Category: Studio Updates

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 5

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets
Sometime in December, I typed the paragraphs below. Since then, quite a lot has happened, and that will be revealed in another post. Stay tuned later in the week (probably) for that.

There’s not much to report on the status of the impending release of Boobs, Butts, and Feets. Mostly I’m waiting on getting new recordings made to use instead of the uncleared movie samples. Update on that: Getting permission to use movie samples is impossible. Bleh. So as I talked about before, there are quite a few movie samples on the album. Some are going to be taken out completely, and others are going to be re-recorded by me and a couple volunteers.

Since there’s not much new to announce about progress on the official album release, I thought I would go over some reasons why you should be interested in it. This will probably get a little market-speaky, but I’ll try to keep that to a minimum. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 5”

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 4

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets
Since the last time I posted, I haven’t made any major progress with the album, but when you’re talking about an album that was technically finished almost 8 years ago to begin with, there’s going to be a time when there’s just not that much left to do. I’m still making minute changes, but mostly what I’ve been doing is listening to the album over and over again in my car and at work, making notes to changes I want to make. Then I get home, I’ll make those changes, render out new audio files to listen to, and the cycle continues.

I’ve detailed most of what I’ve been doing in the previous entries of Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets. If you haven’t already read those, feel free to. This post isn’t really going to be about releasing the album officially; it’s going to be about why I’m doing it. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 4”

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 2

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on officially releasing my much-ballyhooed 2008 album, Boobs, Butts, and Feets. To be honest, there’s not much to report, but I’ll tell you what I can.

I’ll start with the sort of technical stuff I’m doing. Back in the day, when I first started recording, I used a computer program called Sonic Foundry Acid 3.0 to put my music together. I started using it in 2001, maybe 2002, when it was relatively new. And that’s what I used for years, up until 2010 when I switched to Cockos’ Reaper, which is what I continue to mostly use. So everything I recorded before 2010 was using Acid. (Note: I realize every time I refer to myself as “using Acid” is funny.) At this point, Acid 3.0 was over 10 years old. It was designed to be used within Windows XP and earlier. We’re well past those days. Needless to say, it doesn’t run well in Windows 7. It crashes. It’s slow. There’s some bugginess with it that I’ll explain further down this page. In short, it would be a nightmare to do this remastering project completely within Acid. So… Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 2”

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 1

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets
I’ve been chattering about officially releasing my 2008 album, Boobs, Butts, and Feets, for a while now. Two things have kept me from jumping right on that. One, I just did the same thing to another old album, Punk Rebel Renegade, and it garnered less interest than my new album, Heat Stroke, even though I feel the former is better than the latter. And it seems weird to release a bunch of old stuff with nothing new in between (even though the old stuff is still new to virtually everyone in the world but me). Two, I knew it would be a major chore to fix up the old recordings. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 1”

Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 7

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I unintentionally left you hanging for more Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade content over this last month or so. Sorry. Between the site being down and the songs being rolled out at different rates to the various digital outlets, it made for difficult marketing. Not that I intended on marketing the album, but it was awkward to even mention it. Since it’s available everywhere now, I’ll try to make this the last entry in this blog series. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 7”

Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 6

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I just realized that I haven’t really explained what I’m actually doing to resurrect one of my favorite musical projects, Punk Rebel Renegade. It’s an album I originally recorded in 2011 with fairly primitive equipment. Despite that, it actually sounded pretty good. But for whatever reasons, revisiting these old recordings shows how far I’ve come as far as production goes.

The number one thing that’s giving me grief are all the plosives and sibilants in the vocal tracks. These are the harsh noises you get when you make a P, B, S, and T sounds, basically. I used 2 or 3 different microphones during the recording of Punk Rebel Renegade. I feel like I sometimes used a pop filter, but man, cleaning up all these imperfections is tedious. And if I had used a pop filter, there would be very little need to do what I’ve been doing. Simply put, I’m locating these unwanted sounds, cutting out some frequencies, and usually lowering the volume too. I’ve tried to automate the process as much as possible, but it’s still time-consuming. Years ago, apparently I didn’t notice sound issues like that, but I definitely do now. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 6”

Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 5

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Nope. This isn’t going to be the last time you hear about me “resurrecting” Punk Rebel Renegade, my unsung 2011 album. If this is your first time hearing about it, Punk Rebel Renegade is an album I recorded about 4 years ago. I never really released it, but I was done with it by the end of August 2011. Since I never felt finished with it, it’s hard to say when the supposed sell date would have been. But I’m going to roll with August 30th, 2011.

You can read the past installments of Punk Rebel Renegade here. I’ll let you read up on what I’ve talked about so far if you haven’t already read it all. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 5”

Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 4

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I’m pretty sure this will be the last installment of Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade because I know I’m just a few days from sending my audio files to be mastered. Like with Heat Stroke, I plan on doing a retrospective, so there are things I will save to talk about there.

So back in Part 2, I explained where Punk Rebel Renegade started, I guess. I spent most late nights/early mornings recording these songs. It wasn’t the most pleasant experience, but I did discover that it’s apparently impossible for me to feel very badly if I’m making music. Hunger, sleep-depravity, exhaustion…none of that seemed to hinder my creativity. If anything, it might have spurred it a little bit. Since my brain wasn’t letting me play these riffs I was coming up with very easily, I was forced to spend more time on them. I can’t really remember there being a specific time where the extra time made the basic song idea better, but then again, I can’t really remember anything about recording Punk Rebel Renegade. It’s not a joke, even though it is kind of funny.

I could probably triangulate a fairly precise date if I tried hard enough, but I’m pretty sure I was working on preparing the title track for use in Rock Band via the Rock Band Network. This would have been in 2011. I know that much. You know, I don’t mention RBN as much as I should. Not that I have a huge fanbase or anything, but I can’t imagine anyone that anyone found my music from somewhere other than Rock Band. Anyway, I’m sure I’ll talk more about that in a future Random Blog Post or something. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 4”

Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 3

resurrectingprrIf you wanted me to lazily continue from the last installment, sorry. I’m going to talk about copyright stuff.

Let me start by saying I’m totally cool with how this works. I’m not going to fight it. I’m not going to even complain about it. But there are 2 songs on Punk Rebel Renegade that feature some copyrighted content. I mentioned them before, but one was a quick little vocal rendition of Quiet Riot’s “Cum On Feel the Noize.” And the other one was a near identical ripoff of the first verse or two from Nine Inch Nails’ “Somewhat Damaged.” Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 3”