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...
Thu - Dec 08, 2011 : 03:50 pm
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So I haven't written in a while, and that's both a great thing, and a not-so-great thing. It's great because since September, the studio has been busier than I thought possible. Honestly... It's been a whirlwind, and I'm not quite sure what caused it - but I'm so grateful for it. It's a not-so-great thing because I can't kee...
Tue - Nov 08, 2011 : 02:36 pm
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Welcome the Newcomers!
I've gotta say, October was crazy. It was the busiest month the studio has ever seen. That said, it has allowed us to upgrade some microphones!
Might you join with me in welcoming our two newest microphones to the pack:
The Joly Edition - "Gomez" Cascade ribbon mic!
In our initial tests, I found the Gomez to be anothe...
Sat - Nov 05, 2011 : 06:23 pm
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Writing for Nano
Today I started my entry titled Lost In The Past for Nano month. This is where writers try to write 50,000 words in one month. Mine is a young adult novel. Here is the synopsis for it.
Lost in the Past
Her millionaire father thought it would be great to raise her without the problems of today, so he builds a house free of elec...
Sun - Oct 16, 2011 : 10:59 pm
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Just Getting Better
My apologies for not writing lately. I assure you, it's because I've been too busy recording!
So... Updates: As some of you know, for now, 100% of the money which comes into this studio, stays in the studio, which means all the proceeds from your recordings go directly back into ways to make your recordings even better. &...
Sun - Oct 16, 2011 : 10:17 pm
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Moroni : 10
...and so we've come to the last chapter, and the closing of the book I opened almost 4 years ago. The goal was to read and write about each and every chapter in the Book of Mormon, no matter how long it took me. Tonight, I'm gonna complete that goal. Wow. That just feels good.
Let's charge on to Moroni 10, shall w...
Thu - Oct 13, 2011 : 09:35 am
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Moroni : 9
What a horrible, yet extremely personal and hopeful chapter. The nature of it reminds me of the psalm of Nephi (2 nephi 4:15-end). What horrible, horrible things were going on at the end, but it just amazes me, the strength of Mormon, and his constant prayers for Moroni - and his pleading to God for his soul to be brought b...
Wed - Oct 12, 2011 : 11:45 am
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Moroni : 8
So... I just checked, and throughout all canonized scripture, know how many times the phrase "solemn mockery" is used? Yup - you guessed it. Once. And it happens to refer to the baptizing of children. For some reason, I think God dislikes this act a bit.
Verse 14 seems kind of harsh, but if a person has nei...
Mon - Oct 10, 2011 : 12:00 pm
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Moroni : 7 - Part 2
Today is a good day! So... Beginning in verse 12, the main theme I'm getting here is the complete polarization between God and Satan. Within the rules God has set (such as, "Satan can't kill people", and "Man has free agency", and "God won't save someone just because they're His offspring", and such.....
Mon - Jan 19, 2009 : 12:04 pm
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I Wish I Had a Camera
Last night, the temperature dropped down to right around 0 degrees fahrenheit. When I woke up and was almost to work, I almost hit the car in front of me. No, I'm not a poor driver...
It's just that with it being so cold, there was literally about a half an inch of frost which had gathered on.... pretty much anything left outside.
Fri - Jan 08, 2010 : 11:23 am
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Recording Jeff Felix's "Peculiar"
Picking up new clients is always a good thing, but in the case of yesterday, it was a great thing.
I had the privilege of recording his new song, Peculiar, and it was very refreshing. It was a simple tune with some great acoustic guitar work, and vocals. Jason Jones added some percussion accents, and the song came to life.
Sun - Jul 12, 2009 : 03:16 pm
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Love Through Trials
My marriage, or rather, the marriage I have entered into with my sweetheart for the last 7 years, hasn't really been that bad. In fact, I'd say we're definitely on the upper-hand of "marital happiness" as far as the national statistics go.
There are quite a few reasons for this, I'd say. One is definitely that I feel I'm giv...
Mon - Feb 25, 2008 : 10:48 pm
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*AMAZING* video - "Everything"
As some of you know, in addition to running this site, I also run a site called ldscompanion.org
Today, I was rummaging through some of the artwork submitted by my users, when I found this piece.
The artwork is well-done, and presents a Biblical message as well as a URL. Well... Not being familiar with the URL, I decided to see wh...
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...
Wed - Jul 07, 2010 : 01:06 am
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Christie Berube Session
When new clients come into the studio, I never quite know what to expect. Tonight, I met a wonderfully talented young lady named Christie Berube, and proceeded to be wowed by a wonderful song she had written, called "Daddy's Little Soldier".
While working through this song, I was almost moved to tears again and again while we fle...
Fri - Sep 03, 2010 : 03:26 pm
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3 Nephi : 13
The first six verses of this chapter talk about performing your "alms" without fanfare. I'm caught wondering why this is important. What's the concept behind the action?
Well, I think that's the very essense of it. - "Why are you giving?" "Why are you charitable?" Is it so you can appear to be...
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...
Mon - Jun 09, 2008 : 10:33 am
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Video Editing With Kdenlive
I've recently become interested in integrating video into my journal and blog. As such, I realized that my 4-year old digial camera just wasn't gonna cut it anymore, so I went out and bought the cheapest camera I could find that would shoot 30 frames per second which happened to be the Nikon S210 digital camera. It takes pretty good vid...
Mon - Oct 20, 2008 : 03:14 pm
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IE Caching AJAX bug
As programming techniques become more and more complex, and the programmers continue to be just as, or more, diversified, companies who insist on being the industry standard while tossing away organizations such as the W3C, make life as a web developer increasingly difficult.
If that didn't make much sense, let me rephrase: Micro...
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 - 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...
Wed - Aug 06, 2008 : 05:25 pm
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Gen. Conf. - Daughters of God - Ballard
I just got done watching and reading the talk given by Elder M. Russell Ballard, and it caused me to ponder my wife, quite a bit.
Boiled down, the talk was given on how much mothers do, and how much we, as husbands, need to appreciate them.
I certainly hope that I'm appreciating Sarah enough. Heaven knows I've been in Elder Ballard's plac...
Mon - Dec 05, 2016 : 11:28 am
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2016 Christmas Adventure
So.. I thought I'd write down a little bit about what happened to us on Saturday.
I had a recording session Saturday morning while Sarah was doing her monthly stake baptism duties, and we both finished up around noon.
We were going to make our yearly journey to Ephraim, UT to climb the mountain and chop down a Christmas tree for our...
Sat - Oct 04, 2014 : 05:30 pm
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Sacred Sounds Acoustics...
So, a few days ago, a friend of the studio called up and asked if I would help him out with a project. As he described the project, I grew more and more interested.
The project is called "Sacred Sounds: Cathedrals of Europe"
The gist of it, is that a group of researchers are going to be travelling around Europe studying th...
Fri - Jul 01, 2011 : 01:30 pm
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Studio Drum Upgrade
I'm pretty sure everyone knows that feeling of having to do something, just for the sake of doing it. This happened to me about 2 weeks ago. I got the feeling that something needed upgrading in the studio. Lately, I've been buying a few guitars, and some great microphones, as well as upgrading the main studio software.  ...
Wed - Feb 04, 2009 : 11:58 am
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Car Mods and Emissions
Last spring, I modified my car - and then modified it again.
The 2nd modifications entailed me re-programming (or flashing, or tuning) my car's computer. One thing I didn't realize at the time was that evidently, a standard protocol for most tuners out there is to turn off the O2 sensors which monitor emissions after the catalytic converter...
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...
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...
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,...