Féistastic 2: The Recording Process

Back in August I recorded my second Irish dance album Féistastic 2. It took 3 long hard days to record and a bit of time going back and forth mixing the tracks but I’m delighted with them now they’re finished.

Fiona Wylie recorded the CD for me. I met Fiona when we were studying on the BA Scottish Music in Glasgow. She then went on to study an MA in Sound Productions at Edinburgh Napier University. She recorded Féistastic (my first Irish dance CD) and so she was happy to record Féistastic 2 when I asked her.

We recorded the CD in the living room of my west end flat in Glasgow using ProTools on Fiona’s laptop. I made sure there was ample supplies of tea and biscuits for the recording days – essential items for such work. For each track we recorded a guide track first. Then we recorded the melody on its own over that and then the drums and bass. Finally we recorded the piano accompaniment on top. There are 19 tracks on the CD and all were technically recorded 4 times so that was a tough 3 days of recording.

We then spent some time mixing the tracks, making sure the levels of all the instruments were at the right places. We also had a bit of fun with the Presentation Music track adding in some backwards chords and cymbals and other fun things here and there.

Updates of the release of Féistastic 2 will be posted soon. In the meantime here’s some clips from the CD so that you can get a taster of it:

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