I was very excited to be tracking a group called "The 5th House" which consists of vocals, guitar, bass, and drums for my final recording project. The elected to record a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Hey Hey What Can I Do." Before the day of the session, I was sure to acquire any important information that I would need to begin formulating my plan. I asked questions regarding amplifier vs DI, live tracking vs overdubbing, and I also asked for demo recordings so that I could get an idea of the groups' sound. This info helped me plan my mic setup and preamp selection on the day of the session. The session went very smoothly, I was able to use some compression on the way in for kick, snare, and vocals. We decided to overdub vocals, acoustic guitar, and mandolin. I decided to have the guitarist double track the acoustic guitar to help achieve they very wide and powerful strumming sound that is heard on the original recording. Below are some pics of the session.
I had fun in the mix process, focusing on punchy drums, up-front vocals, and a wall of guitars. I added subtle delay effects throughout the tune and also light reverb. I also used an alternate vocal take as a doubled vocal effect during the choruses, and decided to automate the panning hard left and right. Take a listen to my mix below.