AE-292: Summer Session
Recording The Beatles:
This page documents the preparation for
the 2007 summer session recording project at IPR,
where we will attempt to emulate, as best as possible, a Beatles-style
recording. This will require multiple disciplines as dictated by
musicianship, production and the "limitations" of multitrack recording
in the sixties. You can listen to our rehearsals
I am very grateful to the musicians who
are contributing their time to this project as well as those who have contributed
equipment, including Colin McArdell (3M 1/2-inch 4-track),
438 preamp / compressor) and Neal Steingart (Altec
Here's the Crew:
The inspiration for this project
began with Dave Trampe's Bowler hat and his song "Bully For Me," which
made me think of him singing the Beatles' song "Honey Pie." I then
listened to side four of The White Album and thought it might make an interesting
LIVE performance piece All this transpired fall'06, just around the
time that the massive tome, Recording The Beatles, was released.
When augmented by Mark Lewison's Complete Beatles, the two books
chronical the studios, personel, equipment, recording and production techniques
that went into each Beatles recording project.
Below are links that
allow you to hear both the originals along with our work in progress.
Currently, the rehearsals are as much for the band as for myself in that
the recording and production techniques must also be tested. Even
the simple act of creating a rough mix on a workstation has merit because
it helps to determine which parts and processes are working as well as
those that will require further refinement and experimentation.
It's been alot of fun so far, I hope you'll
enjoy it as much as I am.
PS: The tracks are recorded to PT via Sony
VAIO laptop and a digi002. There are only four preamps in the 002,
often I use transformers in front of the line inputs to turn them
into mic inputs - assuming the input signal is hot enough. Session
monitoring is on a pair of modified POLK monitors with Bag End subwoofer.
Mix sessions are done on my office PC with
Adobe Audition through a pair of Anthony
Gallo A'Diva Ti full-range monitors with the Gallo subwoofer.
I like these monitors because they have no crossover, which makes them
smoother and less hyped than many two-way monitors. They are kinda
like a pro version of Apple's clear plastic orbs, an updated Auratone made
with modern materials. The TR-1
subwoofer is remarkable in that it lives up to its product description
of being "linear," a big jump up from the typical pheaux BS offered up
by more well known companies.
The Beatles White
Each Link below is its own page, offering
samples of the original track and our weekly rehearsal progress.
Cry Baby Cry
Take Me Back