Friday 7 January 2022

What's happening January 2022

Happy new year!  I've been on holidays for nearly 3 weeks, the longest I have had in a while.  Not even doing any home renovations (my usual 'holidays') just bludging around...watching TV and playing video games with the missus, staying up too late and sleeping in, and playing plenty of guitar.

I recorded two videos and I recorded the first with three cameras and one microphone, and then the second with three cameras and two microphones.  I like to use two microphones but when I'm feeling lazy I just use one (when I use three cameras it's a lot more work to video edit).  But I noticed the slightly hollow audio so I went with two the second recording.  And it got me thinking.  So I recorded a video about it

That video took over a full day to produce...I was rusty with my tutorial video recording skills, I hadn't done one for a year.  It's a good skill to have, I should keep doing them.  I even subtitled it - I have found in the past that even I struggle to understand what I'm mumbling about, so what chance does a non-Australian have?  But in creating this video it really reinforced my belief that two condenser microphones in a quiet room is an ideal way to record acoustic audio.  Note to self - always use two microphones.

Spent a lot of time tidying up some tabs for my supporters, still to record is 'White Room' and 'I Want to Break Free'.  Holidays are nearly over, so it will be a month or two.

I play monthly at my local church in the band, I've noticed it has helped my tempo playing with others.  Not fixed, but helped...I noticed because when I recorded some guitar in my discussion video I had to play to a metronome and I didn't struggle to do it as much as normal. I think that is a good thing :-)



  1. Hey Jaw, HNY, excellent vid on recording. I was wondering do you plug the mic into the camera and record to the SD card or record direct to a computer?
    Really enjoying Hold Me know tab, great arrangement. - Mark

    1. Ah, great question, I should have covered that! Zoom H1/n mics have a SD card in them, and I let them record directly to that card. You can set them up to record "like a normal mic" if you want, but I prefer to hit record on everything - mics, cameras - so they record to memory cards - and afterwards pull all the files off into multitrack editors where I will resync them and decide what to keep/throw away. This is possibly not the easiest way to do things but it fits into my brain correctly!

      Hold me now - has one or two "strange" chord/finger shapes that "aren't natural", but most of the time it flows okay. I always struggled with the bassline 1/16th notes - it is in the recording and pretty important, but my thumb barely moves that fast if you are playing it at normal tempo, so I will get my fingers to play the bass, which is awkward. Easy way out - just play one 1/8th note instead :-)

      Thanks for stopping by!