The band has been hard at work for weeks now – setting up, tuning up and laying down tracks at the new Deepest Darkest studio. Without a hired engineer or studio staff, it has required us to be very hands on with everything from getting the perfect sound to making coffee runs. The hard work seems to be paying off, as we’re very excited about the sounds. Some may not know this, but Matthew has an audio engineering degree from Full Sail in Florida, so we’ve enjoyed his expertise and know-how with every aspect of the process. Nat is a registered tone freak, and has a knack for knowing when something sounds sweet. And Jared? He’s what we like to call, “The Architect”. He sees the big picture and is keen on when to redo, rewrite or print.
Doing it yourself can be a dangerous game in the world of recording music. If you have inadequate equipment, you can sometimes still make a great album if you have an acoustically pleasing room. If you don’t have either, then you’d better at least have great songs and great musicians. If you have none of these, a DIY project has the benefit of an unlimited time frame to get it done. It can be a blessing and a curse: you can redo every take until you get it just right, but sometimes the project stretches into eternity if you are too picky. While we feel we have decent gear, and some nice sounding rooms, I particularly appreciate the guys in the band being seasoned vets at knowing the right amount of time to spend on each part of a tune. I myself tend to be a bit of a ‘settler’ but I’ve been gently nudged into having a higher standard. Having the ability to spend a day recording, then listening to board mixes for a couple days on our own has been extremely helpful in deciding if a part sounds perfect. I don’t know that I’ll ever want to have that luxury taken away by recording at an hourly rate in someone else’s studio.
To sum it up, we’re having a blast, and getting some great results. We hope to bring them to you very soon!