Looks like we put off shooting BAM! until 2014. 🙁 Thought we had all the pegs in the holes but this is theatre after all. <sigh> So we’re still going to make a Cast Recording with many of the fine folks who helped turn the BAM! script into a workable play.
We’ve already recorded the Beatrice and Ben duets along with selected dialog to introduce the songs. GREAT session with Brian “Ben” Brissman and Jennifer “Bea” Perryman. A good time was had by all! But the way our recording monitoring system is currently configured, the vocalists hear the same mix as moí, your humble producer-turned-engineer.
So I’ve taken the plunge: have purchased a headphone amp system and reconfiguring the monitor playback so I can hear what I want and the singers will have their own mix. Whoo hoo!
Since BAM! is set in 1967, thought it’d be kinda cool to get as many vintage sounds as possible. So…have picked up some truly retro drum loops to get the 60’s vibe and a cool microphone preamp that dates back to that era. Of course, finding such a rare item also means some headaches!
Back in the day, outboard equipment wasn’t just plugged in like gear today. It required an external power supply which I was lucky enough to find on eBay. But the cable that connects the power to the preamp is another story! Spent WAY too many hours searching the web and found only one source for this cable. And it wasn’t cheap: $50 for what is nothing more than a glorified mic cable. But when you’ve gotta have something essential, you pay the piper. Really getting excited about our new “semi-pro” studio!