The Demo Song is HERE!!!

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That’s right… I finished the demo single tonight. Considering the fact that I have only been messing with the studio for a short time, I am pretty happy with the quality of this track. Obviously, it still needs work. But, just for the sake of being a demo to show you guys what I am going to be getting into with this project, I feel like it does that just fine. Check out the track. Download it for free.

Update on the Studio – Demo Time

So, I have officially had Cubase up and running for about two weeks now. Although my time in the studio has been limited, I already have a one song rough demo almost completed. I have one more track to add. After that it will be time for me to do some mixing and mastering.

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Right now, releasing a rough cut demo-single isn’t so that I have a new release or anything like that. I just decided that it would be easier for me to learn my way around the recording software if I did a project from start to finish right off the bat. Releasing this one song (rough demo) is just my way of showing those of you that care to know… what I will be getting into once I get serious with it (a taste of what’s to come if you will).

My goal with this project now that it seems to be becoming a reality is simple. After I release the one song demo to show you guys the direction I am headed with A Martyr’s Oath, I intend to work on a full length record that, when the time is right, would pitch to some indie level Christian -Deathcore record labels just for fun.

I don’t know when I will be releasing the demo song, but it is likely to be pretty soon. I already started doing some of the initial mixing last night. I am pretty happy with how it’s turning out, considering the fact that I have zero post production experience in the studio.

Clean and tight – dreadlock update

Well, I have had my dreads for over a month already and today I went in to the parlor and got them tightened up.

So far the experience had been pretty good. At first I was using an acceleration salt spray to speed up the tightening process, but I couldn’t stand it. My scalp was constantly itching. Not using it makes the maturing process longer, but so be it.

From here on out, instead of doing maintenance once I month I will likely just start doing it once every three months while just giving my hair time to mature and do it’s own thing.

Just when you sit down to record a Riff

Well, if this just don’t beat all. Here I am, totally geared out and ready to lay down some riffs in my newly acquired studio… and it turns out that I have to have a Licensure Key from Steinberg before I can actually open and operated my newly purchases recording software.

How exciting.

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And no, this isn’t a screen shot from my computer. It’s an example given by Steinberg. 

So, yeah… if this doesn’t show you how new I am to the home studio world, I don’t know what will. All of my experience in the studio has been as an artist. Not the engineer, producer, or mixing and mastering guru. I have always just been the guy holding the guitar, sitting at the drums, or standing in front of the mic.

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With that, in order for me to fix the current error that I am getting I have to get a key from a local music store. After that I should be in business. It was disappointing to be honest. I was ready to goof off with some guitar tones… and a door slammed right in my face. I guess it makes sense though. It keeps people from just using a bit torrent to snag the software and use it for free.

Admitting that good photography is more about Editing

Let’s face it… we’ve all seen those super epic photos portraits done by “professional” photographers, and thought to ourselves “how are they so good at taking photos?”.

The truth is, it’s less about the photo and more about the editing. The better you are at an editing software like photoshop, the better of a “photographer” you will be. Personally, that makes no sense to me at all. But in any case, here is an example of what I mean. On the right are the raw photos that I took with an older logo. And on the right are some edits I made in photoshop along with the newer logo.

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They’re not slam-bam-thank-you-mam, by any means. But I think you get the point. I am a lot happier with how they look after having tweaked them a little in photoshop.