Tracking for the New album is Complete

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.

I am burnt out on mixing!!!

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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.

Album Pre-Vocal Post Edit Madness Complete

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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.

First vocal session was awesome

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).

The vocalist has been found

That’s right… it’s official. The vocalist that I put the ad out for has been found. And in a random and yet surprisingly unexpected way. But first, let’s hash out how things went for the ad. I got probably a dozen responses, at least three or four of which were the same day that the flyer got posted. Of the people that reached out, all but one really understood what I was looking for.

Most everyone either skipped over the fact that I was looking for a screamer, not a “singer”. Or, they were looking to start a band… which is not at all what my ad even hinted at.

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I met with the one vocalist that understood. He was a really amazing dude. And, he was a perfect fit. A solid Christian. A lover of hardcore and deathcore. And… a jam-up screamer. However, in the process of preparing some tracks to send to him, Russell came along from left field (no Ad required).

So, here is the short and skinny version of how I met Russell and how he turned out to be the too good to be true, perfect fit for my current project.

When my wife and I moved in to our new home, as per usual, at least a few different neighbors are typically kind enough to step out and introduce themselves. The neighbor directly across the street from me turned out to be a married couple close to our age. They just so happened to be Christian as well, and even do home group bible study at their place on the regular.

Way cool.

While talking with the new neighbor about what my wife and I do, the studio project came up. And he said he had just the person I needed to meet. Turns out my neighbor had just the person to set me up with on a blind “seeking screamer” first date.

So, not only am I making friends with the new neighbors… but now I’m already making friends with the neighbors friends. And to top that there is a common thread of Christ and music in the mix.

Talk about random.

Russell is a cool dude. I can’t wait to start tracking with him (note: the pixilated grainy photo is of Russell is from a video he sent me displaying some of his mids and lows).