Random Friday Night Update

Thought I would drop in real quick with an update since I’ve got nothing better to do right now. I came down with a little bug and I took the day off from work. Since I am laid up in bed in my PJ’s with a fever and runny nose, I might as well post a quick little something.

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Russell and I have been working really hard to get this project done. We only have one more vocal session left before we are done tracking. Because of this, I have started working on final edits on some of the songs that are done. By the time we sit down and do the final set of vocal takes, I will likely have a final mix down figured out for the album.

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If we get the final session completed next week, I am hoping we will be ready to start pitching to record labels by the end of August. This means that we have a lot to do before that time. We will need to finalize album artwork, get some promo photos done, etc.

We have already locked down one album cover that we really like. And, we have picked out a few places around town to take some pictures.

Lots to do.

I am excited about this album and working with Russell.

I am burnt out on mixing!!!

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Now that Russell and I are more than half way done laying down the vocal takes I have been busy. I just spent the last six hours mixing down and editing all of the songs that we have done so far while also working on cleaning up the vocal tones and EQ.

I am burnt out on editing.

Since I am really satisfied with how these songs sound, the rest of the songs won’t be nearly as time consuming to edit and mix. That’s a good thing for me, because I think I definitely have sound fatigue right now after such a long editing session. Also, I am burnt out on looking at a computer screen.

All this time and effort though is totally going to be worth it.

The closer we get to being finished, the more excited I am getting. The first full length album in seven years.

It’s going to be a great feeling.

Full length Album Update – Vocal Tracking

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So far Russell and I have knocked out two tracks with eight more to go.

We have set up a schedule that we hope to keep. If we managed to do so, we should have the record ready for final post edits and mastering by the end of August. I am really happy with how the first two songs have turned out. With the vocals done on those two tracks, the songs are finally coming to life.

We are both learning a lot about the recording process, and works best for the both of us. And, we are already talking out ideas for future projects.

With that said, and the likelihood of a release in the very near future, we have both also been discussing album artwork for the upcoming release. I have designed about half a dozen cover mock-ups so far. But, we haven’t settled on any particular one just yet. Once we are done with recording and have reached the mastering stage, we will likely start to crack down on which album artwork we intend to go with. Chances are, we will have quite a few more album cover concepts to pick from by then.

Other than all of that, things have been going pretty smooth. Russell and I have also gotten a chance to get to know each other outside of just sitting in the studio laying down tracks. He is a pretty cool dude. I definitely see myself partnering with him on future projects.

I am excited to knock this project out!

Random Book Recommendation of the Day

Random Book Recommendation of the Day

Well, I haven’t had a lot going on lately on the creativity front other than a little recording here and there with the new vocalist (which has been a lot of fun). With that said, I have mostly been getting a lot of stuff done around the new house like most adults tend to do.

So… here is a random book recommendation since instead of something related to music.

The Vision: The Final Quest | Rick Joyner

 

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It’s pretty brutal from the start. The visual display of what the real world spiritual battle is like, in my opinion, is pretty spot on. I will say though, that I don’t agree with every single thing that is in this book. For example, the state of the dead toward the end of the book. You will also notice that at the end of this book it is an actual vision and not just a book of fiction despite being presented as a book of fiction. With that, you have to take this book with a grain of salt by realizing that you can’t just take it all in at face value.

Either way, I felt like it was a really entertaining read and some of the visuals in my opinion are pretty accurate when we consider what is likely going on in the spirit as we fight through this life as Christians.

It was an entertaining read, but I wouldn’t build any doctrine off of it obviously.

Album Pre-Vocal Post Edit Madness Complete

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Well, I just spent four hours working on pre-vocal post editing on the back end for this upcoming full length release. Since Russell came in to do some recording recently, I was able to do a final mix down on the one song that we did complete. As a result, I was able to come to a solid mix that I am really happy with for that one song. It has a lot more punch to it than my last EP, Ignorance is Woe.

Since that one song was at the final mix stage, I spent the last several hours transferring the mix settings from that song to all of the songs on the upcoming album. I am really happy with the guitar tones. The kick drum is nice and punchy, too.

Although Russell and I were able to crank out one song, we both agreed that we will be re-recording the vocals for that one when we come in to begin tackling the other songs. We learned a lot about the type of work flow that we will be using together during the recording process. Because of that, we both agreed that we think we can get some much stronger takes the second time around. I am really excited about it… which is why I am in here working on post edit back end stuff in the studio like a madman.