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.

Totally Redesigned the Album Covers

So, I have a lot of music that I released in my mid to late twenties as a singer-songwriter. Of all of those releases, these three are the ones that I am the most proud of. With that, I decided to keep them for those of you that are interested in a free download of some indie/folk music.
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I like how these new album covers look. They are nice, sleek, and simple. Hopefully, in the near future I will get back to recording (this time around, deathcore).
Until then, get yourself some free music!

Deciding on a 7 string or 8 string Guitar

So, today I had some time to kill before the end of the day and spent that time at a local music store to decide if I was going to want to commit to getting a 7 string guitar or an 8 string guitar.

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Now, obviously if you can count you know that I have decided on the 8 string. And here is my reasoning. Sure, the 8 string is going to be a little bit muddier. But, when it comes down to what I am really aiming for once I start recording, I just feel like it is going to be closer to what I want. For this project I intend to keep things pretty simple. And for that, the muddiness won’t be that big of an issue since I am not looking to get too complex starting off. And regardless, if I wanted to go with a 7 string later, I could always just mute the top string and down tune the one below it. So, there you go.

8 string it is.

Doing some research

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So, I have been doing the research this week and I feel like I have come up with a pretty solid list of basic necessities for the initial home studio purchase. The biggest purchase is going to be the computer, obviously. But, I went as inexpensive as I could without going so small that it would cause operator errors during the recording process itself. With the computer, interface, recording software, and a few extras like a drum sampler pack and guitar pedal pack… I am looking at walking away ready to record at around $2,200.

But, that isn’t all.

Since the focus of this hobby is going to be to record more of a deathcore style of music, I will also be looking into getting a 7 string guitar and a nice simplistic electric bass.

That will likely leave the entire purchase at somewhere around $3,000 to $3,500.

Between now and January I will be doing more research on what would work best for the genre while slowly building up the study one small purchase at a time rather than buying it all at once.

All that is missing is some recording gear

My wife and I recently completely renovated our “catch all” room into a guest room for when friends and family are in town visiting. It has been a pleasant change, considering we have already had three guests stay over since the change, and the guest room has only been completed a few weeks now.

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Since the guest room is officially done, my next goal with this room is going to be a mini-recording studio that will find its home on the desk. I don’t know how soon this studio will be up and running, but hopefully sooner than later. Since we have Christmas and a few birthdays coming up in the near future, it will likely be closer to January or February before the studio is fully up and running.

I can’t wait.

It’s going to be good for me to get back into a creative mode. I miss writing music. It’s been something like six or seven years since I left tour. And let’s face it… that’s just too long to go without writing.