Monday, 3 June 2019

Life and studio update :-)

Oooops, I did it again - several months since the last bloggy posty thing.

Seriously though, where does the time go? Blink and six months have gone by, just like that that!!!

Anyways, on with the life/studio update ramblings.

I have finally started my work-related diploma course and it's already proving an interesting experience. I'm not really into the idea of discussing what I do for a living because of it's nature, but I'm now okay with saying that, away from making music and taking photographs, I work in the funeral industry. It's a truly amazing way of life and what I do provides me with something I have never really known throughout my adult life to date - job satisfaction. My work is predominantly behind the scenes and as such, it's simply not appropriate for me to go into any details, but I can you that it is incredibly rewarding and I genuinely wish I'd discovered this work thirty years ago. The diploma I am going for will, in the event that I pass all the exams, provide me with a specialised professional qualification and membership of a related institution. I said earlier that it's proving to be something of an interesting experience and that's because this is the first real serious academic learning I have done in nearly 37 years. I'm nearly 54 years old and to be quite honest, it's proving something of a challenge. But I am starting to make head way now as tonight I realised that the reading I've been doing for the last week is now actually staying put in my poor old addled brain. Names, dates and events are the key things for the first module and I struggle to remember what I had for lunch yesterday!!! But, progress is now starting to happen and it's encouraging and a bit of a fucking relief :-D

And the studio update. Yep, more gear. And I am now officially broke, but, I've got some cool little toys ;-)

Added since the last update are the following hardware:

Bastl Kastle digital semi-modular synthesizer
Korg Minilogue analogue synthesizer
Korg Volca Modular synthesizer (based on West Coast style synthesis)
ESI Audio M8u eX 16-port MIDI interface

And software-wise:

Native Instruments Komplete 12 Ultimate
Arturia V Collection 7
iZotope Insight 2 audio analysis suite
Eventide H3000 Factory multi-effects
Eventide Instant Flanger Mk II
Eventide Instant Phaser Mk II
Softube Mutronics Mutator filter
Plugin Alliance bx_masterdesk mastering plugin

I'll expand on the hardware additions in the next blog, with pics and maybe some video, but no promises on that last one.

So, that's it for now. Not much to report as such because my studies are basically now starting to envelope my spare time more and more, but it will definitely be worth it :-)

Life and studio update :-)

Oooops, I did it again - several months since the last bloggy posty thing. Seriously though, where does the time go? Blink and six mont...