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Orange Maplewood - Just Another Fairytale Recording

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On 9 may 2014, Just Another Fairytale was released, the first full length album of Orange Maplewood. The album was recorded and mixed in the White Noise Studio, formerly known as the MrMunchkin Recording Studio.

The next few blogposts will be about the recording and mix since there's quite a lot to talk about.

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Label : http://www.lighttownfidelity.nl/

recorded and mixed from December 2013 - March 2015

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/just-another-fairytale/id877679798
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/27Fo4xumbHLgFSLQkym7sY
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Prelude:

After mastering the track Superdestroyer for Orange Maplewood, the band asked if I could master their new upcoming album. Of course!
After a while they told me they ditched their recordings so far and wanted to record their album with me.
Awesome!

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Just Another Fairytale Drum Recordings

Every instrument was recorded apart from each other. Gerben and Jordy where playing through DI with an amp simulator for the backing of Duncan's drumtracks.
Gerben sat in the recording room with Duncan using headphones. Jordy was in the control room playing guitar, singing and shouting motivational text to Duncan 😉
All drumtracks were recorded to click as you can see in the instagram clip.

Duncan uses a 4 piece Fibes drumkit (acryl), a ride, 2 crashes and a hihat.

The snare was a 14x6,5 Ludwig Lm402,
cymbals were : 13" amedia vigor rock hats,
22" 2002 paiste ride,
22" amedia legend ride.

Thnx Duncan for sharing!

We used the 18" A custom crash from the studio as replacement for a broken crash of Duncan.
For the track Superdestroyer we used the studios' 13" Zildjian k/z hihats.
All drumkit recordings were done with the same drum mic setup. A consistent drumsound is what we went for.

Drum Mic Setup:

For the kickdrum a Sennheiser e602 was used in the kick and a Yamaha subkick in front of the kick. The snaredrum was triple mic'd with a Sennheiser MD421 and a akg d1000c on top and a sm57 for the bottom skin.
The toms were single mic'd with a Sennheiser md441 for each drum. The Ride and Hihat each got a Røde NT5.
3 overheads were used: For the center mono overhead a tube large membrane mic ( a BPM CR76 ) was pointed at the snare, roughly places 1 meter above the bassdrum. 2 Neumann KM184's were placed in a wide AB configration aimed at the crashes.

For room mics 2 Sennheiser MD21's were placed roughly 2 meters from the bassdrum, pointed at the snare.

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Electric Guitar Setup:

Jordy's settp ( thanx Jordy for sharing):

Effects:
- Korg Pitchblack Tuner
- Fender Phaser
- Ibanez Ts9
- MXR Distortion II
- Dr No Octofuzz
- EHX Big Muff
- Carl Martin Surf Trem
- Strymon El Capistan
- EHX Freeze
Guitars :
Fender Jazzmaster
Fender Stratocaster
Amp:
MACCS M100
Cabinet
1 4x12
1 1x15

To record Jordy's electric guitar setup, we went with a "more is more" setup 😉 We used 3 mics on the main speaker cabinet, each one for a speaker of the Macc cabinets. A BPM CR76 was placed in between 2 gobos for a more indirect sound. The reason for all these mics is not to use al mics at the same time, but to use each mics' flavour when it fits and when it's needed. Jordy also uses a 15" speaker as secondairy cabinet which was miced with a Yamaha subkick for low end.

2 Neumann km184's were placed at the back of the room in a XY config to capture the room sound / reverb.

Bass Guitar mic setup :

Gerben's setup is as follows: ( Thnx Gerben!)

INSTR: Gibson G-3, Yamaha SA-70 (only used Flim Flam)
STRINGS: Ernie Ball 2833 Roundwounds
AMP: Super City "Darth Vader" 100W Tube Amp
CAB: Ampeg SVT412-HE
FX: Boss TU-3, Technophobia Analog Audio Solutions (T.A.A.S) Bassscreamer Deluxe, Fuzzrocious Rat Tail, GGG-Tuned Muff, Digitech PDS2700

We recorded 4 tracks for the bass recordings - a Sennheiser MD441 and a Yamaha subkick for the speakercabinet, a DI out from the bass amp and a md21 as room mic (which we barely used in the end)

Just Another Fairytale Vocal Recording setup:

All vocals were recorded through a BPm CR76 tube mic, which is a Neumann u67 clone.
Each lead vocal is doubled. Most backing vocal are either doubled or mutiple voiced, depending on the song.
2 neumann Km184's were used again as room mics for extra reverb and delay. More on this in the upcoming blog about the mixing process.

Just Another Fairytale Track Recording Specialities:

Superdestroyer:

We switched Duncan's main hihats for Zildijan 13'' k/z hihats which were more tight sounding what was needed in the verses of the song.

Castles In The Sky:

The base tracks for this Orange Maplewood song - Acoustic guitar, leadvocal, Stomps, Clamps and beatring were all recorded live in the recording room. Jordy sat in a chair while playing guitar and singing.

We used a stereo XY setup with 2 km184's for the main acoustic guitar sound and the CR76 for vocal.

The stomps were Duncan, Gerben and me standing behind Jordy stomping on every count with our foot. the beatring was also played by me with my other foot ( ouch, cramps!). We put a blanket over the beatring to dampen it's tone a bit. The stomps and beatring were recorded with 2 Sennheiser MD441's which also recorded the room sound of the guitar and vocal, of course.

The piano of this song was recorded at my home. It's not tuned properly and is mostly a furniture piece but the detuned chorusy sound was fitting for this song.
We recorded the piano with a Neumann KMS105 which we put right in front of the piano strings.

My Solution: Devilution:

This song is sung by Gerben. We didn't double take the vocal here because we used a special effect on the vox later on.

Greed For Green:

Just 1 thing - Duncan put a beatring on top of his hihat and played it by foot. You hear it troughout the song.

Through The Mountain:

We initially recorded tomtom overdubs in the 2nd verse which we scrapped in the end. But will describe it anyway. 4 toms - km184's in an AB Config. That's it. Check the instagram video for an idea.

Flim Flam:

Duncan on beatring! Recorded through the BPM CR76.
Gerben switched bass for this track and used his Yamaha SA-70. It has a more round, whooly sound which suited the song best.

Rumplestiltskin:

This is the first track questplayer Joost Hagen plays along. In this track he plays a solo at the very end, just before the fade out. We used a Sennheiser MD421 to record the horn and used the xy'd Km184's for roommics.

Just a Song:

The second track featuring Joost Hagen. This time he played a flügelhorn. We used the exact same setup as with Rumplestiltskin. The leadvocal and acoustic guitar were recorded at the same time, as described with Castle In The Sky.

This rounds up the recording part of the session, the entire recording session alone took about 46 hrs , spread over 3 weekends.

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