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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Solder Fu!

Current mood: good

That's right! I finally delved in to soldering, with the help of my bro Pauly. He gave me a bunch of great tips, and the confidence to even give it a try. I am happy to report I soldered my amp speakers up last night, and tested it today after work. IT WORKS! Muuuuuhahahaha! Not only does it work but IT"S FREAKIN' LOUD! lol Going to get my multimeter either Saturday, or Tuesday, and delve in to trying to fix the multitude of dead amps I have around the house. But if you can't tell... I is excited about getting everything working properly!
11:09 pm - 1 comments - 2 Kudos
Sunday, November 15, 2009

Look what I got!

Current mood: good

That's right! I got a brand new amp! (Well... New to me anyways.) My main stay Crate G 200w died on me. All the lights come on... Just no sound. I'm still not sure what's wrong with it. It just started doing that one day. Very weird.

Just to get it looked at around here is a $60 fee. That's not including whatever it costs for the parts and labor to fix it. I ended up getting another great Craigslist snag, and found a Rogue GS-100R for exactly what it would cost just to get mine looked at!

This thing is awesome. It's in great shape. Everything is in working order. It's EXTREMELY loud! Which is always a definite plus. It has a very warm clean tone is is very desirable for the music I play. It's overdrive is weak. But that is why we have pedals!

I've got it all hooked up in my recording set up now, and will start recording with it tomorrow! This should improve my overall guitar tone a lot. What I do right now, is plug straight in to my interface. Which gives me next to no control over tone besides on my pedal, and in my program. This is going to be a great new addition to my set up, and quite a nice (and extremely affordable!) replacement for my Crate. All around I am happy with it!

1:33 am - 1 comments - 1 Kudos
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Notes about me, and my recordings...

Current mood: determined

   Hey there folks. Just though I'd give you some history on me in general, and my journey through home recording hell. It been a long (and expensive) road. One in which I don't see getting any cheaper, or easier to come by, with the passage of time. I do what I can when it comes to my gear. I am not rich. I work, and pay bills just like everyone else. So whatever I have left after all that, is my budget for my recordings (which is sometimes zero...) I would love pro gear, and elaborate set ups as well, but it's just not in the cards for me at this point. But some day I hope it will be!

I have been a musician for 18 years now. I am trying very hard to make it my career. I have 4 different music projects going on right now. I have a group named Hearts Aside with my girlfriend Candace Levi on vocals, and me on guitar, and MIDI production of drums, bass, orchestration, and synth. It is alternative, rock, pop, punk, ska, blues, and heavy metal geared "Radio" type music. I also have a group named Remorseless Music International with a friend of mine named Pauly Vengeance from the U.K. as co-composer, and lead guitarist. I play rhythm guitar, and am the other half of the composing team. It is mainly instrumental heavy metal, and progressive metal. But also has hints of thrash metal, and speed metal. I do a side project of new age classical symphonic music, as well as a solo project of various forms of all the different styles I do in different groups.

    What I try my best to do is get a clear, quality recording. I've tried so many different mediums of recording. Yet out of all the money, and time, invested in learning the ins and outs of each piece of equipment still leaves me with low quality recordings. Due to my low quality gear. My recordings started back in the 90's with analog tape recorders. Which was fine for it's time. But in the days of the internet, all my music needs to be digital, so I can promote it to a wider audience. I tried the cheap rout, and just plugged my old analog recorder to the line in on my computer. As you can guess, it sounded terrible. The hiss from the tape was unbearable. The constant clipping and distortion from the lack of an interface made it just impossible. Since then I have gotten new software. I currently use Magix Music 15 pro. I tried again plugging my guitar in to the mic line of my brand new computer. Again sounded horrible. A little better without the tape hiss. But still just awful, with the constant clipping and distortion. So then I acquired a Lexicon Alpha audio interface. Solves my clipping issues. But isn't fully compatible with Magix. For some reason it won't record in stereo in Magix. I have to record everything in mono. Not a huge problem, but very annoying when one wants to pan. Works fine with Cubase LE, but Magix is much more advanced. So I am not willing to downgrade.

    Now that I can get semi-clear sounding recordings I am finding I lack tone. I love my guitar. No complaints there, as I just upgraded. But my pedals are lacking tone. I really need an effects processor with mold-able tones. I currently use regular analog stomp box style pedals. I use a DoD Death Metal Distortion, Digitech Grunge Distortion, FAB Chorus, FAB Distortion, and FAB Phase. While these are okay, they emit a high amount of humming while used with a single coil pick up guitar. As well as they don't have as many options for tone changes as a digital pedal.

   Which brings us to amps, and mics. I currently use no amp in my recording set up. Which gives me no control over the overall tone of my guitar. I have one amp that has a line out capable of this. It is a Crate G 200 watt combo. But unfortunately it has been a problem since I got it. I purchased it from ebay... Came to me broken, barely packaged, and has been in the repair shop 3 times now. Each time it goes out in the same fashion it did before. I have many other practice amps. But nothing as good, or with a line out. As for my mic... It's a Radioshack brand mic with an analog plug. Enough said. Haha.

   I thank you all very much for your time, and the read! Below are links to my various projects if you are interested in hearing. I always appreciate the plays, and comments! =989804 =1007767 =1007929
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Monday, November 09, 2009

Getting sick and tired of bull shit...

Current mood: depressed

You know... I work really hard on my music. I've been draining all the cash I can get my hands on (with out putting me out on the streets) on recording equipment and guitar equipment... And yet still when people listen to my music all anyone fucking says is bad things about the recording quality or the tone of my analog pedals... No one hears the song... I'm not a recording guru... I am not a studio tech... I am just a simple man, who wants his MUSIC to be heard... Not get ripped on for my equipment. Not everyone is independently wealthy... I try really hard, and get the best results I can afford... If I could afford a giant home studio, some studio time I would. But that's just not in my budget. SO if you are about to listen to any of my music, and your expecting CD quality... Then just stop. Don't even go there...
9:16 pm - 2 comments - 2 Kudos
Friday, November 06, 2009


Current mood: excited

Brand new projects wheels are in motion! Keep an eye out for Remorseless Music International! We are in the midst of recording new tracks right now. I will keep everyone posted on the status, and provide links coming soon!

Thanks for the read, and indulging my excitability!
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Thursday, October 01, 2009

New Song Posted! My Progressive Tune.

Well! I've had this track for about four years now. It's gone through many changes, and has many different versions there of. From just a straight piano variation, to what you hear now.

This version uses a drum kit, a bass, an entire stringed symphony, and three different guitar parts. I programed the drums, bass, and each stringed instrument (four for each row, highs, mids, lows,etc.), and then played each guitar part. I chose three guitars for a fuller sound,

The recording quality is horrible still. I am still with out an interface. Hence all the fuzzy quality of the guitar, and the erratic volume. I screw up a few times. But all of this will be redone soon when my interface arrives. For now I just want to see what I can do with my set up, and get everyone's reaction to the actual song. I'll nail down getting a perfect recording like some of the pro's here soon!
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Mix, Better Guitar!

Current mood: tired

Okay! So I've been playing with my program for a little while now. I've ironed out a few of the problems I've been having.

First thing, I've played with different settings in the program to eliminate a little of the horrible buzz that my distortion pedal caused. I also used my new B.C. Rich Warlock, instead of my old main stay Fender Straocaster. That cut out a lot more of the buzz, so now it's next to nothing.

Second thing is I'm still with out an interface. I found a pretty awesome one that I will be getting in the near future. But I wanted to see what I could do for now. Due to eliminating the buzz, I was able to use a heavier distortion with a better volume control. I used the display to make sure I was well away from red lining, and thus got a bit clearer sound.

I'm still learning the program, and messing around with all the different applications there of. This is far from perfect recording, and mix wise, but I think it's leaps and bounds better than before.

What do you guys think? About the recording, AND the actual song. Check out my mp3's to give it a listen!
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Good Day!

Current mood: good

Look at what I brought home!

You've got to love Craigslist! I have been needing a guitar such as this for quite some time. My main guitar is a Strat. The single coils buzz with heavy distortion was driving me crazy. I saw an ad for a pretty decent amp, and went to look at it. The guy selling it also had a nice effects processor, as well as this bad boy. I make an extremely low offer, fully expecting to be laughed at. Low and behold, the guy was nice, and accepted my offer. He explained he was just a hobbyist, never played anymore, and didn't want it just sitting around. I went to take a look at it. Everything is in perfect working order, and the pickups are exactly what I was looking for.

Needless to say an awesome guitar at a steal is always the making for a good day in my book!
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