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Now that we are closing in on the final days of May, the moving date is nearly upon us for the AMO family. With that said, as I have stated in a few previous blog posts, I already have a full length 10 song album nearly completed. The only thing that is missing is vocals, mixing, and mastering.

But unfortunately, the move is going to slow that down a bit. Before I can get back to finishing the upcoming record, I need to get moved. But not only that… I need to unpack while simultaneously working toward selling another property. My hands are going to be full with adulting for a while to say the least. Hopefully we get settled into the new house fairly quickly which will allow me to get back to working on the record sooner.

As of right now the studio is packed up and stacked in the corner waiting to get crammed into the moving van. Fingers crossed, none of the gear gets messed up during the move. No reason it should, but you never know.

If I had to guess, I would like to think that the upcoming full length would be ready for release by the end of summer if not into the beginning of fall.

Stay posted.

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.

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.

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.

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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!

Well, I have decided what my next major “minor” home studio purchase is going to be. Since I am recording a genre that required a lot of sudden breaks and momentary pauses with the rhythm section, I think that getting a fret muter is going to do a lot to cut down the background noise. Thus, reducing my editing time for each final take.

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I’ve seen quite a few different bands within the Djent genre using this gimmick product as part of their arsenal. And since I am doing a genre that primarily focuses on breakdowns… this seems like it is going to help clean up things when recording.

After I do a little more research on the topic, I will likely have one picked out and ordered before the end of the weekend for both my 8-string guitar as well as my bass.