worked great… there was some hiss coming off the tremolo on the amp, but I guess that goes with the territory. It was kind of complicated working with the recorder, figuring out what tracks were where, but I found everything fairly quickly because I already have all that info somewhat organized in my PalmPilot, in HanDbase. Jim seemed to be impressed with my little setup here, the recorder especially. I can’t tell you how scrumptious the stuff he did sounds! The guitar is very lazy and twangy (just touches, no major gymnastics) and the fiddle is mostly droney as opposed to him playing any specific parts. Maybe on the next couple of songs he’ll figure out some more defined parts to play, now that he has the CD to listen to.
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