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Zwakkelmann – Entschuldigung

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Zwakkelmann – Entschuldigung

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1474817206054{margin-top: -20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]For their latest release ”Entschuldigung”, German punkrocker Zwakkelmann recorded 3 songs at the White Noise Studio. A blog about that process.

Recorded and mixed — 2015
Label: Hulk Rackörz & Punk.de
Released on: april 1 2016
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/5yxsu5NXIxDqJK3kFSBZ7G
Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/album/12575744
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/entschuldigung/id1090933228
Website: http://www.zwakkelmann.de/[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

The Setup:

With the Zwakkelmann recordings, drummer Techt opted to use the studio’s Pearl Masterworks drumkit. The kit was used along with his own Paiste 2002 cymbals, Sabian hihat and Ludwig Suprasonic snare. Drums were mic’d with a Sennheiser e602 on kick.
For the snaredrum we used a Shure SM57 on snare top and Rode nt5 on bottom.
The hihat was mic’d with an Audio technica  AT3525 and the ride with a rode nt5. Sennheiser MD421 were used on toms. For overheads, we used 3 mics.
The BPM CR76 was the center overhead and 2 Neumann KM184 as wide overheads.
Both roommics were Sennheiser MD21’s.

The bass amp, bassplayer Marius’ Peavey bassamp, was put in the corridoor outside the recording room to keep the drums and bass isolated from eachother. We used the DI of the amp and a Neumann TLM103 for the speaker. The guitar recordings were done with Schlaffke’s Orange combo and additional recordings with the studio’s Fender Champ 25se. These were recorded with a Sennheiser MD421 before the speaker and a Neumann TLM103 at about 60cm before the amp for a more indirect, more a total amp sound. These 2 mics were blended and the TLM103 time aligned to keep things in phase. The acoustic guitar on ”Entschuldigung” was recorded with a single neumann KM184.
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The Zwakkelmann Mix:

For drums, every channel had an instance of Sonimus Satson channel for analogue desk saturation. The amount of saturation was a little different for every channel and hi-passing was adjusted were needed. Seperate instances of the Elysia Mpressor were used on overheads, snare, kick and room mics to even out some dynamics. Eq was used sparsely, most noteworthy is the dip at 231hz on snare to reduce a loud resonance.

For the bass more compression was needed. To get a very concistent  bass sound, a total of 3 compressors in chain were used. A Mpressor was used for overall gentle levelling, a limiter to capture some spikes and a Waves C4 multiband for tone sculpting and boosting the midrange.
An instance of ohmicide added a little distortion to help the bass sit in the mix.

The guitars were routed to a master guitar bus. On the indivudual guitar a little eq and compression was used when needed. Mostly to bring out some mids or reduce some mids, depending on the part of the song and overall balance.
On the masterbus, an instance of Waves C4 was used to compress the low end to have it solid and steady in the mix. A bit of eq pushed the mids an Elysia Mpressor was used for mild sidechain compression of the snare in the guitars.

The vocals, in the mix, were most upfront. Zwakkelmann loves his vocals way upfront in the mix and the entire mix is setup for that. For Schlaffke’s vocal, first de-essing was used before going into the Elysia Mpressor, eq, limiter and end multiband compression for the higher mids. Barely no reverb is used, a little delay here and there. A lot of balancing did the trick.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Song By Song:

The most theatrical of the 3 songs recorded, the goal was to have a real cheesy drumloop with rap over it in the first half before the punkrock explosion halfway through.
I opted to do some oldskool drumloop ourselves, even copying the method used for such loops.
So : we calculated the tempo needed for the drumloop to be played as if were played back as a 45 rpm vinyl set to 33 1/3 rpm.
We recorded and edited a 2 bar loop, exported and imported it in to the project and slowed down tape style to get pitchshifting and more grittyness.
Bitcrushing helped adding to the vibe. The ”knopf” sample is actually the orange amp lifted before the vocal mic….The we will rock you parts were triple dubbed to have a bit more massive feel.


A Frankenstein track. For feel and sound, we decided it was best to actually record the verses and chorusses seperately. So at first, we did the verses whith changed tempos to fit the songs flow. The chorusses we did equally. After recording the basic parts everything was edited together to have overdubs and vocals. The clocksample you hear was provided by Kill The Poodle and edited on the beat instead of using as clicktrack.


Mostly Fender Champ SE25 with some Orange Combo overdubs. The most straightforward recording for this album, fitting for the song message.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1474881105672{padding-top: 2px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”6174″ img_size=”large” css=”.vc_custom_1474881231370{margin-bottom: 5px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”6172″ img_size=”large” css=”.vc_custom_1474881218664{margin-bottom: 5px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”6171″ img_size=”large” css=”.vc_custom_1474881243962{margin-bottom: 5px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”6170″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][socialWarfare][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][templatera id=”5871″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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