Well, after taking the time to put together the vocal booth I have decided once again to make a few changes to the studio space. It’s a little hard to have something prefect, because technically this space is also a guest bedroom and craft room all rolled into one. So, I am doing the best with what I’ve got to work with. I am still going to be using the vocal booth space, but I have decided to change it up a little.

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I am going to do what I can to post some before and after photos of the changes I decided to make. But, for now I thought I would explain my vocal booth experience thus far.

I really like the change in recording quality. But, the way that I have it set up right now as the person doing the recording, and tracking, it is a lot of work for me to press record, walk into the booth, put on headphones… record my takes, and then take the headphones off… step out of the booth… and then sit back down. I know, it may seem like I am being nitpicky. But it really does become a hassle when the writing process is happening during the recording session itself.

The current set up is just cramping the writing process when tracking vocals.

The only thing is, in order for my idea to work, I am going to have to make a custom swivel mic stand that is strong enough to hold everything that is on it.

Like I said, I’ll post before and after photos once I’ve gotten it figured out.

Thought I would drop in real quick with an update since I’ve got nothing better to do right now. I came down with a little bug and I took the day off from work. Since I am laid up in bed in my PJ’s with a fever and runny nose, I might as well post a quick little something.

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Russell and I have been working really hard to get this project done. We only have one more vocal session left before we are done tracking. Because of this, I have started working on final edits on some of the songs that are done. By the time we sit down and do the final set of vocal takes, I will likely have a final mix down figured out for the album.

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If we get the final session completed next week, I am hoping we will be ready to start pitching to record labels by the end of August. This means that we have a lot to do before that time. We will need to finalize album artwork, get some promo photos done, etc.

We have already locked down one album cover that we really like. And, we have picked out a few places around town to take some pictures.

Lots to do.

I am excited about this album and working with Russell.

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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.

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I’m excited to announce that I got a few new items for the home studio! Check them out!!!

I’ve got a few more essentials that I need to get before I feel like the studio gear is to the point that I want it. However, I feel like the “how I want it” phase of a studio is never ending. You always end up wanting something else (a new guitar, better headphones, a variety of plugins). Speaking of which, my next upgrade for the studio gear is going to be a few vocal plugins since the vocal tracks are my final phase of the current project.

Beyond that, I don’t really have a wish list… yet.