A little thin on the blogging this week--sorry.
Here's A Beautiful Mess's new singer Natalie Rose at the GRC in Kerrville last Saturday:
She's overcoming her shyness and kicking serious ass on the vocals. Just an amazing talent, and I really hope my experience and skills can help advance her career.
Towards that goal, and also to advance my own career with The Televators and whoever else I might work with, I've started assembling a new home recording studio.
Dipped my toes in the pool with some freeware, and found that it's almost as easy to use as the obsolete multi-track tape machine I retired over 15 years ago:
It's a damn good thing that the computer Buz and I finished building a few months ago meets the minimum sys-req's for the latest entry-level digital studio software, because I'll be loading a Cubase® system on it tomorrow and will need to start recording ASAP.
Tonight the Televators worked on a song we (mostly me...) wrote three weeks ago and I spent some time operating our guitarist's ProTools to get my ankles wet.
The eventual goal is to be able to strike while the iron is hot and record new musical ideas as soon as they come. The added benefit is not taking up valuable full-band rehearsal/recording time that's already at a premium. We can record the whole group basic tracks together, then go our separate ways to re-write and refine and re-record our own parts individually like all the big rock stars are supposed to be doing these days.
It's a steep learning curve for me when you consider that I started in this business back when companies were trying to replace tubes with transistors, but every time I get cranky it helps me to remember the time a few years back when I didn't get to mix my old band BLISS in HemisFair Plaza opening for KC & the Sunshine Band.
The soundman had a new (at the time) Yamaha digital mixing board and I didn't have a clue how to operate it. Hardly any knobs. Kinda humiliating.
But I know good sound, and look forward to mastering the new technologies. Don't want to be denied many more times, especially when it comes to Natalie Rose and A Beautiful Mess, who are kicking it pretty hard right now and deserve the best I can give them.