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.

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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.

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…

 

Well, now that studio has been up and running for several weeks now I have compiled a small list of what I need to actually complete it. Technically, no studio is ever complete, because you can always add or upgrade things. But, I have compiled a list of “must haves” in order to actually produce and record the music that I’m aiming to do.

For example, although I have several mics from back in my touring days, those aren’t the types of mics you would want to use in a recording setting. So, a recording mic is definitely a must have if I am going to track vocals in the studio. And since I am not the type of vocalist that does much projecting, a condenser mic with proper shielding is what I will need.

With that, here is a breakdown of the things I feel are needed to totally transform my newly formed studio into a complete studio for the genre that I will be creating.

popfilter

Although I already have a pop filter, the one in my Musician’s Friend Wish List is a metal mesh pop filter, which means it will last longer and sound better. The condenser mic is probably the most interracial part of this entire list. Without it my writing process is at a standstill beyond just writing and recording some rhythm sections. With vocals added to the mix, the sound can change dramatically. Sections can become shorter or longer. Even removed entirely. Without the mic at this stage in my writing and recording, it has mostly just been concept writing (Just song ideas if you will).

The Midi Keyboard would be the next big ticket thing so that my songs can contain some depth to help fill the empty spaces where needed.

The only other thing on this list is the guitar rack, which I don’t technically need. But, if I did get it that would help free up a lot of space and make things less cluttered in my recording space. If you count my gear from back in my touring days, I have two banjos, two acoustic guitars, and a mandolin (not to mention several propulsive instruments). As part of the studio, I’ve added on an 8 string electric guitar and a bass.

With that, these instruments are starting to pile up all over the place.

I’m not going to be getting any of this stuff any time soon since I have a lot coming up in life with a career change, an adoption, and relocation. But, once we are settled into the new house and a routine, these are definitely going to be a must have.

Since I have a four day weekend this week I have a few little site based goals that I am going to try to get to. I may not get to both of them, but I am going to give it a shot (assuming I have the free time).

Goal number one is going to be to finally update the Church Page on the site. If you haven’t noticed yet, this page on the site has said “Coming Soon” pretty much since it got posted. This weekend one of my goals is to finally get this page knocked out and updated.

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Once I do, it will likely get tweaked here and there until I am happy with it. The purpose of this page is going to be to have a bit more in depth testimony of how I accepted Christ. The struggles I have faced in the past 15 years of salvation. And, why my eschatology changed from the Futurist camp to the Historicist camp after such a long period of time.

The goal is to also provide reference material for those that care to investigate further for themselves. Although this is likely to be a lengthy page and most people may not take the time to read through it, I feel like it is worth putting together, even if just one person reads it and walks away challenged in their heart for Christ’s sake.

So, this page is going to be a bit of an undertaking, which is why I haven’t messed with it yet. The second goal for the weekend (if I have the opportunity) would be to take a few more “band” photos just for giggles. I am thinking the cliche alleyway, car garage corner with overhead light, and the industrial space.

But, that’s if I get to it.

So, I have officially had Cubase up and running for about two weeks now. Although my time in the studio has been limited, I already have a one song rough demo almost completed. I have one more track to add. After that it will be time for me to do some mixing and mastering.

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Right now, releasing a rough cut demo-single isn’t so that I have a new release or anything like that. I just decided that it would be easier for me to learn my way around the recording software if I did a project from start to finish right off the bat. Releasing this one song (rough demo) is just my way of showing those of you that care to know… what I will be getting into once I get serious with it (a taste of what’s to come if you will).

My goal with this project now that it seems to be becoming a reality is simple. After I release the one song demo to show you guys the direction I am headed with A Martyr’s Oath, I intend to work on a full length record that, when the time is right, would pitch to some indie level Christian -Deathcore record labels just for fun.

I don’t know when I will be releasing the demo song, but it is likely to be pretty soon. I already started doing some of the initial mixing last night. I am pretty happy with how it’s turning out, considering the fact that I have zero post production experience in the studio.