Today I have accomplished something pretty cool with the home studio. For Christmas I got an Amazon gift cart. So, I used it to order acoustic foam for the studio. But, when I ordered it I didn’t really have a plan on how I was going to use it.

Well, today it got put to use.

I spent the last week formulating a plan, bought the materials, made some legs at work, and waited for paint to dry. After a couple of coats the paint was dry and ready to go today.

With that, it was time to do some assembly.

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The only thing that I have actually been recording analog are vocal tracks. Because of this I felt the acoustic dampener foam would be best put to use creating a “simulated” vocal booth. It isn’t technically a vocal booth, but more of a half booth.

Here are some before and after photos of the progress for creating the booth.

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I realize that I have instruments sharing the same space as the booth. This could cause some resonance while recording, obviously. So, I plan to get a black blanket style mat to lay over the instruments while recording vocals to help dampen any resonance that may occur.

This set up may not be the best of situations, let alone “professional”. But I will say, it is bound to improve the vocal tracks immensely now that I have this new setup put together.

Here is another in process vs. completion comparison.

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I am eager to try it out and I am really happy with how it turned out, considering all I had to pay for was the lumber.

Studio updates are always exciting.

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Over the course of the last 10 years my Christian life has been jam packed with activity, action, study, and reflection. I traveled in full time music ministry for 6 years. I spent 4 years studying heavily on many different topics, like cosmology, eschatology, theology, and science. And honestly, as a result… a lot has changed. I have changed. In many ways for the better. But, in other ways… maybe not. I couldn’t tell you.

All I know is that I will find out on that great day.

Recently however, I have felt a shift taking place. I have felt an urge come over me to slow my studies, to break away from the business of social media smart phones, and to simply live in the moment with God. To simply just breath it all in and exist.

It first came to me when considering the epic life of Moses. He did so much good for the kingdom of God leading the people to freedom, preforming signs and wonders, and being a leader. But, before that part of his life took place, he lived a different life. He spent 40 years in Midian as a meager shepherd. He had a regular job. He likely spent a lot of time in reflection rather than endless studies and worldly pursuit.

We read these events in Exodus 2 through 7.

This period of stillness struck me and has been with me for a while now. And as I step away from the hustle and bustle of smart phone addiction, the question comes to me “what to do with all of this extra free time”?

I could study more… and perhaps write a book on topics I am passionate about.

And while contemplating these things, a fellow believer unknowingly shares Ecclesiastes 12:12 with me.

The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.Ecclesiastes 12:10-14

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It feels good to know what God wants from me right now. And it’s so simple. No major projects. No rush to action. No heavy theological externalization. Right now, God wants me to simply be still and know… know that He is God.

I don’t know what the future holds. And to be honest, I am at peace with that. I have spent the last 10 years pushing myself in different directions non-stop. It’s time to just simply be still and know. I would hope that my time spent in Midian won’t be nearly as long as was the time for Moses. But, I know this… God is bringing me to this place that I might take something from it into a future that He has in store for me.

Moses had to learn to lead sheep before he could learn to lead people.

God is planning to show me something big. I can feel it.

And I will sit in Midian for as long as it takes. All of the studying we do. All of the events, promotion, success we strive for… it’s all vanity. It’s so much more simple than that. Just fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

 

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Well, the Light Phone 2 has finally arrived. I activated it last night and today was the first day that I had it on my person all day. I love the phone. It is easy to navigate and gets to the point. I have a few small things that I don’t like about it, but they are minor things that are only dislikes because of how much faster and easier the iPhone 10 is. After a while those dislikes will go away as I get used to the slower phone. I am currently dealing with one issue though. I can text, but for some reason my calls drop. I have been doing some studying on it and I think that it is an issue with my carrier and not the phone itself.

I am hoping to have this issue resolved within a few days.

(update: about an hour after I posted this, the carrier tech support managed to fix the call out issue.)

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Alright, time for a small studio update.

I finally ordered some acoustic foam for the recording space. I got the 50 pack from Amazon because I felt like it was pretty solid price for the quantity. The thing is, I’m not really sure how I am going to go about setting up any of it, because my studio space isn’t really a “studio space”. It’s more of a guest room with my gear in one corner of the room.

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But, that’s not really the issue. The place that I would want to put this stuff up is over a few windows. And, I just don’t think that’s really going to go over well with what is happening with the rest of the room. The room triples as a guest room, studio space, and painting area for my wife to create art. It’s not claustrophobic, but it is cramped. Besides, the only thing that I actually record analog in are vocals. And I already have a foam dampener around the mic. But, it isn’t enough.

Which is why I ordered the 50 pack.

You may not be able to personally tell when listening to the free EP that I recently released, From the Heart, but I can. In quite a few places on each song a lot of background noise gets caught up in with the vocal tracks. This is primarily due to the fact that I am screaming pretty loudly in a small room that has two walls that are essentially big glass windows. The bounce back is pretty high in the room.

So, I was thinking two options. One, I rearrange the room a little and foam up one corner of the room creating a permanent vocal recording space. The other option is going to be to create a collapsible vocal wall that I can store in the closet and just set up when needed. I don’t think it will help a lot. But, I think it will help enough to make a difference in comparison to the quality of what I’ve done so far.

Once I get them in and decide on a direction, I’ll post some pictures up to show how it all turned out.