Captain Horizon blog entries take you behind the scenes.
The Rest of September – fucking around with things/ Fucking around with the keel
I had a few days away from it, then got stuck back in. Over the 7 studio days Whitty recorded vocals to 12 of the songs. We do the remaining three in our practice room which will henceforth be called THE STUDIO. Then I get on with Drum/ Bass editing and vocal comping. I didn’t do much, but there’s 15 songs to get through. It’s quite often minor stuff – there will be one bar out of 32 in a verse that I decide could be better, so it gets the nip/ tuck treatment. Vocal comping is more fun. Basically, singers rarely just sing through the song once when recording. We’re looking for the best of the best here. Usually, I’ll get Whitty to record the whole song through two or three times. This serves a few purposes. It helps us both get into the song – remember all the little details etc. It warms up Whitty’s voice, and it lets me set up various record-y type things like compressors, mic volume, a monitor mix for whitty to sing along to etc. Then once we’ve got three takes, we’ll start doing bits section by section – I’ll offer suggestions, Whitty will concentrate on delivering the lines to his absolute best.
The end result is that by the end of the session each line is recorded a minimum of three times, and sometimes there will be as many as 10 takes to choose from. I’ll go through all that and take the best bits from each take to make one performance. It takes time, we’re talking maybe 1 or 2 hours per song.