"DON'T ASK FOR A MILLION DOLLARS" - A Valuable Takeaway From A Rolling Stone Article

I've piled on quite a stack of unread magazine titles which I intend to digest before tossing them. It usually takes me two to three days to finish one particular issue. I'm working through my Rolling Stone magazine subscription. As of this writing, I'm about halfway through Issue #1265/1266, July 14-29, 2016. On the cover is Hip Hop artist, Future.


I've been toying with the idea of going to open mics to play acoustic sets. Since I love harmonies, I thought a vocal effect processor would come in handy. So last February, I got a TC-Helicon Harmony Singer. From the reviews and videos I've read and seen, it seemed to be a nifty compact gadget.

I've gotten busy with my photography business so the Harmony Singer has been sitting in the box for the past two months. I still need to check it out so I'll be posting my review and maybe some demo videos when I get to it.

The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie on SNL via HuluPLUS

One of my musical influences was Nirvana and back in my college band days, I remember performing a cover of their cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World".

I've been watching Saturday Night Live from the very first season and I enjoy seeing my favorite actors, actresses, comedians and musicians win their younger days.

What a delight to watch David Bowie on Season 5, Episode 7 performing "The Man Who Sold The World". I thought I'd post the excerpt on my blog so I can easily go back to it whenever I want to.

I hope you enjoy it too.


Why I'm Doing This Course

It's so cool to discover Coursera and particularly this Introduction to Music Production course by Loudon Stearns from the Berklee College of Music. By taking this course, it is my hope that the knowledge I've gained through trial and error and lots of reading will be reinforced by learning the basics from a "master".

This post is my submission for the Week 1 Assignment.

For the benefit of my "classmates"

My name's Mario Gozum, based in Maryland, USA. I've been doing home recording, on and off, since 2005. For the week 1 assignment I will share what I've learned about microphone polar patterns by using my own condenser microphone as the "test subject".


After completing the levels-only mix I went through the POD Farm vocal presets and found one that had a clean reverb effect. I stuck with my plan to record wet so that I didn't have to fiddle with the dry track during mixing.

I recorded one track for the main vocal first. Then another performance track doubling the chorus parts only.  I did one rough pass to include the main vocals to the levels-only mix. When I was happy with it, I proceeded to do the back up vocals. I used the same POD Farm vocal preset but adjusted the reverb module to increase the depth and make the back up vocals sound farther from the main vocal. I duplicated the back up vocals and panned them left and right.

Here's a clip.

Levels-and-Panning-Only Rough Mix including Vocals

So far so good :)

I'll let it stew for a bit to give my ear a rest and listen to it a few more times. Then I'll make a final decision whether to proceed with the mixing segment.