Oddly enough, my best month since my second month of joining in Nov 2011. Not really super hard to have surpassed or anything…but happy none the less as I’ve started taking my game up a bit.
What a great idea! You can learn alot from meet ups. That d be awesome for us Canucks over here in Ont.
Awesome idea. Very creative. We need to do more thinking outside the box on cool ideas like this.
Audio Interface: Usually just use my MOTU 828MK11 . I have a digital 16 channel board, but its overkill for this stuff.
DAW : Cubase 5 (never really used another one) Sometimes ACID 7 .
Mastering: Izotope Ozone
Mixing: Waves, UAD plug ins (usually the LA 2A mostly)
Mics: Neumann M147 , RODE NT1000 (I have others but rarely bring em out)
Mic Pre: UAD solo 610 tube, DSP11 , Behringer tube ultragain.
Guitars: Amplitube 3, BOSS GT10 , Behringer V amp pro (rarely used anymore). Epiphone les paul x2 (ultra 3). Gretch, semi hollow body, fender tele.
Acoustic gtrs: Yamaha compass series, Ovation cutaway. Epiphone 12 string, gold top banjo, washburn ukulele
Bass: yamaha 5 string, and Gibson EBO .
drums: Maple shell PDF 5 piece (rarely used anymore) Yamaha, electronic kit, (usually MIDI out to EZ drummer) then I mix and match. Steven Slate libraries.
Keys, Strings: MIDI keyboard, HALion, Atmosphere, Hypersonic, Pianotech
Reference monitors: Roland DS50 digital
Usually for me it s a few days anyways. I start by noodling around and plying whit some ideas….there’s sort of a filling well thing that happens sometimes for a few days. My radar might be on, casually listening to different music. From there, I’ll usually have an idea on an approach and then, I walk away from it. Once I start recording something, I try to be fairly proficient using plugs ins and things to get some quick sounds going. I’m guilty of rushing things though and this year my goal is to slow it down more to get better with post production elements. I spend maybe half a day recording the tracks, on and off..might go for lunch, gym, take a break ect…then the evening will try to finish up as much as possible…sometimes that night or the next morning for some mastering and uploading tagging, so I’d say at least 2 days.
I’ve been wondering that as well. Considering people take summer holidays ect. On this side of the planet anyways. Im in a bot of a dry spell last two weeks as well. Happened a month or two ago for a bit, then there was a few sales. I tend to find that start of months are better than later in the month for sales, and tues through fri are better as well.
yeah, Ive thrown a bunch of stuff at the wall…really who knows what works….lol…acoustic mellow tracks….some rocking riffs..then some U2ish type pieces with guitar delay. I really thought my last three would of went BANG ! I did a vocal track one, some melodic vocals..a full production with piano breakdown and guitar..more or less took my time…wrote lyrics. I think you re right, I think that kind of attention to detail really matters more once you re established or have some real traction going on, prob first step is not over thinking it, a minimalist approach to get air time, and just hit the cue hard. Every few days…bam bam bam till something catches fire.
I go between my MOTU 828MKII , (kind of an older unit now) but it’s pretty rock solid. i’ve noticed lately though i need more RAM in the PC when running multiple VSTs and audio tracks. I also have a large digital TASCAM DM24 board, syncd to a MAudio ADAT lightbridge, but its over kill for most stuff these days, so i pretty much been sticking to the MOTU for ease of use.
That’s a great suggestion, I haven’t thought of. Adding instrumental versions as well. It’s interesting because Ive been asking myself, am I stacking my productions too much? From a band songwriter point of view used to writing lots of layers in. I hear other authors here and the amount of instrumentation ect is alot less busy for lack of a better term. Not in a bad way just more sparse. So that something definetly Ill look at as well.
Well, I heard a good quote today.
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. Lance Armstrong.