Time to tackle some vocals

Well, the finally parts that I needed to start tracking vocals has finally come in the mail. The Cloudlifter got here yesterday. With that, I have added in a new gain reduction plugin specifically designed for the vocal style I am hoping to achieve.


With that, there is nothing holding me back from moving forward with the current project. And, the main thing left to do before working on post production things like mixing and master, it laying down some vocals. I’m going to admit, I don’t have a lot of experience as an aggressive singer. All of my past work has been in the folk genre. So, this is definitely going to be a challenge. But, a challenge I am excited to tackle. This coming week I plan to work through some of the presets for tracking the vocals. Once I find something I am happy with it just comes down to warming up my voice and working of some guttural techniques.

Recording lead guitar for the EP

Today my friend Ricky came over and spent a few hours with me in the home studio laying down some lead guitar parts. We had a pretty good time, plus it was good to just sit back and have some laughs with a friend.


This three song EP is coming to life!

I sent Ricky some rough cut takes of each song in its raw, un-mixed form. He spent a few weeks toying with a few ideas. And when he was ready, he came over and we did some tracking. I am really happy with how the day went. We tracked severally really solid takes in each song.


With these tracks laid down it’s time for me to face the facts. I need to start warming up this ol’ voice of mine for some brutal pig squeals. I’m a little nervous. Of all that I have accomplished so far with the EP, writing, recording, and mixing has been the easy part.

Now comes the hard part.

Let the screams begin.

Writing Vocals for the first time in 7 Years

Well, now that the rhythm section for all three songs in my upcoming EP are finished, all I have left to record is vocals and lead guitar. After that comes the hard part; mixing and mastering. With that, I have finally begun to sit down and write lyrics for the first time in 7 years. It’s crazy to think that the last album I released was such a long time ago.


For this three song EP I have decided to do something similar to what I did with the last record, Mother of Harlots. With that record I pulled my lyrical inspiration from the book of Revelations. This time around, I have decided to pull my lyrical inspiration from the Psalms.

With the Psalms you can go anywhere. You can pluck from the verses that speak of God’s love and mercy. Or you can go the other way and pluck from the verses that focus on the wrath of God upon the unrepentant wickedness in the world. So far I have most of the lyrics put together for two of the songs. I am hoping to being testing out my new Shure Mic this next week.

If I can manage to keep the pace that I have had so far, I am hoping to have the EP ready for the mixing phase by the end of February at the very latest (and that is being generous on time). I will more than likely be ready for the mixing phase closer to the end of January if I keep working at it like I have been.

Got a new Vocal Mic for the Studio

Well, I bit the bullet and got the mic I wanted. On my way home from work today I stopped by the ol’ Guitar Center and picked up the Shure SM7B. I have been doing a lot of homework on the subject and I feel like I made the right choice. Since I am recording a deathcore EP right now, I am almost to the point that I am ready to write and record vocals. The issue here is that I don’t really have any experience with doing hardcore screaming style vocals. Regardless, I am excited to get in there and experiment with it.


I have the rhythm sections completely laid down on two songs. And I am in the middle of writing the third song. Once I am done writing the third one, and have laid down the official rhythm tracks for that song, I will be ready to start writing the lyrics for the EP.

In the meantime, I have been eyeing a record label or two. Even reached out to one in particular to just say hello. Other than that I have been keeping it casual and just writing some tunes. I am pretty happy with how it is turning out so far.

A Message to Myself from the Future

So, I randomly came across this video by a musician artist, Chords of Orion. This video starts out with him saying, “if you aren’t an old fart musician like me… you will be soon“. The fact that he splashes in the Historic Christian message was kind of freaky. It’s as if this is 45 year old me sending me a message from the future or something. It was too ironic not to share. We even dress the same…


Rhythm section for first song complete

The three song EP is under way. Although the stuff I am writing isn’t ground breaking, I am having a lot of fun with it. The rhythm section for one song is laid down. I have a friend currently writing some sweeps for the song while I work on writing and recording the second and third song.