Archive for June, 2012

Actually, a DUET 2 from Apogee, which just arrived today!  I’m about to unbox and connect it now and am so excited. These inputs I’ve heard so much about, and the ability to just use the hardware (DUET2), software (Logic Pro 9), and OSX 10.7, instead of Avid’s approach of selling ProTools 8 on the heels of Lion and not supporting it.  LAME.  I’m hugely upset with them over that, and will no longer be a customer of theirs… ProTools or not.  Logic Pro has been KILLING IT over here and I’m thrilled at the product.  So, I’ll let you know how it goes.  I’ve been setting up my home studio intentionally so that this day could be as plug-and-play as possible.  Lots of great stuff to come, I’m sure.

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UPDATE: It’s all plugged in and working PERFECTLY!  BAM!  I love this thing.

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First Fruits

Posted: June 11, 2012 in Arrangements, Compositions, Ministry

Daniel is doing excellent CAD work with a local company as he continues his education. His current project is a video presentation for the upcoming trade show. He asked if I would create music for it. Normally, I would score to something like this… to which he said… Normally, I create to score. So I bit the bullet and jumped into my new Logic Pro and got to work. A few hours later emerged a piece I’m proud of, that moves/grooves and doesn’t feel stale, despite the loops contained within. I took loops, samples, and recorded my own MIDI keyboard work into it. It plays back at a great level and hits the 3 minutes he was looking for. And my favorite thing about it, is I planned to have it (and the video) repeat on constant and imperceptible loop. The music will accommodate that! When listening to it on repeat, you don’t hear the repeat point.

And just after that, looking forward to our new sermon series at church, which was only going to be 3 weeks, but is blossoming before our eyes into more, I created new podcast “bookends” WITH MUSIC, this time. I’m stoked to hear the upload later today and how it all turned out. The series is called Transformed Prayer, so I drew inspiration from The Lord’s Prayer (“For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory FOREeeeeeeeVer!”) and used that motive in the intro. The podcast ending comes from my holiness class a few years back, where I set Colossians 3:1-17 to music. I took the original ending drums and built new and extended instrumentation around it. And it is funky gospel goodness. I’m very excited to use it for the ministry. I’ll try to link the podcast here when it posts so you can check it out. And the video Daniel creates.

Juice FAIL

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Food

Around noon today, I created a monster out of the following: carrots, strawberries, apples, celery, and lemon.  Can’t go wrong with a combination like that… except you can.  It was not delicious.  Everything fought each other for primary taste position.  It was not good.  And when I burped, it had the faintest hint of bile.  Not recommended, regardless of how the picture looks.

Please, hook me up with some delicious juice recipes, besides Mean Green, which is delicious, and just carrots.  Because left to my own devices, I would default to that.  Here’s that juice this morning.

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Today is the day we take back the downstairs bedroom! It will become my studio. The bed may stay. We’ll see. Perhaps up against the wall unless needed. But the keys, mics, amps, mixer, computer, power. They all get routed properly starting now. Here’s the BEFORE shot (completely my doing).

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Oh, and if you have any suggestions about setting up a dynamic home recording studio, please send a comment my way.