Well, I made what I think is going to be a final studio change for a long time. I did a huge studio update by creating a vocal booth to the left of my gear. I was really happy with how the vocal booth sounded. It really cleaned up the audio quality. It however shut down my creativity. You see, in the studio I am writing while I record. I am writing while I record with almost all of it… especially the vocals. The booth cramped the writing process by forcing me to have to move around too much.

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But that’s old.

I changed it today by getting a swivel pivot stand so that I can go back to recording vocals the way I was doing it before setting up the vocal booth. This time I will still have the extra padding to help with the noise reduction. In the process of switching out this new setup I shifted the entire studio down a little. I am really happy with how it turned out.

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Studio stuff is always fun!!!

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.

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.

Well, I bit the bullet and got the mic I wanted. On my way home from work today I stopped by the ol’ Guitar Center and picked up the Shure SM7B. I have been doing a lot of homework on the subject and I feel like I made the right choice. Since I am recording a deathcore EP right now, I am almost to the point that I am ready to write and record vocals. The issue here is that I don’t really have any experience with doing hardcore screaming style vocals. Regardless, I am excited to get in there and experiment with it.

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I have the rhythm sections completely laid down on two songs. And I am in the middle of writing the third song. Once I am done writing the third one, and have laid down the official rhythm tracks for that song, I will be ready to start writing the lyrics for the EP.

In the meantime, I have been eyeing a record label or two. Even reached out to one in particular to just say hello. Other than that I have been keeping it casual and just writing some tunes. I am pretty happy with how it is turning out so far.