Studio Diary

Back to recording Guitars!

Back to recording Guitars!

At the end of last month we took some time off to record the Acoustic Cyclops sessions, so this week it was time to catch up and track some more guitars. We have 42 songs to record, and we're well over half way, with the last 10-12 to go before we can start vocals. The week, I worked on 3 ne...Read More
Guitars : 6 & 7

Guitars : 6 & 7

It feels like we've been in lockdown forever. It's been almost a year since anything has been normal. Luckily, we have plenty of songs to record to keep us busy! SAXOPHONE PENICILLIN. Yesterday I ripped through a fast punky number, getting some great crunchy guitar sounds with the Jazzmast...Read More
Bass Fuzz : Day 1

Bass Fuzz : Day 1

Steve sent over the tracks that he had been working on. He had already slammed down some guitars to 4 of them and they sounded huge! He sent me the STEMS of the drums, guitars, Vocals and a guide bass (the original bass idea that Steve laid down when demoing). I quickly got to work on a track ca...Read More
Guitars : Day 5

Guitars : Day 5

Time to get lost in fuzz once more. The coffee is brewing as I listen to the demo version a couple of times to get my head in the zone. This one's gotta be chunky. It's going to take a few layers to thicken up, but that's fine with me. The Big Muff and Strat comes into action for the dark and...Read More
Guitars : Day 4

Guitars : Day 4

Today's track is a lo-fi acoustic kinda chilled thing, that has been in my collection of instrumental demos for a while, until recently when I wrote the vocals and it all came together. My main acoustic is a Framus, which I've had since about 95. I got it from a pawn shop in California when I wa...Read More
Guitars : Day 3

Guitars : Day 3

It's freezing today. I couldn't sleep last night, my head was full of ideas for today, so I over slept this morning. One large coffee later, and I'm set up ready. First off, I listen to the demo and make some notes, then get started on some skeleton tracks to 'None more Electric'. 2 hours lat...Read More
Guitars : Day 2

Guitars : Day 2

Yesterday went so smoothly, hopefully today will be the same. Today's song has the working title 'Eggs are Normal', and is a proper fast paced beast. I quickly laid down a rough skeleton track, then started fleshing out parts. First doubling up the intro and heavy riffs with the Russian B...Read More
Recording Guitars: Part 1

Recording Guitars: Part 1

We only released Cyclops 01st Jan, but we're already tracking guitars to album no.5 I got an nice early morning start, and began setting up and getting the sounds all together, so I could just blast through the track. The song for today is 'Near my beard'. The main sounds used for this was...Read More
Drums - Session 2

Drums - Session 2

All of a sudden I had another 18 demos recorded. I sent them out to Lee and Sam, and they loved them. We booked the studio once lockdown lifted start of December, hoping to get a day in to record 8/9 tracks. Within 4 hours, Sam had blasted out takes for all 18! The man is a machine. He's neve...Read More
Drum tracking - Session 1

Drum tracking - Session 1

While everything in the world is going mental, and we've barely seen each other this year, we still managed to squeeze in a quick drum recording session. Sam was given 9 tracks to work on, he learnt them perfectly as all 9 was tracked in around 2 hours! I think half of these tracks will be pu...Read More
The making of Down The Wave (Video)

The making of Down The Wave (Video)

https://youtu.be/ePq608tn2UU Behind the scenes and studio footage of HIGH/LOW recording their 3rd full length album 'Down the Wave'. ...Read More
Guitar City - 6th June.

Guitar City - 6th June.

After a month away from recording and playing it was nice to get in the studio and get creative. We're getting close to the finish line. We have 4 tracks left to do main guitars on and just a little bit of bass and vocals to go. Tonight, we worked on (working titles):-Crunched-Lips-Wana see y...Read More
Studio update - 5 June.

Studio update - 5 June.

We spent most of May listening through all the recorded tracks so far, (Almost 30 songs!) we made some notes and then mixed half the songs. At the end of May, we released our first single from the album, titled 'Hide in the shade', along with two b-sides and my original demo version of 'Beast o...Read More
Studio Update

Studio Update

For the past few weeks we've been working hard to make up for the few set backs we've had, but now we are flying through the list of 50 odd songs and getting back up to date. After a few weeks tracking drums, bass, guitars and vocals, it was time for a mixing session. Everything is sounding how it...Read More
Back in the Studio

Back in the Studio

After computer issues and other set backs, we're back in recording mode. With everything previously recorded for this album having to be trashed, we moved our gear into a new studio (who we share with Spun) and now have a room we can leave everything set up, which makes things a lot quicker. ...Read More
Studio Diary - April update

Studio Diary - April update

Over a month ago, our main recording computer stopped working, which has set us back a bit. We needed to work on a solution, as buying a new MacBook isn't an option.Time to dust off the old Mac mini. It's old, slow, but may just get us through some recording.Good News: The album sessions we're back...Read More
Vocals - Beef Sessions part 3

Vocals - Beef Sessions part 3

For the past 4 sessions we have been tracking Drums, Bass and Guitars to 8 tracks out of the ridiculous 40 song list.This week we managed to crack through 5 tracks:Road, Hello, Lips, Skinny Head & Red Beard. When we record vocals, we usually record 3-4 takes of lead vocals, then pick the...Read More
Even more guitars?! - Beef Sessions part 3

Even more guitars?! - Beef Sessions part 3

Tonight we finished off the two remaining tracks, Hung & Another Skeleton.I had a chance to try an new OP Amp Big Muff Fuzz Pedal (Smashing Pumpkins model) and it sounded huge, Like ripping velcro of a Yeti. A couple of tracks had a few acoustic parts to try out, so we quickly set up 2 mics,...Read More
More Guitars - Beef sessions Part 3

More Guitars - Beef sessions Part 3

With more Drum & Bass tracked for another 8 songs, it was time to get fuzzy with some Guitars. These songs are a little more straight forward, but we still had some cool ideas to experiment with. Different fuzzes mixed at different times create huge differences throughout one song. It was...Read More
Bass Fuzz - Beef Sessions Part 3

Bass Fuzz - Beef Sessions Part 3

Tonight (Tuesday 29th Jan) we went into to the studio to recorded another bunch of bass tracks. We started with heading over to Tesco's to get a hot chocolate and some dinner. It was freezing, with some snow expected. so, we hurried back to the warmth of the studio. We thought we would try a RAT p...Read More