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The Ebow that I recently ordered arrived in the mail… and well, I was let down. I had such a fond memory of this little device from my early 20’s from the way back machine when I was still touring full time. I came across a band that used it in their live performances. They pulled it off well.

After the show they let me goof around with the device on one of their gear set ups and my memory betrayed me. I remember the experience as though my mind had been blown wide open, asking myself, why wouldn’t everyone be using this thing? It was epic. It sounded great. But… now that I have one in my hands again after all that time, I feel swindled.

Don’t get me wrong… it’s cool.

But, it doesn’t do much other than, well… what it does.

I am going to enjoy messing with it. And I do plan to use it in future recordings. But, I guess I had higher expectations for it.

The fact that it came with a sticker of a picture of the actual device was hilarious. What would I put that on? And let’s face it… no one would know what it was. Maybe I should put it on something at work, just so that I can have people ask me “what the heck is that thing“.

Today I have accomplished something pretty cool with the home studio. For Christmas I got an Amazon gift cart. So, I used it to order acoustic foam for the studio. But, when I ordered it I didn’t really have a plan on how I was going to use it.

Well, today it got put to use.

I spent the last week formulating a plan, bought the materials, made some legs at work, and waited for paint to dry. After a couple of coats the paint was dry and ready to go today.

With that, it was time to do some assembly.

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The only thing that I have actually been recording analog are vocal tracks. Because of this I felt the acoustic dampener foam would be best put to use creating a “simulated” vocal booth. It isn’t technically a vocal booth, but more of a half booth.

Here are some before and after photos of the progress for creating the booth.

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I realize that I have instruments sharing the same space as the booth. This could cause some resonance while recording, obviously. So, I plan to get a black blanket style mat to lay over the instruments while recording vocals to help dampen any resonance that may occur.

This set up may not be the best of situations, let alone “professional”. But I will say, it is bound to improve the vocal tracks immensely now that I have this new setup put together.

Here is another in process vs. completion comparison.

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I am eager to try it out and I am really happy with how it turned out, considering all I had to pay for was the lumber.

Studio updates are always exciting.

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Alright, time for a small studio update.

I finally ordered some acoustic foam for the recording space. I got the 50 pack from Amazon because I felt like it was pretty solid price for the quantity. The thing is, I’m not really sure how I am going to go about setting up any of it, because my studio space isn’t really a “studio space”. It’s more of a guest room with my gear in one corner of the room.

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But, that’s not really the issue. The place that I would want to put this stuff up is over a few windows. And, I just don’t think that’s really going to go over well with what is happening with the rest of the room. The room triples as a guest room, studio space, and painting area for my wife to create art. It’s not claustrophobic, but it is cramped. Besides, the only thing that I actually record analog in are vocals. And I already have a foam dampener around the mic. But, it isn’t enough.

Which is why I ordered the 50 pack.

You may not be able to personally tell when listening to the free EP that I recently released, From the Heart, but I can. In quite a few places on each song a lot of background noise gets caught up in with the vocal tracks. This is primarily due to the fact that I am screaming pretty loudly in a small room that has two walls that are essentially big glass windows. The bounce back is pretty high in the room.

So, I was thinking two options. One, I rearrange the room a little and foam up one corner of the room creating a permanent vocal recording space. The other option is going to be to create a collapsible vocal wall that I can store in the closet and just set up when needed. I don’t think it will help a lot. But, I think it will help enough to make a difference in comparison to the quality of what I’ve done so far.

Once I get them in and decide on a direction, I’ll post some pictures up to show how it all turned out.

Well, today I stopped by the Guitar Center to post the new promo Poster for my New Year’s release, the From the Heart EP. And obviously, while I was there I did a bit of shopping, too.

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While I work on thinking up some more places around town to post the poster, I have a new toy to play with. I am really excited about the Finder Jazz Master. I have had my eyes on this guitar for a long while. I have probably played it at the store a few times. But now, I get to play it at home. I am really excited about the rhythm lead switch that allows you to have more control over the tones that the guitar can produce. In my opinion this is an excellent choice for recording indie art rock .

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I am going to take my time with this next project. Give it more focus. Have every element of each song built with intent. As I embark on this next project, the goal is to begin working on a full length. Who knows, it might take all year to do… but I think this year is a great year for producing a full length post-hardcore indie rock album.

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This guitar is going to be epic!

Now that the upcoming album has been completed for a little more than three weeks, I haven’t taken a listen to it in a long while. With a fresh set of ears finally coming back to it, I have decided that I have made a “beginners” mixing mistake. I’ve mixed in way too much bottom end with the bass and the kick drum.

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With that on the table, once my AC gets fixed, I am going to spend a few weeks doing a new mix down of the project before it gets released. I was happy with the project before, but now that I’ve stepped away from it and have come back… taking my time, I think I’ll be much happier with the entire thing since I’m taking it slow by not getting into a hurry to release it.

Lastly, since I will be taking a little longer to release the album I thought I would go ahead and show off the upcoming album artwork. The concept was something that Russell wanted to do. His sketch didn’t look quite like this… but it was his sketch that made me decide to go with this design mock-up.

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