Yesterday afternoon I finally got together with Jordan from Diving to finish working on their songs for a split due in early 2013 on Texas Is Funny Records. The music for the split has been finished for what feels like forever but it was probably closer to a month and a half, maybe two months. Thankfully, Jordan took the time to over prepare so he could knock these songs out of the park.
To record the vocals I ran a RODE NT1A through my art pre amp into a Traynor TS-20 and miked that up with my Starpower (I would have used the SM57 but it somehow bit the dust) and ran it through the board. The minimal amount of settings on the Traynor don't allow you to screw around too much with the sound; if you can't find something by adjusting the bass and treble then you must be doing something wrong. After adjusting master volumes, gain settings, and trying to find out where that feedback was coming from we were able to knock out the vocals in a couple of hours. The time that I had to mix the songs prior to recording the vocals provided the benefit of being able to mix the songs down immediately after we finished recording all of the extra oohs and ahs.
You can hear a couple of songs over on my audio page and you pick up the split some time early next year. In the mean time you can always go to www.diving.bandcamp.com or www.facebook.com/diving to get your noodly indie rock fix.