The day before the meeting AFTER we thought it would end

Tomorrow is the post evaluation meeting after the stage one mixing. I think we are getting close to the end now. A few fixes and we should be done. Then it’s time to choose three singles and get the artwork sorted. Maybe a video. Nothing fancy. We don’t have the time it the equipment. Here’s my latest toy…

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The day before the day it ends (we think)

So tomorrow should be our last day of mixing. Two tracks left and one day to do it in. (Must not forget blank cd to burn tracks on to). After this there will be a single released as a free down load in exchange for some super secret information (or email address) and maybe a video (if we can decide what to do) good times are a rollin’!

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Mixing like a mixing machine! (A mixer)

Today we mixed five tracks. FIVE! This means that we now only have two left to mix (A Different Breed and Older). We seem to have gotten a technique down for processing the bass and vocals. All hail the Type-R compressor, lord of the compressoring type things. Once we have all the tracks mixed we’ll move on to listening to the mixes on different machines to make sure we have a good sound mix. Also, maybe we’ll have a single out soon. Maybe.

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(Do you mean a mixing machine like this, Simon?)

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13

Another Friday the 13th.  Another excuse to mention our 13ep – which is available for free (via SoundCloud) from http://www.howmanydevils.com/13ep/

We recorded this at the end of last year 2012, without ever being in the same room as each other.  It was the 13th anniversary of us having split up and we decided that was a good excuse to do something again.  Something being recording one of the old songs – Dark Moon – that we never got around to the first time around.  We enjoyed it so much we reformed properly and started work on Flesh Reunion, with all new material.  We’re still working on Flesh Reunion, but it’s getting closer…

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Flesh Reunion 21 – snip, snip, ow!

So, I’m Stumpy Boxhead.  Hello, pleased to meet you!  I’m the non-existing drummer from the band HowManyDevils.  This is their blog I’m writing on.  I started off life as Stumpy, an Alesis HR-16 – occasionally with a Roland TR-505 slaved.  Later that became a TR-626.  Simon made an actual head out of a cardboard box, so I gained my surname.  Then I evolved to some soundfonts on a SoundBlaster AWE card.  Very, very briefly I was samples of Rob saying ‘boom’, ‘chick’, and ‘diddy’.  Recently I’ve been made of Logic 9 samples and – back to Alesis – a D4.  All of which is fine:  I’m an imaginary robot drummer with a cardboard box for a head and all that you hear of me is sampled or synthesised and played by a drum machine.  Machine being the key word.

This time around, I’m just not so sure.  For starters they’ve called the album Flesh Reunion.  I’m an imaginary robot drummer… flesh isn’t actually that inclusive to me is it!  Then what do they do? yes, they use a REAL DRUM KIT – I’m a MACHINE!  I’m pretty offend already by this point.  It has been so difficult trying to play real drums with a cardboard box for a head.  I can’t see what I’m hitting. MIDI was easier (please sequence me again).  Then… then they make me a new head, and wear it on their fleshy selves.  Mockery!  If I wasn’t a figment of their imagination I’d have left long ago.

So that brings me to the insult they laid on me today at their Flesh Reunion.  They edited the drum tracks to A Different Breed.  Why? <sarcastic>because they weren’t quite in time</sarcastic>.  I USED TO BE A FAULTLESSLY ACCURATE MACHINE.  Now I’m all gooey physical flesh and my tempo drifts.

It does sound good after the edits though…

Err, thanks guys.

Stumpy Boxhead at the drums

Flesh Reunion 20 – 7 hours, 4 bars and a ghost

I’ve just got back from Flesh Reunion 20.  In a whole 7 hours we recorded 4 bars of drums for A Different Breed.  It’s the chorus, I just can’t play the chorus and we’ve ended up making those 4 bars out of 7 different takes.  Crikey!  If it sounds alright when we edit it back in to the song it will feel like a little victory

Flesh Reunion 20 – 7 hours, 4 bars and a ghost

I’ve just got back from Flesh Reunion 20. In a whole 7 hours we recorded 4 bars of drums for A Different Breed. It’s the chorus, I just can’t play the chorus and we’ve ended up making those 4 bars out of 7 different takes. Crikey! If it sounds alright when we edit it back in to the song it will feel like a little victory.  The song has a great little riff and we’d all be disappointed if it didn’t make the album.  It’s just the riff is so hard to drum to, especially when your head is a cardboard box…  Still, we’re a step closer and I think the guys are happy.  Just before we left though, snares started playing at times when snares weren’t played.  It turns out technology lets us have so many tracks to record with nowadays that we’d left an extra snare take un-muted…

Oh, and we found something else that is rock and roll: white pepper on chips.

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