Well it took about two years of Dean and I goofing off and recording things in what little spare time we had and then another year of sparse mixing – this was definitely a “spare time” project which is something that both Dean and I have very little of! Some nights we spent bullshitting and fooling around with amps than actual recording which is probably a major contributing factor to the extensive project timeline. But it’s finally done. I produced, engineered, mixed and played bass on every track. The record came out pretty good and I hope you will get a copy. Dean and I are both very proud of our efforts.
We recorded everyting at my studio using mostly my amps and a few of Dean’s. We recorded V-drums here with Alex Hicks using my Roland kit with live hi-hats. The best thing about the V-Drum kit is the realism, it required very little MIDI editing and even then it was mostly velocity or double triggering issues. I used a variety of kits pieces, from BFD 1.5, 2.0, Steven Slate Platinum and even some choice drum samples thrown in here and there meticulously crafted by Scott Spelbring and Beau Hill.
From a bass player perspective, I’m quite pleased with all the bass tones. There are some really great bass sounds on this record and I had a lot of fun experimenting with different bass signal chains. You won’t hear the dismal results of the hairbrained experiments which were at times quite comedic, you get only the good stuff!
There is almost no editing on this entire CD. I hate using the cliche “old school” but that’s how we did everything, take after take until it was right. I did the bass tracks on my own (without Dean around to tell me to play more like Geddy Lee and less like John Entwistle lol) and there are a few speedy bass parts I must have done 20 or 30 takes to get it right rather than fall back on sliding things around in Pro Tools to make timing better. We did the same with the guitar solos, some nights spending four hours on one solo instead of comping parts together later. There is not a single tuned vocal note either which is a strong testament to Dean’s ability to sing in key, even if we redid some phrases here and there at different times.
Let me also add that I’m working hard on mixes for the new Funny Money CD. We are getting closer and closer and things are sounding pretty good!
So listen to a few of my favorite cuts and buy it! Dean will be happy you did and so will you.
Dean Cramer’s So Low – Put It On Your Lips – BUY IT NOW!