Sunday Jam 07

Last night I wasn’t in the mood to do a Sunday Jam, but that’s not how this works. I forced myself to start and get anything recorded.

I went down the synth path again with several instances of U-He Tyrell and Geist for drums. A lot of time was wasted looking for synth presets and samples.

Sunday Jam 06

I’m made music making a weekly habit. 6 weeks in and I think it’s pretty cool that I already have 4 new songs started. In a year I might have 40 or more song sketches just from 30min-1hr of playing in the DAW each week. A few of them might even be brought to completion.

This time I’m in synth land again, making a retro new wave track with U-He synths and Geist.

The drums are definitely not right. Not having the right drum sounds instantly available is a real creativity killer. As soon as I hear a kick or snare that’s wildly out of style with the genre I lose my train of thought. I’m sure you can spot the exact moment in the video.

Also, I’ve got to get out of the habit of using the same progression for multiple instruments. I do it every time! Why?!?!

Sunday Jam 05

Hey 5 weeks of making music on a Sunday. Cool dude.

In this one I decided to go in a electronic path and found myself making a retrowave kind of track. I love the music of Carpenter Brut and Dance With The Dead, but I don’t have the skills to compose at that level.

Working in REAPER as usual. The synths I’m using are Tyrell N6, ReaSynth, and OBXD. Drums are a 909 kit in Geist. Sausage Fattener on the master like a boss.

Sunday Jam 04

In this one I’m continuing on the rough song idea from last week and building up a new song idea.

Sunday Jam 03

Beatzille is one of those synths that inspires songs with every patch. That was the case with this Sunday Jam, I played a note and suddenly had ideas for accompaniment instantly. None of those ideas made it into the recording but that’s normal.

This is still hardly what  you could call a song but it feels like there’s a lot of potential.

Sunday Jam 02

Set up a couple cameras for this one and played a bit on guitar and pedal board. Recorded with sm57 straight into interface.

Gear: Pedaltrain 2, Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 plus, Polytune mini, DIYRE Ferrite DI box, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, ProCo RAT, Electro-Harmonix Freeze, Electro-Harmonix 16 second Digital Delay, TC Electronic Flashback delay, TC Electronic Hall Of Fame reverb.

Sunday Jam 01

Sunday Jam is the start of a routine to make music more often.

A little background information:

I started down the path of professional audio engineering and music production after many years of frustration recording my own music. I used to play bass from when I got home from school till I went to sleep. I used to wake up in the middle of the night with a guitar riff in my head and no way of recording it.

These days I spend all day in my DAW working on projects for other people or making tutorials. I look around the studio and think about all the money I’ve spent on instruments that I rarely play.

This first one is just expanding on a recent song sketch, really just a pattern made from various short sounds from my MeeBlip Anode synth. Processed on the buses with Decapitator and in parallel with ValhallaVintageVerb and 2 instances of Tantra.