Thinking back 22 years ago to the year 1990, I was 14 then. I can remember learning how to play guitar and I had just started to sing. A few years passed and I had written several songs. I often found myself dreaming about what it would be like to have a recorded album as the professional musicians did.
My name is David Maxey, the creator of Home Music Studio 1.
I'd like to take a few moments to share with you about who I am and why I've started this blog.
Technology has come so far since the days I first discovered recording.
The first unit I ever used to record the original music I had toiled over was a Fostex 8 track analog recorder. That baby would let you record a full 4 tracks at once giving you the mix capacity of a total of 8. Those years were so fun for me, learning, experimenting and fine tuning my skills both as a musician singer/song writer and a sound/recording engineer. I was hooked for a lifetime on learning the tips and tricks to better audio recordings and professional sound.
I Disc Jockeyed for a while at at weddings and high school dances. I had also worked for a sound company that did sound reinforcement/lighting rental for local bands. Before I knew it, I had an opportunity to manage a multi-track recording studio helping local bands cut their demos and pursue their dreams as musicians.
I was mostly a child of the late 80's and as the lead, had started several bands myself. This always led to more recording projects and demos. The last band I can remember was named "Damascus Steel." Wow, what a band name huh? I can distinctly remember the day I listened to some of my old recordings and finally realized how awful those early projects really were.
Learning along the way opened up a lot of opportunities for me and I eventually I became a full time Music Pastor in a local Church. There were some good times for sure but one thing almost always stayed true in the Church during the early years, the sound, both live and recorded, was simply terrible. Somewhere around 2002 I can remember turning a corner with my skills and knowledge. It became my mission to produce quality sound and recordings.
In time the church had grown and set aside a good sized budget for sound and lighting. It wasn't long and we had ourselves a Allen and Heath GL3300 and a Mackie 24 track hard disk recorder. Along with a entire rack full of toys from DBX and other great manufacturers. The recorder could dump our wav files to a pro-tools rig for mixing and mastering the audio down. There we often recorded our Music Team's live audio and I would spend hours learning the tools of the trade.
I'm no longer in that particular church and I haven't been in the old studio I used to manage for many years now, but I've never lost the passion for recording I developed back then. The home music studio became my new arena to creative expression and musical experimentation.
Maybe you can relate to my experience with recording in a local church. Maybe you've never even darkened the doors of a church but you're battling out the night life each weekend with your band in the clubs and bars. You might simply enjoy a passion for the music you love, and a desire to share it with as many people as possible through the medium of recording.
Regardless of your personal experience we may share one thing that brings us together.
The desire to record professional quality music with out the professional budget to spend.
My passion over the years has been the discovery of doing more with less in the home music studio and live audio fields.
Here you will find helpful articles, tutorial videos, and equipment reviews. You will also find some great training products to help you achieve your goals in your own home recording projects. You can get started right now and receive a FREE copy of my ebook pamphlet entitled "Using Compression in the Home Music Studio", by signing up for my weekly newsletter.
I would love to hear your comments or even answer any questions you may have. You can add either to the comments section below.
Whats up man looking foward to see more helpful stuff your compression e book helped me out in a great way, so i can understand compression better not just tweakin knobs around…
Thanks for letting me know you found it helpful Ray! I’m glad I could help you understand compression a bit better. Do let me know if I can address any other specific questions for and I’ll do my best.
Have a good one!