Saturday, March 14, 2009

Week 2/Idea 3 - Deep House

"Deep House Test" - CLICK HERE TO PLAY

In the spirit of Saturday night, I was playing with some deep house beats and got a little carried away. It was also my first time mixing more than two tracks. So, a little messy and far from anything complete. By the way, did you happen to see that the world is falling apart? Apparently, it's a big deal or something.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Week 2/Idea 1 - Messing with Effects

"Affecting Effects" - CLICK HERE TO PLAY

I started playing with the effects in GarageBand, because now that I am hooked up to an interface, I can plug in headphones and essentially listen to the effect of the effects on the spot. This allows for a darn good time.

I found a pretty good echo effect and tweaked it a little. Since I really only have played acoustic, it felt like magic messing around with it. I just wish I knew what I was doing.

After playing it back, I could hear that the reverb, when turned up, created some rather pleasant tones overlaying what I actually played.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Week 1/Song 1 - What's Another Day?

"What's Another Day?" - CLICK HERE TO PLAY

Apparently, one cannot simply go out and purchase a mic. One also has to purchase an audio interface, monitoring headphones, microphone cable, and a pick-up for the guitar so that the vocals and the guitar can be recorded and adjusted separately. Also, like many other things in this project, set up requires a vast amount of tinkering/troubleshooting. The combination of this and family issues kept me from being able to sit down and work on this week's song until tonight at 8:30pm. I've crammed for tests before, and it's pretty much the same feeling and yields similar results, i.e C+ performance. But, hey, I've got 51 more weeks to get better at it.

Speaking of 51 weeks, as further motivation to not give up on this, I am going to put on a show at the end to display my final audio portfolio. Tickets go on sale now. Payment can come in the form of constructive criticism or a simple, "Keep it up/Good luck". I also accept briefcases full of cold, hard cash.