Well, after testing 7 microphones on Jason’s voice and finding just the perfect signal path (such luxury), Jason’s voice is shot. Streptococcus Badtimingus strikes to the heart. So we have had to reschedule things a bit. Cody’s guitar overdubs are now up and Jason flew home to Regina to rest and reconnect with family. He is to be a first time father in less then a month and some time home I sure bodes well for all involved. Perhaps all this stress contributed to his illness. More likely his pension for licking streetcar hand rails.
Working with Cody has been great. He is a talent and has a great work ethic. Yet, it did reveal that most of the guitars on the project were in dire need of a setup. We in fact have been chasing tuning issues for weeks now.
The irony is that Keith the wonder guitar tech had phoned me and offered his services before bed-tracks had started but Jason and I let it slip through the cracks. Anyway he is here now and working all the instruments.
These changes in schedule have disrupted Cody solo album that he is also in Toronto to produce.
For this album, the challenge now is to overdub instruments without any vocal reference at all. There were no usable vocals from the bed tracks because Jason was in the iso booth with his amplifier. Thus his vocal mic is filled with guitar sounds. Not always the same guitar sounds that ended up on his tracks. Without the presence of a voice the risk is to fill in too much space with instrumentation. Even if your trying not too, the desire to eat a full meal so to speak is always there. It is easy to fill the songs up so that they satisfy, even just for the moment.