Music From 6 Potomac: A Project Diary

8/19/2022 Day one!

After twenty-five years of simplifying my playing for students, and more than a few major setbacks along the way, I sat down in front of the microphone with dad working as both recording engineer and project manager.

The Focusrite Scarlett 414, MXL microphones, and Presonus all worked without any major hitches. It is going to take a bit of trial and error to get the mic settings completely dialed in, but that is to be expected with a deaf musician relying on another person’s ears to get the music across.

Hobo’s Lullaby sounded pretty good for a test run – but the creaky chair needs to go.

Tomorrow, we run through some song titles until we have six songs for the EP. Then we do nothing but that until we have six tracks.

The main challenge we face is getting a good take from song to song. My voice can go from low and smooth to overblown if I am not careful. As a result, each song is going to require different mic placement for the vocals and banjo.

In other news, we now have enough parts to either entirely rebuild the electric banjo, or simply upgrade the electronics. It seems as if a simple wiring upgrade will do for now, or we run the risk of not having the electric for the tracks after this acoustic set.

Not a bad first day. It’s great to do this with my dad. I just wish my hands and ears were in better shape. No point in pouting, as I must work with the tools I have. If this were easy, everybody would be doing it.

Just a clip direct from the microphones. We’ll balance stuff out in the mix as takes improve.