March, 2011 (Long Island, NY) - Butchers Blind were nearly finishing recording their new record (to be titled "Play For The Films") and were almost ready to mix the project in earnest. Two tracking sessions remained, and since they needed to be done "on location", my Lantern Sound mobile recording rig was pressed into service. Excitement.
The first job was to record a real grand piano track for the song "Fine Line". Sue Rassekh and the staff of the YMCA Boulton Center For The Performing Arts (Bay Shore NY) were super-gracious in permitting us to get into the theater to use their Steinway grand.
To get our "sound", we semi-close-miked the strings with a large diaphram condenser mic, stuck a ribbon mic underneath the soundboard, and then put a couple of small-diaphram condensers in a stereo X-Y pattern up near the top edge of the fully-opened lid. We even got a piano part recorded for another song on the new Butchers Blind release. The load in, recording, and load out of the theater was done in three hours. Success.
|Piano, Pete, Recording Rig at the YMCA Boulton Center|
|JAR's amp mic'd up and ready to go.|
Just as we were about to wrap up and leave, JAR mentioned that Peter Remm (they are both members of The Candles) was interested in putting down some Wurlitzer piano bits on "Fine Line". All present were game. We mic'd up both speakers on the piano, and took a direct feed. Peter came by and put down some very nice flourishes, tailor-made for the song. Elation.
|Peter Renn at the Wurlitzer|
As soon as the Butchers Blind release "Fine Line", I'll put a link to it up here. Cheers - MH