I also do my drums this way. I prefer the sequencing on the rytm for drums, plus it sounds good.
full resonance definitely takes me to some raves back in the day. sounds good to these ears.
I’m on my 4th pyramid album now (yeesh). I’ve tried a few things over the years. My goal btw is to have a live set that’s somewhat comparable to the album.
:: current process ::
This process is born out of these realities for me:
- I use 32 channels of audio in the rig
- I don’t like memorizing songs and having to play them back with intense precision
- I don’t really want to do a lot of over dubbing.
- or editing
- or automation in the daw
- I’m performing dawless
Things are complicated enough for me because I am the way I am, so i don’t like my recording process to be difficult or time consuming. I’ve invested quite a bit, but I mean, it works for me.
Get all the songs as good as you can in dawless
– You don’t necessarily need to be able to play things perfect though, things like the way you use CC automation can affect your options in edit.
– If you want to spend less time at the computer, be able to execute a ‘perfect performance’ as you want it to sound on the record
I used a 32 channel digital mixer with usb as an interface to record the tracks. I take around 26 or something channels of IO. I don’t usually record the delays/verb/masterbus stuff I have in this pass. The goal is to be able to perform the song once and just get all the tracks, ideally without needing to edit them.
– Prep usually takes about 4 hours to a day of work. Basically I wire everything up, set levels. And I build a template (i have to do this every album just because I usually change synths, though I can iterate on templates and save time).
– First I record the track, then I move onto over dubs. I over dub any multitimbral synth that’s not on it’s own audio channel so i can get them indepdent for mixing. Then, depending on my mood, I’ll over dub delays one instrument at a time, tho sometimes I might reach for a soft delay so i don’t do this. I do reverb & master bus stuff itb so i don’t usually record that hardware for albums.
Edit (a couple hours per song). These days it’s mostly just using automation to cut out silence, adding micro fades, and maybe a ninja edit for glitches I can’t live with (I like to leave glitches in, but sometimes they really suck).
Mix (8-12 hours per song)
Mastering – hire the professionals
Before I had a 32 channel board, I tried to use what i call the ‘rock band’ technique. At the time I had 12 channels of IO to my mac, so I basically got really really really good at playing the songs and played them 4 times in a row at 12 channels a piece until I got sick of it, and edited the rest (oof). So for my second dawless record, I had a couple bucks and marched right down to guitar center and picked up a midas board that I’ve used on two records now and will soon use on a third.
I really like recording this way because it really pushes me to get authentic sounds out of the dawless rig. Sometimes tho, it is fun to embelish on a track in a daw, just because I mean, i built all these skills - sometimes it’s fun to crank on something kinda nuts lol. But ya, i do try to keep that to a minimum these days.