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Happenings of studio in 2008
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Alert: Tech content below: Feel free to skip past the picture of the kit on to the real post content if you are a civilian.
Before we get started, feast your eyes on this, My kit- Yamaha Tour custom, which is Maple. God is amazing, thanks Jesus.
This is the most recent setup (about 2 weeks ago) which Shiro recorded 6 songs with for Shun's up and coming screamo. Man Shiro can double kick! Everything you'll hear on their record is real playing, more then I can say for some of my "double kick". I tracked "The Red Pill" with this same setup after they were done. Kick mic is a Beta52 and overheads are Rode Nt-5s. Good sound as always, but the snare was a little too ringy for some reason. In the mix of Red Pill I used a gate with the floor open to where it would reduce volume in between hits about 6 db, just the make the sound a bit shorter without getting all the other problems that come from gating all the way. I also used a tight notch at almost exactly 500 htz to clean up the ring a little more. It's alright now.

Now that that's done, Below is an excerpt of a report John and I sent in about the services our HCS studios have done for The Family in 2008. This is my section sort of in "log" format as you can see, but it's totally not in order of date. So this is eeeeverything I did musically that benefited The Family (emphasis on "for The Family", I'll include the rest after this list), for donations and without, in 2008. I surprised myself in the end, It looks like quite a bit, to me at least. (I'm sorry for the word "Steve" being repeated so many times...it starts to bother the eyes, but changing them all to "I" for this post will sound just as retarted)


Steve mixed 12 songs for Jaz and Chris’s band “Naked” in the first half of the 2008.

Steve mixed and mastered the song “1000 dreams” by “Caney Creek Heroes”, a band from the same Houston home as “Naked”.

Steve mixed 3 songs for Ezra and Phillip in August 2008.

Steve wrote and produced 6 songs for “Distortion Religion” a mini album by “Guru” (His new Grunge band) intended for Family members: Began November 2008 and finished early January.

Other NON-WSA singles Steve produced in 2008 are “Shake a leg Remix”, “Kibou” (for the Field of Japan),

Steve co-wrote and co-produced 11 songs with Masa and Florence- then mixed and mastered the songs in all in January 2008, the “Strawberry Jam” “4 Days At sea” album.

Late 2008 Steve mixed and mastered 4 songs for our in-house Shun Guitarist. Early January 2009 Shiro drummer came recorded drums for 6 of Shun’s songs, Going on Shun’s “not to distant future” screamo Album.

Steve helped record 2 simple demos for Marie and 4 for Florence, to send in.

Steve produced “6th Gear” for TCD in January 2008.

Steve produced “Redemption” by Chris Knoke for TCD in July 2008.

Steve mastered TCD 38: Warriors Cry.

Steve rough-mastered 45 key, DMC, and TCD singles that went to the MO site throughout 2008.

Steve mastered Christy Gibson’s Gospel CD for Local use in Thailand.

Steve mastered a 6 track mini-CD for Bayside home’s local witnessing.

Steve mastered an 11-track CD for Emanuel in Brazil and his band’s local use.

Steve helped Joe in Mexico with mastering of a Death Metal CD by Joe and some former members.

Steve mastered the “Naked” album of 12 songs.

Steve recorded and arranged an audio message from the Japan RC for the field of Japan in late 2008

Steve arranged the “Temple Time” Kids audio for Feast 2009.

Steve recorded Florence singing vocals 3 times for 3 songs Michael Piano is doing.

Steve recorded Tomo and Nao’s vocals here in his studio for 2 weeks, earlier in 2008. Their CD should be done soon; it’s being engineered by Rick Blackrock and paid for by Japan’s JTB.


Yay! How about that. Now I'll just add on a bit more for this blog's sake.
Other "non-Family benefitting" work or "secular work" for funds I did in 2008 was:

Produce with masa 3 songs song that he wrote for Konami Games. (at Bayside studio)

Produce 5 two-minute loops of music with masa for Konami Games.

Record....around 6? demos for Kyla (an awesome girl) and a local Friend's rap group.

That's audio 2008 for me! Lets see what 2009 holds eh?




posted by Steve @ 8:10 PM  
11 Comments:
  • At January 20, 2009 at 9:51 PM, Anonymous Joans said…

    Yeah, as a regular civillian, that drum set only looks good cuz of the lighting. (....peeeeace!)

    Tonikaku, my god! Too much talent to be used in one year. (Im not trying to make you feel good, Im just 'stating'....haha) No, but that's actually pretty good.

    Naked band home is in Austin? I thought it was Houston. Actually, I think they're in Cali now.......hokay, wtv!!!

     
  • At January 20, 2009 at 11:15 PM, Blogger Steve said…

    Maybe it is Houston...Actually, It is Houston isn't it. I'll change that, ha.

     
  • At January 21, 2009 at 4:06 AM, Anonymous Chris Knoke said…

    That's not to mention all the musical performances(and you're probably amongst some of the most active bands around here), practices, home ministries and all.. it's like "are we living the same 24 hour days". Tsukarenai?
    Thanks so much Steven. Kotoshi mo, yoroshiku!

     
  • At January 21, 2009 at 6:54 AM, Anonymous He said…

    i did get bored towards the end... so cool to know, though! I have a question... "Steve mastered an 11-track CD for Emanuel in Brazil and his band’s local use. " Is that like, a CD that Emanuel will use just locally, or is it like, Family listening inspiration biz? Would like to know...
    Tx steve!

     
  • At January 21, 2009 at 6:59 AM, Blogger Steve said…

    The Emanuel thing is totally local. Lots of oldie cover songs at that sort of thing for his gigs, nothing You'd be interested in probably.

     
  • At January 21, 2009 at 9:41 AM, Blogger Sam said…

    Wow, that's quite the list. GBY, man.

    On "guru" what was your chain for recording the guitars? did you just DI from the amp into the console or mic the cab or what? Sounds tight whatever it is.

    Oh, and cool trick there with getting that snare under control...kudos

     
  • At January 21, 2009 at 1:15 PM, Anonymous He said…

    Oh ok... It must be so awesome to do so much! I mean, i'm not trying to boost your ego or anything, but it's just... dreamy to think about it... I really like most of your style and i think the GURU stuff will sink in after a while... I like that it sounds new, though...
    A question about GURU; are those initials? If so, what would they stand for? I just wondered cause it was capitalized when I downloaded it...
    Really looking forward to your new album!

     
  • At January 21, 2009 at 4:39 PM, Anonymous Jesse Pritchard said…

    Steve you're a mixing guru. And to top it off the internet is a bad place for musicians.

    Hope your album sells.

     
  • At January 22, 2009 at 12:09 PM, Blogger Philip said…

    drum set looks tight Steve. Nice sound from those maple shells in the guru album...well that and all your mixing tricks:P Can't wait to hear the dbl bass from shiro, I've heard he can really kick it.
    GBY for all you do....didn't you also film the Sixth Gear video last year? You're a real XD man....can't wait for all the good things coming out of Heaven and into your head this year! Oh and will that CD from the JTB be for the family worldwide?

     
  • At January 24, 2009 at 1:21 AM, Anonymous Neo said…

    I am so lusting for that drums set!
    Man, you are a hero, a guru, you just da man! How did you manage to do so much. God bless you brother!!

     
  • At January 24, 2009 at 6:35 PM, Anonymous Blademaster said…

    rock on dude, where can i get chirs knoke's song?

    Bwhahahahahahah Chirsty's gospel cd for thailand hwhahah that's a good one.

     

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