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Getting Started

First night of recording...musicians showed up on time (that never happens), session was drama-free (that never happens), and equipment was a royal pain (that always happens).

All in all, the session went very well...once we were actually able to get started. Technical difficulties stressed me to the max as I scrambled to figure out MIDI time code conflicts and synchro errors with my soundcard. Thanks to Google and some other frustrated folks, I was able to dig through the approximately fifty thousand Cubase SX3 submenus and find the information I needed. It sounds concise enough when written, but it didn't seem that way over the course of the two-and-a-half hours it took me to diagnose and treat the problem. It is not hard to understand after this experience why engineers get paid decent dollars to do their job because problem solving while six musicians are trying to wait patiently is not high on my list of favs.

Thankfully, creativity was not ultimately hindered by the glitches and rehearsal and recording were able to get rolling, with some satisfactory results.

It looks like the lineup will be Ben Higgins on electric guitars, Vernon Mullins on bass, Garret Myers on keys and sequencing, and Drew Cantu and Evan Schubarth on percussive instruments. It's quite a diverse and random group, but the sounds thus far are (as the French knight on the wall in Holy Grail said) very nice.


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