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This is a trick I sometimes use to enhance drums that are too dead or dry and make them sound more “tonal”.

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Cakewalk has it’s own triggering built into the DAW but others may find free plugins that work too. Formed out of an experiment with Sound Design, this covers some common / basic methods and tricks that I often use with song writing and recording in my home recording studio. This isn’t for everyone, but I have had a few questions recently about how I record and write. The truth is: it’s never the same but what is consistent is that inspiration often comes from trying new things and experimentation -whether it be from a new chord, musical instrument, vst, effect plugin, eq setting, compression, microphone, scale, you never know…

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The song used in this example, “The Loneliest Man in The Universe” will be released on July 17:  all instruments and production, written and performed by Brad Peterson in the garden shed, June of 2020.

Notes: Brad Peterson releases his new recording for summer 2020. Brad describes the song’s inspiration as such:

“I’ve long felt that the pinnacle of human achievement took place in July of 1969, culminating with Apollo 11’s mission to the moon and back.

Perhaps seemingly unrelated, as a recording artist and songwriter, my lodestars are members of a group responsible for making record albums. For example: Paul McCartney may have written a good song, but the Beatles helped refine the performance, Geroge Martin helped arrange it, Geoff Emerick engineered the recording et al. I study the recording techniques, and also enjoy the artisanship of the equipment they used and their design. Revolver is a good example of such an assembly of crew, technology, and effort.

As an engineer and scientist, my archetypes [some might say heroes] are the team responsible for the lunar landing. Folks are likely to know who Neal Armstrong was, but amongst the 300,000 workers who contributed, I’ve become a fan of men like: Gene Kranz (Chief Flight Director), Bill Tindall (Aerospace Engineer ), and perhaps the least sung astronaut of the Apollo 11 mission, Michael Collins.

While the world’s headlines in the summer of ’69 were mostly about landing, another profound occurrence was quietly happening when Micheal Collins flew around the far-side of the moon -completely on his own, becoming the furthest any solitary human had ever been. I find it orphic that Mike was completely cut off from all communication to all mankind during this event. I’ve always enjoyed the playful misnomer: “The Loneliest Man in the Universe”; it’s been on my “song ideas list” for years.

The only “non musical instrument” hanging on the walls of my garden-shed recording studio, is a framed autographed photo of the 3 Apollo 11 astronauts along with the mission patch, and a replica of the placard which was mounted to one of the legs of the lunar module. It is with respect that I recorded “The Loneliest Man in the Universe” nearly 51 years after the event that inspires me so.”


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BRAD PETERSON Photographs of Brad Peterson: Brad Peterson is an indie-singer-songwriter from a wooded area near Lake Michigan north of Chicago, where he built a little back-yard garden shed – effectively a music-making laboratory where he Writes, Records and Produces all his music. [...]

ISRC: QZAMM1882847
UPC: 193339341767
BPM: 118
Key: E  Major

Genre : Americana, Alternative, Adult Alternative, Indie, Indie-pop, Singer-Songwriter, Alt-Folk

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