Lost My Enterprise, Have My Juliet

Lost My Enterprise, Have My Juliet

This goes out to my wife, who I adore, on our thirty eighth wedding anniversary.

I have been in my new home for a few months.  I have been settling in and enjoying my new residence and location. Yesterday I came to a somewhat sad realization but at the same time it affirmed to me what really makes me happy and what is most important in my life.

If you’ve read my previous post (Star Trek In A Band) you know that I have an affection for the original Star Trek TV show.  And you would know that what I liked most about the show was the comradery of the crew, the all for one and one for all attitude, the common goal of the core characters, the brothers and sisters in arms.

When I was young, and still to this day, the brothers in arms attitude in a band was one of the things that attracted me to music.  I thought I had found it in one band when I was much younger, and have been looking for it ever since. Continue reading

Home Recording Lessons – 3D Thinking

Home Recording Lessons – 3D Thinking

In my previous post I covered some lessons I learned about recording with my friend who is an experienced recording engineer.

I learned about getting rid of bad sounds, especially before a sound wave moves the diaphragm in the microphone, and how important that is to the process.

But I had always thought about my mixes in a two dimensional form until my friend sat down with me and did two quick mixes with me watching and learning.

When I sit back and really listen to my favorite recordings on a good audio system or good headphones, I always listen to the placement of the instruments.   But it was from a two dimensional point of view.

The placement was front and back or left and right.

If you would use the X,Y,Z axis you would say I was only thinking about the X and the Z axis.

Well in my mixing sessions with my friend I discovered the importance of the Y axis as well. Continue reading