Updates from the Studio

5/20/2017

I am excited to tell you that the release of Fair Gemstone is imminent. For more, see this blog post.

5/6/2017

As I type this, I couldn’t be more excited. A majority of the tracks are being sent to the mastering engineer I selected, Barry Gardner of Safe and Sound Mastering. Barry has years upon years of experience with sound engineering and eight years of mastering on a full-time basis. Barry’s praises from his clients are a prime example of his work. I had thought I would master the album myself, but that isn’t quite my forte, and I don’t have the proper room for such work. It is important that I go through this album right, so I’m hiring someone with much more experience than myself. Looking forward to Barry’s work! In January I said the album was definitely happening this year, and we are right on target!

1/19/17

Ironic that a year ago I posted about balancing my time but haven’t worked on the album much since. Well, this time I nailed it. It’s about making time, not finding it. That venture got off the ground, but I had no idea what was ahead that year. Now, with a year of experience with that venture–I know how to find the time. The album is indeed happening this year.

1/19/16

Happy New Year! It seemed as though my music composing world has been put on hold after taking the helms of a new venture. Now that the venture is off the ground, I have found a way to balance my time between my day job, the venture, and my music. As of last week, I began making tweaks to the album lineup, getting each song ready for mastering. It’s good to be focusing on music again!

6/13/15

I have completed the composing portion for the album. Phase 1 of post production is next.

5/10/15

So, I finished the song that I started from the 5/5 update below. That was fast! Then, sure enough, another song begins. I’m running with it and really enjoy the vibe it has. I can’t wait to hear what it turns out to be. I was fortunate enough to spend a good chunk of the day composing in pajamas.

Composing in Pajamas

Composing in Pajamas

5/05/15

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I have finished production on the song from the 4/15/15 video below. As soon as I finished that one, a new song took life. It’s really mellow yet has a Soundscapes feel to it. I like where this song is going so far.

4/15/15

Adding lead to a little something I’m working on for the new album.

4/10/15

This is my new “Updates from the Studio” page. Any time I work on anything for the new album; I’ll update my notes right here.
I started this album about…over a year ago. I have so far, many songs to choose from and some still being composed/recorded. My Studio is in a recording mode, and until I get my acoustic panels, the mastering process can not begin. I definitely want to do this album right. Now that I’ve studied and practiced mastering, have a nice pair of studio reference monitors, and a more powerful DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), I’m almost there. The only missing element is good acoustic panels. Acoustic panels are a necessary part of any audio mastering environment. My studio is great to begin with, not a lot of resonance to be heard. However I do have to tame some frequencies in the spectrum, and that’s where the acoustic panels come in.

I did get something new for my studio recently, however, a wedding anniversary gift from my wife. Want to know what it is? RGB LED lights with a control unit so I can set the lighting mood for any song I’m working on. Angry song? RED! An arid desert inspired theme? Yellow/Orange. Cool vibes? BLUE! I love this thing!! With that, I close this entry for today but before I do…an image below of my lighting system engaged during a late night recording session.

Late night recording with mood lighting.

Late night recording with mood lighting.

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