Monday, February 2, 2015

FCA Boots - 020215

Sponsored by "Nick Drake".

Well, that was fun!

I recorded ten parts of marching footsteps in my backyard on the Gulag Mobile, using the Sennheiser e855 microphone.

Footstep recording rig. Kitchen chair - model's own...

I was planning on recording 12 parts, but the next-door neighbour was moving about and I was half-expecting a head popping over the boundary wall, wondering what the rumpus was. In addition to that, there was a lot of ambient traffic noise from the main road, so I decided to cut my losses and end the session early. And it has to be said that marching in time to a metronome is not the easiest thing in the world for an unfit middle-aged man to do...;-).

I transferred the 10 wavs to my PC and did audio cleanup in AA3. Because there is a limit to the number of audio tracks you can have in CE5 (64, I think...), I created a multitrack "session" file in AA3 and made a stereo mix of the wavs. I then inserted that into the relevant project file in CE5 and dropped the marching in-and-out of the mix as I desired. Essentially, it will only feature when there is just one guitar part in the mix.

In spite of doing something like 20 bars (eh?) of marching, the tempo of the footsteps tended to drift rather alarmingly towards the end of the parts and the ambient noise got rather noticeable half-way through. So I found 4 bars that sounded pretty clean and tight and cut/pasted them as appropriate. Messed around a bit with EQ and delays, and the footsteps sit pretty well in the mix, but obviously the final decision on this (and everything else) will be made at the mixing/mastering stage.

As I said, "fun"!

More work tomorrow, but I'm not sure what I'll do. Might track some vocals. Eeek...;-).



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