I Miss The Records, But Love The Technology

I Miss The Records, But Love The Technology

There sure have been a lot of changes in the music world over the past 30 years.

Thank you Captain Obvious, but please humor this old man.  You younger ones think most of this stuff has been there forever.

The changes have their pros and cons, for instance the mammoth changes in recording technology.

When I left the music world if you wanted to do any type of multi track recording with any semblance of a professional sound you had to spend thousands of dollars for just a few songs. Continue reading

Joy Of My Toil (Emptiness Of Vanity)

Joy Of My Toil (Emptiness Of Vanity)

I wanted to write about my experience with the joy of my toil and the emptiness of vanity.

This happened over a three day holiday weekend.

My wife had gotten caught up in some family matters and was busy over this weekend.  I had two songs that I had started to work on.  With my wife being busy I was free to work (toil) at what I love to do.

For two straight days my wife had to get up early and be gone most of the day.  When I got up each day I was very excited about what I was going to do.

I would eat my breakfast, work on this blog and then take care of any other general household things I had to do.  Then I would head downstairs to my home studio. Continue reading

I’m Not Too Old For This Business

I’m Not Too Old For This Business

I have written on a number of occasions about my struggles in finding a working band.  Not a full time, make a living working band, just a decent local band that plays a couple a times a month or once or twice a week.

Lately I have not let this bother me as much as it has in the past.

My friend who I am looking to work with again has semi retired and moved to Florida.  He left his production company, downsized his life and is getting back into music.

I am looking forward to working with him again and we have started doing so.  I have setup my home recording studio, he has his and we send files back and forth.

This long distance writing, recording and collaborating has helped to offset the frustration I have with the local music scene.

This morning as I was getting dressed for my day job, once again the thought crossed my mind that maybe I’m just too old for this.  It’s not the first time I thought about it or have written about it. Continue reading

Home Recording – Vocals – Getting Use To My Own Skin

Home Recording – Vocals – Getting Use To My Own Skin

I’ve been working on another song in my home recording studio and have this one about as complete as possible for doing it myself.  I have to keep in mind that these are sketches of songs that I do in my studio, just to get my ideas down so when real players get a hold of them they’ll at least have an idea of what I hear in my head.

Being a drummer for almost my entire life I noticed that I really struggle with creating a melody.

I attribute this to years and years of honing in on the rhythm sections of songs.  Melody although always in my subconscious was something I used for cues.

Now with the technology available I can write entire songs with an intro, verse, chorus, bridge and outro, but just for the rhythm sections, like drums, bass, guitar, keys.  I can also add some dynamics and emotions with horns and strings.

But the melody I am leaving for some other time or maybe someone else. Continue reading

Home Recording Lessons – How Many Takes Does it Take?

Home Recording Lessons – How Many Takes Does it Take?

Here’s another lesson I’ve learned about home recording.

You don’t always get it in two or three takes, much less one.

Now so far I’ve only done three songs so maybe my thoughts on this will change.

The first song I recorded where I used my acoustic kit I did it in one take and prior to that I did a version of the song on my electronic kit and that took two takes.  Also prior to getting the one take with the acoustic kit I had a number of rehearsal runs to get levels so it’s not like I sat down and hit record.

Now I don’t do any punch ins with my drums.  I go for one continuous take. Continue reading

Home Recording: I’m Not a Recording Engineer

Home Recording: I’m Not a Recording Engineer

I am a drummer, a musician and consider myself an artist but one thing I am not is a recording engineer.

It’s one thing to use all the great sampled sounds that come with a lot of the DAW software but my first attempt at recording acoustic drums showed me very quickly I’ve got a lot to learn.

Getting everything setup, plugged in and working wasn’t a problem.  It all seemed pretty intuitive to me plus there is a manual for everything.

I took online courses (Lynda.com) on drum micing plus watched videos on the subject, so I felt pretty good about my mic placements.

I got what I thought at the time were pretty good levels on everything so off I went into recording land.

I laid down some tracks that I was pleased with and still am pleased with the results of my playing.

Next comes listening to the playback through the studio monitors. Continue reading