This morning, before taking off to do the Mother’s Day festivities, I put together a real quick youtube video for the first release I did once the new home studio was put together. It isn’t anything super fantastic. But, I did find out that I can put these simplistic videos together for free with an existing app found on my PC. So… that’s pretty cool.

I have ten new songs in the works. Once we get totally moved in to the new house I will be working toward releasing my first full length album in nearly a decade. I am pretty excited about it. Other than this, I still have a lot to learn about how to do the back end editing in Cubase.

If you haven’t already come across the band, Hammock yet, I definitely recommend you check them out. My wife showed them to me a while back and I didn’t give it a second thought. But, today at work someone mentioned them at lunch so I pulled them up and gave them a listen.

I don’t really care for what they have going on visually in their videos, but the music is beautifully thought provoking. Definitely plan on getting a few of their earlier records the next time I have some spending money.

Well, today I thought I would give a little update on how things are going to be changing in the home studio soon. We are in the middle of packing things up to move into a new house. And with that, the studio is going to be one of the last things to move so that I can still have time here and there to write and record. Right now, the studio is pretty meager and simple. Aside from the Shure mic this is what it looks like right now.

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Basically, this is as basic as it can get. Let’s be honest. Even still, it works well for what it is. When we get everything moved into the new house however, I plan to do a few minor upgrades to the studio space that will bring it to life. For starters the area that I will be utilizing to record will be a bit larger than the wimpy little corner it currently occupies.

The new space is going to have quite a bit more room to utilize. And with that, I have a few ideas on what I want to do with that extra space.

Here’s what I’m thinking.

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Granted, this is not exactly what it is going to look like, because I will still be competing for space with the guest bed due to the fact that my recording gear is still going to be in the guest bedroom. However, the room we are moving into is quite a bit larger. And I intend to take advantage of this fact. In my current set up I had my acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin from my tour days hanging on the walls. But, I decided this time around not to do that for one reason. I noticed when trying to record vocals that the sound would reverberate off of the instruments. Instead, this time I am going to get a basic all in one stand for the instruments. And if and when I do an analog recording such as vocals, I can just throw a towel over the instruments to reduce the bounce back.

Other than this, I am definitely upgrading the table. The one I am currently using is too short and I can’t even fit my legs under it to get close to the keyboard when navigating the computer.

Another thing I intend to do to reduce the reverb that may exist when recording something analog will be to get a mini portable mic box to record with. Lastly, since the instruments will no longer be hanging on the walls like they used to be… that free wall space will get used to feature some of my old merch from my tour days. I plan to put up some of my old shirts and CDs. What space remains will be getting some foam padding to help reduce the resonance that may exist.

It’s not going to be a perfect set up. But I definitely think it’s going to be a major upgrade to what I currently have going on considering the extra space that I will have.

Once everything is set up, I will be sure to post some picture so that you guys can see how it turned out.

It feels good to see my meager graphic design skills still getting used in the music world, let alone for Christ’s sake at that. Today I put together a flyer for a show coming up in Nebraska for a few of the bands associated with the label I recently signed my latest release  (Ignorance is Woe) with, Raven Faith Records.

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The label has been really great to work with so far and it feels good to get my hands dirty again doing design work, even if it is just on the side here and there. So far I have gotten to do a few major things like a few album covers and tour posters, and bandcamp layouts… as well as a few little things, like the flyer you see here. I think it would be pretty cool down the line to get my fingers wet by having a crack at maybe even doing some merch designs for the label as well. It’s been forever (way back to my tour days) since I designed my last t-shirt. Surely, one of the Raven Faith bands will need something along those lines sooner or later.

If you haven’t checked out the other bands and my brothers and sisters in Christ on the Raven Faith Records roster, you should!

And, if you’re in Nebraska… go to this show and donate to the flood relief.

I haven’t posted anything in a little bit, so I thought I would throw together a real quick update for anyone out there that may be wondering where I’ve been lately.

Move. Cardboard boxes and cleaning things for moving into a new home

I have some big changes happening. The family just got a new house and we are spending the coming months moving into the new house while also working toward putting my current house on the market. With that, the studio and the recording projects have taken a bit of a back seat until things settle down a bit. In the meanwhile, I will say… I’ve managed to crank out about 8 or 9 really solid song ideas in the studio since the release of my last project, Ignorance is Woe, with DIY Iowa based record label, Raven Faith Records.

Once we get totally moved and settled in I’ll be back to working on songs. Once I am totally settled in my hope is to find a few people to record with so that A Martyr’s Oath adds a little more flair to it!