My new single, “Traveling“, is released today! I liked Conor’s work on the art for Life Is Something so much, I asked him to do me a cover for this single and it’s great. I’m going to have him do all my art from now on.
I’m really happy with the track. I wrote it a couple of weeks before our Italy vacation, and listened to it a lot while traveling on the high speed trains across the country. The song really fit the feel and vibe of the trains and of traveling in general… so that’s what I named it. Please head on over and grab your copy!
I did my own mastering on this track. I went for the bx_XL V2 mid/side mastering limiter for getting the loudness to a good level without squashing any sound and for keeping the stereo wideness sounding great. Very happy with the result.
I’m setting up my new VEPro rig now as well. Finally starting to install all my instruments and plugins on the new machines. I’ve ordered the Vienna Key’s which hold the licenses for VEPro, and once they come in I’ll get VEPro and start setting up my templates. This whole setup will allow me to offload a lot of the processing from my iMac, giving me the ability to use more instruments and sounds on each song. I am starting to run into the limits of my iMac with a new track I’m working on which has a very movie score / cinematic sound. Here’s a shot of my studio today…
It’s a bit of a mess at the moment. I have a new wide-screen monitor (the left one) attached to the iMac (the right monitor). The VEPro rig is the two PC’s on the right on the floor, with monitors for them on the table above. I’m actually not using the attached monitors and keyboards, since I am using Remote Desktop to work with the PCs from the Mac…
In other studio news, I have acquired over the last several months a little Alesis Vmini 25-key keyboard. I use it to play live at church while I’m also running the sound board for the band. I also have some new plugins… the bx_XL V2, Vocalise 2, Addictive Keys, Xpand!2, Movement, SynthMaster One and 2.8, Arpology, and some sample packs. I’m considering adding Serum to the mix… not sure if I want/need that one right now. I pretty much only buy when these things are on sale. Oh, and I’m also looking at all of TDR’s stuff for mastering, based on the recommendations of Chris at Unlock Your Sound (who mastered my first album). Quick plug for Chris: he and his team are awesome! Go check them out!
Last thing, I’ve set up a Patreon page. This is to allow fans access to my music before anyone else, including work-in-progress and hopefully other insider stuff. It is a monthly subscription service for my fans, which will help offset the costs of my studio. I don’t spend a lot of money on my gear – almost always buy software on sale. The new computers cost me a total of less than $500, which included the memory upgrades to 20GB each. If you like my music and want to chip in a little and get some back stage access, please become a Patron!