Vacation 2006 – update

Tomorrow morning (Saturday), I’m moving back up to Edmonton for another year at St. Joseph Seminary. I’ve had a good holiday these past two weeks, as well! I was in Regina for a few days, visiting Chad and Doug and their families (see the photo below of them at the minigolf course). After a couple of days back in Saskatoon, I was off to Biggar to officiate at a wedding before heading up to Nipawin for a week.

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While there, we recorded another tune. This one turned out quite well, I think. Click here for an mp3 of the song (256 kbit). More enhancements will likely come.

Technical details:

– Everything was recorded with my M-Audio Fastrack Pro USB interface plugged into my MacBook. The software I used was Logic Express.
– I used my new, homemade mic for David’s acoustic guitar. I also used it on the side of the tom toms for the drums.
– The electric guitars were played through David’s amp and mic’d with the SM57
– There is a real bass guitar on this track! I took the line out from the amp straight into the mixer.
– I mic’d the snare drum with my SM57 and I’m quite happy with the result. Unfortunately the snare needs to be tuned… it rings badly unless we put a weight on it, but then the sound is deadened a bit. But hey, we’re having fun even if the sound isn’t quite perfect! My homemade Panasonic capsule mics were used in the kick drum and on the hihat side. I was having some phase problems with this arrangement; it took a bit of time to figure out a decent arrangement for the two side mics.
– A MIDI piano and strings round out the track.
– Also, a couple of the vocal samples that come with Logic Express were in the right key, so I threw them in near the end. I may remove them in the future… I dunno. What do you think?

See you in Edmonton!

Vacation 2006

Hey everyone,

I’m currently away in Regina, visiting Chad and Doug and their families. I’ll be back in Saskatoon later this week, and then will officiate at a wedding in Biggar before heading home to Nipawin for about a week. There may be updates during this time (I’ll see about putting up some photos of Regina when I get back to Saskatoon), but… I don’t promise anything. :-)