Wed - Jul 18, 2012 : 12:06 am
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Today was spent with my good friend, and brother, Ryan (and his family, who happens to love my family!)
We spent the day moving all sorts of large items from our home into the storage space we're renting. From the kitchen table and chairs, to the couch downstairs, to the hutches - we made two trips full of items, with our mini-van and Dad'...
Sat - Jul 14, 2012 : 12:04 am
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Out with the Old...
Wow... I can't believe it's here.
For those who don't know, Advanced Budget Studios resides as a single bedroom rigged up as a recording studio in my basement.
Thanks to all of you, I'd like to announce, both sadly, and beyond excitedly, that I have outgrown this little single-room studio. The acoustics, the size, and the location...
Tue - Jun 19, 2012 : 06:19 pm
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Lucid 8 - Blind World
So I've been working on a lot of projects lately, but one I thought to be of particular note was the song "Blind World" by Lucid 8. The song is well-made on a variety of levels, but one of the coolest aspects of this song is the way they presented it to me.
Jonny (drummer for Lucid 8) came to me and asked if could incorporate an ...
Wed - Jun 06, 2012 : 12:18 am
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The Arm of Our Nation
This was in response to people NOT SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS AND VETERANS. When the people calling our veterans scumbags and persecuting the people defending them - can defend our nation better than our veterans and soldiers, then they can say something. and NOT BEFORE!!!!
THE ARM OF OUR NATION! READ RIGHT NOW!!! and let me know wh...
Wed - May 02, 2012 : 12:16 am
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Studio 14 + ABS = ...?
So, a few years ago, when I had no idea what I was doing in the studio, a guy named Rich Bischoff contacted me and asked me to give him some drum samples from my studio. He didn't call me back. I don't blame him. hehe...
So, for the past 3 years, I've been dedicating myself to getting the studio to be the absolute best it can possibly...
Mon - Feb 27, 2012 : 04:42 pm
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Okay, so I recently watched a documentary on the Foo Fighters called "Back and Forth", and I thought it was really well made - okay, I thought it was awesome. The funny thing is - I don't own a single Foo Fighters album, and am really not familiar with them as a band, even though I generally like the "rock" genre they asso...
Fri - Feb 17, 2012 : 11:06 am
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Biggest Upgrades Ever
I don't even know where to start. Let's start at the beginning...
So, 10 years ago, I got a hair-brained idea to buy a keyboard and start writing and recording music. Seven years ago I thought it'd be a good idea to get a mic kit for my drums to learn how to record drums better. Three years ago the studio had its first paying c...
Tue - Feb 14, 2012 : 05:21 pm
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Google Hangout Linux Fix
So, I just got a new Logitech C910 web cam, and when trying to join or create google hangouts, I couldn't see myself in the stream at all, nor anyone else's. I can hear everyone, and everyone can see me, but I can see nobody, nor myself. I found this gem of a site with a very easy solution.
I'm using gentoo Linux, and this simple tric...
Mon - Jan 02, 2012 : 11:08 pm
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Rockin' Out in 2012!
So, I've been thinking about what the first post in 2012 should be, and I've been drawing a blank. I could talk about all the cool gear I've upgraded, and the success we had in 2011, but I've talked a lot about that stuff already (although the new RME Madi interface, ADI-8 QS converters, and Focusrite 828 preamps are pretty stink...
Wed - Dec 14, 2011 : 11:05 am
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HTF : Carry the Stone
Herod the Fink is a Christmas collaboration project between Jesse Crowley and Jason Jones which has been going on now for 3 glorious years at Advanced Budget Studios. This year's offering is a 4-song EP.
The music this year ranges from a bluegrass crossing punk style of "Joy To The World" to an introspective look in to each of our...
Sun - May 18, 2014 : 10:40 pm
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My Kindness (musical number)
So... Today was... beyond words, really.
It was a day that just brimmed with spiritual opulence. I woke up at 7:00, to warm up my voice (after having a pretty intense drumming session which lasted until midnight yesterday), and then went to practice the musical number at 8:00am, to sing it for the congregation at around 9:45.
Mon - Jan 10, 2011 : 05:10 pm
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Great start to 2011!
So, Advanced Budget Studios took a bit of a break during the holidays, and with that came the usual curiosity as to how the new year would be.
Well, I'd have to say that 2011 is looking great. We started off the year recording a wonderful new artist named Taylor Miller. He'll have a website up soon, and his music sounds fabulous! ...
Fri - Nov 05, 2010 : 11:02 am
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Brand-New HTF Album Available!
Okay, friend, family, and others. I just wanted to let you know that the season has finally arrived!
Jesse and I have been working all year long on Herod the Fink's 2nd studio album. We are so excited to announce that it's finally available for purchase!
The album has eight songs on it, and all of them are awesome. I'll post...
Sun - May 23, 2010 : 09:28 pm
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Since I don't blog very much I thought I would add just a whole bunch of fun pictures of the kids with the latest things that have been going on. So enjoy!
Above: This is the best Mother's Day picture we could get. The sun was shining right in the kids eyes.
Luci on her Zoo field trip. This was my group.
Tue - Sep 30, 2008 : 09:56 pm
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Last Thursday I took the kids to Jumpin Jacks. It is a huge warehouse with a bunch of bounce houses. The kids had an absolutely great time!
We also had the place to ourselves for the whole hour and half we were there. It was awesome!! I think they would of stayed all day if I let them.
They really loved this really tall slide...
Sat - Apr 17, 2010 : 03:32 pm
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Ingredients of Life
I haven't written in a while- my life is crazy. Balancing all the ingredients of life is no easy task.
Ingredients. Hmmm.That reminds me, I love this recipe I found online that is SO easy. It takes five minutes. Literally. It has simple ingredients that can be found around the house.
Chocolate Mug Cake. Thank you to Group Recipes.com. Enjoy!
Mon - Feb 09, 2009 : 01:53 pm
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Off To Wisconsin I Go!
It's about 10 minutes before I have to leave to go to the airport to fly to Wisconsin to meet my new boss and co-workers. The situation at Nature's Way is definitely changing.
Right now, I just wanted to write down some thoughts and feelings to see how they would contrast against what I think after-the-fact.
Right now, quite honestly, I d...
Mon - Aug 23, 2010 : 07:30 pm
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Worlds of the Crystal Moon
A while ago, Advanced Budget Studios had the privilege of working with the author of a great book in a voice-over. The author's name is Phillip Jones, and his book is called Worlds of the Crystal Moon.
When I was contacted to help out with the voice-over, I had no idea what to expect, and I wasn't sure what Phillip was expecting, either.&n...
Wed - Oct 20, 2010 : 07:35 pm
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So much going on.
This is my very first journal entry. And I love this journal website idea! I am really excited about it. Maybe now I will actually write out many of my thoughts and spiritual experiences I have that I tend to never write out.
I am going to just vent, because I need to; but first I will introduce myself.
Sat - Aug 09, 2008 : 11:30 pm
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Youth Conference 2008
I don't even know where to begin, to tell you the truth. I'll do my best, but I've got a novel inside me for what happened yesterday. All in all, it was quite simple, but at the same time it was probably the most profound thing which has happened to me in years... and I have no idea how to portray it.
Let me begin with the foll...
Sat - Jul 12, 2008 : 01:30 pm
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OpenFire gentoo problems
I just spent the last three hours trying to figure out why my OpenFire 3.5.2 instance was installing just fine, saying that it was running just fine, but in reality was not running at all.
Neither port 9090, nor 9091 was open, both ports 9090, and 9091 were closed. ps -A | grep openfire returned nothing - at all.
Yet, /etc/init.d/openfire sta...
Sun - Mar 01, 2009 : 02:27 am
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Postfix and Dovecot on Gentoo
I've just got to put this somewhere so I don't forget it. I just finished installing postfix / dovecot using postgres on my home server by following this wonderful tutorial.
I followed it almost to the tee, and ... it just works. I have no other information other than that. For all I know, as you read this, it may be interpret...
Mon - Sep 06, 2010 : 12:00 am
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2 monitor radeon xorg.conf
So, I spent a few minutes today seeing how bare-bones I could get my xorg.conf. My configuration is 2 23-inch Acer monitors, which are side-by-side using a Radeon HD4850 video card. I'm using gentoo.
make.conf : VIDEO_CARDS="radeon".
Also, I've got one big desktop from the 2 monitors. Here's the config.
Thu - May 29, 2008 : 06:20 pm
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Postgres Authentication in Proftpd
Today I was commissioned to create an FTP server here at work. Through persistent pestering of the hideously insecure nature of FTP in general, my boss let me dedicate an entire server just for the company's need to FTP. This was to negate the possibility of any hacking of the web server, should the FTP server be compromised. It's...
Sun - Oct 10, 2010 : 12:11 am
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Rock Box Cajon
Okay... So lately the studio has been getting some serious upgrades, thanks to all of you who have been supporting me, and creating awesome music.
About a month ago, I was chatting it up with a good friend, Jesse Crowley, about how in the world we were going to sell our fabulous new Herod the Fink album this season. You see, there ar...
Sun - Aug 22, 2010 : 11:26 pm
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gentoo mp3 tag editor
I just spent 20 minutes trying to find a good console-based mp3 tag editor in gentoo, and was surprisingly fruitless in doing so.
After using the wonderful "equery belongs" command tied to an editor I use on my server (but couldn't remember where it came from), the program mp3blaster came up.
Although mp3blaster claims to just be an m...
Tue - Nov 10, 2009 : 10:25 am
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CAD Trion 7000
So... The studio has been missing an essential piece of hardware, which, in past recordings, we've wished we had. Well, that problem has now been remedied. After much hum-hawwing about what should be done to get our hands on a good figure 8 microhpone, we found the CAD Trion 7000.
The microphone is precisely what we needed.
Tue - Nov 03, 2015 : 12:10 am
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So, today's entry is going to be a bit less, but I still was able to see God's hand in my life quite a bit.
I had a late studio session to tend to, but I had felt horrible all day long... I prayed that I would be able to have a great session, and it went really well. Everything that needed to happen, happened, and nothing too t...
Thu - Dec 18, 2014 : 06:19 pm
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So, today I released what has proved to be the best recording of any choir I've ever produced. It was the UVU Institute's Latter-day Celebration Choir. The song is "Baby Boy", one I've never heard before.
It can be heard by clicking here. (feel free to download, listen, and share as much as you like)
This was my fora...
Thu - Jul 31, 2008 : 11:52 am
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From Nvidia to ATI
Well... I just spent about 2 hours writing a how-to on going from an Nvidia-based graphics system in gentoo Linux to an ATI one, but I accidentally erased the whole thing, so I'm going to try my best to be patient and do it again.
When I originally got the box for my new ATI Radeon HD4850 video card this morning, I was impressed even in the ...