"Recording at the compound is a fuckin blast. Its a great environment to get creative and make great music happen. When we recorded at the Compound with Joe it was nothing but fun. You can go about recording in a million different ways and Joe can give you a bunch of options whether your ideas are complete or need a little producing. You will love layin it down up in the woods of Ben Lomond. I wish i lived at the Compound."
John Dodds "Tater Famine"
When Tater Famine contacted me I was stoked because it was something that i don't get to record all the time and I was ready for a challenge. One of the biggest chalenges was to give them a Live feel. So we set up the upright bass and mandolin to rcord at the same time. We then set up a scratch guitar and vocal track. This way all we really had to overdub was a guitar and the vocal tracks. It worked out well. Another challenge was getting the bass to sound like a bass and percussion since they had no drums and relied on the bass to fill everything out. I set up a small diaphram condensor mic on the fret boad to get the click and dynamic mic on the "F" hole of the bass to get it's tone. I then set up a direct channel as well. We beefed up the "F" hole to fill in the low end and used the fret board track as sort of a Snare tone. Then we used the direct to fill in all the mids. It was a challenge and some work but the end result was awesome.
We spent a good 2 - 3 weeks tweeking, experimenting, smoken weed and drinking beer. At the end of the session we not only had an awesome CD but a true friendship.