While I’m putting the vocals together for a rough mix with all the other instruments I notice something doesn’t sound right. What was that? Is there a guitar playing a wrong chord for a second or two? I isolate the tracks. It’s not the bass or the acoustic guitar. But my electric guitar plays the wrong chord in the third verse for a couple of seconds.
Right away the following thoughts came in my head. Can I just forget about it? I didn't notice at first, maybe no one else will either. Maybe it’ll get buried in the mix. It’s only a couple seconds. Hmmm. Nope, I need to re-record the thing. Crap. How am I supposed to beat Dave Grohl if this sort of thing keeps happening?!
Once I get past the initial frustration, I realize it’s a good thing because I thought the guitar sound was a little thin anyway. And since it’s the only instrument playing at the beginning of the song I was going to have to ask the audio engineer to see if he could fatten that guitar sound up a little bit. But maybe if I record it right in the first place I won’t have to do that. So I’ll use this opportunity to experiment with a new technique for me, and that’s using more than one microphone to record the guitar track. I think I’ll use the Peavey tube amp as well. I’ll mic the cabinet with an SM57 and then I’ll put a condenser mic up in the room somewhere. Since I’m doing all that, I can use a ribbon mic I have as well to mic the cabinet. That way I’ll have at least three tracks for the same guitar, each one sounding slightly different. The room mic will give some natural reverb as well. Those three tracks can then be mixed into one gutiar track when the time comes, or even used separately for a stereo effect to help fill out the sound. Ooh yeah, I’ve got a good feeling about this. I even made a video for those interested in that sort of thing. I'll post the rough mix of the song soon!