Mid October is the time of the year when sports fans have their sights set on what is going on with Major League Baseball…but not me. For me it’s the time to figure out the best way to engineer a full-on country dance band called DOUBLEBACK. This time was no exception, I put on my thinking cap and went work. The group consists of 4 members with all the singers but one contributing to Vocals for this project. I love that, lots of harmonies, being a singer I’m a harmony guy at heart.
As with most groups I prefer to track all the musicians at the same time in the live room. After all, that is what they were used to so it made sense. We set up 13 microphones and a DI for the Bass and got levels on a Friday night in a couple hours. The next morning we were all set up and ready to go with 3 of the 4 members in attendance.
We tracked Reggie (Reg) Griffith who plays Bass and sings vocals & harmonies direct into my Universal Audio pre-amp with a heavy dose of tube goodness and a bit of compression. Reggie had a very steady hand and with his smooth playing we were able to track most takes first try.
For Peter Ross who holds down the rhythm tracks with Drums as well as vocals & harmonies we set up many microphones. We found we needed to dampen a few of the drums as they were ringing a bit too much, so after some tape and a pillow placed under the lowest floor tom, we were ready to go. I found that Peter had such great meter and controlled playing style that very little compression was needed to smooth out the performance.
Finally I mic’d up band leader Dale Britton. He brought his lovely guitar (Fender Telecaster) and fender amplifier with army of pedals for the classic country tone. For his amp we blended my Cascade Long Ribbon Microphone Vinjet for a big fat smooth sound along with an SM57 for more bite, which really sounded great.
The next day we added Michael Schweedler on Pedal Steel. Now that is a pretty cool instrument and any true country band will have one in the group! It was easy to record as Michael gave me a nice direct out to work off of with lots of full clean gain straight into the UA pre-amp with no tube (solid state transformer) and a bit of 4 to 1 compression.
It was a lot of fun working with the guys over the few days we spent together. They were real pros and all had a great sense of pride in their music as well as great senses of humor. At the time of writing this I’m starting the editing process of comping vocal tracks together before moving onto mixes. Stay tuned for some musical samples soon to come and visit their site for more information about the band!
Presenting Southwest Washington’s newest Country dance band DOUBLEBACK. All of these musicians have come together and bring their many years of experience, talents, and love of music to a dance floor near you with a bunch of energy, smiles, and pure good old fashion fun!