notes from the shore

Adventures in Home Recording

O Sacred Head Now Wounded

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded is a traditional German hymn written by Hans Leo Hassler. I’ve always loved the melody and chord structure of this song. It’s also stuck in my head for decades since I heard Paul Simon’s American Tune which borrows the melody for the beginning of it’s verse. Continue reading


February 28, 2010 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , | 2 Comments

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 – March 11, 2009

I haven’t completed anything of note, but I thought now might be a good time to list off the status of my various projects, since I managed to get a lot of progress made this past weekend. Continue reading

March 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

An Orchestra All My Own

My new software arrived the day after Christmas. Unfortunately, I had to wait until the following Monday to go to the post office to pick it up (out of state when they tried to deliver). As you can see from attached image, I bought the Garritan Personal Orchestra, which I have written about numerous times in this blog. Continue reading

January 11, 2009 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Father’s World Tracking Finally Completed

Really? Done? Sort of – maybe. Continue reading

October 30, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , | 2 Comments

Father’s World Arranging Done

Sunday night I officially finished arranging “This is My Father’s World.” Maybe. Continue reading

August 5, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , | Leave a comment

Update on Be Thou My Vision

My sainted Grandmother has come through. The other lyrics that use the same melody as Be Thou My Vision is “Lord of All Hopefulness” by Jan Struther. Now, the interesting thing that I didn’t know from my earlier research that the melody also has a name. According to the Wikipedia article on “Lord…”, the melody is called Slane, which is also a village in County Meath in Ireland.

An interesting tie-in to Slane, from the Cyberhymnal: “Slane Hill is about ten miles from Ta­ra in Coun­ty Meath. It was on Slane Hill around 433 AD that St. Pat­rick de­fied a roy­al edict by light­ing can­dles on East­er Eve. High King Lo­gaire of Ta­ra had de­creed that no one could light a fire be­fore Lo­gaire be­gan the pa­gan spring fes­ti­val by light­ing a fire on Ta­ra Hill. Lo­gaire was so im­pressed by Pat­rick’s de­vo­tion that, de­spite his de­fi­ance (or per­haps be­cause of it­), he let him con­tin­ue his mis­sion­ary work. The rest is his­to­ry.”

I haven’t been working on my own music lately. I’ve spent my time working on mixing the first Lullaby by Nicole White, the talented young lady from earlier posts, and a synth line for another friend’s song. Most of the time is being spent on the lullaby – I’ve comped all the performances together and done most of my mixing. Now I’m contemplating adding a flute line to the rather spare arrangement, and playing with pitch-correction plugins. More on that soon.

June 19, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , | Leave a comment

My Jesus, I Love Thee

That’s right, it’s finally posted. I solved my little problem from the last post (dropping piano notes). It turns out that most DFD (direct from disk) streaming samplers have this same problem with off-line rendering. There is a setting you can switch to fix this. I haven’t checked to see if it plays back properly in real time, yet.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, here it is – piano and cello playing My Jesus, I Love Thee.

For the future, I’m working on several items at the same time – unfortunately only one having to do with my project. I’m currently arranging the strings on Father’s World. I’m also working on two songs for other people – one a young lady I’ve mentioned before. I had her and her sister over for a recording session several weekends ago, and still need to get in and comp together the performances.

I’m also working on a synth line for another friend’s song. I’m hearing a consort of recorders, a la Stairway to Heaven. I’m arranging them right now and we’ll see how it turns out.

June 2, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , | 1 Comment

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou My Vision is an old hymn of Gaelic origin. There are at least two sets of lyrics floating around for it. One tends to be found in more traditional churches (i.e. Catholic or Presbyterian), and the other in more evangelical churches (i.e. Baptist). Believe it or not, I cannot find the Catholic lyrics that I grew up with. Continue reading

April 22, 2008 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , , , | 3 Comments


No, I haven’t gotten all efficient on you. This track didn’t take nearly as long as the last. For starters, it only has two instruments. If you remember for my last entry, the concept for the new CD and the various tracks therein are beginning to take shape. As mentioned, the second track I’m working on (not necessarily the second track in order on the CD) is an arrangement of the hymn My Jesus I Love Thee. Continue reading

November 2, 2007 Posted by | Hymn CD Project | , , | Leave a comment