August 01, 2003

Vox in Socks

Here I am during that first vocal session:


The sunglasses were laying around at the studio and I started wearing them to amuse people, as you do. I said "whose are these?" and Mark Keaton said "they're yours now," adding that they made me look like a villain from the Rockford Files or something. I wore them during the first song that went so surprisingly well. When it was time to do the next song, I figured the routine was wearing thin and was actually preventing me from reading my lyric sheet properly (not that I often need that-- I know these songs extremely well.) I took off the glasses, but Kevin Army insisted that I put them back on. That vocal was great, he said, don't change anything, not even the "magic glasses." So they have become my vocal glasses, I guess.

(I'm planning a future post on all the superstitious/obsessive-compulsive habits and tics that you accumulate as aids to your vocal performance. The title refers to the fact that, for some reason, I used to take my shoes off for difficult parts. No idea why. No big difficulty arose this time, so it never had to happen.)

That mic is a Neumann TLM 190, and it's running through the board, a nice vintage pre-amp, and several compressors. Believe it or not, there's a Peavey (!) compressor in the loop. Who'd a thunk it?

Posted by Dr. Frank at August 1, 2003 06:04 PM | TrackBack

"Looking for love in all the wrong places/looking for love in too many faces..."

All you're missing is the hat... :)

Posted by: Emily at August 1, 2003 06:16 PM

Dr. Frank: Tijuana P.I.

Posted by: spacetoast at August 1, 2003 06:48 PM

hiya...just thought i see what the good ole mtx
starship was up too. this weblog thing is a neat
idea. i always love seeing "behind the scenes" sort of stuff.

they do make you look kinda mean...weird.

Posted by: beth at August 1, 2003 09:29 PM

this is a good idea. It's great to hear day to day updates from MTX. It seemed like there was such a long period of inactivity, getting so much info. like this is overwhelming, but very welcomed! I can't wait for the new album!

Posted by: jdawg at August 2, 2003 12:51 AM

You look disturbingly like Pauly Shore. Good work. Also the rock blog is 100x better than the war blog. Thanks. Make rock not war, etc.

Posted by: d sides at August 2, 2003 04:27 AM

d sides, that's the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at August 2, 2003 06:16 AM

"Pardon me while I lay down the funk, Mr. Anderson."

On a totally unrelated note, I was surprised to find an MTX CD at Best Buy while I was TDY in Dover, De. I was even more surprised when I picked it up and told one of my buddies that I'd heard of these guys and he said, "Oh yeah, I've been to a few of their shows." I bought the CD.

Posted by: Paul at August 3, 2003 07:28 AM