Mon - Aug 20, 2012 : 10:52 pm
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It Has Begun!
Well, I'm happy to announce that after a month and a half of jumping through hoopes to get this thing off the ground, it has finally begun!
The construction of the new home for Advanced Budget Studios has officially started, and I cannot tell you how excited I am.
The only down part of this whole situation is - the waiting. I anticipate t...
Mon - Jul 23, 2012 : 10:29 am
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Hopes set high!
Below is a photo of how my little studio looks right now...
Despite the fact that it's now nothing more than a bedroom, with piles of acoustic pucks and other audio paraphernalia scattered about, I've gotta say - "I'm over it."
In 3 days, I'll say goodbye to this place, and begin anticipating the construction of our new abode, as w...
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...
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.
Tue - Jun 02, 2015 : 12:17 am
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Studio vs Live...?
So, I recently went to a Walk Off The Earth concert, and it was awesome. Their concerts just keep getting better and better. As good as it was, that's not the purpose for this entry. The purpose is a guy named Scott Helman, and a thought he provoked.
Scott Helman performed for 30 minutes before WOTE came on stage. He...
Sun - Jun 23, 2002 : 12:18 pm
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Musical Nirvana in Cali
Oh....my....goodness... Yesterday was simply beautiful.....simply beautiful. I don't have NEAR enough time to write down exactly my feelings nor what happened...however - suffice it to say, yesterday was beautiful.
I got up yesterday morning and started packing up my drums almost immediately. I was supposed to be at Dane's house at 1:00pm and...
Thu - Dec 13, 2012 : 11:06 pm
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So, I just got off the phone with my wife, and she was at our new home-to-be this evening, and apparently, almost everything is done. The carpet isn't in, nor are the toilets, nor are the cement stairs leading down to the basement, but everything else - yeah - it's done. I'm just beside myself. We could be moving in as early as la...
Wed - Jul 25, 2007 : 09:38 pm
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Two Motorcycles and The Moon
"What is a motorcycle doing in *this*?", I thought as I continued upward through the winding Spanish Fork canyon. It wasn't so much that a motorcycle was in this particular canyon, but rather in the canyon during one of the 3 most torrential downpours I've seen during my lifetime.
I was coming home from work today when about ...
Thu - Mar 26, 2009 : 09:54 pm
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Tuning My Snare Drum
Well... Yesterday, a friend of mine had told me he had the privilege of being formally taught how to tune a snare drum.
I read what he had to say (he posted it on facebook, so if you're not his friend, I imagine you can't read it, but here's the link anyway)
So, today, I went and investigated a bit of whether I could get the proper tool...
Wed - May 20, 2009 : 11:42 pm
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Adventures in Playland
I should of wrote about experience two months ago, but I just kept putting it off. So, I though I should tell this story before my memory fails me anymore than it already has and I can't remember all the details. Well, this happened on the way home from California on March 28th, 2009.
I was driving home with my sister Chloe, her daughter...
Tue - Sep 02, 2008 : 08:08 pm
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Earlier this evening, it was absolutely beautfiul outside, and for some reason, I wasn't drained of energy from the daily grind, so I decided to take my wife and my kids out to the park nearby.
While I was pushing Collin and Luci on the swings, I realized how wonderful playing with kids can be. Of course, this wasn't the first time I reali...
Mon - Sep 07, 2009 : 01:24 pm
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The site is finished and life is good! Welcome everyone who has a demo just waiting to be realized. Advanced Budget Studios is here just waiting to make your life that much better. Come on down and get your demo made just the way you want it to - cheap, quick, and sounding great! Click here to go to the brand-new site!...
Sat - Sep 05, 2009 : 09:40 pm
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Smooth Intentions Project
A new group called "Smooth Intentions" made it down to the studio today and we began tracking a song called "Rain". So far, it sounds quite good. The song contains a gorgeous cello track, not often heard within the genre.
We've got a keyboard track left to record, but the tune should be finished shortly.
Tue - Jan 20, 2009 : 09:41 pm
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Studio Acoustic Treatment 1
Okay... Since I had recently returned from my mission in 1996, I knew I wanted to learn how to record music. Recording music swiftly turned into wanting to be able to record my drums. A couple of years ago, I was able to put enough money away to buy a load of recording equipment for my drums.
I've recorded quite a few diddies in...
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...
Sun - Jan 06, 2008 : 09:31 pm
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Song - Livin' Right
Okay. I've been working on a song since a while back, actually... I wrote the lyrics on the same night I wrote this entry.
Anyway... It's just about done. All I'm waiting for now is some seriously kicking piano tracks from my good friend Scott. As soon as I receive those, I'm all but sure they'll kick bootie, and I'll incoropor...
Fri - Sep 24, 2010 : 09:59 pm
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gentoo + jack + dbus = broken
Linux + gentoo + jack-audio-connection-kit + dbus use flag enabled = doesn't work any more.
Okay... Just a personal note to remember.
DO NOT COMPILE jack-audio-connection-kit WITH THE dbus FLAG ENABLED! IT REMOVES jackd WHICH IS WHAT qjackctl USES TO START THE JACK SERVER.
So... Unless I'm missing something, this is pretty much th...
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...
Tue - May 06, 2008 : 06:05 pm
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Luci Singing Frog Song
Sunday morning, Luci came into our room, climbed up in our bed (Sarah and I were still half asleep in bed, as groggy as ever), and she started bouncing up and down while singing the "Green Speckled Frog" song.
Although I was still not aware of most the world around me, I thought her singing was quite cute. So about an hour later,...
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 - Jan 04, 2015 : 12:09 am
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So, I've been asked about headphones recently by a lot of friends. So much so, that I thought I'd write down a few words, more regarding what you should not buy, rather than what you should. This is simply due to the enormous amount of generally good, and wildly varying headphones out there.
As most of you know, I'm an audio eng...
Fri - May 22, 2009 : 02:27 pm
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Alright.. I'm just typing this entry for mostly the purpose of trying out my new keyboard I got at work. For the past employments I've had, probably for the past 2 years, I've used the Microsoft Natural 4000 keyboard, and to be honest, it took a long time to get used to. The buttons were too far apart, and it just felt a bit more ...
Thu - Jul 29, 2010 : 01:20 pm
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NEW: Golden Age Pre-73!
We've been contemplating how to best improve the studio with all the business we've been getting lately, and the votes are in!
Please welcome our newest addition to the studio, a nice shiny new red GOLDEN AGE PRE 73 PRE-AMP! We spent a good deal of time looking into the best preamps for the money, and it came down to two main contenders.