'Blue Tune' praises the power of a sad song. Recorded through sweet sounding Avalon analogue tube preamps into a digital workstation (Digidesign) with ProTools, the track was produced by Scott Mathews of Bowie, Stones, Cash, Orbison, Streisand, Clapton, Beach Boys, Ringo Starr fame, in his boutique studio in San Francisco. The track was engineered by Tom Luekens (Metallica, Hagar, Requiem for a Dream).
Vintage guitars were used in the track, including those from the same production line as instruments famously used by the Beatles. One electric guitar plucks notes from the chords to set the tone of the song, while another stabs the chords in time with the snare to drive the rhythm. Richly layered guitars, restrained production, the song builds to include an acoustic piano highlight recorded with a pair of inexpensive flat boundary microphones.
The vocals were recorded using an AKG 414 that competently captured the breathy air of the vocals. The acoustic drum kit, played by Scott, was originally custom-made for Fleetwood Mac. The sound is deep, real and organic - a move away from the slick LA productions. Some subtle chord splashes courtesy of a toy keyboard, adds to the warm tapestry of what was designed to be a timeless production.
Great home recording starts with a great home recording studio. It doesn't need to be expensive if you know how to select the right equipment for your needs.