Hi!! Very excited about the things I’ll cover in this post, as it has been A LONG time coming.
As the title shows, I was able to get into the ISB studio and begin the recording process. This in its self was such a big milestone, because recording always felt like this far-away, ungraspable goal. Bot today, I reached the point of being able to RECORD. Everything I’ve done with this project has lead up to today, and that alone made the session feel like a release.
Let’s talk about how I even got access to a study: Mr. Long came THROUGH for me. We made plans over email and he got back to me last weekend with a recording time. This got me very excited, but also was a bit of a wake-up call. Taking another listen to my backing track draft, I internalized the fact that I’d be ACTUALLY SINGING on top of this beat, which gave me greater incentive to make it groovy. I sent Mr. Long the file and hoped that it would all go well.
When 3:30pm came along, I headed up to the studio—now functional and looking more lively than when we popped in a few months earlier. As I walked through the doorway, I bumped into a man who introduced himself as Mr. Dawson. Guiding me into the recording room, he pointed to two microphones on stands. “Are you screaming or doing light angelic stuff?”, he asked. After telling him that I definitely fell into the light, angelic category, he gestured to a light grey mic. “You get to use this one, the other scream-one is what Michael Jackson used to record”.
After I’d spent a good minute taking everything in, Mr. Long walked in. He introduced himself, then added “this the mic you’re going with? Believe it or not, it $5,000 USD, I almost dropped it playing around today”. GOSH, the technology I’ve got access to here…MAN.
Mr. Wang, the studio technician entered the scene and hooked all the wires up. By now I was feeling pretty nervous—all of the people in the studio were strangers to me, and yet in a few minutes, I’d have to sing for them. I tried to get my mind away from that part and instead concentrate on getting into the right mood. To do this, I brought myself back to the memories that inspired my song in the first place. Before I knew it, IT WAS TIME.
The tech started my track and I was like “Zooey, just sing. You’ll look even worse if you do nothing”. So I did just that, and was surprised at how easily I could block out my surroundings. It probably helped that the Uber-expensive microphone makes anyone sound like Beyonce. That “groovy” backing track I mentioned earlier was also a nice plus, as I found myself dancing to the beat.
in da studio baby (ft. 5k mic)
We did around 5 takes and then listened back to them. This was definitely the most uncomfortable part of the whole experience. I can deal with my mistakes, but having others listen to them too…that was really hard. However, it forced me to listen to the whole “take”, which in turn allowed me to find solutions to parts I disliked.
Over all, considering I have no prior studio experience, I’d say I did a good job. Can’t wait to continue doing some recording…it’s coming together!!