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NaSoAlMo 2011, Day 15

November 15, 2011 | Comments

This is the halfway point of NaSoAlMo. I'm ahead of the game, but I don't have near as much free time in the second half of the month.

Last night, I was suffering from a bad (or maybe sad) attitude. Tonight, I felt much better. I had a better day at work. I felt better physically. And I left work an hour early so I had more time to do music.

I tackled the mix of NaSoAlMo 01: Count the Sunrises. I felt like there was something missing in the chorus so I added a simple cymbal and high hat groove. I find this part of the process to be very tedious and frustrating. I can work for an hour on the mix and think it's perfect, then export it and put it through the mastering process. Mastering is the final polish and I don't claim to understand it... I just have some buttons to push and sliders to slide until it sounds good. It usually makes the song louder. The mastering part can emphasize things in the mix I didn't intend to emphasize. So then I have to go back to the mix and make changes.

The drum software I have takes minutes to load. So even if I have one tiny thing I want to do (like bring the vocal down a decibal), I still have to wait minutes for the drums to load before I can export it to do the mastering. Frustrating.

THEN... after I master again, I might decide it sounds good. But then when I listen in the car, something else sounds wrong, so it's back to the drawing board. I've learned that if I hear something wrong when I listen on my main computer, though, to just leave it. Even though other people's music sounds good on my computer, my music always sounds like crap. shrug

As I write this, I've got a mastered version that I like, but I haven't listened in the car yet. I will put it in my iPhone and listen in the car tomorrow.

Something I Started Watching Today

Highlander - I'm 45 minutes in, and I can't count the number of times I've said, "Huh?" I was expecting medieval style fantasy, but it started with a Queen song and a pro wrestling match and then a sword duel in a parking garage where the cars practically came to life and then started falling apart. I have no idea what's going on. I think I should have watched it back in the 80's when it wouldn't have felt so dated.

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