The Old School Way

On Sunday I went into the conveniently located and incredibly well equipped Dean St. Studios in Soho to produce Her Parents. We recorded an 11 song album (that runs at about 17 minutes) and we recorded to 2″ tape, something I’ve wanted to do since I stuck my head in at Wall to Wall. The funniest part of the session was after we’d only just recovered from the hilarity of tracking the instrumentals and then they all went in to record vocals and we were subjected to their lyrics, followed closely by my insistence that we track guitars using Chris’ 25watt practice amp rather than one from their massive wall of vintage, rare and boutique valve amps.
As a ‘straight to tape’ session it didn’t work out as planned, primarily because three of the channels on the 16 track Studer were broken, that the playback head didn’t sound very good, and that they didn’t have the remote transport. So instead of trying to get everything onto the reel, (which would have been a squeeze with 17 minutes of music) we just rolled the tape until we got a good take and then dumped it into Pro Tools.
Listen below to a monitor mix that the engineer Alex ran off at the end of the session, a song about Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver. You can expect my mixes to be considerably trashier.

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