Noise problems in recording vocals = solved.
- littlestar's suggestions helped a lot.
- MNS's noise gate suggestion reminded me I had fought with that the first night I used the mic and gave up because I'm a wienie and kept running into "can't hear voice" "can still hear empty air static" problems. Re-adjusted and took out the remaining noise. Except...
- Mr. Kitten - locked in bathroom during vocal recording because I finally had enough. Doesn't want shit to do with me until I'm singing, then it's YOWL YOWL YOWL until I yell at him, then he starts finding noisy shit to rub against and knock around. Little bastard.
- Thanks for all the help yesterday, folks.
The mix I did last night? Yeah, I don't think my head was in the right place at the time. Vocals too low, too much reverb. I like some ambiance, but I HATE the vague wash of reverb some folks use, so fight it at every opportunity. Last night I got carried away in my adjustments.
So, gotta push the vocals up, bring down my "room" busses (which I use to provide reverb across the mix from tracks that are actually panned one direction or another) and re-record ONE line that got out of control. And still working on the leads.
Mrs. NFB - "What time did you come to bed."
Me - "Don't wanna say."
Mrs. NFB - "Am I gonna have to take away your toys on school nights?"
The new keyboard is rawk. Had lots of fun playing with Logic's built in piano patches. Now, if I could just remember how to play something other than Lean on Me and Home Sweet Home. See Ma? Five years of piano lessons ALL PAID OFF!
I really like the sliders on the keyboard. Pitch-shift works nicely, volume slider works beautifully. Do wish I would have grabbed a sustain pedal for it, but oh well. Always time for that later.
For cheaply made crap, I'm pretty happy with it. Non-weighted keys, but they still feel pretty good overall.
Zippy's failure has become so epic even the boss has started making comments openly about it. I believe the spiral has finally caught him. Or he's having to consider cutting dead weight now that we're FINALLY seeing some of the economic problems hit us. Although, we've been assured there will be ZERO layoffs by the company president. If the past is any indication, on this particular issue, he actually means that. They've simply instituted a "no replacements" policy on people that drop out for other reasons.
So, I'm not sure why the boss is suddenly becoming aware of the Zipissues.
Then we've got the company efficiency expert being inefficient. He's a toolbag of the highest order anyway, but he came in to his new job screamin' about how we gotta get this documentation project off the fuggin' ground IMMEDIATELY if not sooner. So we set a meeting for Monday at 8:30 to have our final setup talk. I had an emergency come up and contacting him via both email AND voicemail (since he refuses to answer his phone) telling him we needed to reschedule. I've since called him six times to reschedule and have gotten ZERO communication. In fact, he's simply disappeared. No one, not even his new boss, knows where the hell he is.
He became so efficient, he ceased to exist.
And the company engineer is being...well, an engineer. About everything.
Including the band he and the boss have together with a couple other dudes.
But I won't get into that. Aside from saying they're fast approaching the point where the other two guys just say, "K, have fun with yo bad selves."
It's a nice little reminder of why I don't like being "in a band," with a group of other people. Somebody always gets an ego about it and makes it miserable for the rest. Well, that and all the drug and drink bullshit. I wanted to play, everybody else wanted to partay. If they could handle doin' both. . . .
Nah, not worth it.
The lack of sleep MAY be getting to me a little. I find every little noise from Zippy's desk is about enough to send me over the cube wall.
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