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.

With the New Year only a few weeks away a few people have asked me what to expect with the new project next year. Well, now that the studio has been up and going for a bit now, I have become fairly proficient with Cubase 9.5. That in no way indicates that I’m a master at it. Not even close.

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What you can expect from me between now and the summer of 2019 is the following. I plan to start blogging more regularly about silly things like music, faith, and politics. It’s not that any of that stuff is relevant to A Martyr’s Oath as a project. But, I enjoy posting about the things that interest me.

As for recording, I feel that I have become familiar enough with the recording software now. With that, my intention with the New Year is going to be to record a three song EP that will be pitched to a few indie Deathcore Labels for release in the summer of 2019. I already have the bones of two songs written. I just need to sit down, refine the songs, and spend time recording a final take for each of those songs. This leaves me with only one song left to do for the final EP. My goal is to have the EP completed by April. This will give me a few months to pitch the EP to various labels before it gets released that summer.

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.