I ordered myself a Custom Shop Carvin back in September. It was the delivered this afternoon. Here’s a few pics. Expect a review soon.
I just thought I’d send up a few pics this evening of the progress so far… Mind you, these are pics taken with my cell phone.. so not stellar quality.. but it should give you a glimpse of my work area/studio.
That’s all for now.. rock on and talk soon!!
I was able to hang my acoustical treatments this weekend and finished up this morning. The video portion of the room just needs some tweaking for the lighting.. but it should be good to go in no time at all. I should have some time this week to do some touching up on the various loose ends I have in studio, but otherwise… all looks good to start the Pre-Production phases of “The Atlantis Suite.”
For my upcoming CD project, it’s STILL very early but here’s the vision. The album will be an “eclectic” instrumental metal mix (what I’m calling “instrumetal”). It will actually be a “musical” journey thru a fictional story. In the story, at the end of the Mayan Calendar… on the Winter Solstice of 2012 (that’s soon right?).. there are cataclysmic changes to the earth. As a result of this, the world geography drastically changes. Let’s just say, Las Vegas becomes waterfront property for one. =)Among the changes, the “lost Continent” of Atlantis rises from the sea once again. Of course, it is no longer inhabited, but it’s former glory is there for all to admire. In fact, due to the changes on the Earth.. many immigrate to the new land to settle and rebuild on the former Ancient Ruins. There will actually be a story for each song, and as such.. there will actually be a “verse” or piece that can be read to understand each song.. however it will not be read or sung DURING the song, instead it will be available for those interested in following the story. That’s the plan now anyways. I hope to also have some guest musicians on the album… but stay tuned for that. Let me work on getting some material together first. =) I also will do doing a “Social Media” campaign to promote the album (which will be available via the normal channels like Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, LastFM, etc), so you very likely be seeing videos and posting related to such… so Stay Tuned!!
That’s all for now. Rock on!!
At long last, Deck The Halls is done. Well, SORT OF. Christmas is like 2 days away.. and while the song is done… I’ve only been able to create a very simple mix. I would like more time to tweak it so, but guess what? I’m really inexperienced when it comes to mixing… so there’s no point is spending time to make it a mess. I tried it for one mix already and it was AWFUL!! So I zero’d everything back and redid it as SIMPLE as I could. It came out pretty good. Nothing amazing.. but it should make for some fun listening.
I got to use Slate Digital’s VCC, some of my UAD1 plugins.. and the awesomeness of Sonar X1 Producer Enhanced. I’m REALLY liking the “Softtube Saturation Knob.” A little tweak of that brought my snare drum to life!! Wow!! I’ve learned SO MUCH with this recording stuff recently.. I’m sure the mixing won’t be too bad a learning curve, I just don’t want to spend time on it now It’s best to get the song out into the public. Anyways, I have a few things on my plate between now and the end of the year.. but soon thereafter I will begin WRITING for my new CD. I’m calling it “Atlantis 2012” right now… so stay tuned on that. I’ll post my progress on Twitter and this blog/Youtube as I go. I’m HOPING and AIMING for a June 1st release… Be sure to stay in touch here and on my twitter page (see the links in the sidebar) for updates.
Tomorrow I will shoot some videos and hope to have them uploaded to YouTube tomorrow night… Be on the look out for it!!
In case you don’t get out much.. or read books very much.. there’s a cool book out written by a heavy metal guitarist. Author and Guitarist Jeremy Wagner (of Broken Hope and Lupara fame) wrote “The Armageddon Chord.” It’s a great book about rock, guitars, and the end of the world. It’s really neat. I read it months ago in like 3 days because I couldn’t put it down. I actually downloaded it onto my Kindle app on my phone so I had it with me everywhere I went.
Ok, to launch his new book Jeremy sponsored a contest with ESP Guitars, and Guitar World magazine. In essence, you had to write and perform an original song which was the “holy antidote” of the Armageddon Chord… the chord and song that actually starts Armageddon. Many guitarists entered, and Jeremy selected from the group a winner on Thanksgiving. Today he announced Pablo Mingori Arrigó of Argentina won the contest. His was a great video.. lots of shred-tastic stuff for sure.
Congratulations Pablo!! A job well done!! Here’s his winning video:
Of course, while your there.. be sure to watch mine too.. =) Mine was ok too. =) Jeremy Wagner mentioned my entry was “brilliant” and the video very creative.. so was sending me something special for my effort. Rock on Jeremy!! =-)
That’s all for now.. Back to the studio…
Hey folks!!!! Just a quick word on what I’m currently upto. And what I’m planning. One thing is for sure…. I’ll be posting blogs more regularly… So stay tuned. The “bad news” is I’m behind where I would like to be on my Christmas project.
Hello all. I’ve been quiet lately, but I have been preparing and “loading up” to hit my next project with a forceful schwap!! I’ll be going into the studio this afternoon to begin work on my “Christmas EP.” I am currently planning 3 or perhaps 4 songs of traditional Christmas songs… but done in a metal/shred type of style. So I guess they won’t be so “traditional” when I’m done with them. haha!
Meanwhile, I’ve been playing a lot with my new guitar.. and it is quiet exceptional. I hope to have a video up soon with the new guitar. I needs a few “touches” before I’ll be ready to record with her… just some minor stuff like adjusting pickup height and finish stretching the strings. The guitar is killer!! Plays amazing. Looks amazing.
And little by little I’m getting on my blog here update stuff… but until it is all 100% rocking and rolling.. be sure to “follow” me on the social networks as well…
And facebook I’ll have to check the link on.. I forgot it. =)
Hello all. I will be updating this site here very shortly…. more info.. and pics and videos!!!!