The recording process

Vespertine Movement is currently in the studio, working on a 5-6 song EP. We have been recording original material for a few months now, and will continue to finish the recording when school is out for the semester. We are hoping to release the EP, that is untitled right now, later this summer. We have been recording this EP at UMBC and our practice space at Studio 14. Our bass player, Owen McCusker, is studying to be an audio engineer and is working on recording our album.

Recording an album is a long and tedious process, but it is important that the album sounds good and professional because it is what represents your band and your music.  A CD is one of the first things fans and promoters ask for when they hear about a band, and if you are able to hand out a well written and produced album to people, it can really help you build your fan base and let you play at new venues.

Every band has a different approach to recording their material, and you can go in different orders, but the way our band has been doing it is based off examples of other bands and tends to be the traditional way to record.  The recording process consists of recording the drums to a click track, which makes the drums on beat with the pace of the song.  After getting a solid take of the drums, we have been recording the bass, rhythm and lead guitars, and then vocals.  It could take several attempts for each instrument because you want it to sound as good as possible, because that is what will be on the final cut which will be on the EP.

Local bands can also record their music in a live setting.  This means that instead of playing and recording each instrument one-by-one, bands get all of their members together in the same studio room and play their songs together like they would at a live show.  The final steps of the recording process are in the hands of the engineer.  The audio engineer puts the final touches and effects on the music that was just recorded and sends the material to get mastered so it can sound as good as possible to listeners and music fans.

Whether you decide to record you band’s original material one-by-one or in a live setting, they can both lead to great results.  The recording process is very important to bands that are just starting out and bands that have been established for many years.  There may be some tough times in the studio, but it is also where a band can really connect and bond over the music they are creating.

How does your band record?  Got any cool stories from the studio?

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