While in the midst of setting up a home recording studio, I got a call from my friend Shrey, who is a metal musician. He plays guitars and also growls and sings as a vocalist. His band was sort of, on a hiatus and he thought it would be nice to come and record a vocal cover at my place.
Given the fact that I had just started fiddling with the idea of setting up my equipment upstairs, this seemed like a welcome opportunity to try out the general acoustics and character of the room, at the same time have a fun session recording vocals.
Shrey was covering a song by Indian Black-Metal act 1833 AD and we didn't really have any instrumental stems for the track. All we had was the track itself and we had to make do with what we had. I experimented a lot with EQ on Logic Pro 9 on my Mac, to arrive at a point where the vocals from the original wouldn't be that audible. We proceeded and did several takes throughout the day.
I spent about another week perfecting and trying to make the recording sound a little better even though it was full of flaws. It's never easy to take out sonic layers out of an already mixed and produced song and adding a layer of new vocals over it without the whole thing sounding atleast a little wishy-washy.
When you're working with artists, you realise the number one priority is perfection. If something's not perfect, it's not worth wasting time/money over, and that's true. It's something I've learnt over the course of time working as a sound engineer. There is no substitute for hardwork, ever.