Recording day 4 (05/08/10):
Andrew and I did some guitar recording today for TDS. What I discovered: the ENGL Powerball is a lot more diverse than I thought! After I was recording some lead parts and thinking it was too grainy, we discovered how to "open focus" the mids and smooth out the tone. I think I still prefer the Mesa/Boogie clean tone (The Green Rhythm channel on the TriAxis), but I did some of my clean parts on the ENGL as well. Judging by what we did today, I have a feeling I'm going to do about 90% of the clean and 10% of the distorted parts on this album. Also, we're using three mics; an on-axis SM57, an off-axis SM57 (on the same cone), and an Audix D2 on another cone. Like with the drums, I'm probably going to wind up muting the two bonus mics except for certain passages.
I'm going to redo most of the lead parts I did today, as I was struggling with the intonation on the Ibanez Petrucci I was using. I haven't changed the strings in months, so that probably has a lot to do with it. Also, I play better in private, because I panic when in company, as I feel I have to get it done quickly so no one is waiting.
It's really exciting hearing how this song is coming out. We'll leak it once we're done with the editing and tracking the keyboards for it. Then we'll have about 8% of the album done besides final mixing and mastering!