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Studio Report Day 10 @ Empire Studio

2010-03-27
It’s bass time again baby and you know it, and it’s also a Saturday and that means we can work all day long in the studio. You see, we are working evenings in the studio, but maybe you already knew that.

12.00 am. Good morning Empire Studio. Arttu is hung over from the party last night and passes out in the sofa in the control room. He wakes up from time to time and ask us how it’s going and film us with the video cam.

3.00 pm. Marcus is craving for some greasy food and sends out Arttu on a mission to get it. Oh, and the bass tracking is going smooth as usual by the way. We’re getting spoiled here. No problems what so ever, just tracking and smiling.

3.15 pm. Ok, that last one was a 15 minute cliff hanger. Marcus just realized that some riffs was slightly out of tune on the guitar, only the two first frets on the thickest guitar string (Bb 0.62″). Well, the guitar was in tune with it self so to say, but when the bass entered the stage all hell broke loose. And there are 4 tracks of rhythm guitars on each song so bring the eraser tool in Logic and tune that f*in guitar and do it right! This was just for one song, but there may be more songs to come with the same issue. “Maybe I should try some thinner strings” – Marcus says.

For you guitar string nerds. The strings on Marcus guitars gauges 13-17-26-36-46-62, but we’ll see about that in the remaining songs. Maybe the Gibson Explorer need more adjustment.

Hey! This is the BASS report, not the guitar report!

6.00 pm. Joakim finished 3 more songs and we went home.

Songs recorded

– “the quest” (work title)
– The God Delusion
– Goodbye Farewell

/ Marcus & Joakim

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Studio Report Day 9 @ Empire Studio

The other day ( # 8 ) was a really short one, Marcus tracked one more song so it’s not much to write about, so let’s skip ahead to day 9.

2010-03-25

7.00 pm. This evening was devoted to bass tracking and we started to dial in the bass amp, an Ampeg SVT Classic all tubes with an 8×10 cabinet. Joakim had a bunch of pedals he wanted to try out to see if it would improve the sound. Compressors and overdrives. The amp was already set up since earlier and we just had to make small adjustments and added one more mic to the cabinet. We ended up with a Sennheiser MD421 and a Yamaha Subkick. The subkick added that extra low end and will be awesome to blend in with the 421. We even tried the bass through a 5150.

8.30 pm. The bass sound is all set and it sound amazing, as usual. Everything with this recording sound just right from the moment we mic our instrument. It’s totally awesome! Joakim ended up with the Ampeg and a Multi Comp pedal from EBS.

11.00 pm. Joakim had a really good flow and managed to track 4 songs tonight.

Songs recorded:

– Fed By Fire
– Dying For Your False Beliefs
– Tools Of Torture
– “low” (work title)

/ Joakim & Marcus

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Studio Report Day 7 @ Empire Studio

Day 7

2.00 pm. We slept really long and had a big brunch with fried eggs, pasta, sausages and fresh juice. Took a nice walk in the sunshine across the frozen lake to the island where Empire Studio is. This is a 30 minutes walk from the town. We actually met some other metal heads in the middle of the lake. They were going to the main lands, hung over from a party the day before.

3.00 pm. Inside Empire Studio, listening to the new harmonies on Fed By Fire and we don’t think they were that great so we probably wont keep them in the end. The song is so great any way!

7.00 pm. Marcus tracked three songs today and it all went pretty smooth despite a minor computer issue resulting in a twenty minute session with frustration, cursing and yelling parental content. In the end it was ok.

Songs recorded:

– Dying For You False Believes
– Tools Of Torture
– “the quest” (work title)

/ Arttu & Marcus

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Studio Report Day 6 @ Empire Studio

Day 6

6.00 pm. Still some guitars to track on Fed By Fire. There are some harmonies Marcus wanna try out for this song. He has brought his ESP Viper Baritone to see if it works out for the harmonies but the strings were too old and he didn’t have any new string with him. He decides to use his Gibson Explorer with the Engl Powerball for the harmonies. All rhythm guitars are tracked with a Peavy 6505+ in case I forgot to mention it earlier.

8.30 pm. Marcus wants to go home early. He’s feeling pretty beat after a long day at his dayjob. The harmonies on Fed By Fire are ready and we will return to the studio on sunday.

/ Arttu

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Studio Report Day 5 @ Empire Studio

Day 5

6.00 pm. We started this day pretty late and now we’re working nights and weekends with the remaining instruments. Alot of guitartracks are yet to be recorded. Today the song Fed By Fire is on the table.

10.00 pm. Almost all the guitars on this song are now ready and it’s time to go home and hit the sack.

/ Arttu

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Studio Report Day 4 @ Empire Studio

Day 4

4.00 pm. After finishing the drum tracks on the 13:th song, it is time to record some guitars. Things are going really smooth without any problems at all!

7.00 pm. Finished the first song for today with guitars. Even thou it’s been a long day we managed to track guitars for one song and we’re far ahead of schedule. We decide to call it a day and go home.

Songs recorded:

– “low” (work title)

/ Arttu

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Studio report Day 3 @ Empire Studio

Day 3 2010-03-13

10.00 am. Saturday morning and we are going back to the studio. First we gotta pick up a Marshall cabinet (1960 BX) that we borrowed from a good friend of ours to achieve the perfect guitar tone.

11.00 am. The recording of the first song of the day starts after warming up.

2:00 pm. Three songs are recorded today. We are feeling hungry as hell, so we have to go to the store for some food and we end up at Restaurant Tages on the same island as the studio.

3.30 pm. Once again I grab hold of my drumsticks and record two more songs.

5.00 pm. Feeling kind of tired of pounding drums for now. Have to gain some energy for tomorrow and finish the job then. Marcus is trying out some more guitar tone with the new Marshall Cab. And it sounds like really heavy!!.

Songs recorded:
– Goodbye Farewell
– The God Delusion
– Gate Guard
– “obecity boys” (working title, because it’s so heavy)
– Killed Stuffed Hung On The Wall

/ Arttu

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Studio report Day 2 @ Empire Studio

3.00 pm All the microphones are set and we can begin doing the sound check.

7.00 pm Time to start tracking drums now :)

10.00 pm We have successfully recorded 5 songs and it feels pretty fuckin’ good!

Marcus wants to try out some different guitar cabinets and some amp heads the remaining time. He is trying an Engl Powerball and Peavey 6505+ with some different cabs. I think they are Marshall 1960BV, 1960BX and an Engl V30 cab.

00:00 Time to go home and sleep.

Songs recorded:
– Fed By Fire
– Dying For Your False Beliefs
– Tools Of Torture
– “low” (working title)
– “the quest” (working title)

/ Arttu

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Studio report Day 1 @ Empire Studio

Wednesday, 11:00 am: Time to start preparing the drums for the recording. All the drumheads need to be changed and tuned. So I just have to bite the bullet and do my job!

05:00 pm: It´s all done and now I just have to wait for Marcus to show up. Lucky that I have my laptop to amuse me with a movie while I´m waiting.

06:00 pm: Marcus finaly decides to show up at the studio so we can begin to set up all the microphones.

08:00 pm Now it´s all done and time to go home for some sleep

/ Arttu

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Recording new album @ Empire Studio

We are starting to record a new album today at Empire Studio. This album will be beautiful, evil, slightly more aggressive and heavier than the debute REBORN. Prepare for an epic death/doom album so heavy it will blow your face off. We have 13 songs to record and the album title is yet unknown. Stay tuned for studio reports during as the recording proceeds.

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