Well, we finished tracking for the new full length album. I am super excited, because we finished several weeks earlier than I expected too. Not only was today a recording session, but a writing one as well. Today we wrote and recorded lyrics off the cuff. And I have to say, Russell came though. Because today’s lyrics are probably my favorite ones on the album.

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I plan to spend the next few weeks doing edits and a final mix down on everything.

Other than all of the post edit and mastering (which I am still a total newb at), we are getting ready to start pitching to labels soon. Album artwork is done. Recording is done. Between now and post production finals we plan to get some promo photos around town to be sure we look the part.

Yeah, you know. lol

Anyway, getting this home studio up and running has been a lot of fun. I’ve very happy to have gotten it off the ground. Just wondering why I waited so long to do it.

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Now that Russell and I are more than half way done laying down the vocal takes I have been busy. I just spent the last six hours mixing down and editing all of the songs that we have done so far while also working on cleaning up the vocal tones and EQ.

I am burnt out on editing.

Since I am really satisfied with how these songs sound, the rest of the songs won’t be nearly as time consuming to edit and mix. That’s a good thing for me, because I think I definitely have sound fatigue right now after such a long editing session. Also, I am burnt out on looking at a computer screen.

All this time and effort though is totally going to be worth it.

The closer we get to being finished, the more excited I am getting. The first full length album in seven years.

It’s going to be a great feeling.

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So far Russell and I have knocked out two tracks with eight more to go.

We have set up a schedule that we hope to keep. If we managed to do so, we should have the record ready for final post edits and mastering by the end of August. I am really happy with how the first two songs have turned out. With the vocals done on those two tracks, the songs are finally coming to life.

We are both learning a lot about the recording process, and works best for the both of us. And, we are already talking out ideas for future projects.

With that said, and the likelihood of a release in the very near future, we have both also been discussing album artwork for the upcoming release. I have designed about half a dozen cover mock-ups so far. But, we haven’t settled on any particular one just yet. Once we are done with recording and have reached the mastering stage, we will likely start to crack down on which album artwork we intend to go with. Chances are, we will have quite a few more album cover concepts to pick from by then.

Other than all of that, things have been going pretty smooth. Russell and I have also gotten a chance to get to know each other outside of just sitting in the studio laying down tracks. He is a pretty cool dude. I definitely see myself partnering with him on future projects.

I am excited to knock this project out!

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Well, I just spent four hours working on pre-vocal post editing on the back end for this upcoming full length release. Since Russell came in to do some recording recently, I was able to do a final mix down on the one song that we did complete. As a result, I was able to come to a solid mix that I am really happy with for that one song. It has a lot more punch to it than my last EP, Ignorance is Woe.

Since that one song was at the final mix stage, I spent the last several hours transferring the mix settings from that song to all of the songs on the upcoming album. I am really happy with the guitar tones. The kick drum is nice and punchy, too.

Although Russell and I were able to crank out one song, we both agreed that we will be re-recording the vocals for that one when we come in to begin tackling the other songs. We learned a lot about the type of work flow that we will be using together during the recording process. Because of that, we both agreed that we think we can get some much stronger takes the second time around. I am really excited about it… which is why I am in here working on post edit back end stuff in the studio like a madman.

Well, I am super excited. The first vocal session was a major success. We worked through laying down vocals for the first song in a 10 song full length record that will be getting released soon. It’s finally coming together. For our first go at it, working with Russell couldn’t have gone any smoother than it did.

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We don’t have a date set yet for when we will work on it again, but I know that we are both looking forward to it. I had a great time with him. Super cool dude, and brother in Christ.

And just for fun… here is a 10 second sample of how the vocal session went (no post edit effects aside from gain reduction).