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And now, a full song

by Kim Lajoie on July 24, 2015

Well, how about that. It worked out pretty well, considering. So, Melissa heard the instrumental jam from three weeks ago and offered to add some vocals. She brought some lyric ideas to the first session and we workshopped the song structure. She then spent a couple of weeks practicing and preparing for the recording. The […]

Well, I made another funk

by Kim Lajoie on July 14, 2015

  Not really a full song yet, but this time around I put some more thought into some kind of definitive beginning and ending. Some more buildups and breakdowns would do well, but in the absence of an actual song, I feel that it’s more like a jam. Also, it’s pretty clear I need to start […]

Another video – inching toward a full song

by Kim Lajoie on June 28, 2015

No, it’s not a full song. But it’s getting closer. The style is a lot closer to what I’m developing over my next creative period. No longer is the deep atmospheric lumber. That was fun while it lasted. But now I’m taking a turn toward a kind of electro/funk (and eventually pop). Upbeat pop tempo, heavy […]

I made a YouTube video of me playing a YouTube video. And sampling it.

by Kim Lajoie on June 14, 2015

So, first of all, this is not a compositional masterpiece. It’s four bars with some funky guitar hits and seventh chords. If you want to know more about Glasfrosch, I reviewed them here and you can read more about them here. You might be mildly interested to have a peek into how I sample and sequence using […]

Enter the iPad

by Kim Lajoie on April 10, 2015

 So, this is interesting. In my quest to simplify my computer setup I’ve been reducing my plugins and other software to bare minimum. Nowadays I’m almost running pure Cubase 8 (fortunately it comes with some great stuff built in). And I’ve been adding more hardware – mainly EQ and compression for some different flavours and to save […]

Acoustic treatment – soundproofing vs absorption

by Kim Lajoie on April 28, 2014

To some people it’s obvious. To many others, it’s a bit more hazy. Acoustic treatment is not the same as soundproofing. Not even a little bit. Yet, often I see the terms being used interchangeably. Or one term used when the other’s meaning is intended. Acoustic treatment is about controlling how sounds behave inside the […]

Heading toward a post-plugin studio

by Kim Lajoie on December 9, 2013

Long time readers might know that I’m pretty conservative with plugins. More specifically: The number of plugins installed and active on my computer. Initially it was for session workflow. Gone are the days of installing and trialling every latest plugin that got released. I long ago realised I could work much faster and get better […]

How to be a mastering engineer. Or, how to be a master

by Kim Lajoie on August 2, 2013

Ian Shepherd: The answer is me. My ears, my experience, my perspective, my skill. Me. I’m the mastering engineer. Pretty arrogant, right ? Tongue-in-cheek contextless quoting aside, Ian makes a really good point. And it’s one that I make frequently to singer/songwriters who ask me for advice about recording their next release in their home studio. I’m all for people having a go […]

A non-musician’s experience in the recording studio

by Kim Lajoie on February 28, 2013

Rick Bennett: Alex, the lead vocalist, spent 40 minutes on the first line alone. There were many times that he heard something in a recording that he didn’t like, but I couldn’t, for the life of me, hear the issue. I also felt a bit of loneliness for Alex–all alone in the isolation booth, and […]

Are you backing up? This is how I do it.

by Kim Lajoie on February 27, 2013

Your work. It’d be a terrible shame to lose it.You’ve heard it all before – hardware fails, accidents happen. The question is: what are you doing to protect yourself? How much will you lose if you accidentally rm -rf *, DELTREE *.* or rd /s /q in the wrong place? For me, it’s a day […]