After starting again, for the third time, yesterday morning, the Portastudio mix of Find Out In Time is now finished.
The drum track was recorded with two mics (one for the kick and one overhead, to pick up the rest of the kit), and I used a click track after failing to get a steady enough tempo without one. There is one track of bass and one of 12-string acoustic guitar. After they were recorded, I bounced the drums, bass and guitar together to make enough room for the lead and harmony vocal. There’s also a guitar solo on the same track as the harmony vocal.
After all the parts were recorded, I connected the 414 up to my laptop and recorded the track into Cubase in mono, running the levels of the lead vocal as best I could, which I’m really out of practice at, and doing a little tweaking on channel 2 to bring up the solo and fade it down again (to take out any punch-in and punch-out noises).
The finished version can be heard here:
The digital version, for comparison:
If you’d like to hear some more home recordings, here you are:
This is a Tascam 414 mkII. Ask your dad.