You've Got a Friend in Me, Sean!
All last week I was racking my brain as to who this mystery person I was going to be recording was and what they wanted me to do. Well, you'l be happy to know I got my answer and I was more than excited to say the least. Little did I know what lay in store for me. After interviewing head tach person Sean Astill on The Great Dynamic Range podcast, I'd found out he had quite a few stints working for one of the best studios in Australia. Studio 301 to be exact, which is just one of the reasons I thought this project was right up my alley.
What Sean had planned just flawed me! He's about to have a baby? first of all, I don't remember discussing that in the podcast, but I like new information. Secondly, this song we are about to record is for said baby. As someone was a baby, I could definitely see how this is a gift that means a whole lot of good stuff to a future audio protege.
The song we were recording was by singer/songwriter Randy Newman which is the famous tune You've Got A Friend In Me In Toy Story. The song will be performed by Sean, Sean's Dad and Sean's twin Brother. One thing that I really enjoyed about this project was the song itself. It immediately puts you in a good mood no matter how many takes you need to do. Lucky I was working with a professional. Here's a video of Randy singing his heart out.
We started with the drums, which is my favourite part of studio work and for some reason not popular. I know it was easter Monday and it's technically a holiday but I turned up solo to this production. In some ways that was for the best, because I got to use my own skills I've acquired and there wasn't too many voices in the studio.
Our setup consisted of 14 microphones, and great sounding Ludwig grey kit through the Neve Custom 75 Console.
- 2x Royer 121 (Overheads)
- 2x Neumann U87 (Room)
- 2x AKG C414 (Overheads)
- 1x SM58 (HiHats)
- 1x SM57 (Snare Top)
- 1x SM57 (Snare Bottom)
- 3x Sennheiser 421 (2 for the Top Tom and one for the Bottom of the small)
- 1x Sennheiser 421 (Kick In)
- 1x AKG D112 (Kick Out)