Before I came across ‘Recording Acoustic Guitar (My Foolproof Method)‘ – a short video by Graham Cochrane (Recording Revolution) – my acoustic guitar recordings would require huge amount of effort and time making EQ adjustments simply trying to achieve a half decent sound. Basically I was working with boxy boomy mud recordings every time. And no matter how much I improved with EQ I was never really satisfied. … read more
This is the way I attempt to capture my vocal performance
Rode NT2A microphone with pop shield (pop shield is essential)
Position 6 inches to 12 inches from the pop shield
Closed back headphones, all backing music panned 100% left, vocal monitoring panned 100% right (I find I can best hear myself by doing this)
Mix/loudness in headphones determined to encourage singing volume/attitude appropriate to style of music (if your vocal monitoring is relatively mixed too loud, then you will tend to compensate by singing more softly … and vice versa)
Make sure mind remains fully focused throughout take
I thank Graham Cochrane / Recording Revolution (pictured above) for his tips ‘Recording Acoustic Guitar (My Foolproof Method)‘ … position microphone directly in front of sound hole, but angled toward the 12th fret, which works like a dream for me. Before I adopted this approach I would spend a huge amount of time with eq adjustments simply trying to get a half decent sound from my take – in this connection see my article Adventures With Acoustic Guitar EQ here.
We find it relatively easy to dismiss as false or deluded the truths of others … especially when they don’t tally with our own. We might consider them ridiculous, unbelievable, inconceivable, implausible, or even insane. No more thought required.
But what if the same processes apply to us that make such ‘wrong’ truths acceptable, or even absolute, to others? In other words, our finding something believable – real – true, no matter how implausible to another, is arrived at in fundamentally the same way as theirs is. … read more
You can’t say no to God. At least not if you subscribe to the traditional notion of God. You cannot say that God can’t have something God wants. After all, what sort of God would God be if some things are out of bounds? Forbidden. Where would be the divinity in that?
But what about us? What if our not being God does not mean we have lost our divinity? … read more
Many would agree that to achieve freedom from judgement of others is a worthy goal. My song Preacher is about the struggle a person-of-faith likely faces in this endeavor. But regardless one is a person-of-faith or not, I believe the path to freedom from judgement of others has a similar set of obstacles.
At the heart of the challenge always lies conviction there exist ‘truth-absolutes’ of good/bad, higher/lower, worthy/unworthy, should/shouldn’t … in terms of individual attitude and action. … read more
When something is conditioned that means it is made ready for something … conditioning is the process of making ready. Generally that is a good thing.
Perhaps a conditioned soul is therefore simply a soul prepared for their chosen objective. Let us consider this possibility without judgement. After all, if the soul is divine (of God, one and different), and choice of objective is divine prerogative … i.e. … read more