I spent all day yesterday, today, and then tomorrow working on a full-length record for singer/songwriter Annie Fitzgerald from NYC. Matt Patrick is producing the album, and he’s got all kinds of texture ideas/concepts for these songs.  I’m having a ton of fun.

For example, we just finished tracking a tune where Matt ran the snare mic through a delay pedal and a distorted guitar amp.  We set the delay effect to a single 16th note displacement, so the snare has this great slap echo, but with a slightly different tone color because of the amp.

I’ve never recorded with a real-time delay before, and it had a huge effect on how I chose my notes and feel.  We needed a few takes to dial the delay tempo in to the best feeling speed, but once we found it I was amazed at how inspiring it became.