Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Mixing Update

This post is going to be a bit of a techy one... bit of chat about the EP and the mixing process.

We've still been hard at work on the mix this week. Monday evening consisted of a tough session on the very last track on the EP - "Vita".

Just to break it down a little for anyone who may read this and doesn't know a thing about the track etc...

"Vita" is a fairly lengthy track at just shy of 10 minutes, and its got a lot of stuff going on. There are quite a lot of different audio tracks involved and the song covers quite a lot of different sounds, styles, tempos and speeds. We've always considered her our "Epic"!

So, as expected this track in particular has been pretty challenging to wrestle with. She's definitely kept us on our toes.

We've had to do quite a lot of playing about with the guitar levels and such to get everything sitting nicely - particularly in the choruses. Grant and I agreed that the choruses in this tune are probably one of the thickest points, in terms of guitar, on the CD so keeping it from being a chun-fest was very important to us.

I won't say too much about the content of the track, but I will say there's some nice surprises for people in there. Particularly those who already know it and have a version in their head. Definitely some things to keep your ears pricked up for. That's all I'm saying.

After all that, Vita's really not very far off completion at all...

We also took the time to check back over everything else quickly at the end of the night. Our worry was that having spent the last 3-odd sessions working purely on Vita, we might be somewhat unhappy with everything else, however, I'm glad to say that wasn't the case.

This week we'll have a little bit of tightening up to do in terms of levels and things. A few very minor changes that we both agreed upon when listening through everything else.

Then we'll have to sit back and take stock of the whole affair and see just where we stand.

We might just be nearly finished... you never know!

More bits and bobs soon. I've still got a few pictures to throw on the net and Chrissy's back from his holiday he'll be getting onto the 2nd teaser video to make you all salivate a little bit. We've yet to bang our heads together to decide exactly what we want to give you... and what we want to keep until it's released... ;)

It's been really really tough work self-producing, recording, engineering and mixing our first CD. It's a pretty long-playing EP that's looking like it will clock in at roughly forty minutes in length. So there's plenty for you to listen to when it finally hits your ears!!!

Euan // A Torn Mind

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