Archive for the ‘Compositions’ Category

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.


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


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.

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).


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

Done and Done

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Arrangements, Compositions, Ministry, Work

I finally rounded out my $25+ order so I could take advantage of free Super Saver shipping. What I needed was a MIDI to USB cable, and I found one that was well reviewed for $6. I made sure to order that one, given that multiple retailers were listed for the same basic item, delivering vastly different quality. Anyway, that’s what I needed (to start recording from my keyboard into Logic Pro for all my music responsibilities/dreams)… What I wanted was free shipping, so I added a couple books from my wish list. Comin’ my way are The 5 Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell and When God Interrupts. Really looking forward to both. Especially The 5 Levels of Leadership because I just started Great by Choice by Jim Collins, having been absolutely transformed by Good to Great. (My coach, Jason Hatley of The Journey Church, affirmed my recent purchase, describing how impact full it has been in his ministry and how much I’d enjoy it.) The Level 5 Leader criteria is a large part of Collins’ findings, and something I remember from reading Tribal Leadership a few years ago. And because I find myself in a place very much like the Great By Choice companies, I’m dying to dig into this season of study for the sake of my team, my church, my pastor, myself, and most importantly, my God – Who made me intentionally to reach and disciple as many people as possible for Him.

Now, Mr. Spock

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Arrangements, Compositions

Just a brief update… Today, my hopes were realized when Best Buy offered iTunes gift cards at 20% off! So I bought $200 worth of Apple credit with $160 real dollars. Then, I proceeded directly to the App Store and purchased my very own Logic Pro app. I installed it, and recorded sermon series intros and outros for Transformed Speech and Fearless Faith. It worked like a dream. Everything is so user-friendly. So now, the drums Gary recorded for me will go into Logic, not GarageBand. I feel so much more robust! Oh, and tonight I downloaded ALL the extra 18GB of extra content which is now all installed too! Also, it has a 64-bit mode I can switch on if I need to utilize my extra RAM (beyond the once max 4GB). Since MacBook Pros can currently support 8, naturally, I have twice as much to work with. We’ll see if I ever need it.

This is so awesome. And I have the wonderful praise team from Ridgecrest to thank for it. Their incredible gift, of Gazelle-intense cash, made this purchase entirely possible. So I’mo send a copy of the CD to each of them as a thank you when it is done. Shhh. Don’t tell. (Can you tell I’m thrilled right now?!)

Let There Be Drums

Posted: May 21, 2012 in Compositions

Gary and I got together a few days ago, set up all the drums and mics, etc. and laid down 7 tracks that I’ll be using as the backbone for the whole record.  That live sound gives something that I’ve been unable to capture alone… life.  And I’m incredibly grateful to Gary for this gift.  Now, I have to find the right MIDI/USB connector so I can get a better sound than what I have live on my Casio Privia into the DAW.  (If you know a good solution, comment here and let me know.)  I’m also selling my MBOX 2 Pro Factory and MBOX 2 Mini so I can roll that combined dough into an Apogee Duet 2 and Logic Pro.  Getting very excited.

Demo Checkup

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Compositions

How incredible to connect with your drummer friend who is, just this week, gigging at the Venetian in Vegas AND charting out his parts for your recording! Gary, Gary, Gary… So stoked that he is part of this thing. I know the music is just going to spring to life with his masterful skill underpinning it.

So I dug out the equipment and plugged it all in, dialed in the settings for multitrack recording through the BOSE T1 and am quite pleased to have discovered both an easy way to bypass my OSX 10.7 sound issues and BOSE L1 buzz issues in the same evening. (The L1 trim knob can be all the way down to eliminate the buzz, if you use the T1 for your inputs.)

I’ll probably just use GarageBand for this demo recording. ProTools 8 won’t work with Lion and Avid doesn’t think this is a problem. I don’t have Logic Pro yet, but will save towards it… after I secure another source of income. I’m not sure if the T1 or the Apogee Duet is the way to go, but I already own the T1, so I’ll probably start there.

Aaron, funky bass-man, Parker may join us live, but if time works against us, will add his part in post. Worked great on The Harvest is Here! And Sean, I’m too young for this gig, Sooter will add harmony vocals in post as well. All in all, the best people I know and have had the pleasure to know, gig, and worship with. Great guys, all. Can’t wait for you to hear what we create together.

Q: What do you prefer to record with and why?