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The Next – The Fire Grass EP

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”6094″ img_size=”full” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The Next is a Pixies influenced band from the Dortmund area, Germany. They visited the White Noise Studio to record their first EP.

The Next bandlinks:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thenextgermany/
Bandcamp: http://thenext1.bandcamp.com/album/the-fire-grass-ep
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/thenextgermany[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Marlon Wolterink

For The Next, this was their first ever studio recording. They didn’t have any experience in this regard. Because of this we discussed at length before doing the recording session how to do the recordings. We decided on recording the instuments together, at the same time.

So the band were standing together in the same room, emulating a rehearsal like setup. The band was most comfortable playing like this. The band does not play too loud which meant there wasn’t a lot of bleed in the mics.

While setting everything up, we already used the planned stereo image to place the amps. Drums in the center, bass guitar placed in the middle too. The bass amp is aimed at the bassdrum so the nulls of the drum mics are facing the bassguitar. Less spill. Because of the position of the bassamp, the spill which was there was placed automatically in the center stereo image.

The guitar amps are placed left and right of the drums. If there is little bleed in the drum overheads it’s no problem to have the amp in the same place as in the stereobleed. In this mix, the amps were placed in the opposite stereo image. Means for instance 1 guitar amp on the left, but the overhead bleed to the right. This created a larger stereo image for the guitar without the need for reverb or delay. Reverb and delay was added though, for creative musical reasons.

Used Mics:

Vocals: Neumann TLM103
Drums: Kick Sennheiser e602,
Snare: AKG D1000C,
Racktoms: Sennheiser md421,
Floortom: Audio Technica AT3525.
Overheads: Røde nt5’s
Guitar 1: Shure sm57;
Guitar 2: Røde NT1.
Bassguitar: Behringer B1 (!!!)

Note on the Behringer: while not being a great mic at all, this mic added a nice usuable grit on the top end of the bass, which helped it cut through the mix.
The vocals were recorded later.
After a few tries, we found that recording having the guitar strapped on and playing along helped the timing and vocal performance  improve. This had to do with being too much out of the comfort zone. A little bit actually helps the performance, but a lot is no help.
This did give a little bleed of the guitar strings into the vocal mic though. But the little bleed was fine since the vocal improved a lot. Performance is always most important.

The Next Mix:

The Next are definately influenced by the Pixies. So for reference, some pixies records were checked for sound and feel to give the mix a 1990s feel. The main effect for “vibe” was the spring reverb used. Added a bit to the main vocal and more to the backing vocals it added the right amount of vibe. The drums were parallel processed with a BX_saturation VST to add some grit and punch.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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