Recording vocals however was going to require a bit more effort. The demo vocals weren't going to do, and they'd all need replacing. After a few experiments I opted for setting up my large condenser mic in a wardrobe that had been stuffed with pillows as insulation. The sound was clean enough and had the added benefit that I couldn't get too close to the microphone by mistake. After a few evenings of attempts I wasn't happy with and trying to do them piece by piece. I took a weekend and spent a couple of hours per track getting down 4-5 takes and comp'ing together the best take I could from each but not deleting any of the other takes on the off chance they were needed later. Around this point I experimented with triple tracking the parts in places where it was particularly heavy, to give it more depth. I couldn't quite make them sound right and I expect that's a combination of the mic placement and not being skilled enough to EQ out what I suspect was a lot of unnecessary frequencies building up to make it sound strange, so this idea got scrapped.
Things that were important:
- Getting everything down in 2 sessions over 1 weekend helped with consistency.
- Focussing on getting a decent comp and moving on stopped the on-going march of trying to improve them continuously.
- It seemed like I'd had enough practise time to get it right, but I'd argue I definitely hadn't.
- It might be a better idea to do this in a rehearsal or recording studio next time (ideally an actual studio, obviously) so things like volume levels aren't a concern when the neighbours are in. A proper studio has better suited mics, rooms and equipment and no noise concerns to worry about.