Planning. Planning. More planning. Sigh.

Planning for a project is hard, but rewarding. I guess in a way, planning is the an essential thing that can really keep a hectic life together. Other than emotional support and faith, of course. I mean, you can’t build a skyscraper without a good plan. Without a good plan the building would fall. A plan is like a map. When following a plan, you can always see how much you have progressed towards your project goal and how far you are from your destination. Knowing where you are is pretty good for making decisions on where to go or what to do next. Like getting to the treasure. Our treasure is our CD, in many ways.

Emmy and I have been working so hard to achieve the best for our first EP, sure we don’t have studio equipment or a record label (yet) it’s still going to be the best of our abilities at this time. We would have spent a long while doing this, we want it to be perfect, but we are only human. I know, in time we will both get better at it.

Steps to creating our CD:

  1. Writing or perfecting song lyrics, chord progressions and rhythms
  2. Recording the base vocals and instruments in Garageband. Make sure audio not distorted.
  3. Editing those base tracks, then if too quiet with vocals, going back and heightening the vocals by recording more over the top. (This only happens if the vocals are almost indistinguishable. Wow. Such a big word. Didn’t even know I knew how to spell that, or even guess)
  4. Edit sound-waves, play around with vocals and other things. Change pitch, if necessary.
  5. Get feedback. Add it on. 
  6. Render MP3 and burn to CDs.
  7. Create CD covers and booklets.
  8. Relax and enjoy! With ice-cream, of course. 

Here are the things we use to record and things being recorded:

  • Macbook Pro
  • Garageband (Mac)
  • RODE microphone
  • Vocals
  • Guitar (acoustic and electric)
  • Piano
  • Drums

I’m so excited to present our project to everybody but yet again really nervous. I guess I’ll go now and shake it off. Get it? I have a blank space, so I’ll talk about the potential problems.

Challenges:

  • Getting time to record. We are both really busy, so we are working stuff out.
  • The audio gets lost. Please no repeats of last time. Please.

Bye!

PROJECTS NEED PLANS

MY PROJECT : EP (small original album of songs)

I AM SO EXCITED!

I want to produce my own songs a soon as possible. Not sure about people hearing them though, I guess I’ll just need to be extra good in recording and editing. Although, I don’t have an auto-tune set or voice changing or enhancer so please bring ear-plugs..  😉 

So, I’ve always been writing songs but now I’m super duper critical of them. Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I could produce extremely great content but also take forever perfecting them. I have made 10 songs lyrics, I ask people for feedback. Usually not family because they will almost always say “it’s great”. I want more criticism. 

I have catered my songs to anyone who likes slow music, soul music, thinking music, old soul music, old music and cry music. They may not make much sense to people even my age because not everyone has seen what I’ve seen. Quite like when I write poems portraying something which other people perceive as something else, then having to change everything.

My next step would be to record my audio. (production!)

Recording devices:

Garageband – Macbook Pro (OSX 10.9.5)

Computer Microphone Macbook Pro (surprisingly great audio quality)

For Guitars – amp (Blackstar 40watts sound amputator guitar)