Great day in the studio!

Back from our first session in the studio earlier today.  It turned out to be a total blast!  I was a little nervous going into it this morning, but after everything got set up we were completely relaxed.  We managed to get most of the songs done within 2 takes, and I’m really happy with how things have initially turned out!

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Because of the acoustics in the studio room, the sound engineer had me remove the front head from my bass drum, then he attached two microphones to the drum: one right where the beater from the pedal hits the head of the drum.  Then he took a blanket and wrapped it around the front of the head towards about 2-3 feet out, creating a tunnel.  He then placed another microphone at the end of the "tunnel" to capture that sound (you can see the maroon blanket taped to the bass drum)..  I was pretty skeptical about what he was doing, but when I heard the mix the bass sounded great!

The sound engineer then placed two microphones on the snare, then placed two overhead mics above the set.  Intially I was a bit taken by his approach.  The last two times I was in the recording studio all of the toms were mic’d as well as the hi-hat and then overhead for the cymbals.  I was really unsure whether the two overhead mics would pick up the sounds (especially the crisp hi-hat).  After listening to the mix I was blown away.  The sensitivity of these mics were like nothing else, and it was amazing to hear the drum set’s sounds.

I got some really cool pictures from the day in the studio:

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My drum set at the studio

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The view from the recording booth (you can see my drum set through the window

Check out all the pictures on my Flickr site

We’re half-way through the demo recording process.  Next weekend we’ll go back to the studio to finish the vocal tracks, touch up on a few solos then do the final mixing.  Hopefully by this time next week we’ll have a demo CD ready to go out to the world!

Heading into the recording studio

I am getting ready to head to bed as I have an early morning Sunday.  My band, Greenfoot will be heading into the studio to cut a 4-song demo CD.  I am really anxious to do some recording, as the studio is also a great experience.  I am also excited because this will enable us to put together a press packet for the continued promotion of our band (and hopefully landing some more shows).  Wish me luck!

Oh I am so getting Madden for the Wii (and hence a Wii)

Through Digg, I just watched the coolest video previewing the new Madden 2007 for the Nintendo Wii. After watching this video I am now drooling over my laptop wishing that I could push time forward like that Japanese guy in Heroes.  Simply put: that game looks amazing!

I’ve been a big Madden guy since Madden 2000, and for the last six years I’ve been buying both the console and the PC versions of the game – up until this year.  When Madden 2007 came out in August, I was already stressed out by a busy schedule and strapped for cash from the Broncos tickets and starting the news business.  I did the unthinkable and held off buying Madden.  Two months later, I haven’t gotten around to buying the PS2 version.  Part of my reluctance is also due to my feelings that PS2 is now obsolete, and I am wondering if I should move to the next generation of consoles.  The XBox 360 is expensive, but the quality is definitely there.  The PS3 has been  tarnished in bad press – from constant delays to shortages to the shockingly expensive price – and quite frankly I’m not really interested in giving Sony any money. 

When originally launched, I thought the Wii wasn’t going to be able to compete with X360 of Ps3 at any level.  However, watching the news about the console develop it sounds like Nintendo is doing everything right.  The new controller looks like an awesome concept, the graphics look like they can be competitive, they have a healthy schedule and production line (supposedly they’re going to produce 4 million consoles at launch), and best of all – the price is right ($250) and won’t break my Christmas budget.

After watching this Madden video, I’m sold – November 19th can’t come soon enough.

Office Frustrations (not MS office – the real office)

At work I was previously working from home the majority of the time, and in the recent months there’s been an initiative to bring people back into the office.  Right now my office-to-home ratio is about 60/40, and for the most part I’ve been challenged by being in the office.  While I admit that working at the office increases my technical productivity (less distractions with the temperamental home computer) – my overall productivity has decreased with the amount of distractions.  With many recent job cuts my work area has been reduced to essentially a ghost-town.  Once upon a time my aisle had 14 offices, but over the years that has been reduced to four people, three of which spend most of their time from home.  Sometimes things are lonely, but I have grown to appreciate the quiet atmosphere.

All that changed today.

Right now we’re doing a bunch of building-moving, and with it there is an attempt to consolidate the current occupants on my floor and move us either upstairs or downstairs.  As they are in the process of moving everyone, they’ve arranged our area as a temporary work area, where people will work for 2 months before they permanently move.  Today they began converting all of the work areas around me to have the new equipment and furniture, so I’ve been working in a construction zone throughout the day.  I’ve been listening to a lot of music and podcasts to help reduce the distractions, but this is a polar opposite from the quiet area I’ve enjoyed.  Now I have a slew of new neighbors, none of which I regularly with with.  I find myself looking forward to moving myself just to be able to connect with people in my organization.

To make matters worse I went to go buy a pop this afternoon, only to find that they’ve raised the prices again.  It’s now $1.25 for a 20-oz bottle!  How outrageous!  After a 25% increase from the original $1 price I’ve thought about setting up my own back-alley pop business just to bring some competition to the thugs running our vending machines.  This is nuts!