Monday, 3 March 2014

River Road Recording Studio

River Road Recording Studio.

I decided to take a week away from home and cut a bunch of demo tracks for a selection of songs that Lindsay Gould and I have been working on. My recording gear fits easily into the boot of the car and by mid afternoon we were set up and ready to go in our favourite hideout at the Porongurup National Park

Enjoying the recording process.
Porongurup is a little piece of remote country, where we go, from time to time, to recharge our life batteries.
My home studio is called Studio 453, when we are set up at Porongurup it's called River Road Recording Studio. At River Road I put down guide tracks for eleven songs and then single tracked the guitar and then the vocal. 

The Rode NT2000 was worth its weight in gold and recorded a good solid wave for my Maton guitar. The noise of the local wildlife interrupted our recording from time to time but mostly we were able to work, unchecked, in the cool of the morning and it was a thoroughly enjoyable recording experience. Thanks to Cakewalk's Sonar X3 Studio who never let us down.

Lindsay will be recording the Sax back at Studio 453, looking forward to the mixdown.

The Sound Engineer gets a pretty good view.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Maton EM225 Truss Rod Adjustment

After eighteen years, a truss rod adjustment on my favourite guitar was long overdue. I took her back to Just Music, the place where I found her in 1996. For only $100 the guys did a full service including a set of awesome Elixir strings. 

While I was hanging out in this great guitar establishment, I fell in love with the full bodied tone of an expensive Cole Clark guitar. Now my Maton is worried I may never look at her in the same way again. I keep telling her "nothing's going to change." I'll just think about the Cole Clark when I'm in bed at night; sweet dreams.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Jane Laws and Lindsay Gould

After the Christmas break, sax player, Lindsay Gould, and I are back together adding some jazz standards to our set of original tunes. In particular, Blue Alert, written by Leonard Cohen and Anjani, is wetting my appetite for some dramatic tunes to add to the repertoire. Something tells me we'll be gigging sometime in 2014.

Gary Oliver Fundraiser Concert
The Cruising Yacht Club of W.A.

Friday, 10 January 2014

HP Envy - Broken then Fixed

Computer woes have held me up a little. My new HP Envy Notebook developed an overheating gremlin and after time in the workshop the problem persisted. Thanks to HP for coming to the party and issuing me with a new notebook.

Now I'm up and running again I'm thoroughly enjoying learning Cakewalk Sonar X3 and using it as a tool to develop arrangements for my songs. My bass guitar is out and about and once again life is sweet in Studio 453.

Getting everything together at Studio 453.