Posted: August 22, 2015 in music
Tags: guitar, home-studio
It has been a while since I talked music, or really since I talked anything. Regardless, I am almost done with my EP. It will be 5 songs and be called Echoes. I’m finishing up mixing and while I don’t have a solid date, I’m hoping to wrap that up in the next couple of weeks. I’ve started into the artwork and am looking into how everything works to publish to digital media like Spotify and maybe iTunes. Since I don’t anticipate many sales I’ll be balancing the cost of setting that up, so we’ll see where the final numbers fall out. Especially since professional mastering is quite expensive! But I do want the experience of finishing it out like a real album so that I can take that into my next project whatever it might be.
It seems like this has taken a long, long time so I appreciate guys like David Wallimann, Joe Gilder, and Graham Cochrane who have unknowingly pushed me to finish this project and not waiting until I have everything I “need”. I look forward to adding more skills for my next project and hopefully I can figure out how to find people with which to collaborate. You would think it would be easier now with all the digital tools at hand.
Anyway, you can hear the demos on my SoundCloud account until I release the EP. The songs will be as follows:
Taste of Freedom
Where Are My Sunglasses
Song For Stacy
Posted: January 24, 2015 in music
Tags: home-studio, NAMM2015, StayAtHomeNAMM
Ok, fatigue is starting to set in and you’re really just awake because this is your 4th Redbull in the last hour. It sounds like a great time to just kick back in the rearranged space, pull out your favorite instrument, and just play. You uncovered some great gear so hook it up and let it inspire you. Spin the knobs, explore the option menus, and record. It doesn’t have to be great, just let it take you back to the time when you first picked up the instrument with fascination. Remember what that felt like and lose yourself for a bit.
So I tried my hand at video editing as part of adding to my creative skills (you can see it on my Youtube channel). I used Lightworks, which has a free version, and my Samsung Galaxy 4S as the video camera. It took a few false starts as I got used to how long I should take on a shot. My first attempts were way too short to actually be able to do voice over. The audio is another thing that changed half-way through. I was going to originally start by talking on camera for the introduction, but trying to get the audio from the video and then put a cleaner voice over afterwards ended up being a lot of trouble. I’ll have to work on recording everything to Reaper and synching that up.
For this edit I ended up with a rough script which I read through as I took the various shots. That allowed me to get pretty close with the timing. Then I edited those together and used my audio setup to record the voice over. I then muted the original audio and put in a new audio track with the good audio. I then put in some stills for the intro and rendered it out. It seemed like it took a long time and I think I ended up with the audio being a little too quiet but overall it was a good experience and now I’ve gone through the complete process. Next I’m going to try a short tutorial on how I hooked up my Mackie control surface to the computer for use within Reaper. That should also be a great learning experience.
This one is short, but as promised here is my mission. It feels a bit cheesy, but going back to 7 Habits from Covey this is kind of how he outlined it. I will use it for a bit and review as I go forward. I will also use this as I go through the remaining chapters. Without further ado…
My mission is to live with integrity and create value for others.
To fulfill the mission:
– I will be grateful for what I have earned and will not resent the success of others.
– I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more.
– I believe that all people are created equal, but like me, are made through our daily choices.
– I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it.
– I believe that my safety is my responsibility.
– I will never stop learning, YouTube and library cards are free.
I believe these roles will help me achieve my mission:
Husband – my wife is the most important person in my life. I will dedicate the time to cultivate the best possible relationship.
Father – I help my kids (and their kids) reach their goals.
Son/Brother – I am there to support their endeavors and provide an actual hand when needed.
Neighbor – I will understand the issues so I can make intelligent choices on the issues. I will pitch in and not just watch.
Value Creator – I will work hard at whatever task is assigned and I will look for ways to be useful. I will not whine, I am in control of my reaction and if I’m unhappy I have the power to change my attitude or situation.