Gear Stories With Sylvia Massy

I stumbled across an article on Mix today by Sylvia Massy (producer of Undertow) in which she talks about the challenges associated with recording Maynard’s voice on the album.  Well worth reading, especially for tech heads:

Tool’s Undertow album is filled with blood-vessel-popping screams, like on the song “Crawl Away.” I had heard them in rehearsals, I heard them onstage. But in the studio, Maynard’s screams were lackluster, even with the perfect complement of the C 1000. After several attempts at one of those 10-second screams without a good take, and with his voice obviously wearing thin, I finally asked him to go outside and run around the block five times. This would make him furious, but after doing it he nailed those screams. He was pissed and you could hear it in his voice. The lesson here? Sometimes it’s necessary to make the singer as un-comfortable as possible to get the right performance!

The vocal sessions for Undertow were all about making singer Maynard James Keenan comfortable—and uncomfortable—in the studio. He ended up on an AKG C 1000 condenser, not a typical vocal choice.

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fortysixand2
fortysixand2
10 years ago

ha! thats a badass picture

Naattik
10 years ago

Maynie looks glassy-eyed…. and horny. heh.

Great find, Matt.

BellJH
BellJH
10 years ago

 “the little troll squats and shouts into the floor when he sings” – clearly she isnt a big maynard fan!

unclejackson
unclejackson
10 years ago

[quote comment=””] “the little troll squats and shouts into the floor when he sings” – clearly she isnt a big maynard fan![/quote]
 
Maynard isn’t a very personable guy. I love his music, but I’d loathe to be around him for an extended period of time.
Maynard and I have a great relationship, “from a distance”: He makes amazing music that continually inspires me, and I’m far removed from his ego and horrid social tendencies.

kdub420
kdub420
10 years ago

MJK looks spun out as hell.  I remember daze being like that.

unclejackson
unclejackson
10 years ago

[quote comment=””] [quote comment=””][quote comment=””] “the little troll squats and shouts into the floor when he sings” – clearly she isnt a big maynard fan![/quote]   Maynard isn’t a very personable guy. I love his music, but I’d loathe to be around him for an extended period of time. Maynard and I have a great relationship, “from a distance”: He makes amazing music that continually inspires me, and I’m far removed from his ego and horrid social tendencies.[/quote] You know him personally or are making assumptions based on his media persona? [/quote] Maynard readily admits that he is not very personable,… Read more »

badkittygothgirl
10 years ago

Great find, Hellboy!! LMAO…she calls him a little troll!

fodasse
fodasse
10 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q68mEUjsL-k
follows 2 and 3  !
 
happy new year biatxes !

duville
duville
10 years ago

[quote comment=””]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q68mEUjsL-k
follows 2 and 3  !
 
happy new year biatxes ![/quote]

That’s old….

MHS70
MHS70
10 years ago

At his wine signing in NJ, dressed in my work attire (professional) I spoke to him (professionally) about wine (not Tool) and he was just a prick in his reply to me.  Disappointing, but as unclejackson points out, our relationship with music is delightful!  🙂

Croaka
Croaka
10 years ago

I want them to get David Bottrill back to produce the next album

enok
enok
10 years ago

how long do we have to wait for T.A.????????