(Radio Rats, 2013)
This album was recorded at two locations.
1. Location One - Springs. Drums (Leonard Dickson played drums – now living permanently in Vienna). Drums were recorded in a wooden-floored dining room in Strubenvale, Springs. A stereo pair of Microtech UM 90 valve condenser microphones (1995) recorded the room sound of the live 12 songs’ drum tracks, while an AKG D112 bass drum mic was used for the kick pedal. These 3 tracks went onto a Fostex D16 hard disk recorder via a Soundcraft analogue 8-4-2 desk (1988). The hard drive was formatted for 8-track recording at 24-bit, 96 kHz, for maximum resolution. The songs were played live, with Dave Davies (Springs) doing guide vocals and Jonathan Handley (Hilton, PMB) playing electric rhythm guitar. There is leakage of vocals and guitar onto these drum tracks, but the drums are very much louder than the leaked sounds.
2. Location Two – Hilton. Bass (David “Herbie” Parkin played bass – now living permanently in Sandviken, Sweden). Bass was overdubbed in the Radium studio in Hilton, as were Dave Davies’ lead vocals and Jonathan Handley’s vocals and guitars. When all 8 tracks were filled, the songs were mixed onto an Alesis Masterlink hard disk recorder. Mastering was done on this machine too, which entailed adding basic compression and loudness matching, and then the final writing of a Red Book master CD. The final CD’s (with artwork) were then duplicated by CDT in Johannesburg.
3. Radio Rats are currently completing Night Thoughts, part one of a two-CD, 20 song new release. The drummer on these songs is Chris Melling (Pietermaritzburg). His drums have been recorded using the same method, but this time in a carpeted lounge in Hilton.