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Making the Investment

It feels great to be back into production. It is a craft that I have missed and let lay dormant for far too long.

The hiatus between '12-'14 was not without cause. I focused on piano, improving our music department at church, and growing as a jazz student.

But there is nothing like turning a simple melody into a creative masterpiece in a studio setting. There is a sense of intimacy and diligence in studios that cannot be replicated on a live stage.

Another interesting facet of studio life is the equipment used to create and shape music.

Propellerheads just completed their May Blowout Sale on Rack Extensions and Refills.

I purchased 4 rack extensions: A-List Acoustic Guitarist, PX7 FM Synethesizer, Rotor Rotary Speaker, and PMS-20 Analogue HP/LP Filter, all for the grand total of $148. It would have been an arm and a leg at regular price.

So far I have been very pleased with all four rack extensions and glad to have them in my arsenal for creative possibilities.

That leads me to my point: Make the investment necessary to help you get to your next level. Sometimes it is a matter of resources or equipment that may boost you to where you want to be or in a place beyond your biggest dreams.

One thing for sure is you can expect hear sounds generated or molded from the new rack extensions in my new work coming out soon. Be on the lookout for new material being posted on my SoundCloud page next month and for my very first jazz album that is still in the works!

Be blessed.




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