Skating Club was a quietish 3-piece, with two guitars, one singer, and a drum kit. Not very complicated, but some interesting things to note:
– I used a RE10/MD421 pair on the “lead” guitar amp and just an SM57 on the other guitar (there was no bass). I left the SM57 in the middle of the mix and slightly left/right panned the other two. It gave the lead guitar a much richer sound, I thought, without crowding the mix as hard-panning a dual-miked cabinet sometimes does. In retrospect an RE20 probably would’ve been better on the rhythm guitar, oh well.
– Because I haven’t slept much lately, I used an ATM25 for the snare mic and an SM57 for the rack tom, rather than the other way around like we usually do. The ATM25 actually sounded great on the snare (should be noted that the snare was a bit deeper-bodied than a standard snare) and might be worth using for that purpose in the future. The 57 wasn’t godawful (or particularly nice) on the rack tom, but since we have 3 ATM25’s this might be one solution to our snare-miking problem.
– I used a subtle drum plate effect on the kick drum, which by some weird resonance with one of the symbols actually sounded pretty awesome.
– The lead guitar was very dynamic and could probably have benefited from some compression; I tried to ride the faders but there’s some parts of the mix that really just don’t sound right.
– Quiet, sparse bands confuse me in general. Mostly I just tried to keep the drums and vocals audible and work the guitars in around those. I haven’t listened to the final mix yet, but it sounded alright during recording.
Other than that, business as usual. Very friendly band, incredibly painless soundcheck, and in general a nice laid-back recording session.