May 15, 2014

Living room demos with suitcase reel to reel bought at garage sale for $10. #homerecording #garagesale #analog #tape

May 6, 2014
My wife @amandaremnant adding some vocals in the studio tonight while 8 months pregnant. #homerecording

My wife @amandaremnant adding some vocals in the studio tonight while 8 months pregnant. #homerecording

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May 5, 2014
Tape Reel #2 arrived today. #homerecording #analog

Tape Reel #2 arrived today. #homerecording #analog

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February 16, 2014
Wife & Child

Wife & Child

February 3, 2014
Just opened up the can of worms that is Pro Tools. Got it downloaded and activated. Now I just need to take the crash course. Here we go …

Just opened up the can of worms that is Pro Tools. Got it downloaded and activated. Now I just need to take the crash course. Here we go …

January 18, 2014

"Rocking Chair"

Been working on about a half dozen songs. This is the first one I’ve got all 8 tracks filled. Here’s a peak at it picked up off my phone. Doesn’t need much more tracking, maybe a harmony vocal. The next step is to bounce it down to digital and mix. Recently purchased an 8 channel Steinberg interface and ProTools. Just as I’m starting to get a hang of analog recording, I’m going to have to learn the digital end. New Year’s resolution is to spend 10+ hours per week working on the record. Time flies by, and I want to see this record get made. Here’s to the new year.

January 8, 2014
Basement studio supervisor.

Basement studio supervisor.

October 10, 2013
Joel Oliphint: Bill Fox

Just came across this show review of a bill I was on with Bill Fox.  Joel Oliphint said exactly what I was thinking as I watched one of my favorite songwriters continue to be a well kept secret.  Check out the work of Bill Fox if you haven’t already.  I especially recommend his record Shelter From the Smoke.  

 joeloliphint:

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I’ve probably seen Bill Fox six or seven times now, which is a lot considering the former frontman of The Mice spent years recording songs on his four-track but never playing out. Each time Kyle Sowash brings Fox down from Cleveland to Columbus to play an unassuming acoustic set at

October 5, 2013
Recording piano. Big thanks to Michael Lachman for teaching me how to tune it. #4track #ducttape #homerecording #amateur

Recording piano. Big thanks to Michael Lachman for teaching me how to tune it. #4track #ducttape #homerecording #amateur

September 2, 2013
Tracking in Progress

I’ve begun tracking in earnest.  It’s slow.  Multi-tracking individual tracks is always slower than capturing an ensemble performance, but that’s how it goes at this point.  Using the analog tape and old equipment has had its challenges.  I am frequently troubleshooting.  I’m realizing that you need to clean and demagnetize the tape machine heads regularly, or else the sound will suffer.  My DBX unit has very finicky RCA outlets, so I hope to get it serviced eventually.  Despite some rocky beginnings, I’m glad to actually have tracking underway.  I think I may have been rearranging the furniture for some time in order to avoid the actual work. I realized I’m never going to have the perfect setup, so now I’m immersing myself in the business of actually recording and working out the parts for each song with the equipment and time that I have.   That’s where the songs actually come to life in recording.  It’s often frustrating and a practice in problem solving, but it feels rewarding.   I’ve got 18 - 20 songs I hope to record.  I’ll assemble an album (or two!) after I’ve tracked everything.  Focusing my attention on the tracking process, but will try to surface here and there with updates.   

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