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The dutch metal band No1408 just released their second single ”Grijpgraag” which features Arie Koomen. About time to write about the used mics and mixing of this song, and with that, the entire album.

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The setup described below is for the new single “Grijpgraag” of no1408, but is actually the same for their entire album “Vuilwater” which is recorded January through March 2014 at the White Noise Studio. Check out their album!

No1408 Drums:

The used drums are the studios Pearl Masterworks. We used the kick, the 12″, 14″ and 15″ toms and 14″ x 5″ snare.
The drums are recorded with md441’s on toms, e602 and subkick on bassdrum. Neumann km 184s as wide overheads, BPM CR76 as center overhead, Sennheiser MD21 as close room mics. We put up gobos fairly close around the drumkit for a more compact sound. Hihat and ride are recorded with rode nt5’s.
The kickdrum tracks are comped and parallel compressed with a DBX 160a, using the e602 for attack and the subkick for low end. The dbx track is the glue between those two.
Overheads are multiband compressed and sidechained by snare drum to have a pretty direct snare sound. The roommics are pretty much slammed and have some severe eq dips to remove cymbal bleed and low end which interfered with the kick. EQing to maximise body for the drums.

Guitars:

All guitar tracks for the No1408 are double tracked.
Ilja’s guitars are recorded with 3 mics: Sennheiser MD421, Shure sm57 and a Rode nt1. The sound is a blend of these 3 but mostly an equal blend of the Sennheiser MD421 and Shure sm57.
Jordy’s guitar are recorded with the SM57 and Sennheiser MD421. The blend is a bit more SM57 then the MD421 to fit his tone and to have a different sound then Ilja’s so they will be complementary instead of battling eachother.

Overall, the guitars have a dip in the lower mids around 800hz to create room for Coen’s vocals and are dipped at the snare’s base frequency. They are also sidechained compressed in the mids for increased snare impact.

Bass:

Bassguitar is actually recorded with 3 mics and a DI for different sounds. The mics used are a Rode NT1, Sennheiser MD441, Sennheiser e602 and a DI. We ended up using the e602 for the lowend , the DI for highend and MD441 for the body of the sound. Bass is compressed more in the lows then mids for a constant output. The range around 1khz is boosted to help the bass cut through the guitars.

Vocals:

The vocals are recorded with a NT1 and BPM CR76 aligned above each other.
All the No1408 vocal tracks, which are lead and backing vocals, are comped and compressed with a DBX 160a. A pair of Rode NT5s serve as room mics which are independently delayed to have a very natural delay instead of a plugin. The vocals are doubled to thicken the vocals and to play with the panorama.

This song has about 80 tracks going on: Drums, 4 multi miked guitars, bass, multiple vocals, grouptracks..

No1408 Mastering:

The entire album is passed through tape to have some tape compression and saturation going on.
The mids and sides are treated differently to have more highs in the mids and less in the sides. Different types of compression ( multiband and mastering, albeit subtle) are used to create an even more in your face sound.

Check out the entire album here:

https://play.spotify.com/artist/0lIrxfp8VtTSZN0dXmT6kx

http://www.no1408.com

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