Wednesday, March 10, 2010

We started to record the guitars for the first song on 27.2 and 28.2. Our schedule was to record rhythm tracks on the first day and solos and additional gtrs on the second day. And that's what we did. No problem. I chose one of the easiest songs, guitar wise, to do first..just to get the feeling and get into the studio mood. It doesn't make any sense to record most demanding gtrs in the beginning of the recording process. Most important thing in the studio is to have fun. Of course, the record needs to be done, but it doesn't have to be "pain in the ass" -process. I couldn't agree more what this plaque says:

As I mentioned earlier, we have enough cabinets, enough amps, enough everything to achieve a mammoth guitar sound. In total we have 48 amps! Enough? I don't think so because two more are coming :D hahaa, crazee!

Check this video clip to get an idea how loud it is in the studio room – and in this clip there's only few of the amps turned on.

We have around ten different cabinets with several different speakers (G12H, Vintage30 etc) – miked with 13 microphones - whatta lovely number, isn't it? I don't even know all those microphones we use, it is Mr.Wagener's territory. He will later probably write a line or two in here as well.

About the guitars, I've been mostly using my Gibson Les Paul for one track. And various selection for other tracks. Depends on the song, what we use. Lot of people, well, mostly young guitar players :) ask me what guitar they should buy as their first guitar. I guess there's not one right answer to that , but I can tell you that it doesn't have to be expensive. Price tag doesn't make the guitar sound good. I fell in love with one guitar here at the studio, Epiphone Junior. It costs something like 200$ and it sounds killer! I don't know how it would work on live situation, but here in the studio it really rocks! I've been using it almost in every song so far.

Another favourite of mine, well, let's say my passion, is Steinberg. Michael threw it to me and said: ”This one should work pretty well!”. I was like what is this, it looks funny” :) and he said: ”it's a guitar I've been using on every single record since 1988, many guitarists have played it”. I was like, ”that's cool! And so, what bands did use this one?” And he was: ”well, you know, Skid Row, White Lion, here we go 1-2-3-4!” And I saw the red ”recording” light in front me. I was stunned. Couldn't play a single note!! :D Hahaa, it was a bizarre moment. I salute those bands and guitarists and I salute that guitar! And how does it sound? If you open your window you´re probably gonna hear it.

That's all for now..
Oh, I almost forgot -
these two little pals are having fun in the studio as well – they're everywhere and it seems that they are enjoying the music and atmosphere :) I have to thank Zayka for this great little Amen doll, it is so cool! Thank you! -Amen