I laid down a drum track with Strike® the other day. Then, yesterday, I sat down and created a few more layers of audio. The track now includes bass and electric guitar, and a synthesizer track.

The synth is powered by the Revolta 2 virtual synthethizer within MAGIX Music Maker. The electric guitar was played using Strum Session 2 from Applied Acoustic Systems. I don’t remember who made the bass guitar virtual instrument.


Halloween 2020 Ambiance

My lady and I were down in the studio with the girls. While we were in the control room, the girls got started playing with the microphones. I turned on the TASCAM mixer’s Ping-Pong effect and all of a sudden they started making spooky sounds. I created two 10 minute backing sound effect tracks with the Akai midi controller as the backbone for pasting the selected audio clips from the mic recordings. This is what came of their voices and my “music” or midi keyboard sounds.

I used Audacity to capture and edit the filtered audio from the TASCAM Model 16 mixer tracks for this exercise.

TASCAM Series 102i

To make it easier to use microphones on my iPad, this USB audio interface was a great choice! It offers two combo XLR/TRS inputs on the front. The back adds eight (8) more inputs that I won’t likely use, but are great additions for the price.

This device came with a rebate for a free pair of TASCAM TH-02 headphones AND a free TASCAM TM-80 microphone. The headphones are what I was already using in the studio, so I now have a pair for someone who joins me in the control room. The microphone is now being used for vocals in the booth.

I often use this interface with my iPad to run vocals through effects available in Garage Band. I usually then send the modified vocals to the TASCAM Model 16 mixer if I’m not instead trying to figure it out on the tablet.

Some Recording Ideas

Since I got started with this hobby (back in early December) I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time toying with that Tascam Model 16 mixer. I feel like it took me longer than I think it should have for me to figure how to get it to send sound to and from my DAW applications, but now it’s helping me have some real fun. A few months ago I started recording music for some friends — most notably two different but equally excellent guitarists — and I believe I’m starting to get the hang of this.

Now that I have the basics down, I want to try recording and producing a couple of personal projects. One would feature local artists discussing their songs and experiences. Ideally, artists would perform something live or we could try cuing up and playing prerecorded songs. I’m really fascinated how artists conceive of content and their processes translating that concept into a recorded track. Alternately, I’d like to record artists performing their original material on my little corner stage.

My first goodsoundwaves Featured Artist is Alliance, Ohio’s Smokin’ Joe Rodak.

The live program would be a 15 minute to 1 hour set of the artist’s original material. There may be video in addition to audio recordings made at the time of the performance.

Tascam Model 16

As pretty as the Allen & Heath ZED24 mixer clearly is, I had arranged for its return before it even arrived. The mixer would be amazing if it was going to be used for live venues where a simple left and right track would suffice.

In its place I’ve gone and ordered a Tascam Model 16. While the ZED24 comes with 8 more inputs, the Model 16 has some of what the Zed24 is missing. With it, I can get a stereo mix as well as 14 individual audio tracks all simultaneously pumped into the DAC. It also features a Bluetooth input (it could come in handy) and an SD card slot to record without connecting to a computer.

The ZED24 is a mixer. The Model 16 is a mixer, an audio interface, and a recorder all in one. I’m a little disappointed that the distinction wasn’t clear enough before I made the initial purchase. Fortunately the vendor made the exchange easy and rather painless.

Trying Out a Mixer

As the studio continues to take shape, it’s come time to start looking at mixers.

The ability to mix sound from numerous sources definitely fits in with what we want to do. Tomorrow we take delivery of an Allen & Heath ZED24, which is a 24 channel multipurpose mixer with USB.

The ability to connect with a PC based DAW is extremely important. While this mixer is great for live performances, we want to mix in the studio environment.

Something I discovered late in my research has to do with limitations of the USB feature. This board sends a left and right audio stream of the mixed inputs. It seems some of these mixers are capable of sending every input as a separate track into the DAW, but this one may not.

We shall see.

It Sounds Good to Me

This site is a personal hobby that intends to focus on the creation and performance of sound.

What does that mean to me?

For Musicians

  • Interviews and profiles of local artists and bands.
  • Reviews and recommendations of albums and songs.
  • Stories and reviews of concerts and performances.
  • Home studio audio recording and mixing.

For Comedians

  • Interviews and profiles of local comedians.
  • Reviews and recommendations of albums and tracks.
  • Stories and reviews of shows and performances.
  • Home bar small audience performance recording and mixing.

For Poets

  • Interviews and profiles of local poets.
  • Stories and reviews of shows and performances.
  • Home bar small audience performance recording and mixing.
  • Solo studio performance recording and mixing.

For Readers

  • You may learn about a local artist of whom you weren’t previously aware.
  • I may post about my experiences with learning the technology, which could benefit your own learning experience.
  • You may enjoy some of what I help produce in the studio or at my home bar.

This site is intended to represent my home studio, which I’ve affectionately named “goodsoundwaves”.

As for the name, it’s a pretty simple story. Over twenty years ago my big brother made me a mix tape when I was going through a really difficult time. He entitled it “Good Sounding Sound Waves”. That was a bit wordy for a domain name, so “goodsoundwaves” was born.

If I’m able to provide additional exposure to local talent, and I manage to gain experience with my home studio, I will consider this a success.

EDIT: Then the coronavirus came. Now I mostly just record myself.

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