Sanger, TX (February 16, 2006)–Indian Trail Recording, home to producer/engineer Harvey Gerst, whose musical credits include work with the Byrds, No Exit, and Sweetwater, and his son Alex, recently wrapped up a series of session dates with Dallas, TX-based rockers The Feds. The band, previously with Capitol Records and currently negotiating a new contract for distribution of their forthcoming release A Touch of Panic, anticipates shipping the new CD in early 2006.
The Feds’ lead vocalist Matt Slider sings into an MXL V69 ME microphone.The Feds are Matt Slider (vocals), Matt Wright and Jason Jones (guitars), Bryan Sedey (bass), and Ben Jeffries (drums), and are known for their hard-edged, driving rock sound and felt Indian Trail Recording was the perfect venue to capture their sonic signature. According to facility owner Harvey Gerst, “Indian Trail started life as a double-wide mobile home that was converted into a studio by George Augspurger. The studio has a unique character that works well for capturing the live aspect of a band’s performance.”
Interspersed with a hectic road schedule, The Feds recorded their new project over the Fall of 2005. Alex Gerst tracked and engineered all the sessions using an MCI 556-D 56-channel, 32-bus console with 56 channels of automation, while a Mackie HDR24/96 hard disk multitrack handled all recording chores.
“The Feds have an amazing stage show that is full of energy,” reported Alex Gerst, “and we wanted to capture that live energy in the recording. To do this, a high percentage of the music is recorded ‘live’ in the studio–using an extensive amount of miking–on the drums, as well as close and ambient miking on the guitar and bass amps. We divided the live performances down to small sections–such as drums, bass, and rhythm guitar–then added additional layers, as this enabled us to capture the band’s energy while retaining more control.”
Gerst reports employing a wide assortment of microphones, with MXL 990, 991, and V69ME microphones capturing the lion’s share of the performances. MXL’s V69ME served as the primary vocal mic, and this was used in a rather unorthodox manner, but with most effective results. “Matt Slider, the band’s lead vocalist, felt more comfortable hand-holding the mic,” reported Alex Gerst. “Initially, we cringed at the idea, but we gave it a try and were really surprised by the results. With nothing more than a windscreen attached, Matt managed to pull this off without inducing additional noise and, in recording this way, generated the same level of energy he has when he performs.” Alex reported using Mogami cable on the microphone. Additionally, MXL’s 990 was used on a number of vocal tracks.
For tracking the drums, Alex used MXL 990s for all the toms–positioned roughly three inches from the tom heads. While this mic isn’t known for drum use, Gerst reports it provided a “really nice slap and captured the body of the tom’s resonance.” An MXL 991 was deployed on the snare drum.
Depending upon the guitar sound they were after, amp miking was accomplished using a combination of Oktava MK012 condenser mic with the 33mm Lomo capsule, along with a Coles 4038 ribbon mic, and a Shure SM57. Preamps used on the project included Millennia Media’s Origin STT-1 music recording system plus a Great River Electronics MP-2NV “Neve” stereo mic pre that was used on bass and some clean guitar tracks.
Final mixing and mastering for the project is being handled by Derek Taylor at his facility in Dallas, TX. “We’ve had an absolute blast with this project,” noted Harvey Gerst. “The band brings a tremendous amount of energy to their studio efforts, and we believe this new CD has a lot going for it. Everyone’s really excited about all that’s happened here.”
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