notes from the shore

Adventures in Home Recording

Prelude:From the Rising

When I first started the concept that would become Moments with Him, I knew that I wanted to include interspersed instrumental interludes (which is somewhat ironic since almost the entire project is instrumental – these just aren’t hymns.)

Anyway, I knew that these interludes would all be called “Interlude:” and then the name, such as Majestic. The exception would be this opening track, which would be called Prelude: From the Rising, and be characterized by an upward-moving motif on the piano, and that’s what I started writing. Continue reading

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May 14, 2011 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Production Diary | , , , , | 3 Comments

Every Day

My wife celebrated her birthday a few weeks ago. It also happened to be the 20th anniversary of our engagement. I’ve been wanting to write for her a song for some time, and this seemed the right occasion.

So, how does one sum up 20 years in a 3 1/2 minute song? Not easily, I can tell you. This is also the first time I sat down to write a song about something not starting with a melody, or phrase, or hook to begin the process. Continue reading

July 6, 2010 Posted by | Production Diary | , , , , , | 2 Comments

One Way Editing

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Long time readers of my blog will remember about a year ago when I recorded the kids in my church singing several kid’s praise songs for use in their Sunday morning services. I detailed some of the recording aspects of this project here. That project languished under the weight of my underpowered computer for a looooong time. Continue reading

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Production Diary | | 1 Comment

A Little Bach

In previous posts I had mentioned wishing I could get the Garritan Stradivari and Gofriller Cello instruments, but, alas, they are discontinued. There is hope that they will be resurrected and better with the upcoming Garritan Orchestral Strings 2. But, GOS2 is an unknown distance in the future, especially with current developments in Gary Garritan’s personal life, for which we all lift our thoughts and prayers. Continue reading

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Production Diary | , , , , | 7 Comments

Production Update 10-01-09

Head 0930From the screenshot, you can see that all the instruments are present and fully accounted for. Compare to the last entry and you can see the progress. The rest of Horn 2, Trombones 1 and 2, Bass Trombone and Tuba have all been tracked. Continue reading

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Production Diary, Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Production Update Sept-23

Head 0923I’ve stolen a couple of evenings to work a bit more on tracking Oh Sacred Head. I wish I had taken more screen shots of my progress. That way we could track together all the way to the end.

Anyway, I can play my WX5 despite my broken finger (left ring). Last night and tonight I tracked the rest of Horn 1 (grey track) and  the beginning of Horn 2 (top gold track).

I’ve also discovered a new free convolution reverb that may become my go-to reverb. It’s called Reverberate. Unlike SIR and Cakewalk’s Perfect Space, which sum the inputs to mono before applying the IR, Reverberate takes the left and right inputs, applies the left and right channels of the IR, and sends them out the left and right outputs. They call this “Parallel Stereo“, as opposed to their pay version which is “True Stereo.”

So far I really like the sound and the stereo separation.

Oh, and the new music computer still isn’t working. I can’t get the SATA drive working. A friend will come over (soon, I hope) to help me out with that.

September 23, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Plugins, Production Diary | , , , , | 1 Comment

Production Update 8/27/09

Lots of news – unfortunately, none of it includes an up and running new music computer. That might change this weekend – stay tuned for future posts. Continue reading

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Production Diary | , , , | Leave a comment

Back to Work

Brass Choir 2005So, I’ve spent most of the summer out working on a highway for 10+ hours a day. I basically didn’t do any music from the end of April to, well, yesterday. Continue reading

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Production Diary | , , , | 2 Comments

Production Update – 05/29/09

I’ve moved forward on a number of fronts, without completing anything. Thus, a production update post. Continue reading

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project, Production Diary | , , , , | Leave a comment

Recording Session

I went over to my friend’s house yesterday morning to track a piano part on his new song.  I mentioned it in my most recent Production Update. After we had the rehearsal at his place where we worked out the details of the instrumentation we tracked a scratch for me to take home (recording it with his Zoom H4). Continue reading

May 3, 2009 Posted by | Production Diary | Leave a comment