King of the Road

December 28, 2007 1:04 PM

Tape really does sound better. And good mics, preamps, compressors, consoles...

I came across this recording from sometime in 1999 or 2000 that I made in about a half hour at the college recording studio. I scheduled some time to learn the ropes, and pretty much all I learned was that everybody involved was a Grade A tool.

I played all the parts while another newbie engineered. (I drum maybe 15 minutes a year, and it shows.) Everything was recorded onto a 16-track reel that had been recorded over too many times, and mixed down in the most inexpert of all possible manners onto a cheap TDK cassette tape with a little too much BBE sonic maximizer on the 2-bus. I suspect that this MP3 has also been treated with iZotope Ozone, but I can't be sure.

It doesn't sound good, of course, but I'm still chasing parts of this sound in my digital recordings. I never set foot in that studio again.

posted by uncleozzy (6 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Fun! You sound like SUCH a snotty punk!
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:11 AM on December 30, 2007

This is great fun. I'm fond of this song, and your version makes me think of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:06 AM on December 30, 2007

I can hear the sneer! This great fun.
posted by jessamyn at 1:27 PM on December 30, 2007

Thanks for the comments, guys; it really was an awful lot of fun recording this. And I think I was big into Me First at the time, no surprise there.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:23 PM on December 30, 2007

Yea, this rocks!
posted by snsranch at 5:49 PM on December 30, 2007

Sounds like an impromptu encore at the end of a overwound night. Which is to say it sounds great.

And yeah, fire your drummer. /wink
posted by Ynoxas at 8:46 PM on January 1, 2008

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